The 2008 Asheville Film Festival is behind us, and with its passing comes the usual postmortem examination of what went wrong, what went right and what could have been better.
UNC-Asheville’s Amnesty International Student Chapter will hold its fifth annual Human Rights Film Festival Monday, Nov. 10, through Friday, Nov. 14.
I have once more—along with Brenda Lily and newcomer Christopher Manheim—survived another year of judging the results of the 48 Hour Film Project. I don’t want to give the impression that this is a terrible bit of drudgery. It’s a walk in the park—or at least a comfy sit in the screening room—compared to actually getting out there and making a movie from top to bottom in 48 hours.
The 80th Oscars are over and almost nothing untoward happened. Juno won a Best Original Screenplay award for Diablo Cody but didn’t pull off the “much-feared” upset of snagging Best Picture. Nor did the Eddie Murphy atrocity Norbit take home that award for Best Achievement in Makeup. (Murphy can take heart in the slew of […]
With the end of 2007, we also come to the end of another movie year, meaning that it’s time for that venerable tradition of the 10-best and 10-worst lists. People say that such lists are meaningless, and there’s some truth to that, if only because a year from now even the authors of such lists […]
As this is my first full year as “that other” film critic with the Xpress (and it’s been my experience that I’m sure that it’ll come as a shock to quite a few that there is more than just one), it also means that I get my very first top ten list. It’s an undertaking […]
The Southeastern Film Critics Association (SEFCA) named No Country for Old Men the Best Picture of 2007 in its 16th year of voting. The powerful crime thriller, based on Cormac McCarthy’s novel, earned a total of four awards, its other victories coming in the categories of Best Director (Joel and Ethan Coen), Best Adapted Screenplay […]
The fifth annual Asheville Film Festival is now history—and pretty darn good history it is, too. In so many ways, this was Asheville’s best film festival yet. Things ran smoother, the competition films were of a higher caliber than ever before, and the overall vibe from filmmakers, guests and audiences was just terrific. Everything I […]
The death last week of Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman brought to a close one of the most important chapters in film history. It didn’t matter very much whether or not you liked Bergman’s films; his name was synonymous with the idea of film as art. With the possible exception of the more flamboyant Federico Fellini, […]
As someone who is rarely in bed before 3 a.m., the idea of being anywhere at 9 in the morning is anathema to me. But when I was asked to be one of the judges for this year’s 48 Hour Film Festival—along with Brenda Lilly and Jan Powell—and was promised caffeine, I couldn’t say no, […]
Variously described as a writer, director, actor, producer, mime, composer, comic book writer and (believe it or not) psychotherapist, Chilean filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky is almost too preposterous to be real. The man has—rightly or wrongly—come to be a legend. That’s no small feat for a guy whose reputation primarily rests on three movies—El Topo (1970), […]
So Martin Scorsese finally has an Oscar and Peter O’Toole still doesn’t. Pan’s Labyrinth got shunted to one side as Best Foreign Language Film by the German film The Lives of Others, which almost no one has ever heard of. The supposedly unbeatable Eddie Murphy, who was nominated for Best Supporting Actor, went home empty-handed […]