Elitist Bastards: White Zombies And Sucky Vampires

In this week’s Elitist Bastards Go To The Movies, Xpress film critics Ken Hanke and Justin Souther review Get Low, The Lottery, Nanny McPhee Returns,The Switch, Piranha 3D and Vampires Suck. They also discuss this week’s Thursday Horror Picture Show double feature of the Béla Lugosi classics White Zombie and Island of Lost Souls, the Asheville Film Society screening of the George C. Scott cult classic They Might Be Giants, and the one-night-only screening of the remastered version of Ken Russell’s Tommy. And, just to top it off, they ponder the potential quality of soon-to-open films Takers and The Last Exorcism.

Elitist Bastards: Scott Pilgrim, The Expendable­s and The Joy of Basting

In this week’s Elitist Bastards Go To The Movies, Xpress film critics Ken Hanke and Justin Souther shine their critical searchlights on Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, The Expendables and Eat Pray Love. The also discuss the comedic political commentary behind The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (this week’s Thursday Horror Picture Show) and the slightly dated charm of Billy Wilder’s Cold War comedy One, Two, Three (this week’s Asheville Film Society screening). And they mercilessly examine this week’s new offerings Vampires Suck, The Lottery, Nanny McPhee Returns,The Switch (previously known as The Baster) and Piranha 3D.

Local Matters: Julian Price, taxes, annexation­s and sidewalks ***PODCAST­***

Xpress staffers Jake Frankel, Michael Muller and David Forbes recently sat down over drinks to discuss some of the stories covered in this week’s issue. They huddled under the awning at Mayfels as a severe thunderstorm swirled around them and chatted about downtown visionary Julian Price, the Biltmore Park Town Square development, the state of the local economy, taxes, and the current debates over city annexations and sidewalks. This news podcast experiment came out of their conversation.

Elitist Bastards: The Nexus of Mae West And Step Up 3D

In this week’s Elitist Bastards Go To The Movies, Xpress film critics Ken Hanke and Justin Souther: consider the surprise revelation that Step Up 3D is tolerable when taken on its own terms, The Other Guys is passable, The Girl Who Played With Fire suffers from a touch of sequelitis, The Killer Inside Me is both likely to earn condemnation and praise, and that Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky can’t quite maintain the quality. They also discuss Guillermo del Toro’s Cronos, this week’s Thursday Horror Picture Show, and the Mae West double feature that makes up next week’s Asheville Film Society screening. And they even have a brief moment to ponder soon-to-open films Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, The Expendables and Eat Pray Love.

Elitist Bastards: Cats, Dogs, Selkies and Schmucks

In this week’s Elitist Bastards Go To The Movies, Xpress film critics Ken Hanke and Justin Souther: delve into Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, Dinner for Schmucks, The Kids Are Alright, Charlie St. Cloud and Ondine; disagree with Wikipedia about Night Of The Demon (this week’s Thursday Horror Picture Show); roll their eyes at the runtime on Shortcuts (this week’s Asheville Film Society screening); and discuss the potential cinematic qualities of soon-to-open flicks The Other Guys and Step Up 3D.

Elitist Bastards: Of Salt, The Fly and The Crying Game

In this week’s podcast, Xpress film critics Ken Hanke and Justin Souther: Dismiss Ramona and Beezus and noncommittally shrug off Salt; experience gross-out glee at The Fly; don’t reveal the secret of The Crying Game; and guess about the quality of soon-to-be-released flicks Dinner for Schmucks, The Kids Are Alright, Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore and Charlie St. Cloud.

Elitist Bastards: Predators, Winters Bone And A Touch of Bad Taste

In this week’s podcast, Xpress film critics Ken Hanke and Justin Souther: Share their thoughts on newly released films A Piece of Work, Despicable Me, Winter’s Bone and Predators; say some very nice things about Peter Jackson’s Bad Taste (this week’s Thursday Horror Picture Show); praise Richard Lester’s Help! in advance of next week’s Asheville Film Society screening; and consider the potential merits and problems with soon-to-be-released flicks The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Inception and Cyrus.

Elitist Bastards: Airbenders­, Vampires and Centipedes … Oh My!

In this week’s podcast, Xpress film critics Ken Hanke and Justin Souther examine: current and upcoming releases The Last Airbender, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Micmacs and The Human Centipede; smile wryly at the classic Vincent Price horror film The Abominable Dr. Phibes; champion the upcoming Asheville Film Society screening of The Fall; and show some enthusiasm for soon-to-open flicks Predators, Despicable Me and Winter’s Bone.

Elitist Bastards: Of Vampires and Blue Velvet

In this week’s podcast, Xpress film critics Ken Hanke and Justin Souther: delve into Grown Ups, Knight And Day, Solitary Man and Harry Brown; discuss the Asheville Film Society screening of Blue Velvet; wax nostalgic about failed attempts to see Blood For Dracula (this week’s Thursday Horror Picture show); and show limited enthusiasm for upcoming releases The Twilight Saga: Eclipse and The Last Airbender.

Elitist Bastards: The Good, The Bad and the Perfunctor­y

In this week’s podcast: Xpress film critics Ken Hanke and Justin Souther discuss new films Toy Story 3, Mother And Child, Jonah Hex and The Good, the Bad, the Weird; get chatty about the merits of Brian De Palma’s classic musical horror parody The Phantom of the Paradise and the often-overlooked Francis Ford Coppola drama Tetro; and speculate on upcoming releases Grown Ups and Knight and Day.

Elitist Bastards Go To The Movies: The Unbearable Lightness of the A-Team

This week, Hanke and Souther: share their views on The Karate Kid, The A-Team, The Secret in Their Eyes, Please Give and Survival of the Dead; explain why The Sentinel isn’t as gory as you may have heard; make the case for the classic Howard Hawks comedy The Twentieth Century; and express a deflated optimism about soon-to-open flicks Toy Story 3 and Jonah Hex.

Elitist Bastards: Of Marmaduke And The Gorgon

his week, Asheville’s most elite of film reviewers: discuss Marmaduke, Splice, The Killers, Get Him to the Greek and Casino Jack and the United States of Money; exchange thoughts on the Asheville Film Society screening of Woody Allen’s Manhattan; delight in the dated effects of the Hammer horror flick The Gorgon; consider a reader question about directors whose recent work have earned them a fresh look; and consider soon-to-be-released films The A-Team, The Karate Kid and The Secret In Their Eyes.