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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.

72 articles in 1996   •   page 1 of 2

Got Their Mojo Workin'

Mojo Press Gets Weird

Books Feature, Dec. 27, 1996

Beavis and Butt-Head Do America

MTV Films' second foray into the world of big-screen entertainment (their first was this summer's hamstrung Joe's Apartment) takes the network's most popular animated stars...

Film Review, Dec. 20, 1996

Here Comes the Judge

Beavis and Butt-head's Hollywood Score

Screens Feature, Dec. 20, 1996


A triumphant return to form for Wes Craven, Scream is the kind of psychological slasher film for which horror fans have been waiting years. The...

Film Review, Dec. 19, 1996


Bizarre, arresting, and wholly original, Cyclo is like nothing you've ever seen before, except perhaps in uneasy slumbers. Set in modern-day Ho Chi Minh City,...

Film Review, Dec. 13, 1996

Turn the Beat Around

The Pre-Millennium Rise of Dance Music

Music Feature, Dec. 6, 1996


The spirit of Irwin Allen lives on in this displaced summer blockbuster that posits Stallone and his ever-thickening accent as Kit Latura, the former head...

Film Review, Dec. 6, 1996

Jingle All the Way

Jingle All the Way is yet another scary, mean-spirited, holiday “comedy” that's about as much fun as a stocking full of dead spiders. Producer Chris...

Film Review, Nov. 28, 1996

The English Patient

Based on the Booker Award-winning novel by Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient is a lush, sprawling epic about romantic betrayal and redemption set against the...

Film Review, Nov. 22, 1996

O Captains! My Captains!

Star Trek: First Contact

Screens Feature, Nov. 22, 1996

Star Trek: First Contact

Directed by the Enterprise's executive officer “Number One,” First Contact is what you might expect from Commander Will Riker (Frakes): action, action, chat, action. Not...

Film Review, Nov. 21, 1996

Bad Moon

Dog meets werewolf in this sometimes stylish, sometimes boorish take on the ever-persistent man-into-wolf genre. Red, who rocketed to pseudo-fame after penning the enormously entertaining...

Film Review, Nov. 8, 1996

Dear God

It's like getting the crap beaten out of you by an over-zealous department store Santa who just whap! wants whap! you whap! to appreciate whap...

Film Review, Nov. 8, 1996

Sin Like You Mean It

The Flametrick Subs & Satan's Cheerleaders

Music Feature, Nov. 1, 1996

Stephen King's Thinner

Another Halloween, another Stephen King adaptation. This time out, it's more precisely a Richard Bachman (the pseudonym under which King's book was originally published) novel...

Film Review, Nov. 1, 1996

The Associate

Whoopi Goldberg's career machinations remain a mystery to me, and this new film from the director of Grumpy Old Men only heightens the terminal suspense:...

Film Review, Oct. 25, 1996

Future's So Brite

I Love the Scent of Burning Flesh...

Books Feature, Oct. 25, 1996

The Ghost and the Darkness

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to spend two hours inside the skull of Papa Hemingway? Here's your chance to find out....

Film Review, Oct. 18, 1996


Matthew Broderick's directing debut may seem an unlikely choice -- it's a chapter from the early years of Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman's autobiography --...

Film Review, Oct. 4, 1996

Feeling Minnesota

A project developed at Robert Redford's acclaimed Sundance Institute, Feeling Minnesota (the title is taken from a Soundgarden lyric) may have the polish and sheen...

Film Review, Sep. 20, 1996


What's up with Ernest Dickerson? The formerly brilliant cinematographer for Spike Lee (Malcolm X, Jungle Fever, Do the Right Thing) has of late taken to...

Film Review, Sep. 13, 1996

The Search for One-Eye Jimmy

A curious little independent film straight out of Brooklyn that would have worked better as a 20-minute short than an 80-minute feature, One-Eye Jimmy haphazardly...

Film Review, Sep. 6, 1996

The Trigger Effect

It opens with a wildly impressive four-minute-long Steadicam shot that slides languidly through a hostile maze of patrons at a crowded multiplex, lighting occasionally on...

Film Review, Sep. 6, 1996

The Crow: City of Angels

More often than not, film sequels are inferior things, pale shades of their predecessors, born shrouded in a caul of Tinseltown greed sometimes months before...

Film Review, Sep. 6, 1996


A Mexican-American co-production that combines elements of both The Terminator and Yojimbo, and then mixes them with Van Peebles' turbo-charged, balls-to-the-wall acting skills and William...

Film Review, Aug. 30, 1996

A Very Brady Sequel

It's rare that a sequel lives up to its predecessor in either box-office revenue or audacious storytelling, but it's also rare to find one this...

Film Review, Aug. 29, 1996

Tales From the Crypt Presents Bordello of Blood

The Dennis Miller Show… with nekkid vampire-vixens. That's it in a coffin-nail, but I doubt anyone's going to let me off that easily, so… Part...

Film Review, Aug. 23, 1996

The Fan

Try though he might, all the dreamy angles and soft-focus rain spatter in Tony Scott's (True Romance, Top Gun) considerable bag of tricks can't give...

Film Review, Aug. 16, 1996

John Carpenter's Escape From L.A.

It's been 15 years since Carpenter's futuristic cowboy-noir archetype Snake Plissken (Russell) unpenned the President from the New York City Maximum Security Prison, but then...

Film Review, Aug. 9, 1996

Joe's Apartment

That the advertisements for Joe's Apartment proudly proclaim it to be “MTV's First Movie” might seem tip-off enough to anyone who's charted the rise of...

Film Review, Aug. 2, 1996


Harrelson and Quaid bowl a perfectly hilarious game in this Farrelly Brothers farce.

Film Review, Jul. 25, 1996

Purple Noon

Clément's 1960 French thriller is an excruciating exercise in restraint; Purple Noon positively seethes with barely controlled passions, murder, intrigue, debauch. It takes a masterwork...

Film Review, Jul. 25, 1996


Where's Charlie Sheen? Hey, forgive me, but if it looks like a Charlie Sheen movie, sounds like a Charlie Sheen movie, and just plain feels...

Film Review, Jul. 19, 1996

Stealing Beauty

Bertolucci returns to his native Italian soil for the first time in 15 years, and the result is a gorgeous albeit fairly insubstantial homecoming. Set...

Film Review, Jul. 12, 1996

Independence Day

I thought the tagline for ID4 – “Don't Make Plans for August” – was pretty catchy until I saw the film and realized that something...

Film Review, Jul. 11, 1996

The Nutty Professor

Shadyac's updating of the 1963 Jerry Lewis classic may be a bit more schizophrenic than anyone involved bargained for, bringing together a kinder, gentler Murphy...

Film Review, Jun. 28, 1996

Cemetery Man

Zombie movie based on an Italian comic book.

Film Review, Jun. 28, 1996

The Cable Guy

You know, the more Ben Stiller movies I see, the more I miss his old television show. That brilliant sketch comedy program was unceremoniously yanked...

Film Review, Jun. 21, 1996

Heidi Fleiss: Hollywood Madam

Heidi Fleiss in her own words, and everybody else's. Broomfield, who three years ago directed the startling documentary Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial...

Film Review, Jun. 21, 1996

The Phantom

A throwback to the days when superheroes were basically cheerful, gun-toting guys in tights, this adaptation of Lee Falk's King Features comic strip eschews the...

Film Review, Jun. 14, 1996

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