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Marc Savlov

TWITTER: @savlovauschron

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.

233 articles in 2002   •   page 1 of 6

Siouxsie & the Banshees

Best of

Music Review, Dec. 27, 2002

Catch Me If You Can

From its opening, Saul Bass-inspired title sequence to the final bouncy rhythms of John Williams' kicky Sixties score, Catch Me if You Can goes down...

Film Review, Dec. 27, 2002

Short Cuts

Local asses contribute to community.

Screens Column, Dec. 27, 2002

The Wild Thornberrys Movie

Although I'm a huge fan of L.A.-based animation house Klasky Csupo, I went into their Thornberrys film without having seen a lick of this family-oriented...

Film Review, Dec. 20, 2002

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

If further proof was needed that New Zealand director Peter Jackson is one of the most crushingly talented filmmakers the world has ever seen, then...

Film Review, Dec. 20, 2002

Short Cuts

How to make T-shirts without violating child labor laws.

Screens Column, Dec. 20, 2002

The Fall

A Part of America Therein 1981, Totale's Turns, Perverted by Language

Music Review, Dec. 13, 2002

Analyze That

This obviously titled sequel to 1999's mobster-in-therapy comedy may have seemed like a sure thing during the initial round of production meetings but director Ramis...

Film Review, Dec. 13, 2002

Star Trek: Nemesis

The end of an era or the error of the end: Say what you must about Star Trek: The Next Generation, they've gone out with...

Film Review, Dec. 13, 2002

Herzog/Kinski Collection

Screens Feature, Dec. 13, 2002

Gorillaz Phase One: Celebrity Take Down

Screens Feature, Dec. 13, 2002

The Young Ones: Every Stoopid Episode

Screens Feature, Dec. 13, 2002

Fangs for the Memories

Shopping & sucking with erstwhile vampire Udo Kier

Screens Feature, Dec. 13, 2002

Calling All Lonely-Hearts

IMAX movies and swingin' singles meet up, make out, at i-mixers.

Screens Feature, Dec. 13, 2002

Short Cuts

England welcomes Harry Knowles -- and his Underoos -- with open arms.

Screens Column, Dec. 13, 2002

Bradbury, Now and Then

Ray Bradbury and Various

Books Feature, Dec. 13, 2002


“If only I knew then what I know now,” laments former South Bronx street pharmacist Victor Rosa (Leguizamo) in his bookend voiceover, “I would have...

Film Review, Dec. 6, 2002

Wes Craven Presents: They

Robert Harmon's 1986 film The Hitcher is a classic of nail-gnawing suspense (with vague supernatural overtones) that the director, unfortunately, never quite topped. He's been...

Film Review, Dec. 6, 2002

Das Experiment

Big Brother meets Survivor at Heinrich Himmler's house. Loosely based on Mario Giordano's novel Black Box (which was itself taken from the infamous Stanford Prison...

Film Review, Dec. 6, 2002

Flesh & Blood

The Drafthouse thinks you could do with a little more Udo. That's why they're bringing in German legend Udo Kier for the weekend.

Screens Feature, Dec. 6, 2002

Another Blow to Damsels-in-Distress: 'Jen Saves Ben'

Screens Feature, Dec. 6, 2002


Screens Feature, Dec. 6, 2002

Short Cuts

It's official: Ethan and Dennis are in.

Screens Column, Dec. 6, 2002

The Happiness of the Katakuris

Katakuris is something of a departure for Miike, seeing as how it's chock-full of robust romance and – we kid you not – musical numbers. While this is ultimately a crazy meditation on family values and the like, it's still mind-bogglingly goofy filmmaking, at once deeply moving and deeply annoying.

Film Review, Nov. 29, 2002

Treasure Planet

Disney here remakes one of its own with stupendous results that put much of the studio's recent animated output to shame (I'm talking to you,...

Film Review, Nov. 29, 2002

Short Cuts

No tape, no screen: The Dobie's new digital projector and the Alamo's windblown mishap last week.

Screens Column, Nov. 29, 2002

The Smell of Success

Austin's poster art scene is back, and it's better than ever.

Music Feature, Nov. 22, 2002

Friday After Next

What's next -- See You Next Shabbat? They could get the Rick Rubin and the Beastie Boys if it weren't for Ice Cube's West Coast-only...

Film Review, Nov. 22, 2002

Die Another Day

Outing No. 20 for Britain's suavest assassin comes at a price: Mainly, many aspects of Die Another Day seem cribbed from previous Bond films. There's...

Film Review, Nov. 22, 2002

Short Cuts

Regal co-CEO Kurt Hall was quoted as saying, "I hope the line between entertainment and advertising will begin to blur." He says that like it's a good thing.

Screens Column, Nov. 22, 2002

Ali: Fear Eats the Soul

Fassbinder's grimy Berliner sensibility coats the bare bones of Sirk's original tale in a slick sheen of weary cynicism and pits true love against societal mores in a battle to the bitter end.

Screens Review, Nov. 22, 2002

The Artful 'Dodger'

First-time writer / director Dylan Kidd talks about his award-winning indie debut, Roger Dodger.

Screens Feature, Nov. 15, 2002

Short Cuts

A new Vietnam Film Series, a Cine Las Americas call for entries, aGLIFF's "Secret Cinema," and a fond farewell to AFS film programmer Salvatore Botti.

Screens Column, Nov. 15, 2002


Frida Kahlo, the Mexican surrealist, feminist icon, bon vivant, and revolutionary populist, lived a life that has been begging for a film version since her...

Film Review, Nov. 8, 2002

8 Mile

Eminen's semi-autobiographical story of a young, white rapper on the rise in Detroit has a soft-focus Hollywood tint.

Film Review, Nov. 8, 2002

The Artful 'Dodger'

First-time writer / director Dylan Kidd talks about his award-winning indie debut, 'Roger Dodger.'

Screens Feature, Nov. 8, 2002

Short Cuts

Dead Man Talking: A panel of local film academics & critics discuss the Tim Robbins' film in anticipation of the opera adaptation.

Screens Column, Nov. 8, 2002

War Photographer

It's nearly impossible to know how to react to this film. On the one hand, the current military ramp-up renders this documentary about James Nachtwey...

Film Review, Nov. 1, 2002

I Spy

Fans of the mid-sixties CBS series starring Bill Cosby as the Rhodes Scholar-cum-secret agent Alexander Scott and Robert Culp as co-spy-cum-tennis bum Kelly Robinson are...

Film Review, Nov. 1, 2002

Short Cuts

Good movies, good cause: LunaFest lands in town to raise cash for The Breast Cancer Fund.

Screens Column, Nov. 1, 2002

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