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Marc Savlov

TWITTER: @savlovauschron

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 2 of 4

Plunkett & Macleane

I always worry when a film's press kit trumpets the director's grand work in the world of television commercials; it seems to me that's something...

Film Review, Oct. 1, 1999

Mystery, Alaska

After taking home a raft of Emmys for his work on The Practice and Ally McBeal the other day, writer David E. Kelley need not...

Film Review, Oct. 1, 1999

The Minus Man

You can say this for The Minus Man: It comes with a darn good pedigree. Hampton Fancher is making his directing debut after scripting such...

Film Review, Sep. 24, 1999


Lawrence Kasdan has always done his best work with large, ensemble comedies, and Mumford is no exception. It's an oddball film, full of eccentric characters...

Film Review, Sep. 24, 1999

Jakob the Liar

There are going to be a lot of people who regard Jakob the Liar as simply an Americanized version of Life Is Beautiful since both...

Film Review, Sep. 24, 1999

American Beauty

This Oscar winner is a bleak comedy of suburban mores and one man's sudden rejection of the arrangement.

Film Review, Sep. 23, 1999

The Ogre

Schlondorff's best film since 1979's The Tin Drum reiterates many of that Academy Award-winning film's main themes: the corrupting influence of fascism on the young...

Film Review, Sep. 17, 1999

Spike & Mike's 1999 Classic Festival of Animation

Seventeen semi-new offerings are compiled in perennial faves Craig “Spike” Decker and Mike Gribble's ongoing animation fest. Not to be confused with S&M's far more...

Film Review, Sep. 17, 1999


What is it about Catholicism that has inspired so many filmmakers to plumb its tenets and rituals in search of that certain spooky frisson that...

Film Review, Sep. 17, 1999

A Dog of Flanders

You can take your child to see this adaptation of the classic children's tale, but don't blame me if you end up with a juvenile...

Film Review, Sep. 10, 1999

Stir of Echoes

Taken from Richard Matheson's novel of the same name, Stir of Echoes is as much a showpiece for Kevin Bacon's remarkable acting chops as it...

Film Review, Sep. 10, 1999

Twin Falls Idaho

In most romantic triangles, and certainly those of the Hollywood variety, it's all too easy to predetermine who will end up lounging across the chaise...

Film Review, Sep. 3, 1999

Dudley Do-Right

Let me just say how much I have enjoyed the work of Brendan Fraser in the past. I first noticed him as the victimized preppy...

Film Review, Sep. 3, 1999

The Astronaut's Wife

You have to wonder if the appearance here of Samantha Eggar is a coincidence. In David Cronenberg's 1979 film The Brood, she tackled a similar...

Film Review, Sep. 3, 1999

In Too Deep

… or perhaps not deep enough. Either way, this undercover cop saga by Aussie director Rymer (Angel Baby) comes off as a simplistic morality tale...

Film Review, Aug. 27, 1999

The Muse

Albert Brooks has always been the poor man's Woody Allen, a perpetually harangued schlub, the nexus of bad luck and ill fates. His appealingly cosmetized...

Film Review, Aug. 27, 1999

The Thirteenth Warrior

Not nearly as entertaining as Roger Corman's 1957 opus nauseam The Voyage of the Viking Women to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent, this...

Film Review, Aug. 27, 1999

Teaching Mrs. Tingle

The scribe who with Scream reinvented the slasher film for the Nineties also created with Dawson's Creek teens who are more eloquently ironic than some...

Film Review, Aug. 20, 1999

Regret to Inform

Sonneborn has captured the horror of the Vietnam conflict from an angle as yet unexplored, that of the women left behind. Sonneborn travels to the place of her husband's death in Vietnam with a film crew to retrace his final days.

Film Review, Aug. 20, 1999

Book of Life

Take this, Bill Gates: Jesus Christ uses a PowerBook. At least, in Hal Hartley's new, short (63 minutes) film, he does. Moreover, he keeps on...

Film Review, Aug. 20, 1999

Brokedown Palace

Life is full of choices. By way of illustration, you have the option of undergoing a root canal over viewing Brokedown Palace. Or, if your...

Film Review, Aug. 13, 1999

The Sixth Sense

It's all too easy to pigeonhole Bruce Willis into one of the many cookie-cutter action roles in which he made his name, but that...

Film Review, Aug. 12, 1999

The Thomas Crown Affair

Why? Why remake Norman Jewison's staunchly cool 1968 heist film in such a lackadaisical, uninspired manner? Not only is it a remake of a Steve...

Film Review, Aug. 6, 1999


Cinematic revisionist history has already been sparingly applied to the Nixon years in the form of Oliver Stone's pedantic Nixon, but Fleming (The Craft, Threesome)...

Film Review, Aug. 6, 1999

The Iron Giant

If the top-notch story weren't enough, the film also boasts some spectacular animation and a great score.

Film Review, Aug. 5, 1999

Mystery Men

Inept amateur superheroes must save the day in this comedy.

Film Review, Aug. 5, 1999

Deep Blue Sea

A team of scientists discovers a way to regenerate human brain tissue using extracts from the brains of mutated mako sharks. The film's sharks are convincing, its characters less so.

Film Review, Jul. 30, 1999

The Haunting

“It's all about family. It's always been about family!” yowls the unhinged Eleanor (Taylor) to one of the hoary phantasms (by visual effects master Phil...

Film Review, Jul. 30, 1999

Dr. Akagi

Two-time Palm d'Or recipient Inamura (1983's The Ballad of Naramaya and 1997's The Eel) is a riveting creative force both visually and in the manner...

Film Review, Jul. 23, 1999

Drop Dead Gorgeous

This parody of beauty pageants in the flyover states takes the form of a mockumentary filmed at Minnesota's Sarah Rose Miss Teen Princess America Pageant.

Film Review, Jul. 23, 1999

Muppets From Space

I'm sorry, but when did the Muppets get da funk? With a soundtrack featuring the likes of James Brown, the Commodores, George Clinton and P-Funk,...

Film Review, Jul. 22, 1999

Detroit 9000

Blaxploitation classic re-released in 1999 by Quentin Tarantino's Rolling Thunder distribution company.

Film Review, Jul. 22, 1999

Lake Placid

Further proof that the end times are upon us, this scattershot, PETA-friendly monster movie is penned by the same wag who weekly brings us both...

Film Review, Jul. 16, 1999


“Great. Astonishing. The best film in Park City,” raves filmmaker Penelope Spheeris (The Decline of Western Civilization, Wayne's World) in the press for Kret's debut...

Film Review, Jul. 16, 1999

American Pie

What hath Porky's wrought? This new, faster version of the semi-classic teen sex farce is a howler, bawdy yet constrained within its gross gridlock....

Film Review, Jul. 15, 1999

Eyes Wide Shut

Kubrick's final work gets sexual

Film Review, Jul. 15, 1999

Summer of Sam

In the summer of '77, I was 11 years old and living in upper New York state, but I still vividly recall the newscasts announcing...

Film Review, Jul. 2, 1999

Wild Wild West

The pillaging of classic (and in this case, not-so-classic) television series marches relentlessly onward. One wonders where Hollywood will turn once the final cathodial grave...

Film Review, Jul. 2, 1999

Big Daddy

A kinder, gentler Adam Sandler targets a whole new demographic, the ladies, in this lighthearted -- but still marginally obnoxious -- tale of unplanned parenthood...

Film Review, Jun. 25, 1999

The Red Violin

A special violin is traced over three centuries and multiple owners and countries.

Film Review, Jun. 25, 1999

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