MOVIE: BOOK SMART
DIRECTED BY: OLIVIA WILDE
Speaking of directorial debuts, how about Olivia Wilde? She is bringing her first film- Booksmart to Austin, Texas and I can't wait. Wilde is not entirely green at this, she directed a Red Hot Chili Peppers video, and is a veteran in the Mumblecore genre circles. Plus, she's making a movie that might be the new Superbad, about two high school girls attempting to have one more wild night before college. That should be reasons enough for why I am excited to see her new film. Booksmart also happens to have a young and awesome cast of actors, including Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein, Billie Lourd, and Wilde's husband Jason Sudeikis. Booksmart is a comedy I cannot miss.
DIRECTED BY: JORDAN PEELE
FRIDAY MARCH 8TH- OPENING NIGHT
Jordan Peele's Us, the follow-up to his 2017 Oscar winner Get Out, is the opening night film of SXSW and it does not get much better than that. The buzz of this movie is surrounding, humming all around this years festival, and with good cause. The only question is, can Peele live up to the hype and massive success of his first film? Having Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, and Elizabeth Moss in your cast is a good start and the atmosphere alone will be so high, you won't need any recreational drugs to feel good that night.
MOVIE: YES, GOD, YES
DIRECTED BY: KAREN MAINE
If you have not noticed, but 3 of the 5 movies that I am anticipating at SXSW are directed by women and that is a conscious choice I am making this year. In past years, I stick with the blockbuster films at SXSW, but this is a new year for AMovieGuy.com. I was such a big fan of Obvious Child in 2014 and now writer Karen Maine is turning her short film- Yes, God, Yes into a full-length feature. It stars Stranger Things' Natalia Dyer as a repressed catholic school girl who stumbles onto a racy AOL chat room in the early 2000's. It sounds like it should be funny and as a former catholic school student myself, the humor is most likely going to be something I relate to.
Austin, Texas- After a one-year hiatus to celebrate the birth of my son Lucas, AMovieGuy.com is going back to SXSW! And boy have I missed it! What started as a festival that I was just happy to be accepted at, has become a film festival that is above all my favorite to attend. I have never had a bad time in Austin, and to make things even scarier, this will be my first year covering the festival solo. You can expect me to be covering a lot of movies, talking to film critics, and enjoying all that SXSW has to offer. And what movies am I most excited for? Here are AMovieGuy.com's 5-Most anticipated movies at SXSW 2019::
MOVIE: ADOPT A HIGHWAY
DIRECTED BY: LOGAN MARSHALL-GREEN
Logan Marshall-Green has always been a favorite actor of mine since Prometheus. Which is why it is no doubt that I am going to see his directorial debut- Adopt A Highway, starring Ethan Hawke and Elaine Hendrix. Marshall-Green has become a strong voice in cinema and has had a string of hit independent films with Upgrade and Karyn Kusama's The Invitation. He knows how to pick the right roles for him to act in, now it is exciting to see if he can write and direct a winner at SXSW.
MOVIE: BODY AT BRIGHTON ROCK
DIRECTED BY: ROXANNE BENJAMIN
As many of my followers know, the horror genre has become a big favorite of mine. The midnighters schedule is where horror enthusiasts spend their time at SXSW. A movie that stuck out to me was Roxanne Benjamin's Body At Brighton Rock. Benjamin already made a favorite horror anthology of mine, Southbound, so I consider her new work a must-see. With a premise of a park ranger given the task of guarding a crime scene in the middle of the wilderness and the potential of anything that could attack her at night, that just screams to me as a movie I am going to have to see.