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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 3 of 4

Twice Upon a Yesterday

Two films set in London's quaintly upscale Notting Hill neighborhood within one month (the other being, of course, Notting Hill), and neither one quite succeeds...

Film Review, Jun. 18, 1999

This Is My Father

Now I know why my father was so insistent I carry a handkerchief on my person at all times. This Quinn family production (brother Declan...

Film Review, Jun. 18, 1999

Conceiving Ada

Increasingly, the line between computers and filmmaking is blurring. Recent storylines in multiplex releases -- from The Matrix to eXistenZ -- have brought the wired...

Film Review, Jun. 11, 1999

King of Masks

Celebrated Chinese filmmaker Wu Tian-Ming (The Old Well) returns after a 10-year hiatus with an affecting period piece told in the gentle manner of a...

Film Review, Jun. 11, 1999

Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me

Remember that running sight gag in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery that had various fruits, vegetables, and whatnot strategically placed in front of Myers'...

Film Review, Jun. 10, 1999

Desert Blue

Just because a film is “quirky,” that doesn't necessarily make it interesting. Morgan J. Freeman's follow-up to his much ballyhooed Hurricane Streets is 90-plus minutes...

Film Review, Jun. 4, 1999

The Winslow Boy

What's this? A Mamet film without the usual incendiary peppering of ricocheting epithets? A period costume drama? A G rating? Heaven forfend. Despite the unusual...

Film Review, Jun. 4, 1999

Frogs for Snakes

With an all-star cast like this, you'd think Poe's film would be a knockout indie smash, a character-driven acting spree or maybe a quiet reflection...

Film Review, May. 28, 1999

The Thirteenth Floor

With The Matrix, eXistenZ, and now The Thirteenth Floor, filmgoers' collective sense of reality has been taking a real pummeling of late. That thematically similar...

Film Review, May. 28, 1999


So you think the hype surrounding that other sci-fi franchise is all that, huh? Here's a quarter, kid. Go buy a reality gumdrop. This loving,...

Film Review, May. 21, 1999

Black Mask

This 1996 Hong Kong actioner (which has been decently dubbed into English for American release) posits the crushingly handsome Li as Simon, a biologically “modified”...

Film Review, May. 21, 1999

The Dreamlife of Angels

This gritty film won the French Cesar award as well as Best Actress awards at Cannes for its two leads.

Film Review, May. 14, 1999


High school: Is there a more nightmarish circle of hell anywhere else? You wouldn't think it to see Payne's (Citizen Ruth) take on the exclusionary...

Film Review, May. 7, 1999

The Mummy

In the pantheon of classic Universal monster movies, the original The Mummy, directed in 1932 by Karl Freund and running just over an hour, was...

Film Review, May. 6, 1999

SLC Punk!

How Jan De Bont ended up as one of three executive producers on this goofily affecting coming-of-rage story is a story in itself (and one...

Film Review, Apr. 30, 1999

Idle Hands

Despite a negative (and entirely unfounded) pre-release buzz on this ghoulish horror-comedy from Roger Corman alum Flender, Idle Hands turns out to be a stylishly...

Film Review, Apr. 30, 1999

Open Your Eyes

Winner of seven Goya Awards (Spanish Oscars), this sophomore feature by Amenábar is a deeply complex psychological mind warp of a film that begs to...

Film Review, Apr. 30, 1999

Mighty Peking Man

This 1977 Shaw Brothers production from Hong Kong is a gleefully silly riff on everything monster movies and was re-released under the auspices of Quentin Tarantino in 1999.

Film Review, Apr. 23, 1999

Cucaracha, La

A tragicomedy of near-Shakespearean proportions, Jack Perez reimagines Old Mexico and the gringo expat's place in it as a manic fever dream, replete with double...

Film Review, Apr. 23, 1999

Lost & Found

Former Saturday Night Live smarm-pimp Spade has done well for himself since leaving Lorne Michael's tutelage. A series of comedy features with the late Chris...

Film Review, Apr. 23, 1999

Pushing Tin

Operating under levels of stress that would turn ordinary men to jelly, the air traffic controllers at New York's Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) must...

Film Review, Apr. 23, 1999

Goodbye Lover

From a story by Austin Heart of Film Festival winner Ron Peer (the final film is credited to Peer, Joel Cohen, and Alec Sokolow) comes...

Film Review, Apr. 16, 1999

Six Ways to Sunday

A coming-of-age mob tale with a uniquely warped take on the traditions of the genre, Six Ways to Sunday (which played Austin last year during...

Film Review, Apr. 16, 1999


Relentless and mercurial, this new outing by Swingers' director Liman takes off somewhere around Mach 3 and never lets up, leaving you with either a...

Film Review, Apr. 9, 1999

Never Been Kissed

A newspaper editor re-enrolls in high school for a story on what the younger generation is up to.

Film Review, Apr. 8, 1999

10 Things I Hate About You

This updated version of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew provides a sharp examination of teen dating rituals.

Film Review, Apr. 8, 1999

The Harmonists

Based on a true story, The Harmonists relates the trials of a late-1920s/early 1930s pop music sextet as they struggle to achieve recognition in their...

Film Review, Apr. 2, 1999

The Matrix

A blend of pop psychology, cyberpunk lore, and stunning visuals.

Film Review, Apr. 1, 1999

Twenty Dates

It's a sound premise, you have to admit: Hopelessly unattached romantic and Hollywood bottom feeder decides to film his own quest for companionship and thereby...

Film Review, Mar. 26, 1999


Antonia Bird is best known for the unsettling Priest, which tackled the issue of gay clergy head on. Ravenous is devoid of such contemporary sociological...

Film Review, Mar. 26, 1999


The watch factor: Film critics know it by heart (we all bought stock in Timex's Indiglo line years ago), and most everybody else will recognize...

Film Review, Mar. 26, 1999

Forces of Nature

Hughes' ostensibly simple romantic comedy -- a man on his way to his wedding is sidetracked by a mischievous other woman -- is surprisingly more...

Film Review, Mar. 19, 1999

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

Guy Ritchie's turbocharged debut.

Film Review, Mar. 18, 1999

The Rage: Carrie Two

Sometimes you just have to relax and realize that sequels -- bad sequels, awful sequels -- are going to be a part of the cinematic...

Film Review, Mar. 12, 1999

The Corruptor

You have to feel sorry for Chow Yun-Fat. In his native Hong Kong and under the direction of auteurs such as John Woo and Stanley...

Film Review, Mar. 12, 1999

Wing Commander

Wing Commander opens with a lovingly rendered CGI shot of the Japanese bombing the American fleet at Pearl Harbor back to the Stone Age, seen...

Film Review, Mar. 12, 1999

Cruel Intentions

In its fourth film rendition, Les Liaisons Dangereuses is adapted for the high-school set.

Film Review, Mar. 5, 1999

The Last Days

Co-produced by Steven Spielberg's Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, this documentary speaks with five survivors of the Holocaust, all of them originally from...

Film Review, Mar. 5, 1999

The Day of the Beast

De la Iglesia builds this original horror film around a priest who belives the Antichrist will be born on Christmas Day. The director's unique visions blend ultra-violence and satiric touches make this a stunning example of his work screening in this four-part Alamo series.

Film Review, Feb. 26, 1999

Another Day in Paradise

This will forever be known in some circles as the film that sent Larry Clark back to his old heroin habit, and watching the four...

Film Review, Feb. 26, 1999

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