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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.

152 articles in 1998   •   page 1 of 4

Frankenstein's Dad

Screens Feature, Dec. 31, 1998

Mighty Joe Young

Like Gus Van Sant's recent remake of Psycho, this Disney retread of the classic 1949 fantasy film raises the question: Why? Obviously, recent advances in...

Film Review, Dec. 25, 1998

The Faculty

Co-written by Scream scribe Kevin Williamson and George Huang (Swimming With Sharks), The Faculty is pure Robert Rodriguez: jam-packed with action, suspense, humor, horror, and plenty of cinematic homages.

Film Review, Dec. 24, 1998

Jack Frost

The holidays tend to bring out the treacle in all of us -- not a bad thing by any means, really -- but this corny...

Film Review, Dec. 18, 1998

Walk Like an Egyptian

Screens Feature, Dec. 18, 1998

Star Trek: Insurrection

The so-called Star Trek Curse continues unabated; that is, even-numbered Trek's are good, while their odd-numbered cohorts stink like a dead Horta in a pop...

Film Review, Dec. 11, 1998

A Simple Plan

“Simple” is a misnomer of epic proportions. In horror stylist Sam Raimi's first mainstream thriller, everything is gratingly complex: the tangled skein of emotions that...

Film Review, Dec. 11, 1998

I Married a Strange Person

I wonder about Bill Plympton's childhood sometimes. Was he indeed raised by nitrous-huffing aliens with oversized red rubber honkers, as his work indicates? Or is...

Film Review, Dec. 11, 1998

The Disenchanted

This 1990 film from A Single Girl director Jacquot is more waif than naïf. With its abbreviated 78-minute running time and sunlit images of its...

Film Review, Dec. 4, 1998

Air De Famille, Un

In a sleepy French village, an extended family gathers to ostensibly celebrate the 35th birthday of one of their own. What follows is a dark...

Film Review, Nov. 27, 1998

The Cruise

From atop his perch on the upper deck of New York City's Gray Line tour buses, Timothy “Speed” Levitch sees it all, and says it...

Film Review, Nov. 27, 1998

Very Bad Things

Chicago Hope's Peter Berg hangs up his scrubs in favor of the director's chair and ends up with more blood on his hands than a...

Film Review, Nov. 27, 1998

Babe: Pig in the City

It befits the director of Mad Max and The Road Warrior that this sequel to his Academy Award-nominated Babe is a far more boisterous affair...

Film Review, Nov. 27, 1998

Cruise Central

Screens Feature, Nov. 27, 1998

The Eel

Co-winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes in 1997, The Eel by Shohei Imamura (Black Rain) is the director's thoughtful meditation on love, death, and,...

Film Review, Nov. 20, 1998

One Tough Cop

Loosely based on the exploits of real-life NYPD cop Bo Dietl (who has of late been making the talk-show rounds with Baldwin in tow), this...

Film Review, Nov. 20, 1998

Enemy of the State

Love him or hate him, Tony Scott only steals from the best. Enemy of the State is littered with echoes of previous thrillers -- everything...

Film Review, Nov. 20, 1998

I Still Know What You Did Last Summer

Fish sticks anyone? The evil angler of last year's surprise hit is back in a predictably lamebrain sequel, and though Hewitt's ample cleavage is shown...

Film Review, Nov. 20, 1998

The Last Big Thing

Like its protagonist, this feature debut by Dan Zukovic is a painful, grating mass of pseudo-intellectual narcissism that makes you long for a way to...

Film Review, Nov. 13, 1998

Meet Joe Black

A loose retelling of 1934's Death Takes a Holiday, this updated version adapts a fuller, firmer attitude toward other-worldly romance as well as a near-three-hour...

Film Review, Nov. 13, 1998

American History X

Why Tony Kaye was so eager to have his name taken off this film (and replaced with “Humpty Dumpty”) is a question only Kaye can...

Film Review, Nov. 13, 1998

The Siege

Could someone please turn down Denzel Washington's Righteousness Meter? It's set too high. The king of earnest masculinity is about due for a comedy (The...

Film Review, Nov. 6, 1998

Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life

While not exactly Ken Burns territory, this expansive documentary on the multi-tiered life of Russian émigré-cum-novelist-cum-philosopher Rand is nothing if not ambitious. At 147minutes, it...

Film Review, Nov. 6, 1998

Redboy Thirteen

Unlike anything you've seen and yet eerily familiar, Austinite van Bavel's paean to childhood dreamtime and Ian Flemming-style Cold War theatrics is a minor masterpiece...

Film Review, Nov. 6, 1998

Junior High Spy

Screens Feature, Nov. 6, 1998

The Waterboy

Another half a year, another Adam Sandler film. Director Coraci, who reined in the manic comic in their last outing, The Wedding Singer, takes the...

Film Review, Nov. 5, 1998


“Shane! Come back, Shane!” Granted, Brandon de Wilde is nowhere in sight, but that doesn't make the obvious comparisons any less obvious. Anderson and screenwriter...

Film Review, Oct. 30, 1998

Monument Ave.

If you only know Denis Leary from comic roles such as The Ref (also directed by Demme) or his stand-up routines, this movie may come...

Film Review, Oct. 30, 1998

John Carpenter's Vampires

James Woods as a fearless vampire slayer? Twin Peaks' Laura Palmer as an undead seductress? Daniel Baldwin unimpeded by stimulants? Is there anything John Carpenter...

Film Review, Oct. 30, 1998

The Buzz Heard 'Round the World

Screens Feature, Oct. 30, 1998


In 1961 Rod Serling penned a Twilight Zone episode entitled Five Characters in Search of an Exit. Although it's never been one of that...

Film Review, Oct. 29, 1998

Bride of Chucky

No matter that Brad Dourif snagged an Academy Award nomination for his work in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest -- for legions of moviegoers,...

Film Review, Oct. 23, 1998


From the evil geniuses behind South Park comes the Citizen Kane of pornographic/Mormon/martial arts/superhero/buddy films. Perhaps that's a bit over the top in the praise...

Film Review, Oct. 23, 1998

Apt Pupil

Based on the Stephen King novella of the same name, Apt Pupil is one of those rarest of films, a King adaptation that doesn't...

Film Review, Oct. 22, 1998


Despite the constant images of crackling fireplaces and guttering candelabra in this directorial debut by the screenwriter of Shadowlands, Firelight remains couched in darkness, not...

Film Review, Oct. 16, 1998


Poirier's film took home the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes last year, which is as much an indication of the direction the festival is heading...

Film Review, Oct. 16, 1998

Touch of Evil

Forty years old and still as wonderfully vile as ever, this newly re-edited version (based on a recently unearthed 58-page memo from Welles himself) of...

Film Review, Oct. 15, 1998

Dee Snider's Strangeland

Strange is an understatement. Who knew the world's first modern-primitive slasher/detective/thriller would come from the thoroughly creepy pen of Twisted Sister frontman (and arch-foe of...

Film Review, Oct. 9, 1998


Lee could have called this Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Electronic Music But Were Afraid to Ask. From John Cage to Roni Size...

Film Review, Oct. 9, 1998

Clay Pigeons

In a perfect world, Janeane Garofalo would be in every movie. That way, when the rest of the show bogged down, we'd still have her...

Film Review, Oct. 2, 1998

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