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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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Despite the fact that this is based on a very solid short story by Clive Barker, Britain's more literate answer to Stephen King, Candyman is...

Film Review, Oct. 23, 1992

Consenting Adults

Wife-swapping plotlines always sound as if they'd be better off as part of a Kids in the Hall sketch, but director Pakula has managed to...

Film Review, Oct. 23, 1992


It's getting to look like Stephen Frears may be the most cynical filmmaker of our time. A sampling of his track record up to now...

Film Review, Oct. 2, 1992

The Best Intentions

Working from Ingmar Bergman's highly personal script, director Bille August (Pelle the Conqueror) gives us a glimpse into the lives of Bergman's parents, from their...

Film Review, Sep. 25, 1992


Narrated by Max Von Sydow, Zentropa tells the story of Leopold Kessler (Barr), an idealistic young German-American who travels to Berlin in the aftermath of...

Film Review, Sep. 18, 1992

Hellraiser III: Hell On Earth

To borrow a truism from Harlan Ellison, it's xenogenesis, folks: the children are not like their parents. So rarely is the sequel anywhere near the...

Film Review, Sep. 18, 1992

School Ties

In a Hollywood powerscape where so many of the key players come from Jewish backgrounds, it's rather peculiar that there have been so few films...

Film Review, Sep. 18, 1992

Tetsuo: The Iron Man

Trying to describe Tetsuo is like trying to describe the aftermath of a plane crash -- one that you've just been in. Twisted scraps of...

Film Review, Sep. 11, 1992

Pet Sematary Two

As I sit here typing this, HBO is running in the background; coincidentally, it's Mary Lambert's original Pet Sematary that's showing tonight, and I'm having...

Film Review, Sep. 4, 1992


Like the speed chess games that twelve-year-old Fresh (Nelson) plays with his father (Jackson), Yakin films follows a subtle, powerful logic, slowly building from a...

Film Review, Sep. 2, 1992

Christopher Columbus: The Discovery

What with all the recent hue and cry over the anniversary of that famous voyage by a lowly Genovesian cartographer, it should hardly come as...

Film Review, Aug. 28, 1992

Stay Tuned

Satan has developed an ingenious new way to garner souls: He forces them to run a gauntlet through various caustic television shows, and if they survive 24 hours they're free to go.

Film Review, Aug. 21, 1992

Spike & Mike's 1992 Festival of Animation

Featuring 18 different animated shorts from around the world, this 1992 collection highlights the best and the brightest (as well as the tedious and the...

Film Review, Aug. 21, 1992


The Amazon River Basin -- seething with life, death, corruption and rebirth -- has always been easy food for filmmakers, and though this new film...

Film Review, Aug. 14, 1992

The Adjuster

Noah Render (Koteas) spends his days, his nights, and every waking hour in between, working as a claims adjuster for his insurance firm. To his...

Film Review, Aug. 7, 1992

Mom and Dad Save the World

Oh, how the mighty have fallen! Scripted several years back by Chris Matheson (son of Fifties sci-fi icon and Ray Bradbury cohort, Richard Matheson), Mom...

Film Review, Jul. 31, 1992

Cold Heaven

Nicholas Roeg has never been one to give straight answers in his films, be it The Man Who Fell to Earth (with David Bowie as...

Film Review, Jul. 31, 1992

Honey, I Blew Up the Kid

Take this one for what it is, an entertaining Disney comedy of really large proportions, and you'll have a ball. Take it as anything else...

Film Review, Jul. 24, 1992


In this British thriller, a kid discovers that the members of his wealthy, Beverly Hills family may not be what they seem.

Film Review, Jul. 24, 1992

Dream Deceivers: The Story Behind James Vance vs. Judas Priest

Documentary about the famous case brought against Judas Priest by the parents of two troubled teens who committed suicide – because of alleged backward masking on an album.

Film Review, Jul. 17, 1992

A Woman's Tale

Written specifically for lead Sheila Florance, this new film from Paul Cox (Vincent, Golden Braid) is a semi-autobiographical account of the last days in the...

Film Review, Jul. 17, 1992

The Linguini Incident

The best thing about The Linguini Incident (despite the fact that it has nothing to do with linguini) is its decidedly odd ensemble cast. After...

Film Review, Jul. 10, 1992

Vampire Hunter D

Five years ago, a friend of mine floated me a copy of Vampire Hunter D that had originally been duped from a Japanese laserdisc. Despite...

Film Review, Jun. 26, 1992

Aces: Iron Eagle III

It's been years since I've come across a film with a script this poor. It's almost as if screenwriter Kevin Elders had set out to...

Film Review, Jun. 19, 1992

The Favor, the Watch and the Very Big Fish

This is one of those seemingly unclassifiable little romantic comedies that nevertheless fits best into the category of Films With More Words in their Title...

Film Review, Jun. 12, 1992

A Midnight Clear

Set in the Ardennes Forest during Christmas 1944, A Midnight Clear is one of those films that starts out so strong that you almost want...

Film Review, Jun. 5, 1992


Set in some sort of post-apocalyptic Parisian deli o' the damned, this is a lunatic's take on the future of man.

Film Review, Jun. 5, 1992


Weaver's Lt. Ripley and H.R. Giger's brainchild face off in Fincher's beautifully shot sequel that goes nowhere.

Film Review, May. 29, 1992

Encino Man

Like some sort of evil Hollywood hybrid, Encino Man begs, borrows and steals the worst bits from both Iceman and Fast Times at Ridgemont High...

Film Review, May. 22, 1992

Little Noises

Little Noises is billed as “a little comedy in the Big Apple,” but there's really nothing funny about it. First-time director and UT graduate Jane...

Film Review, May. 8, 1992

Split Second

Let's get this straight right up front: this film is silly, pointless, absurd, confusing, asinine, and more than a little fun. If you don't mind...

Film Review, May. 8, 1992

Toto the Hero

Belgian writer/director Van Dormael delicious little film examines – through flashbacks, mainly – the life of a now-elderly man who believes that he was switched at birth with a neighbor child and has thus been denied the privileges and wealth he might otherwise have enjoyed.

Film Review, May. 1, 1992

Shakes the Clown

What the heck is it about clowns that makes them so easy to ridicule? Like Spike Lee said, maybe it's the shoes. In his directing...

Film Review, Apr. 24, 1992


Do I really need to waste time telling you how awful the new “Stephen King Movie” turned out? Should I ramble on about how Mick...

Film Review, Apr. 17, 1992

Let Him Have It

London, 1941. The Blitz is on, and buried in the rubble of a toppled house lies 12-year-old Derek Bentley, his skull fractured, his fragile frame...

Film Review, Apr. 10, 1992

The Cry of the Owl

Maybe it's me, but this alleged homage to the work of Alfred Hitchcock by Claude Chabrol acts as a textbook case of what's wrong with...

Film Review, Apr. 3, 1992

High Heels

As the press kit says, this is a departure for Almodóvar. Previously known for his biting and acerbic satires on modern life (Dark Habits, Tie...

Film Review, Apr. 3, 1992

Roadside Prophets

Another entry into the burgeoning ranks of the American New Wave, ...Prophets is a road movie for the Nineties that recalls the archaic escapades of...

Film Review, Apr. 3, 1992

The Fourth Animation Celebration

This fourth animation celebration from Expanded Entertainment proves my long-standing theorem that an animated piece without a decent story to follow is little more than...

Film Review, Mar. 27, 1992

The Boy Who Cried Bitch

“Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer as a Young Child.” “John Wayne Gacy: The Road to Manhood.” “How to Lose Friends and Kill People.” Any...

Film Review, Mar. 27, 1992

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