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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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Hackers

Horny teenagers in goofy clothes avert eco-disaster and triumph over the government.

Film Review, Sep. 21, 1995

Clockers

From the novel by Richard Price (who also co-wrote the screenplay with Spike Lee) comes Lee's first real look at urban drug dealing and the...

Film Review, Sep. 15, 1995

The Prophecy

A theological film noir with Walken in a shaggy black Beatles mop-top is the best way to describe The Prophecy. When an NYPD detective with...

Film Review, Sep. 8, 1995

Living in Oblivion

Hollywood's always had a bit of a love/hate affair with itself, but no more so than in the spirit of the independent filmmaker: Constrained by...

Film Review, Sep. 1, 1995

Kids

For once, the hype is right on the money. Kids is an emotional sucker punch, a raw, dirty, disturbing piece of cinéma vérité filmmaking that...

Film Review, Sep. 1, 1995

The Amazing Panda Adventure

How about The Boring Panda Adventure? Or maybe The Formulaic Disney Ripoff? Either one is a more apt title for this tired retread of Uncle...

Film Review, Sep. 1, 1995

Clive Barker's Lord of Illusions

Anyone who knows me even remotely knows how much I respect and admire the talents of artist, author, and filmmaker Clive Barker. So it is...

Film Review, Aug. 25, 1995

Mortal Kombat

First things first: taken for what it is -- a comic-book actioner based on a popular, relentlessly violent video game -- Mortal Kombat isn't half...

Film Review, Aug. 25, 1995

Fun

Based on screenwriter James Bosley's stageplay, Fun is a harrowing glimpse into the world of desperate friendship gone horribly awry. Bonnie and Hillary (Witt and...

Film Review, Aug. 18, 1995

Babe

A pig finds his destiny – and it's not as Christmas dinner.

Film Review, Aug. 10, 1995

Virtuosity

Director Leonard returns to the virtual reality setting of his previous film, The Lawnmower Man, with this sophomore effort that asks the burning question: “What...

Film Review, Aug. 3, 1995

Waterworld

If you can work your way past the monumental anti-hype and ill-will surrounding this most expensive of all films, you'll find Reynolds and Costner's enfant...

Film Review, Aug. 3, 1995

I Am Cuba

I Am Cuba was actually shot as an elaborate pro-Castro piece of Soviet propaganda, but instead it's as if everyone in question just went gaga, drunk on the sheer beauty of Cuba and making up new film techniques as they went along. The film is a stylistically brilliant quartet of vignettes set during the waning years of the Batista regime. The interconnecting stories that propel the film along were written by Russian poet laureate Yevgeny Yevtushenko.

Film Review, Jul. 28, 1995

Clueless

Heckerling updates Jane Austen's Emma to Beverly Hills.

Film Review, Jul. 21, 1995

The Indian in the Cupboard

The excellent animation and sly wit make this an above-average kids' fantasy .

Film Review, Jul. 20, 1995

Judge Dredd

Set in a distant, post-apocalyptic future, this feature debut from director Cannon does a surprisingly adequate job of capturing both the look and feel of...

Film Review, Jul. 7, 1995

Apollo 13

Howard's take on the ill-fated 1970 moon shot is filled with the almost unassailable heroics of the U.S. space program and the genuine urgency of history.

Film Review, Jun. 30, 1995

Mamma Roma

In this early Pasolini film marked by the director's sumptuous neo-realism, Magnani plays a middle-aged prostitute who retires from the trade to become a full-time mother to her 16-year-old son.

Film Review, Jun. 23, 1995

Burnt by the Sun

Set against the backdrop of the Russian countryside under Stalin's rule, this Oscar-winner for best foreign film is a brilliant, Chekhovian meditation on trust, love,...

Film Review, Jun. 22, 1995

Batman Forever

Batman forever… and ever… and -- yawn -- ever. This third installment in what, previously, was a deliciously gothic take on the Dark Knight drags...

Film Review, Jun. 15, 1995

Tales From the Hood

A deft, well-directed horror anthology film from the makers of last year's hilarious Fear of a Black Hat. Cundieff weaves together a quartet of eerie...

Film Review, Jun. 2, 1995

Johnny Mnemonic

William Gibson wrote this screenplay from his short story about the perils of cyberspace in the 21st century.

Film Review, Jun. 2, 1995

Die Hard With a Vengeance

Continuing the unlikely adventures of beleaguered NYPD cop John McClane (Willis), this third installment unfortunately forsakes much of the occasionally clever, somewhat wry dialogue and...

Film Review, May. 19, 1995

Crimson Tide

Submarines hold a near-mythic place in the pantheon of Great American Male Film Fantasies, and this juggernaut of a movie plays right into these childlike...

Film Review, May. 12, 1995

These Children That You Spit On

Dancing With the Clubkids

Music Feature, May. 5, 1995

DJ Herb and Alien Records

Music Feature, May. 5, 1995

Sashay, Shanté

Music Feature, May. 5, 1995

Panther

After years of floating around Hollywood, the story of the Black Panther Party has finally made it to the screen, and though some critics have...

Film Review, May. 5, 1995

Destiny Turns On the Radio

Very strange stuff indeed. Baran's Sundance-nurtured “mystical love story” is a bizarre cross-pollination of genres that puts one in mind of Alex Cox's early work...

Film Review, May. 5, 1995

Village of the Damned

Carpenter's updating of the classic 1960 chiller is mediocre at best, and at times plummets into unintentional humor. It's arguably the weakest horror film he's...

Film Review, Apr. 27, 1995

Priest

An audacious, compelling film that examines the lives of two diametrically opposed yet fundamentally similar Catholic priests in modern Liverpool. Young Father Greg (electrifyingly played...

Film Review, Apr. 21, 1995

Kiss of Death

Kiss of Death is a solid piece of pulp drama that, nevertheless, feels as fleeting as its hackneyed title. Very loosely based on a 1947...

Film Review, Apr. 21, 1995

Jury Duty

The less said about this, the better. The bane of high-brow comedians everywhere stars in yet another tired, unfunny, sophomoric vehicle playing basically the same...

Film Review, Apr. 14, 1995

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

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

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

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

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