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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.

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Bad Boys

Coming from the notorious Don Simpson/Jerry Bruckheimer production team behind everything from Beverly Hills Cop to the Tom Cruise vehicle Days of Thunder, Bad Boys...

Film Review, Apr. 7, 1995

"The Secret Adventures of Tom Thumb"

Like a cross between the Brothers Quay, Jan Svankmajer, and David Lynch, Tom Thumb is a dark, eerie retelling of the familiar tale of the...

Film Review, Apr. 7, 1995

"Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life"

Like a cross between the Brothers Quay, Jan Svankmajer, and David Lynch, Tom Thumb is a dark, eerie retelling of the familiar tale of the...

Film Review, Apr. 7, 1995

Dolores Claiborne

It's been quite a good year for the Stephen King Film Franchise, what with Frank Darabont's The Shawshank Redemption and now this intelligent -- if...

Film Review, Mar. 31, 1995

Tank Girl

A movie that combines Busby Berkeley chorus lines with killer mutant kangaroos and the wildest female action hero this side of La Femme Nikita.

Film Review, Mar. 31, 1995

Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh

Taking up where the original Candyman left off, this stylish, atmospheric spook story manages to do its predecessor one better and ends up as that...

Film Review, Mar. 24, 1995

Hideaway

This second feature from director Brett Leonard is a definite improvement over his first. The man who brought us last year's The Lawnmower Man (which,...

Film Review, Mar. 10, 1995

The Mangler

Adapted from the short story by Stephen “Bad Film Adaptations of My Work Only Make Me Stronger” King, this pointless exercise in tweaking the suits...

Film Review, Mar. 10, 1995

Floundering

John Boyz (LeGros) is a guy with problems. At 28, he's drifting aimlessly through life, his nights reduced to catnaps in an ongoing battle with...

Film Review, Mar. 3, 1995

The Walking Dead

Hyped as the “first film to accurately portray the plight of African-American soldiers in Vietnam,” The Walking Dead instead comes across as a straight-ahead, cookie-cutter...

Film Review, Mar. 3, 1995

Just Cause

Connery is Paul Armstrong, a Harvard law professor noted for his enthusiastic opposition to the death penalty. When he receives information about a young black...

Film Review, Feb. 24, 1995

Teenage Catgirls in Heat

This Troma film was made right here in Austin and tells the lurid story of cats that metamorphose into nubile women and "rub up against things" and cause havoc.

Film Review, Feb. 17, 1995

Mr. Payback

“The world's first interactive movie” is either a giant leap forward for video-game enthusiasts or a large step backward for film purists. More likely, it...

Film Review, Feb. 17, 1995

The Quick and the Dead

There is, regrettably, precious little that is quick about Sam Raimi's newest film. It drags on interminably, laying out ritualized gunfight after ritualized gunfight, while...

Film Review, Feb. 10, 1995

Francois Truffaut: Stolen Portraits

An engrossing 93-minute documentary on filmmaker Francois Truffaut, one of France's most popular contributions to the world of film thus far, Toubiana (quasi-editor of Les...

Film Review, Feb. 10, 1995

Death and the Maiden

Adapted from the stage play by Ariel Dorfman, this spare, hideously intense film is Polanski's version of a cinematic roller coaster: up, down, sideways, it...

Film Review, Feb. 3, 1995

Highlander III: The Final Dimension

Lambert returns in this third and supposedly final installment in the Highlander trilogy. This time out, the Immortal Connor MacLeod (Lambert) runs afoul of the...

Film Review, Feb. 3, 1995

The Bride With White Hair II

Finally, a Hong Kong sequel that lives up to its precursor's premise (sort of). The titular bride of the first film, Lian (Lin) has gone...

Film Review, Jan. 27, 1995

Murder in the First

Unsalvageable and inadvertently silly, Murder in the First purports to be “inspired by a true story,” which is apparently industry slang these days for “the...

Film Review, Jan. 20, 1995

Cobb

Ty Cobb was the greatest baseball player ever. Let's get that over with. Ron Shelton's film tries mighty hard to be the final word on...

Film Review, Jan. 13, 1995

Immortal Beloved

A backward glance at Beethoven's life as his surivors try to piece together the mystery of who was the musician's self-referenced "immortal beloved."

Film Review, Jan. 6, 1995

Street Fighter

Bizarre, surreal, and ultimately less engaging than playing Pong with a blind man, Street Fighter is the second in an ongoing cavalcade of action/adventure films...

Film Review, Jan. 6, 1995

Drop Zone

It's a rare occasion when I actually find myself so fed up with a film that I just up and walk out of it before...

Film Review, Dec. 9, 1994

Dead Can Dance: Toward the Within

There are some musical groups that should be heard but not seen. Sometimes the images of the performers that a listener conjures in his or...

Film Review, Dec. 2, 1994

Love & a .45

Early Renée in a heap of bloody Texas trouble.

Film Review, Nov. 25, 1994

The Professional

Enigmatic hitman becomes unlikely caretaker of and mentor to the girl next door. The film features wonderful performances and lots of visual panache.

Film Review, Nov. 18, 1994

Interview With the Vampire

Tom Cruise as Anne Rice's evil Lestat.

Film Review, Nov. 11, 1994

Clerks

Kevin Smith's feature debut is an outrageous, profane, and deliriously dead-on comedy that follows a day in the life of two young convenience/video store clerks.

Film Review, Nov. 11, 1994

The Road to Wellville

Simply execrable, or just plain shitty? Parker's take on T. Coraghessan Boyle's novel about cereal magnate and health food guru Kellogg is a muddled mess...

Film Review, Nov. 4, 1994

Robert A. Heinlein's the Puppet Masters

Despite having one of the best theatrical trailers of the year, The Puppet Masters falls short of its sci-fi/horror pretensions and ends up as listless...

Film Review, Oct. 28, 1994

The Cat

Not since Jackie Chan's outlandish escapades in City Hunter has there been a Hong Kong action film as resolutely goofy as this one. Lee is...

Film Review, Oct. 28, 1994

London

Narrated in the diffuse tones of Paul Scofield, Keiller's film is an atypical documentary look at modern London through the eyes of a pair of...

Film Review, Oct. 21, 1994

I Like It Like That

A vibrant, passionate, romantic, funny, funky, and thoroughly realistic slice of black and Latino Bronx life that flies off the screen in the first few...

Film Review, Oct. 21, 1994

Faust

The release of a new film by Svankmajer is always cause for celebration, and Faust is no exception. Svankmajer, the Czechoslovakian king of surreal animation,...

Film Review, Oct. 14, 1994

First Shot

Neat stuff. A historical crime drama that, interestingly, takes place in Hong Kong of the early 1970s. The Hong Kong police force is rife with...

Film Review, Oct. 14, 1994

The Specialist

Both Stallone and Stone have been aching for a hit of late; suffice to say, this quickly cobbled together ghost of a film isn't it....

Film Review, Oct. 14, 1994

Ed Wood

This biographical film is charming, melancholy, strange, and quirkily humorous. There's also a certain irony in giving the silver-screen treatment to the most infamous of bargain-basement directors and his motley crew of hangers-on.

Film Review, Oct. 7, 1994

Thieves Quartet

Ostensibly a film noir, Chappelle's feature debut borrows heavily from previous heist/crime films (Brando's 1969 The Night of the Following Day was cited by some)...

Film Review, Oct. 7, 1994

Jason's Lyric

Set in the crumbling, prideful world of Houston's Fifth Ward, Jason's Lyric is the story of two brothers, the responsible, upstanding Jason (Payne), and the...

Film Review, Sep. 30, 1994

The Shawshank Redemption

Frank Darabont's debut feature based on the Stephen King novella receives a 10th anniversary reissue. The prison drama features standout performances by Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins.

Film Review, Sep. 23, 1994

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