2019 SXSW Film Festival Coverage

AMovieGuy.com's RATING: 3 STARS

Little Monsters
is a movie with Lupita Nyong'o playing a kindergarten teacher, protecting her children from zombies. If that won't catch your attention then nothing will. Abe Forsythe's film is a darker comedy that finds a way to inject a bit of life into the zombie genre. I have been tired of movies that feature the undead for some time now, but this was a riot, with a start turn by Alexander England as a down on his luck rocker, stuck living at his sisters, and helping his nephew and his classmates fight off the zombies. There's plenty of laughs and you get to see Lupita kick some major zombie butt.

AMovieGuy.com's RATING: 3 STARS

Richard Pryor is arguably the greatest comedian of all time so there's not a question of if the star is worthy of his own documentary. Like many other films, you just want them to get it right and I am Richard Pryor nails it. With a fantastic collection of fellow comedians, friends, and family, this is a compact documentary that perfects the rise and tragic fall of Pryor. It helps that director Jesse James Miller was able to get Pryor's ex-wife Jennifer Lee Pryor to tell her side of the story, and first hand accounts of his troubles with drugs, pressure, and womanizing. There can be no sugar coating on Richard Pryor's life. He was the son that grew up in a brothel, he rose to the top performing comedy to all white audiences, and broke ground with his style of comedy. If you don't know Richard Pryor, see this documentary.   

AMovieGuy.com's RATING: 3 STARS

Tread is almost like the true story of the Michael Schumacher film Falling Down. It is a documentary that chronicles a man at the end of his rope, pushed to insanity, and bulldozing through his enemies. Director Paul Solet has crafted a documentary that certainly fits within our times, where people continue to be disenfranchised, and it will make audiences wonder why they never knew the story about Marvin Heemeyer in Granby, Colorado. Although I wish there was more of an equal viewpoint to this two sided story, it certainly makes for one hell of a movie.  

AMovieGuy.com's Coverage of the 2019 SXSW Film Festival!

This was my first time at SXSW without my partner in crime, my wife Christina Brady and it was quite the learning experience. That's not to say I still didn't have an awesome time, in fact I saw a lot of movies- 16 total in 5 days, which is a massive accomplishment. Not to mention I was able to land interviews with director Paul Solet, actor/directo Logan Marshall-Green, and an interview with Tye Sheridan & director Rick Alverson, which was one of my favorite experiences at SXSW. But what most people want to know is how were the movies? Here are a few of my favorites at SXSW 2019 and what you should be on the lookout for:  

AMovieGuy.com's RATING: 3 ½ STARS

As someone who was born and raised catholic and went to a catholic high school, Yes, God, Yes felt like a slice of my younger years. Not to mention, writer director Natalie Maine seems to know exactly what she wants to say, knows how to make us laugh, and has a fantastic cast to bring her script to life. Yes, God, Yes was originally a short film, which is typically not easy to transfer to a feature, but with Stranger Things star Natalia Dyer delivering a breakthrough performance, it all works. She stars as Alice, a high school junior that discovers her sexual urges on an AOL chat room and begins to find out that her classmates are just as horny as she is. It makes for an uncomfortable time at their religious retreat and a smack of reality to how most religion is just a bunch of crap.

AMovieGuy.com's RATING: 4 STARS

Can you believe I gave Get Out 3 ½ STARS? That's not going to happen again and Us is a fantastic follow-up film. If you are expecting something that hammers you over the head with a social message the way Get Out did, you will be disappointed, but that's not to say that Peele doesn’t have his voice. He's his own director. He is the product of film history, the Hitchcock's, Kubrick's, and Spielberg's but it's rare for a film to deliver such a layered story of family, terrifying home invasion, and battling our own worst enemy, ourselves. Us is worthy of multiple viewings and Luptia Nyong'o's performance is groundbreaking. READ MY FULL REVIEW- HERE