December7 , 2023

SXSW 2023: Only the Good Survive, The Wrath of Becky, It Lives Inside | Festivals & Awards


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The defiant author/director with the superb identify Dutch Southern gave the perfect introduction I heard at SXSW this 12 months for his “Only the Good Survive,” calling the movie punk rock in a means that would solely occur in Austin. Conceived and shot there, Southern went so far as to proclaim that in case you don’t love his film, you do not like Austin. Well, I like Austin. And I like his film. So possibly he is onto one thing.

“Only the Good Survive” is a type of movies that will not depart too many viewers within the heart with regards to its appraisal. You both get on its quirky wavelength or you do not. For me, Southern’s mix of Texan anarchy, basic thriller storytelling, and quirky humorousness clicked from starting to finish. This is a film that is not going to work for all however will REALLY work for some, and I feel Southern is completely superb with rewarding a particular viewers as a substitute of making an attempt to enchantment to everybody.

Sidney Flanigan of “Never Rarely Sometimes Always” performs Brea Dunlee, a younger lady who’s launched as the one survivor of one thing terrible, being interviewed/interrogated by an officer named Cole Mack (Frederick Weller). And so the movie has an unreliable narrator construction that provides it a really totally different vitality than a standard thriller as Mack tries to drag out what occurred from Dunlee’s mind in intelligent, playful methods. As this “The Usual Satanists” will get deeper into its twisted story, Weller and Flanigan playfully bounce forwards and backwards, having a blast with Southern’s intelligent, referential dialogue.

Oh what a narrative Brea has to inform. It begins with an opportunity assembly of a cute boy named Ry (the nice D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai of “Reservation Dogs”), who brings her right into a plan along with his a man named Erve (Will Ropp) and a few charismatic muscle named Dev (Darius Fraser). Ry stumbled upon some uncommon cash within the dwelling of an aged couple, and introduced in Erve and Dev to assist steal them. Maybe Brea could possibly be the lookout? Of course, the trio of robbers come across one thing VERY totally different from cash in the home, and all hell breaks free, possibly even actually.