Local Matters: Buncombe County health, A-B Tech funding and the 2011 Poetry Prize

In this week’s Local Matters podcast, reporter David Forbes discusses the good and bad in Buncombe County’s heath statistics, reporter Jake Frankel talks about the recent Buncombe County Commission decision to put additional A-B Tech funding to a referendum and Xpress director of business development James Fisher discusses our 2011 Poetry Prize.

Local Matters Special Edition: Talking nuclear with Ned Ryan Doyle and Jerry Nelson

In the 1980s, U.S. officials considered storing nuclear waste in Sandy Mush just outside of Asheville. Residents fought the proposal, and it was tabled — but not forgotten. On Jan. 7, a busload of area residents met before dawn in Asheville; with the aim, in part, of making sure Sandy Mush didn’t crop up again as an option, they headed to Augusta, Ga., for a meeting of the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future. Xpress talked with two folks who took the trip that day — alternative-energy advocate Ned Doyle and photographer Jerry Nelson.

photo by Jerry Nelson

Elitist Bastards: Off-the-hook good movie reviews

In this week’s Elitist Bastards Go To The Movies podcast, Mountain Xpress film critics Ken Hanke and Justin Souther review newly released films The Green Hornet and The Dilemma. They also chat about classic horror flicks The Devil Commands and The Return of the Vampire (this week’s Thursday Horror Picture Show double feature) and the often-overlooked screwball comedy First Love (this week’s Asheville Film Society screening), and speculate about the quality of this week’s upcoming releases The Way Back and No Strings Attached.

Local Matters: Lost in the snow

Our weekly preview podcast of the current issue was nearly lost in the chaos of this week’s snowfall. In this week’s Local Matters, environmental reporter Susan Andrew discusses the current cover story about toxic waste sites in Buncombe County, and reporter Jake Frankel discusses the recent actions taken at the County Commission meeting.

Elitist Bastards: The knee-trembling best and worst of 2010

In this week’s Elitist Bastards Go To The Movies podcast, Mountain Xpress film critics Ken Hanke and Justin Souther hash out their lists of the top ten best and worst films of 2010. The canny duo of cinematic criticism then briefly discuss Shrunken Heads (this week’s Thursday Horror Picture Show) and Unfaithfully Yours (next week’s Asheville Film Society screening). And just to brighten the new year, they very briefly speculate on the quality of this week’s opening films Country Strong and Season of the Witch.

Local Matters: Online Year In Review And Orphaned Hazardous Waste Sites

Xpress co-managing editor Margaret Williams talks with reporter Jake Frankel about the MountainX.com’s online trends of 2010, from strangely popular photos of local hip-hop artists to the most popular and commented-upon stories of the year. Xpress environmental reporter Susan Andrew also shares a brief preview of her upcoming story about inactive hazardous waste sites in Buncombe County.

Elitist Bastards: I’m Dreaming Of A Black Christmas

In this week’s Elitist Bastards Go To The Movies podcast, Mountain Xpress film critics Ken Hanke and Justin Souther discuss current releases Tron: Legacy, The King’s Speech, I Love You Phillip Morris, True Grit, Yogi Bear and How Do You Know. They also talk about Black Christmas (this week’s Thursday Horror Picture Show) and The Thin Man (next week’s Asheville Film Society screening), as well as soon-to-open films Little Fockers and Gulliver’s Travels.

Elitist Bastards: A Phantasm At The Opera

In this week’s Elitist Bastards Go To The Movies podcast, Mountain Xpress film critics Ken Hanke and Justin Souther discuss current releases Monsters, Pelada, The Warrior’s Way and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. They also delve into the drive-in horror classic known as Phantasm (this week’s Thursday Horror Picture Show) and the high-energy hijinks of the Marx Brothers’ A Night At The Opera (next week’s Asheville Film Society screening). And to cap things off, they also speculate on the quality of soon-to-be-released flicks The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and The Tourist.

Elitist Bastards: All Aboard The Midnight Meat Train

In this week’s Elitist Bastards Go To The Movies podcast, Mountain Xpress film critics Ken Hanke and Justin Souther discuss current releases Burlesque, Faster, Love And Other Drugs and Tangled. They also discuss soon-to-be-released films Cool It, 127 Hours and The Warrior’s Way. They also talk about Midnight Meat Train (this week’s Thursday Horror Picture Show) and What’s Up, Doc? (next week’s Asheville Film Society screening).

Elitist Bastards: There’s Something About Harry

In this week’s Elitist Bastards Go To The Movies podcast, Mountain Xpress film critics Ken Hanke and Justin Souther discuss current releases Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and The Next Three Days. The intrepid reviewing duo also chat a bit about this week’s Thursday Horror Picture Show double-feature of Bride of the Monster and The Devil Bat (two turkeys for Thanksgiving), and next week’s Asheville Film Society screening, One Hour With You. And just to cap things off, they also discuss soon-to-open films Burlesque, Faster, Love And Other Drugs and Tangled.

Elitist Bastards: Of Deathly Hallows, Werewolves and Skylines

In this week’s Elitist Bastards Go To The Movies podcast, Mountain Xpress film critics Ken Hanke and Justin Souther discuss current releases Skyline, Unstoppable, Morning Glory and Conviction. They also chat about Werewolf of London (this week’s Thursday Horror Picture Show) and Millennium Actress (next week’s Asheville Film Society screening), as well as this weekend’s new releases Tamara Drewe, Fair Game, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and The Next Three Days.

Elitist Bastards: Of Vampires and Tyler Perry

In this week’s Elitist Bastards Go To The Movies podcast, Mountain Xpress film critics Ken Hanke and Justin Souther chat about current releases Due Date, For Colored Girls, Megamind, Nowhere Boy and The Tillman Story. They also discuss classic silent horror film Nosferatu (this week’s Thursday Horror Picture Show) and the 2000 film which was inspired by it, Shadow of the Vampire (next week’s Asheville Film Society screening). And if that wasn’t enough, the duo also wax speculative on soon-to-be-released films Conviction, Unstoppable, Morning Glory, Skyline, Four Lions and Inside Job.