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Marc Savlov

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Marc Savlov has been covering film, music, and pop culture for The Austin Chronicle since 1991. In 2009 he was named "Meanest Critic in America" by the Miller McCune Center for Research, Media, and Public Policy (via aggregate film ratings derived from Metacritic et al). In 2011 he won "Best Film Critic" in the annual Austin Chronicle Best of Austin awards. Currently, he's prepping a non-fiction book and documentary about the punk rock scene in Thailand while attempting to learn Thai and master Adobe Final Cut Pro.

38 articles in 1991

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

For the (allegedly) final installment of the Star Trek saga, J. Tiberius Kirk and crew present us with one of the dullest films of the...

Film Review, Dec. 13, 1991

The Addams Family

It took decades to finally bring a worthy film version of Charles Addams' eerie cartoon family to the screen, but here it is. First-time director...

Film Review, Nov. 29, 1991

Archangel

Guy Maddin, the (seemingly) deranged Winnipeg director of Tales from the Gimli Hospital has returned to confuse, annoy, or enthrall audiences (depending on your outlook)...

Film Review, Nov. 29, 1991

Blood & Concrete: A Love Story

Joey Turks (Zane) is a none-too-bright Hollywood sneak thief with nicer hair than mine, sort of a 90210-guy gone awry. Stabbed in the process of...

Film Review, Nov. 22, 1991

The Rapture

I've been trying to remember another recent debut film from a novice director that packs as much of a punch as Michael Tolkin's The Rapture,...

Film Review, Nov. 15, 1991

Billy Bathgate

Gangster films have always been an integral part of the American cinematic landscape. From White Heat to De Palma's remake of the classic Scarface to...

Film Review, Nov. 8, 1991

Whore

It's hard to come up with a director as rigorously bizarre as Ken Russell. It seems as though this particular auteur has made it his...

Film Review, Nov. 8, 1991

A Paper Wedding

It's hard to believe that this new film from French-Canadian Brault isn't a remake of last year's Green Card. Seeing as how Paper Wedding was...

Film Review, Nov. 1, 1991

The Super

Hollywood Truism No. 44: even great actors can get roped into bad movies. Joe Pesci, wonderfully creepy in Scorsese's GoodFellas, has finally ended up in...

Film Review, Oct. 11, 1991

Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll

It's always been hard to figure out what to make of Eric Bogosian, and this quirkily-directed concert film by John McNaughton (Henry: Portrait of a...

Film Review, Oct. 4, 1991

The Pope Must Diet

Despite all the brouhaha surrounding the title of this film, The Pope Must Diet is actually a fairly innocuous piece of classic British farce along...

Film Review, Sep. 27, 1991

Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare

More so than any other type of film, monster movies undoubtedly produce the greatest amount of sequels. From James Whale's Frankenstein to John Carpenter's Halloween,...

Film Review, Sep. 20, 1991

A Matter of Degrees

Perrhaps it's just me, but it seems as though there's some sort of new wave sweeping through American independent filmmaking. Small, no-to-low budget films such...

Film Review, Sep. 13, 1991

Child's Play 3

Wouldn't it be great if every new film was a sequel of something previous? Yeah, right…. In this third installment in the popular “Doll From...

Film Review, Sep. 6, 1991

Defenseless

Despite the fact that Defenseless has one of the best ensemble casts in a long while, Martin Campbell's (Criminal Law) new film is hardly much...

Film Review, Aug. 30, 1991

Mystery Date

There's nothing quite so pleasantly surprising as going to see a film you know will be awful and having it turn out to be actually...

Film Review, Aug. 23, 1991

1991 Festival of Animation

Unlike such previous animation festivals as the International Tournee of Animation and the Outrageous Animation Festival, this new 'toon showcase seems to barrel along at...

Film Review, Aug. 23, 1991

Bingo

Cross Benji with the narrative abattoir of Heaven's Gate and you ought to have a pretty clear picture of the recklessly unprofessional mood of Bingo....

Film Review, Aug. 16, 1991

Pure Luck

Pure Luck manages to deliver only four decent laughs in its entire 105-minute time. As with many comedies in the last couple of years, you...

Film Review, Aug. 16, 1991

Body Parts

Director Red, whose previous credits include the screenplays for The Hitcher and Near Dark (two of the best horror/thrillers of the mid-eighties), spent a lot...

Film Review, Aug. 9, 1991

Cross My Heart

Truffaut or not Truffaut? Not, of course, but not for lack of trying. The comparisons between Fansten's film and any number of Truffaut pieces are...

Film Review, Aug. 9, 1991

Dutch

If the words “A John Hughes Film” fill you with tingly anticipation, if you were one of the millions of people who thought Home Alone...

Film Review, Jul. 19, 1991

Boyz N the Hood

Singleton's 1991 movie about three black boys growing to manhood in the combat zones of L.A.'s South Central, remains a searing cultural indictment.

Film Review, Jul. 19, 1991

Tatie Danielle

What is it with the French these days? Such dark little films they're sending us… Like the recent Baxter, Tatie Danielle is a skewed bit...

Film Review, Jul. 12, 1991

Regarding Henry

From the Star Warsand Indiana Jones trilogies to Witness and Working Girl, Ford has had a knack for picking the right scripts, and this is...

Film Review, Jul. 12, 1991

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

This one hails from back in the day when James Cameron and ILM still had something to prove.

Film Review, Jul. 5, 1991

Blood in the Face

Without a zombie in sight, this is the best horror film in years. Co-directors Anne Bohlen (Roger & Me), Kevin Rafferty (director of The Atomic...

Film Review, Jun. 21, 1991

The Rocketeer

"Summer Movies" have been taking a lot of guff (mostly from film critics) these last few years for being hollow, empty things devoid of any...

Film Review, Jun. 21, 1991

Baxter

Baxter, a white bull terrier who manages to look both intimidating and cute at the same time, is a dog capable of rational thought. Bolvin's...

Film Review, Jun. 14, 1991

Larks on a String

“We'll pour our peaceful steel down the imperialist war-monger's throat,” is a phrase that more than adequately reflects the darkly humorous tone of this disarming...

Film Review, Jun. 7, 1991

Servants of Twilight

While not as awful as the last film adaptation of a Dean Koontz novel (the evil Corey Haim vehicle Watchers), Servants is a far cry...

Film Review, Jun. 7, 1991

Only the Lonely

I wouldn't say this new John Hughes/Chris Columbus co-production is as bad as their last (which, you may remember, turned out to be the most...

Film Review, May. 31, 1991

Perfectly Normal

To his co-workers at the Tate Brewery, Renzo Parachi (Riley) is just another assembly line worker: quiet, efficient, average. To his rinkmates on the company...

Film Review, May. 24, 1991

Truly, Madly, Deeply

Jamie is dead, to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. Dead as a doornail, yes, but like Dickens' Marley, he keeps popping...

Film Review, May. 24, 1991

F/X2

1985's F/X was never anyone's idea of an Oscar contender, but it was still a nifty little action flick with a watertight script and amiable...

Film Review, May. 17, 1991

Iron & Silk

Based on Ivy Leaguer Mark Salzman's experiences in China in 1982-84, Shirley Sun (A Great Wall) and crew have managed to create not so much...

Film Review, May. 10, 1991

One Good Cop

For such a talented actor, Keaton ends up in too many mediocre movies. From The Squeeze to Pacific Heights, he seems to come out with...

Film Review, May. 10, 1991

Home Alone

Home Alone is the apex, the pinnacle, the culmination of every bad bit Hughes has ever written or directed. It overflows with primitive, disastrously unfunny sight gags and neo-hateful familial humor.

Film Review, Jan. 11, 1991