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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.

110 articles in 1994   •   page 1 of 3

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


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


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


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

Terminal Velocity

Charlie Sheen's name is an almost perfect anagram for “Hail Cheese,” which makes almost perfect sense in light of this post-summer blockbuster wannabe. Playing off...

Film Review, Sep. 23, 1994


In a future in which time travel has become possible, a cop's life is torn asunder by political malfeasance.

Film Review, Sep. 16, 1994

The Next Karate Kid

And hopefully the last. Swank is 17-year-old Julie Pierce, orphaned by the sudden death of her parents and sent to live with her grandmother, who...

Film Review, Sep. 16, 1994

The Boys of St. Vincent

Loosely based on the Mount Cashel scandal of a few years back, this two-part Canadian television docudrama investigates the nightmarish world of a Catholic-run orphanage...

Film Review, Sep. 16, 1994

Naked Killer

John Woo on acid. Yam is Hong Kong police inspector Tannan, a frail, emasculated cop who's living under the trauma of having seen his own...

Film Review, Sep. 16, 1994

Killing Zoe

Quentin Tarantino sans the witty dialogue. Basically a straightforward French bank heist film, Killing Zoe is the directorial debut of Roger Avery, Tarantino's longtime pal...

Film Review, Sep. 16, 1994

Green Snake

Tsui Hark returns to form with this romantic fantasy set during the Southern Sung Dynasty (amazingly, Wong Fei-Hong is nowhere in sight). Wang and Cheung...

Film Review, Sep. 9, 1994

A Man in Uniform

McCamus is Henry, a bookish bank employee and struggling actor who manages to land a part as tough guy Officer Flanagan in the hit television...

Film Review, Sep. 9, 1994

In the Army Now

In his third starring role, Shore, the weasel who walks like a man, is cast as a goofball loser (there's a stretch) who joins the...

Film Review, Aug. 26, 1994

Heroic Trio II: The Executioners

Hong Kong's top three female leads reunite in this uneven sequel to last summer's box-office smash. In a world ravaged by nuclear holocaust, the only...

Film Review, Aug. 26, 1994

Color of Night

Sporadic director Rush (whose last film was 1981's The Stunt Man) takes on Hitchcock and ends up looking like DePalma on a bad hair day....

Film Review, Aug. 26, 1994

Au Revoir, Mon Amour

A far cry from Hong Kong's current spate of historical kung fu epics, Au Revoir, Mon Amour is instead a literate, lush romantic epic. Spanning...

Film Review, Aug. 19, 1994


Poor Michael Lehmann's career path is following that same downward spiral as Michael Cimino's: one brilliant film, and then... nothing. Or worse than nothing. Cimino...

Film Review, Aug. 12, 1994

Erotic Ghost Story

Like a bad episode of Hef's Playboy After Dark, Erotic Ghost Story tries desperately to be titillating but instead only makes you giggle. Wrapped around...

Film Review, Aug. 12, 1994

Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer

Between 1989 and 1990, Aileen Wuornos, a homely, luckless, lesbian hooker who haunted the interstates of jerkwater Florida, committed a series of seven murders. All...

Film Review, Aug. 12, 1994

Wheels on Meals

Despite its mind-bogglingly goofy title, this 1984 comedy-adventure from longtime Chan cohort Hung works to good effect, never allowing itself to become too bogged down...

Film Review, Aug. 5, 1994

The Best of the New York Underground

How a film with this title managed to leave out such cinema of transgression auteurs as Richard Kern, Lydia Lunch, and Clint Ruin is beyond...

Film Review, Jul. 29, 1994

Tai-Chi Master

This martial-arts film tells the story of a pair of monks whose paths diverge after they are cast out of their monastery for fighting.

Film Review, Jul. 29, 1994


Rob Reiner goes out on a limb and finds he exceeds the maximum weight requirement for sapling-climbing. In this surreal childhood fable, Wood is young...

Film Review, Jul. 22, 1994

True Lies

After Terminator, Schwarzenegger and Cameron worked together again on this odd mixture of chockablock action movie and restive romantic comedy.

Film Review, Jul. 22, 1994

Angels in the Outfield

Disney, what hast thou wrought? It is baseball season, sure, but this new entry from the kings of kiddie cinema is a family-oriented heartstring-yanker so...

Film Review, Jul. 15, 1994

Dragons Forever

Jackie Chan and company, circa 1986. Chan, Hung, and Biao, who all started out together as children in the tough-as-nails Peking Opera School (beautifully documented...

Film Review, Jul. 15, 1994

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