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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.

137 articles in 1999   •   page 1 of 4

Galaxy Quest

A parody of Gene Roddenberry's TV world and its rabid fans.

Film Review, Dec. 30, 1999

Stuart Little

Retelling of E.B. White's children's classic.

Film Review, Dec. 24, 1999

Liberty Heights

Levinson returns for a fourth time to his beloved 1950s Baltimore, the setting of Diner, Avalon, and Tin Men, this time minus much of the...

Film Review, Dec. 24, 1999

Train of Life

Following in the peculiar tradition of such Holocaust dramedys as Life Is Beautiful and, to a lesser degree, Mel Brooks' version of To Be or...

Film Review, Dec. 24, 1999

Any Given Sunday

Stone's tale of a professional football team is full of excess, machismo, and a ripped-out eyeball.

Film Review, Dec. 23, 1999

Bicentennial Man

Is it me or was Robin Williams far less irritating during his years as a self-centered substance-abuse casualty? Granted, his manic, cocaine-induced performances on Mork...

Film Review, Dec. 17, 1999

Some Fish Can Fly

Love and indie filmmaking go intrinsically hand in hand: One is necessary for the success of the other, and both are chock-full of pitfalls most...

Film Review, Dec. 17, 1999

The Green Mile

Oh, the time and money we all could have saved had Frank Darabont hooked up with Stephen King long ago. The director who also helmed...

Film Review, Dec. 10, 1999

Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo

To paraphrase: If you put a rare tropical fish in a blender in Act One, you'd better make sure you're serving fish frappes by Act...

Film Review, Dec. 10, 1999

The Grandfather

Nominated for an Academy Award last year, Garci's film is a sprawling, epic, two-and-a-half-hour period piece rife with gorgeous, sun-dappled shots of old Spain, heady...

Film Review, Dec. 3, 1999

End of Days

To paraphrase the old soldier's saw, I know I'll go to heaven when I die, 'cause I've already been to End of Days. The first...

Film Review, Nov. 26, 1999

Princess Mononoke

Japanese animated feature is packed with an environmentally aware storyline, breathtaking animation, and clever dialogue penned for this American release by Brit fantasist Neil Gaiman and delivered in English by a slew of American actors.

Film Review, Nov. 25, 1999

Toy Story 2

The title says it all: If you (or your kids) loved Toy Story, you'll like Toy Story 2 as well. Just don't expect any big...

Film Review, Nov. 25, 1999


A kinder, gentler Gregg Araki film? Surely this signifies that the seventh seal has finally been broken and chaos (in the form of giant, ant-headed...

Film Review, Nov. 19, 1999

Devil's Island

America and Iceland may have been allies during the Second World War, but in this boisterous period piece from the director of Cold Fever, a...

Film Review, Nov. 19, 1999

Joe the King

Contrary to Mel Brooks' dictum, it's not always so good to be the king. Whaley's directorial debut may be the feel-bad movie of the year,...

Film Review, Nov. 19, 1999

Sleepy Hollow

You'll notice Washington Irving's name is absent from the title of Burton's new film. That's due in no small part to the fact that this...

Film Review, Nov. 18, 1999

Light It Up

Judd Nelson is finally back to his old Breakfast Club stomping ground, but this time around there's guns, a wounded cop, and a media circus...

Film Review, Nov. 12, 1999

The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc

As the oft-told tale of France's teenage savior retold as a pop comic book, Besson's film is pure eye candy and sure to outrage more...

Film Review, Nov. 12, 1999

Perfect Blue

Midway through this animated Japanese thriller I was struck by a sudden sense of deja vu that persisted to the end of the film. Surely...

Film Review, Nov. 11, 1999

House on Haunted Hill

The nicest thing I can say about this remake of William Castle's 1958 shocker is that Geoffrey Rush, god bless him, sure can do a...

Film Review, Nov. 5, 1999

The Bone Collector

What if Alfred Hitchcock and David Fincher gave a party and nobody came? They'd probably be stuck bandying about script ideas and -- after all...

Film Review, Nov. 5, 1999

The Insider

Walking out of The Insider the other day, I couldn't shake the feeling that I'd just sat through an awfully long, awfully big movie that...

Film Review, Nov. 5, 1999


If there's one thing Austinites know, it's that the bat is a cute little sucker whose most annoying trait is his mountainous guano output. For...

Film Review, Oct. 29, 1999

The Best Man

Malcolm D. Lee, cousin of Spike, hits emotional pay dirt in this men's-eye-view of marriage, fidelity, and love. ? Marc Savlov.

Film Review, Oct. 29, 1999

Music of the Heart

In yet another sign that the End Times are upon us, Craven, a director more known for his frequent use of butcher knives and bullet...

Film Review, Oct. 29, 1999

Lucie Aubrac

Germinal director Berri teams again with his Jean de Florette star Auteil and That Obscure Object of Desire's Bouquet for this tale of the French...

Film Review, Oct. 29, 1999

Bringing Out the Dead

Even a miscue from Martin Scorsese is generally far superior to most of his contemporaries' finest hours, and though Bringing Out the Dead is hardly...

Film Review, Oct. 28, 1999

Head On

As the woefully conflicted young Greek-Australian Ari, the feral, dynamic Dimitriades is less a teenage house o' fire than a self-made neutron bomb: He may...

Film Review, Oct. 22, 1999

That's the Way I Like it

Disco dead? Perish the thought. At least not in Singapore, circa 1977, an Americanized era of pleated bell-bottoms, white polyester sport coats, and the wandering...

Film Review, Oct. 22, 1999

The Boys

Absolutely uncompromising in its depiction of the tedium of garden-variety evil, this feature debut is as relentlessly downbeat -- and as stoically uncompromising -- as...

Film Review, Oct. 22, 1999

The Stendahl Syndrome

In the mid-19th century while on a tour of Italian architecture, the famed French author Stendahl found himself so overwhelmed by the beauty of what...

Film Review, Oct. 22, 1999

Finding North

It begins on a bridge and ends there, too, but in between Tanya Wexler's debut feature is anything but your ordinary bridge story. Vibrantly funny...

Film Review, Oct. 15, 1999

Mating Habits of the Earthbound Human

A faux documentary about human reproduction from an extraterrestrial point of view, this has to be one of the oddest comedies in some time. When...

Film Review, Oct. 15, 1999

A Chinese Ghost Story: The Tsui Hark Animation

You'll probably never really understand what on earth (or elsewhere) is going on in this Tsui Hark-produced-and-written animated adaptation of his Eighties smash live-action film...

Film Review, Oct. 15, 1999

Fight Club

There's no middle ground in Fight Club: Either you go with its berserker ethos or go nuts.

Film Review, Oct. 14, 1999

Random Hearts

Something akin to viewing dead grass not growing, Random Hearts is that rarest of movies, a moribund Harrison Ford vehicle, stodgily dull, and seemingly endless...

Film Review, Oct. 8, 1999

On the Ropes

Boxing, that peculiar sport that engenders both brutality and balletic finesse in its athletes, has never particularly captured this critic's imagination apart from such related...

Film Review, Oct. 8, 1999

The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland

It seems blasphemous to say anything bad about the Sesame Street gang. I have visions of waking one morning to find an irate Gonzo perched...

Film Review, Oct. 8, 1999

The Acid House

Call it Trainspotting 2, if you must, just don't confuse this trio of short films adapted from Scottish novelist Irvine Welsh's collection of the same...

Film Review, Oct. 1, 1999

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