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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.

121 articles in 2000   •   page 1 of 4

Wes Craven Presents: Dracula

“I don't drink - coffee,” says Butler's sleek, telegenic nosferatu, droll little bloodsucker that he is, and right then you almost fall for him, hook,...

Film Review, Dec. 29, 2000

The Lifestyle: Group Sex in the Suburbs

Never has sexuality looked so unsexy. Schisgall's documentary explores the semi-hidden world of “the lifestyle" -- swingers in suburbia -- and what it finds is...

Film Review, Dec. 29, 2000

Dude, Where's My Car?

Not since Scott Baio used his wacky telekinetic powers to disrobe a chesty Heather Thomas in the 1982 teen sex comedy Zapped! has there been...

Film Review, Dec. 22, 2000

Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport

Documentary about the effort to place children of European Jews during WWII within safe homes in England.

Film Review, Dec. 15, 2000

The Emperor's New Groove

Instead of venturing out to the theatre to see the Mouse's newest, I'd have been better served by staying home and watching a video copy...

Film Review, Dec. 15, 2000

Vertical Limit

Cliffhanger meets The Wages of Fear meets K2 may have sounded good at the pitch meeting, but on the screen it plays more like some...

Film Review, Dec. 8, 2000

Dungeons & Dragons

Oh, to be in sixth grade again, rolling the percentile dice on the lunchroom table and knowing full well that D&D creator Gary Gygax was...

Film Review, Dec. 8, 2000

Ran

Kurosawa uses Shakespeare's King Lear as a template, but in Ran Lear's three scheming daughters are sons, and the action is transposed to a mythic, dreamlike, feudal Japan. Like an adrenalized fever dream of ultimate power gone awry, Ran reveals Kurosawa's grasp of visual splendor at its most powerful.

Film Review, Nov. 30, 2000

Solas

“A mi madre, a todos los madres” is Spanish director Zambrano's closing dedication and it's a particularly fitting one for his debut feature, a grim...

Film Review, Nov. 24, 2000

Unbreakable

Nine-year-old Elijah Price is a boy with a burden, specifically a degenerative bone disease that has rendered his thin frame as excessively fragile as a...

Film Review, Nov. 24, 2000

The Sixth Day

The opening credits tell us that The 6th Day is set “sometime in the near future … sooner than you think.” The future, hopefully, will...

Film Review, Nov. 17, 2000

Bounce

A bounce is a crash that doesn't end. This pearl of post-traumatic stress wisdom is issued by Abby (Paltrow), a fluttery Los Angeles real estate...

Film Review, Nov. 17, 2000

Rugrats in Paris: The Movie

Fun for kids and grownups.

Film Review, Nov. 17, 2000

Dark Days

It's easy to see why Dark Days picked up not one, not two, but three major awards at Sundance 2000 (as well as an honorable...

Film Review, Nov. 10, 2000

Men of Honor

As a post-title note informs us, the story of Men of Honor is “based on the life of Carl Brashear,” the U.S. Navy's first African-American...

Film Review, Nov. 10, 2000

Billy Elliot

Set against the gray, doomed miner's strikes in Durham County, England nearly two decades ago, the titular Billy Elliot is a young working class kid...

Film Review, Nov. 3, 2000

Charlie's Angels

Remember John Forsythe informing us that “Once upon a time there were three beautiful girls …”? Does that mean Charlie's Angels was a fairy tale?...

Film Review, Nov. 3, 2000

The Yards

There are a number of extremely enjoyable aspects to this second feature by James Gray (Little Odessa), among them Howard Shore's ominous score, which never...

Film Review, Oct. 27, 2000

Book of Shadows: Blair Witch Two

Is Book of Shadows the best comedy of the year? Or the worst horror film of the decade? Either way you look at it, this...

Film Review, Oct. 27, 2000

Lucky Numbers

Suddenly Battlefield Earth doesn't look so bad. Compared to Lucky Numbers, an unfortunate teaming of Ephron (who previously directed Travolta in Michael) and writer Adam...

Film Review, Oct. 27, 2000

Lost Souls

The directorial debut of longtime Spielberg cinematographer and two-time Oscar winner (for Schindler's List and Saving Private Ryan) Kaminski is a muddy, senseless mess. There's...

Film Review, Oct. 20, 2000

Pay It Forward

The fact that Pay It Forward is already generating some Oscar buzz from pre-screening film critics only serves to point out what a disastrous year...

Film Review, Oct. 20, 2000

The Ladies Man

Leon Phelps (Meadows) has never met booty he couldn't plunder. Between his mile-high Afro, crème-colored flairs, and open-just-shy-of-the-navel rayon disco shirts, he's a walking anachronism,...

Film Review, Oct. 13, 2000

Get Carter

It's far too easy to poke fun at Sylvester Stallone, the man behind Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot and Tango & Cash, and again,...

Film Review, Oct. 13, 2000

Girl on the Bridge

Girl on the Bridge is a film about luck and love and hurling weighted, razor-sharp knives at sexy, waifish women with big round eyes. It's...

Film Review, Oct. 13, 2000

Best in Show

In Guest's parodic hands, the Westminster Dog Show goes to the hounds.

Film Review, Oct. 12, 2000

Dancer in the Dark

Björk goes goes to the death chamber in musical interludes.

Film Review, Oct. 6, 2000

Human Resources

How you respond to Human Resources will have much to do with how fascinating you find the intricate ballet between workers and management. Set in...

Film Review, Oct. 6, 2000

Remember the Titans

While the rest of the world has its collective eyeballs on the big games down under, Disney has seen fit to offer viewers stateside some...

Film Review, Sep. 29, 2000

Bittersweet Motel

Early on in the documentary Bittersweet Motel, an adoring male fan of the Burlington, Vermont-based rock band Phish offers the film's most insightful take on...

Film Review, Sep. 22, 2000

Urban Legends: Final Cut

Recently, in the Chronicle letters column, it was suggested that I was perhaps not the world's biggest fan of the horror film genre, based on...

Film Review, Sep. 22, 2000

Aimée & Jaguar

Aimée & Jaguar was nominated this year for the Golden Globe's Best Foreign Film, and although it lost to Pedro Almodóvar's All About My Mother,...

Film Review, Sep. 15, 2000

The Tao of Steve

Easygoing romantic comedy about an unlikely ladies' man.

Film Review, Sep. 8, 2000

God's Army

Somebody, somewhere, someday is going to have the presence of mind to double-bill this with Orgazmo, and why not? Both films deal with young, rookie...

Film Review, Aug. 25, 2000

Shower

The shock of the new collides with centuries of meditative tradition in Zhang's simple, affecting tale of the final days of a Beijing bathhouse. Slated...

Film Review, Aug. 18, 2000

The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg

I originally caught this top-drawer example of the art of the documentary film at SXSW two years ago and immediately began telling anyone who would...

Film Review, Aug. 18, 2000

The Cell

Director of commercials and music videos Tarsem Singh is like a toddler at Christmas: He's far more interested in messing about with the pretty, shiny...

Film Review, Aug. 18, 2000

Bless the Child

They say the devil's in the details; if that's the case, then Bless the Child ought to be endorsed by the Christian Family Council as...

Film Review, Aug. 11, 2000

Wonderland

Director Michael Winterbottom's looking glass could use a spot of Windex and thorough scrubbing. Far from the mesmerizing warped-eye-view and splendid chaos of Alice's unreality,...

Film Review, Aug. 11, 2000

Hollow Man

It's the loaded question that has titillated libidinal teenage males since time immemorial: What if you were invisible? Wouldn't that be cool? Well, yeah, but...

Film Review, Aug. 4, 2000

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