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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.

102 articles in 1993   •   page 1 of 3

Beethoven's 2nd

I never made much of an effort to catch the first Beethoven film -- after K-9, Bingo, and assorted others, I pretty much felt as...

Film Review, Dec. 24, 1993

The Pelican Brief

All the President's Men meets The Parallax View by way of John Grisham. Pakula returns once again to the fertile fields of conspiracy in high...

Film Review, Dec. 17, 1993

Man's Best Friend

At a Southern California genetics laboratory, the semi-mad Dr. Jarrett (Henricksen) has managed to splice the genetic codes of a tiger, a bear, a chameleon,...

Film Review, Dec. 3, 1993

Zu: Warriors From the Magic Mountain

In this period Hark film about a wandering swordsman and his sidekick, the action is nonstop: Airborne duels, exploding demons, and thousands of yards of billowing silk make this visually arresting adventure a psychedelic treat.

Film Review, Dec. 3, 1993

A Dangerous Woman

Gyllenhaal's film feels like a lost Tennessee Williams play -- it's chock-full of repressed hostilities, illicit sex, mental impairment, alcohol and sprawling old houses. Martha...

Film Review, Dec. 3, 1993

A Perfect World

Shot in and around Austin, Eastwood's first film after his Oscar-sweep with Unforgiven is a taut, occasionally touching chase film that pits a prison escapee/kidnapper (Costner) against a Texas Ranger (Eastwood) in 1963 Texas.

Film Review, Nov. 26, 1993

Time Indefinite

Documentary filmmaker McElwee is a man who takes the phrase “I am a camera” to its most extreme. No matter where he goes or what...

Film Review, Nov. 12, 1993

Look Who's Talking Now!

Although Tim Burton had nothing to do with it, this is certainly a nightmare before Christmas. Travolta and Alley reprise their roles as good-natured, all-American...

Film Review, Nov. 12, 1993

Ernest Rides Again

This is the second time in as many weeks I've seen a sub-awful movie in an otherwise deserted theater, and the experience is beginning to...

Film Review, Nov. 12, 1993

The Remains of the Day

Like most Merchant/Ivory/Jhabvala projects of late, Remains of the Day is a heady mix of upper-class English sensibilities and the repressed, whirling emotions that circulate...

Film Review, Nov. 12, 1993

Once Upon a Time in China III

Jet Li is back as the legendary physician and martial arts master in this third outing in Hark's "historical" epics.

Film Review, Nov. 5, 1993


A genuine “epic,” Ottinger's documentary on the nomadic tribespeople of Outer Mongolia runs for 8 hours and 21 minutes. By the time you reach the...

Film Review, Nov. 5, 1993


Peter Weir returns to his mystical roots with mixed results in this tale of a plane crash survivor (Bridges) and his altered perception of life...

Film Review, Oct. 29, 1993

Especially on Sunday

A trilogy of Italian short films, all written by Tonino Guerra yet directed by three separate directors, Especially on Sunday perfectly captures the spirit of...

Film Review, Oct. 29, 1993

Crime Story

Chan's most recent film takes him out of his familiar element of goofy mugging and broad slapstick, and returns him to his roots (a la...

Film Review, Oct. 29, 1993

For a Lost Soldier

This gorgeous, strange film (based on the novel by Dutch author Rudi van Dantzig) starts off looking like John Boorman's life-during-wartime remembrance Hope and Glory,...

Film Review, Oct. 22, 1993

Judgment Night

Bang. Bang. Click... ahhh, shit. Misfire.... That's about the feeling one gets from Hopkins's take on the venerable fish-out-of-water cum chase subgenre, a film that...

Film Review, Oct. 22, 1993

Mr. Wonderful

Minghella's previous film, the elegiac Truly, Madly, Deeply, was a bittersweet love story involving a ghost. Mr. Wonderful, on the other hand, is a ghost...

Film Review, Oct. 22, 1993

Two Mikes Don't Make a Wright

Any TV watcher with access to PBS and A&E may have already seen these three short films, but that's still no excuse to miss them...

Film Review, Oct. 22, 1993

Road Scholar

Shot in 1991, Road Scholar is that rare film: a documentary road movie that looks at America with eyes not hampered by the rose-tinted cultural...

Film Review, Oct. 15, 1993

Mr. Jones

You can tell, from the very beginning, that this is a film that was made with very high hopes and noble aspirations. Cut from two...

Film Review, Oct. 15, 1993


Set in the mysterious European village of Tolzbad during the 19th century, this third feature from Canadian director Guy Maddin (Tales From the Gimli Hospital,...

Film Review, Oct. 15, 1993

Hated: G.G. Allin and the Murder Junkies

The heroin-induced death of G.G. Allin last June was a decidedly anticlimactic end to the life of “the most dangerous man in rock & roll.”...

Film Review, Oct. 8, 1993

The Legend of Fong Sai-Yuk

Like the equally legendary Chinese folk hero Wong Fey-Hong, compatriot Fong Sai-Yuk was also partial to defending his kung fu-impaired brethren from the dishonest scoundrels...

Film Review, Sep. 24, 1993

Police Story II

In the second part of Chan's Police Story opus, his detective is demoted to a traffic cop for his previous escapades but that still doesn't keep him out of trouble.

Film Review, Sep. 17, 1993

True Romance

Written by wunderkind Quentin Tarantino (Reservoir Dogs) and directed by Tony Scott (Top Gun), True Romance is nothing if not consistently entertaining. It's the prototypical...

Film Review, Sep. 17, 1993

Hard Boiled

(This print of Hard Boiled is John Woo's “director's cut” which includes several extra minutes deleted from the initial release print. Let's see... that ought...

Film Review, Sep. 10, 1993


Certain films make me very glad I'm paid for what I do here. This is one of them. Despite the fact that director Gordon has...

Film Review, Sep. 10, 1993

Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media

As the title suggests, this nearly three-hour long documentary focuses on the work of MIT linguistics professor Chomsky, a man who is not only one...

Film Review, Sep. 10, 1993

Romper Stomper

You know you're in for something different when the main character's first line of dialogue is a nerve-rattling “Fuck you!” directed squarely at the audience...

Film Review, Sep. 10, 1993

Needful Things

Out of the almost 20-plus Stephen King film adaptations thus far, you can honestly count the “good” ones on the fingers of one hand. And...

Film Review, Sep. 3, 1993

Dragon Inn

Tsui Hark -- fast becoming the Roger Corman of Hong Kong cinema -- is back with another of his mystical period pieces featuring still more...

Film Review, Aug. 27, 1993

Tokyo Decadence

Drenched in erotic reds and blacks, Tokyo Decadence leaves little to the imagination as it reveals the seamier side of the land of the Rising...

Film Review, Aug. 27, 1993

The Best of the International Tournee of Animation

Collecting together in one film the “best” of 25 years of festival animation is a risky proposition at best; at worst, you end up with...

Film Review, Aug. 20, 1993


Originally created in 1989, this offbeat collection of animated Japanese shorts is a strange hybrid: two separate and distinct films, one of which actually contains...

Film Review, Aug. 13, 1993

The Meteor Man

Aaaiiieee! What the hell was Townsend thinking? From the director of the brilliant Hollywood Shuffle and the not quite perfect Five Heartbeats comes this steadfastly...

Film Review, Aug. 13, 1993

My Boyfriend's Back

Shot here in Austin and nearby Round Rock under the far better title of Johnny Zombie, this sophomore effort from the previously brilliant Balaban (remember...

Film Review, Aug. 13, 1993

The Last Butterfly

From the award-winning Czech director of The Ear comes this relentlessly depressing -- albeit powerful -- film which manages to weave together mime, Nazis, and...

Film Review, Aug. 13, 1993

Painted Faces

It's 1962, and a young boy is entering the mysterious, exotic world of Master Yu's Peking Opera Academy. Bound by a contract where he is...

Film Review, Aug. 6, 1993

Police Story I

This is the first in Chan's Police Story trilogy, and although some people herald it as the best of the lot, I'll still reserve that...

Film Review, Jul. 30, 1993

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