Elitist Bastards: Enter The Coherer

In this week’s podcast, Mountain Xpress film critic Ken Hanke is joined by producer/coherer Steve Shanafelt (filling in for Justin Souther) to discuss this week’s current releases: Saw 3D, Buried, Catfish and Jack Goes Boating. The two also discuss Sleepy Hollow (this week’s Thursday Horror Picture Show) and Little Miss Marker (next week’s Asheville Film Society screening), as well as soon-to-be-released films Due Date, For Colored Girls, Megamind, Nowhere Boy and The Tillman Story.

Elitist Bastards: You Will Meet A Tall Dark Souther

In this week’s Elitist Bastards Go To The Movies, Xpress film critics Ken Hanke and Justin Souther discuss current releases Heartbreaker, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, Hereafter and Paranormal Activity 2. They also happily consider the merits of Synecdoche, New York (next week’s Asheville Film Society screening) and the silent-horror marathon of the “Old, Dark Cinema Lounge” series they’ll be screening over Halloween weekend. And to top it all off, they even have a few thoughts on upcoming releases Saw 3D, Buried, Catfish and Jack Goes Boating.http://www.mountainx.com/images/blogimages/markofthebastards-thumb.jpg

Elitist Bastards: Reviewers, Extremely Dangerous

In this week’s Elitist Bastards Go To The Movies, Xpress film critics Ken Hanke and Justin Souther discuss current releases Waiting for “Superman”, I Want Your Money, N-Secure, RED, Never Let Me Go and Jackass 3D. They also discuss From Beyond, this week’s Thursday Horror Picture Show, and The Cat and the Canary, next week’s Asheville Film Society screening. And to top it all off, the speculate on the quality of upcoming releases You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, Hereafter and Paranormal Activity 2.

“The Daily Show” co-founder delivers her “State of the Union” ***PODCAST­***

Lizz Winstead and Jake Frankel
This podcast was culled from a recent phone conversation between Xpress reporter Jake Frankel and Lizz Winstead, who co-created The Daily Show and is coming to town this weekend for a stand-up comedy performance and writing workshop. In the interview, Winstead talks about her Asheville events, the role of The Daily Show in popular political and media culture, what she thinks will happen in the upcoming midterm elections and much more.

Elitist Bastards: Like Secretaria­t Dust

In this week’s Elitist Bastards Go To The Movies, Xpress film critics Ken Hanke and Justin Souther discuss current releases Secretariat, My Soul To Take, It’s Kind of a Funny Story, Life as We Know It and Like Dandelion Dust. They also praise Gods and Monsters, next week’s Asheville Film Society screening, and consider soon-to-open films I Want Your Money, N-Secure, RED, Never Let Me Go and Jackass 3D.

Elitist Bastards: Golddiggin­g Cemetery Men On Facebook

In this week’s Elitist Bastards Go To The Movies, Xpress film critics Ken Hanke and Justin Souther review Let Me In, Animal Kingdom, The Social Network, Farewell, Chain Letter and Case 39. They also discuss the surreal Italian horror film Cemetery Man (also known as Dellamorte Dellamore, this week’s Thursday Horror Picture Show), and classic musical comedy Gold Diggers of 1933 (next week’s Asheville Film Society screening). And to top it all off, the duo consider the potential quality of upcoming releases Secretariat, Life as We Know It, It’s Kind of a Funny Story, Like Dandelion Dust and My Soul to Take.

Elitist Bastards: An Overrated Gekko and A Bunch of Boring Owls

In this week’s Elitist Bastards Go To The Movies, Xpress film critics Ken Hanke and Justin Souther discuss current releases Cairo Time, You Again, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, The Virginity Hit and Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole. They then delve into the classic Hammer horror flick Horror of Dracula (this week’s Thursday Horror Picture Show) and Pedro Almodóvar’s 1988 film Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (next week’s Asheville Film Society screening). And to top it all off, the speculate on the quality of soon-to-open films Case 39, Chain Letter, Let Me In, The Social Network and Animal Kingdom.

Elitist Bastards: No True Scotsman

In this week’s Elitist Bastards Go To The Movies, Xpress film critics Ken Hanke and Justin Souther: heap high praise upon teen comedy Easy A, crime thriller The Town and offbeat comedy The Extra Man; utterly dismiss Alpha and Omega and Devil; and have mixed feelings about Life During Wartime and Bran Nue Dae. They also give amused praise to Dario Argento’s bewildering horror film Phenomena (this week’s Thursday Horror Picture Show), and give the highest possible recommendation to Rouben Mamoulian’s 1932 musical comedy Love Me Tonight (next week’s Asheville Film Society screening). And, just for good measure, they weigh in on soon-to-be-released flicks Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, You Again, The Virginity Hit and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.

Elitist Bastards: Night Of The Man-Made Bastards

In this week’s Elitist Bastards Go To The Movies, Xpress film critics Ken Hanke and Justin Souther react nonchalantly to Rob Reiner’s Flipped, show limited enthusiasm for Resident Evil: Afterlife and have mixed feelings on the Joaquin Phoenix and Casey Affleck “documentary” I’m Still Here. They also discuss a pair of classic Universal horror flicks—Man Made Monster and Night Monster—which will be screened at this week’s Thursday Horror Picture Show, and show quite a bit of excitement about next week’s Asheville Film Society screening of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. There’s also a bit of gossip about the upcoming Ricochet Film Festival, followed by speculation on the quality of upcoming releases Alpha and Omega, The Town, Easy A and Devil.

Local Matters: Standoffs and sidewalks

In this week’s edition of the Local Matters podcast, Xpress staffers Jake Frankel and David Forbes discuss the recent police standoff and the special meeting of Asheville City Council to address pedestrian safety concerns.
The reporters recorded the conversation as they huddled at the site of the standoff on Otis Street, between the federal courthouse and the RBC Bank.

Elitist Bastards: Machete Sunrise

In this week’s Elitist Bastards Go To The Movies, Xpress film critics Ken Hanke and Justin Souther give a half-hearted nod to Going the Distance, heap significant praise on Machete, express ambivalence about The American, applaud Restrepo and appreciate Mao’s Last Dancer on its own schmaltzy terms. They also discuss the classic comedic horror film The Comedy of Terrors (this week’s Thursday Horror Picture Show), and the upcoming Asheville Film Society screening of F.W. Murnau’s Sunrise. And if that wasn’t quite enough, they also reluctantly discuss this week’s opening films Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D and The Virginity Hit.

Elitist Bastards: There’s Always Time For Tommy

In this week’s Elitist Bastards Go To The Movies, Xpress film critics Ken Hanke and Justin Souther give fair consideration to new releases Takers and The Last Exorcism, as well as theorizing on the quality of soon-to-be-released films The American, Machete and Going The Distance. But the real discussion this week involves a trio of Ken Russell screenings, starting tonight with a special screening of the epic rock opera Tommy, followed Thursday by Altered States (the Thursday Horror Picture Show) and wrapping up with next week’s Asheville Film Society screening of Valentino.

Local Matters: Sidewalks, bridges and Shuler

In this edition of the Local Matters podcast, Xpress reporters Jake Frankel and David Forbes discuss East Asheville sidewalk concerns with neighborhood activists Chris Pelly and Kim Engel ahead of tonight’s special Asheville City Council meeting on the issue. The duo also discuss last week’s City Council meeting (including the scope of the Hillcrest pedestrian bridge reopening and the controversy around the incentives granted to the Montford Commons development) and Congressman Heath Shuler’s recent visit to Asheville.