This is Spinal Tap

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In Brief: One of my favorite films of all time is in a delicate position, and only you — the Asheville moviegoing community — can help me save it. Many of you have no doubt seen, or are at least aware, of 1984's This is Spinal Tap, the film that not only launched the cinematic careers of Michael McKean, Christopher Guest and Harry Shearer, but also popularized the mockumentary form that would go on to define Guest's prodigious and esteemed directorial output. What you may not know is that, the heartless corporate overlords that now control the rights to Tap, have informed the film's creators that in the 33 years since its debut, sales of Spinal Tap's soundtrack have generated only $98 in profit, and global merchandising sales have only netted an $81 for the filmmakers. Recognizing bullshit when he sees it, Shearer initiated a $125 million lawsuit against the controlling corporate entity in the hopes that the resultant legal battle would lead to more equitable terms for creators the world over — so come help the Asheville Film Society stick it to The Man. By joining the fight and selling out this one-time only show, you can participate in turning this lawsuit up to 11 — with the added benefit of being knocked out by the exuberance, the raw power, and the punctuality of the one and only, Spinal Tap.
Genre: MockRockDoc
Director: Rob Reiner
Starring: Harry Shearer, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Rob Reiner, Ed Begley Jr, Fred Willard Fran Drescher, Billy Crystal, Dana Carvey, Paul Shaffer, Anjelica Huston
Rated: R

The Asheville Film Society is showing This is Spinal Tap on Tuesday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m. at The Grail Moviehouse as part of the Budget Big Screen series. Admission is $6 for AFS members and $8 for the general public. Xpress movie critic Scott Douglas will introduce the film.


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