Ten Movies I am Looking Forward to at SXSW 2024

March 7, 202412 min

                                   Ten Movies I am Looking Forward To at SXSW 2024

                       It seems like it was just yesterday that I was preparing for the 2023 version of SXSW. Last year was full of expected goodness as well as rare new finds that I loved. This year looks to be filled with plenty of gems as well, and after combing the schedule, some movies stood out more than others and it’s these ten that I am looking forward to the most.

        Cuckoo

                     This movie had my attention already because of Dan Stevens and Jessica Henwick, but then I saw that teaser. After a teenage girl it forced to move to a resort, she soon discovers things are not right. That teaser delivered the final hook and I can’t wait to see this with a crowd.

        Dandelion

                   This move popped on my radar after seeing it on other list of must see movies at this year’s SXSW. It was only then that I read Nicole Riegel’s story about a singer, who it in a downward spiral and maybe on her last leg, meets someone who she connects with.

        The Greatest Hits

                       I am still in love with the genre, so movies that take it on always peak my interest. The genre I am referring to it what I call “The Groundhog Day Genre” , in which time is on a loop for whatever reason. In this case romantic songs can transfer a woman back in time, as she relives her past romantic relationship. Things happen and the question that is ultimately asked is, if you can change the past, should you?

 

          I Saw The TV Glow

                       A great trailer can go a long way, and this one got me super excited . Written and directed by Jane Schoenbrun, I Saw The TV Glow is a story about two teenagers and their love for a TV show that mysteriously gets cancelled. While that doesn’t sound too exciting, there it lot more to it and I have a feeling this one is going to hit the sweet spot. Plus, hey, A24!

         Immaculate

                       I always have a spot in my heart for a good horror movie. This one is the story of a woman with devout faith, who is welcomed into a perfect Italian countryside and into a convent. Her new home though has dark secrets. The story of Sydney Sweeney’s love for this project and the disturbing trailer only adds to my curiosity.

         Monkey Man

                       I am a Dev Patel fan, so a movie that he stars, directs and co-writes, you know I am already there. When you add that Jordan Peele not only rescued this from Netflix, but also produces this story about a guy who is seeking revenge against some corrupt leaders. What that translates to is Patel about to kick some bad guy ass, and I am all here for it.

         Oddity

                    I loved Damian Mc Carthy’s 2020 film Caveat, so of course I am down for his follow-up. This one it about a blind medium who uncovers the truth behind his sister’s death, with the help of a scary wooden mannequin. I don’t know what else I need to say, I was already in, but you really got me with “scary wooden mannequin.”

        Road House

                   I always believed you should leave perfect movies alone, because I mean how do you make something that is already flawless even better? I feel that way about the original 1989 Road House, but with some words from director Doug Liman and a trailer that lands its punches, you can say I am very intrigued to see what they do. Add to that that fact that this it coming to streaming, SXSW it the only way I can see this movie how its meant be seen, in a theater full of fans.

      Sing Sing

                  Another movie I knew little about, other that Colman Domingo stars in it, but that it reason enough to see something. This film from Greg Kwedar tells a story about a man who it in jail for a crime he didn’t commit. Once inside he finds purpose by being in a theater group, and is shown the true power of art.

     Sew Torn

                 As a kid, like anyone my age, I was a big fan of Choose Your Own Adventure books. Sew Torn’s premise reminds me of those books as Freddy Macdonald delivers a film about choices. When a woman is caught between a drug deal gone bad, she is forced to make one of three choices and having to live through those choices and the repercussions that follow.

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