Don’t ask me how or where they got it, but Asheville Pizza and Brewing has come up with a 35mm print of Alan Parker’s Pink Floyd The Wall (1982), which they’re showing at 10 p.m. starting on Friday. Finding a usable 35mm print — that isn’t in an archival holding — of a 26-year-old movie doesn’t happen every day, so fans of the film ought to take advantage of this. If you question the seasonal quality of the presentation … well, does anything really say Christmas like the sight of Bob Geldoff cutting off his nipples?
I’ll freely admit that while I like most Alan Parker films and I sometimes like Pink Floyd, I’m pretty resistant to this particular opus. It’s always seemed to me a rather ugly movie and grounded too much in Roger Waters lolling about in self-pity over how f**ked up he is and how it’s everybody’s fault but his own. No matter, the film is blessed with some stunning visuals and some worthwhile music — and there’s no denying it has a following. It’s equally impossible to deny that if you’re going to see it, seeing it on a movie screen is clearly the way to go, so here’s your chance to do just that.
If The Wall isn’t quite your cup of Lapsang Souchong, Asheville Pizza and Brewing is offering some slightly more traditional fare with special free screenings of Home Alone (7 p.m. Dec. 22), Scrooged (7 p.m. Dec. 23) and Elf (7 p.m. Dec. 24). The first of those makes me truly appreciate what a fine, festive film The Wall is, come to think of it.