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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.

130 articles in 1997   •   page 1 of 4

Mr. Magoo

I know I'll go to heaven when I die because I've already been to Mr. Magoo. From the director of Jackie Chan's Supercop and Rumble...

Film Review, Dec. 26, 1997

Good Will Hunting

Will Hunting (Damon) is a “Southie” -- a twentysomething kid from the rough-and-tumble neighborhoods of South Boston. By day he works construction with his best...

Film Review, Dec. 26, 1997

Websites from Hell

It's 4am -- Do You Know Where Your Monitor Is?

Screens Feature, Dec. 26, 1997

Jackie Brown

Based on Elmore Leonard's novel Rum Punch, this is a fairly straight-ahead, Seventies-styled caper film.

Film Review, Dec. 25, 1997

Psychographical Communities

Internet Radio: Sounds Heard 'Round the World

Music Feature, Dec. 19, 1997

Scream 2

Has it only been one year since director Wes Craven and screenwriter Kevin Williamson reintroduced the joys of the slasher film to the American moviegoing...

Film Review, Dec. 19, 1997

Mouse Hunt

It's interesting that this dark and energetic autobahn of a comedy from DreamWorks SKG (the K is for Jeffrey “I Used to Run Disney” Katzenberg)...

Film Review, Dec. 18, 1997


James Cameron has retooled his ocean behemoth for 3-D, but the ship's outcome is still the same.

Film Review, Dec. 18, 1997

Nenette and Boni

Gorgeously shot and featuring two vastly appealing main characters, Denis' tale of sibling revelry nevertheless prompts the question, “Who cares?” It's not from lack of...

Film Review, Dec. 12, 1997

Presents for Your VCR

Video Gifts From the Master Procrastinator

Screens Feature, Dec. 12, 1997


Lang's unnerving tale of a deranged child-killer (with Lorre in a star-making turn) is a riveting example of Expressionist filmmaking.

Film Review, Dec. 5, 1997

Mon Homme

Love and prostitution make for a heady, disastrous mix in this new film by Blier (Going Places, Get Out Your Handkerchiefs), but it's the ribald...

Film Review, Dec. 5, 1997

Tackling Texas Truisms

Filmmaker Don Howard and the Texas Documentary Tour

Screens Feature, Dec. 5, 1997

Kiss Or Kill

A punchy, clever film noir from Australian director Bennett, Kiss or Kill spins a new twist on the age-old cliché of grifter lovers on the...

Film Review, Nov. 28, 1997

Alien Resurrection

The franchise's fourth outing

Film Review, Nov. 27, 1997

Mouth to Mouth

Almodovar lite. Spanish filmmaker Pereira's throwaway romantic farce is set in modern-day Madrid where, as the film opens, struggling young actor Victor Ventura (Bardem) is...

Film Review, Nov. 21, 1997

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Eastwood's film, adapted from John Berendt's phenomenally bestselling “nonfiction novel,” is as entertaining and outrageous a confection as its source material, half Southern gothic and...

Film Review, Nov. 21, 1997

The Wings of the Dove

The Wings of the Dove is yet another in a long line of recent films that seem as though they should carry the Merchant/Ivory banner,...

Film Review, Nov. 21, 1997


It's not Godard's best film, but it is one of cinema's most interesting looks at itself, masquerading as a love story gone awry. Sumptuously filmed...

Film Review, Nov. 14, 1997

The Man Who Knew Too Little

Whither Bill Murray's career? The pockmarked comedian's last substantial role was in Groundhog Day some four years ago (Mad Dog and Glory, made that same...

Film Review, Nov. 14, 1997

One Night Stand

In this new film from Mike Figgis (Leaving Las Vegas), Wesley Snipes plays Max Carlyle, a successful, thirtysomething director of television commercials in Los Angeles....

Film Review, Nov. 14, 1997


Mr. Bean, perhaps the most annoying British import yet, has arrived amidst much hullabaloo, though one hopes that Beanmania will be relegated rather quickly to...

Film Review, Nov. 7, 1997

Year of the Horse

It's been nearly three decades since Neil Young and Crazy Horse's first album, Everyone Knows This Is Nowhere, came out, and that quintessentially American, purebred...

Film Review, Nov. 7, 1997

Red Corner

From the producer of all three Mighty Ducks films comes this bloated courtroom harangue against Red China, big business, and lawyers. Granted, Gere may have...

Film Review, Oct. 31, 1997

Armagideon Time

Hanuman Care Kit Lands in Austin -- Sort of

Music Feature, Oct. 24, 1997

The House of Yes

Just say no. Staged and stagy, this adaptation of Wendy MacLeod's play about family dysfunction and the “anti-Camelot” is a muddled, middling mess, despite a...

Film Review, Oct. 24, 1997


A striking debut from British director Niccol, Gattaca posits a not-too-distant future in which, thanks to the wonders of modern science, a person's genetic makeup...

Film Review, Oct. 24, 1997

A Life Less Ordinary

From the trio that brought us Shallow Grave and Trainspotting (director Boyle with producer Andrew Macdonald and screenwriter John Hodge) comes this woefully botched tale...

Film Review, Oct. 24, 1997

Breaking Up

When you're in love, when you're really in love, head over heels deep into that slick red vein, there is nobody else around -- just...

Film Review, Oct. 17, 1997

I Know What You Did Last Summer

So Scream wasn't a fluke. Who'da thunk it? That film's screenwriter, Kevin Williamson, returns with yet another gory teen-trauma tale that both looks and feels...

Film Review, Oct. 17, 1997

Devil's Advocate

The Lawyer Joke, taken to its obvious conclusion… and at almost two-and-a-half hours it's a hell of a running gag. Devil's Advocate is such a...

Film Review, Oct. 17, 1997

Any Way You Slice It

Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation

Screens Feature, Oct. 17, 1997

Austin Confidential

Interview With Actor Russell Crowe

Screens Feature, Oct. 17, 1997

Intimate Relations

Intimate Relations is a dark, depressingly off-kilter black comedy based on “a true story.” In a small village outside of London in 1954, lodger Harold...

Film Review, Oct. 10, 1997


“Finally… a movie about a band,” the tagline promises, and they're right, this certainly isn't a film about, say, a carwash or anything. It's band,...

Film Review, Oct. 10, 1997

The Haunted World of Edward D. Wood, Jr.

Here's more than you'd ever want to know about the late, not-all-that-great Ed Wood. Tim Burton's biopic a few years ago brought Wood's tragic Hollywood...

Film Review, Oct. 10, 1997

A Regular Joe

The Revelations of Filmmaker Joe Christ

Screens Feature, Oct. 10, 1997

Butch Camp

And here I thought everybody had forgotten about comedian Judy Tenuta. Boy, was I wrong. This alternately hilarious and annoying take on sexual stereotypes gives...

Film Review, Oct. 3, 1997


“Everybody must get stoned!” That should be the tagline for this frequently engrossing 64-minute documentary on the Eighth Annual Cannibis Cup & Hemp Expo held...

Film Review, Oct. 3, 1997

The Documentary Craft

Hector Galán: The Texas Documentary Tour

Screens Feature, Oct. 3, 1997

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