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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.

151 articles in 2001   •   page 1 of 4

Lakeboat

“So I saw this movie.” “You saw a movie?” “Do I fuckin' stutter?” “Hey hey, no need to be that way. Was it a good...

Film Review, Dec. 31, 2001

Ali

The best thing about Michael Mann's sprawling yet strangely non-encompassing biopic of Muhammad Ali's life is Jon Voight, who loses himself in the role of...

Film Review, Dec. 28, 2001

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Frankly, this is one of those times when a reviewer knows going in that little, if any, of what he has to say about a...

Film Review, Dec. 21, 2001

La Buche

Giddy holiday fluff with the emotional consistency of meringue, La Bûche is French filmmaking by way of the Hollywood romance. A comedic look at a...

Film Review, Dec. 21, 2001

Vanilla Sky

When I first heard that Cameron Crowe was planning a remake of Alejandro Amenábar's 1997 film Abre los Ojos (Open Your Eyes), I thought it...

Film Review, Dec. 14, 2001

Vengo

I saw some video footage once of a man playing flamenco guitar with such feverish intensity that by song's end the instrument's neck was awash...

Film Review, Dec. 7, 2001

Ocean's Eleven

A clever, ingratiating, and altogether inoffensive update of the 1960 Rat Packer of the same name, Ocean's Eleven may be exactly what audiences are seeking...

Film Review, Dec. 7, 2001

Behind Enemy Lines

“I didn't sign up to be a cop,” says Navy flyboy Lt. Burnett (Wilson), “and I sure didn't sign up to be a cop on...

Film Review, Nov. 30, 2001

Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust

Bloodlust cuts right to the bloody heart of what's great about Japanese animation: shockingly beautiful images nested inside an entertaining storyline, girded on all sides...

Film Review, Nov. 30, 2001

Black Knight

After the inexplicable popular success of Big Momma's House, no doubt Martin Lawrence and his handlers were searching for some sort of follow-up that would...

Film Review, Nov. 23, 2001

Spy Game

Ponderous and bulky, swaddled in an aura of flimsy import, Spy Game is the first Tony Scott film I've actively disliked on an almost visceral...

Film Review, Nov. 23, 2001

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

At two and a half hours, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone runs a full hour longer than the standard kid-film length. Obviously, Chris Columbus...

Film Review, Nov. 16, 2001

Tape

Tape is a confined microcosm: three characters, one room, and a whole lot of head-trippery. Old high school friends reunite years later in a dingy Michigan motel room for a night of tricky revelations.

Film Review, Nov. 16, 2001

Audition

A horror film masquerading as a deeply disturbing meditation on the war between the sexes, Audition tells the story of a lonely Japanese film producer and widower who stages a film audition, ostensibly to cast a new film, but really to find a new wife.

Film Review, Nov. 9, 2001

Heist

It was a genuine surprise to arrive at the free, public screening of Heist and find a huge line already queued and waiting impatiently outside....

Film Review, Nov. 9, 2001

Monsters, Inc.

Re-released in 3-D.

Film Review, Nov. 2, 2001

Thirteen Ghosts

The cinematic exhumation of Sixties schlock-genius producer/director William Castle continues unabated, and, sadly, remains uninspired, uninteresting, and unfun. After last year's jokey remake of Castle's...

Film Review, Nov. 2, 2001

The Man Who Wasn't There

The story is rife with the Coens' ripe ambivalence, a black seriocomic opera of fouled-up American dreams, and a meditation on ambivalence that is itself often as ambiguous as the emotional meanderings of its protagonist, a small-town barber. The film's black-and-white image processing is stunning.

Film Review, Nov. 2, 2001

Bones

Papa's got a brand new body bag. It's been nine years since Dickerson teamed with former pal Spike Lee to shoot Malcolm X and in...

Film Review, Oct. 26, 2001

K-PAX

Based on the novel by Gene Brewer, K-PAX is the story of Prot (Spacey), a man who claims to have traveled to Earth from another...

Film Review, Oct. 26, 2001

The Fall of the House of Usher

By far the best of Roger Corman's Poe-inspired films, The Fall of the House of Usher takes the author's gloriously claustrophobic tale of mad Roderick Usher and his undead sister Madeline and fleshes it out into some sort of minor drive-in masterpiece.

Screens Review, Oct. 26, 2001

The Monster Show: A Cultural History of Horror

Far more readable than the majority of critical studies of pop-culture grue, David Skal's The Monster Show is a landmark work and nearly as entertaining as that dead clown underneath your bed.

Screens Review, Oct. 26, 2001

The Fall of the House of Usher

By far the best of Roger Corman's Poe-inspired films done for legendary B-movie outfit American International Pictures in the early Sixties, The Fall of the...

Film Review, Oct. 25, 2001

The Last Castle

Some films just leave you puzzled, and The Last Castle is one of them. The movie is the story of a three-star general, Eugene Irwin...

Film Review, Oct. 19, 2001

From Hell

If you're like me you've been waiting for the definitive film version of Jack the Ripper's blade-happy hijinks at least since the fall of 1888,...

Film Review, Oct. 19, 2001

Mulholland Drive

Robert Forster's character (who makes a cameo early on in David Lynch's newest) neatly sums up the film when he arrives. He plays an LAPD...

Film Review, Oct. 18, 2001

Soul Survivors

If you're like me, you probably caught the trailer for Soul Survivors almost a year ago when it first (and only) popped up in theatre...

Film Review, Oct. 12, 2001

Bandits

There's much to like about Bandits, Barry Levinson's new film about a romantic triangle that blossoms among a pair of gentlemen bank robbers and a...

Film Review, Oct. 12, 2001

Joy Ride

At one point or another it's happened to all of us: You're driving cross-country in your new '71 Chrysler Newport with your best girl on...

Film Review, Oct. 5, 2001

Training Day

“This is important. Don't blow it,” wife Lisa (Ayanna) tells her rookie cop husband Jake (Hawke) at the outset of his first day as neighborhood...

Film Review, Oct. 5, 2001

Extreme Days

Extreme sports -- skate and snow boarding, surfing, paintball intifadas and the like -- have rarely been as markedly unexciting as they are in this...

Film Review, Oct. 5, 2001

Zoolander

If the balm of comedy is not only helpful but necessary in times of crisis, consider Ben Stiller a national wartime resource. Bizarre, outrageous, and...

Film Review, Sep. 28, 2001

Megiddo: The Omega Code Two

The extremely questionable taste in Trinity Broadcast Network's last-minute decision to go ahead with the release of this film, which contains graphic images of Middle...

Film Review, Sep. 28, 2001

Hearts in Atlantis

It has become cliché to say that “the book was better than the movie,” and doubly so when it comes to Stephen King. Still, it's...

Film Review, Sep. 28, 2001

Lumumba

Peck's film is a fine, incendiary portrait of Congo's first freely elected prime minister, who arrived at his post in 1960 as the Belgians were finally exiting after 80 years of colonialism. – Marc Savlov

Film Review, Sep. 21, 2001

Happy Accidents

With Vincent D'Onofrio in full-on goofball mode and Marisa Tomei apparently so ill-fed she can't stop gnawing on her lower lip in a futile search...

Film Review, Sep. 21, 2001

Apocalypse Now Redux

The hallucinogenic chuk-chuk-chuk of an unseen gunship's rotors is the first sound you hear in Coppola's masterpiece. For filmgoers of a certain age it's a...

Film Review, Sep. 14, 2001

Thomas in Love

For a film that takes place entirely within the confines of the main character's computer screen, the Belgian Thomas in Love is amazingly interesting stuff....

Film Review, Sep. 7, 2001

The Musketeer

Immediately after sitting through Peter Hyams' resourcefully awful “reimagining” of Alexandre Dumas' classic tale of King Louis, Cardinal Richelieu, and the little problems of state...

Film Review, Sep. 7, 2001

Jeepers Creepers

Jeepers Creepers may not be the most technically accomplished horror film I've seen -- some of the night sequences, of which there are many, have...

Film Review, Aug. 31, 2001

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