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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.

259 articles in 2004   •   page 1 of 7


Eurotrash horror film for the new millennium.

Film Review, Dec. 31, 2004

Crew Stories

'People will ask me if I'm a production assistant or an assistant director,' Glen Moorman says, 'and I always tell them, if you have a $50,000 budget, I'm your first assistant director, and, if you have a $50 million budget, I'm the last production assistant hired.'

Screens Feature, Dec. 31, 2004

The Aviator

Scorsese's best film in years is a work of bravura, classic Hollywood filmmaking.

Film Review, Dec. 24, 2004

Maestro and Muse

Jean-Pierre on 'A Very Long Engagement'

Screens Feature, Dec. 24, 2004

Woo, All Right Now, And Don't It Feel Like You're Going Bald and Homicidal!

Thirty years later, Jeff Lieberman is still walking on 'Blue Sunshine'

Screens Feature, Dec. 24, 2004

Flight of the Phoenix

Sticking closely to the tone of its predecessor, this remake of Robert Aldrich’s 1965 adventure film lacks the tang of the original, and trades the late-vintage Jimmy Stewart for the shirtless Dennis Quaid.

Film Review, Dec. 17, 2004

The Avengers: The Complete Emma Peel Megaset

Gift guide

Screens Feature, Dec. 17, 2004

The Complete Monty Python's Flying Circus Megaset

Screens Feature, Dec. 17, 2004

Red Alert

The late train on

Screens Feature, Dec. 17, 2004

Box Sets

Let the Buyer Beware

Music Feature, Dec. 10, 2004

Blade: Trinity

Originality is in as short supply as shirt buttons as Snipes' high tech vampire slayer meets up with what appears to be a steroidal Eurotrash pimp playing Dracula.

Film Review, Dec. 10, 2004

Ocean's Twelve

Like Soderbergh’s Ocean’s Eleven and 1960’s Rat-Packing original, Ocean's Twelve is an elaborate and delightful excuse to get the screen’s biggest and most gorgeous stars in the same film.

Film Review, Dec. 10, 2004

Eyes Without a Face

Gift guide

Screens Feature, Dec. 10, 2004

Britpop!: Cool Britannia and the Spectacular Demise of English Rock

John Harris

Sort by:Harris, John

Publisher:Da Capo Press


Music Feature, Dec. 3, 2004


Love’s fractured fairy tale, writ small and petty and almost too real to bear without flinching.

Film Review, Dec. 3, 2004

Wrong Place, Wrong Time

Kirby Warnock's 'Border Bandits' raids the Alamo with the ugly truth of 1915 Texas.

Screens Feature, Dec. 3, 2004

Christmas With the Kranks

Holiday pap and circumstance.

Film Review, Nov. 26, 2004


Oliver Stone has achieved the impossible: He's made the life of Alexander the Great seem boring.

Film Review, Nov. 26, 2004

The Fearless Vampire Killers, or: Pardon Me, but Your Teeth Are in My Neck

Period horror comedies were virtually unheard of in 1967, and although all of Roman Polanski's work up to that year had shone a flair for blacker-than-pitch grave-digger humor, this would be the first time he had experimented with outright comedy

Screens Review, Nov. 26, 2004

Seed of Chucky

Over-the-top gore is the rule when Chucky and Tiffany are resurrected by their anatomically incorrect offspring.

Film Review, Nov. 19, 2004

National Treasure

Odd casting and unimaginative, workmanlike direction make the painfully overlong National Treasure an exercise in mediocrity.

Film Review, Nov. 19, 2004


Part colorful noir, part scatterbrained comedy, Testosterone envisions the severed tether of a presumably functional relationship.

Film Review, Nov. 19, 2004

Controlling Their Own Destiny

So many questions for the gaming industry, so many Austin game developers to answer them

Screens Feature, Nov. 19, 2004

The Controllers (For Now)

Any and all of these companies – some big, some small, some downright tiny – are worth a look, and many are producing games you've probably heard of

Screens Feature, Nov. 19, 2004

The Geek Behind the GURPS

A conversation with Steve Jackson

Screens Feature, Nov. 19, 2004

Transcending Transgression

Richard Kern abandons hysteria for erotica

Screens Feature, Nov. 19, 2004

HorseBack Salad Happy Hour

Thursday, November 18

Screens Feature, Nov. 19, 2004

Flicks & Friends

Thursday, November 18

Screens Feature, Nov. 19, 2004

Never Leave the House Again

Time Warner warms up your cold nights with … nonstop anime?

Screens Feature, Nov. 19, 2004

After the Sunset

Possibly the ideal film to more or less ignore while lounging poolside and sipping Jamaican rum, After the Sunset is 100-proof pap.

Film Review, Nov. 12, 2004

Lightning in a Bottle

Ostensibly a record of one mighty blues show, this film goes beyond the tag of concert film and achieves something more: a living history lesson, tracing the evolving sound of the blues.

Film Review, Nov. 12, 2004

The Polar Express

Chris Van Allsburg’s magical tale of the Christmas Eve re-education of a Santa-doubting adolescent gets the motion-capture treatment.

Film Review, Nov. 11, 2004

The Incredibles

Animated take on the superhero genre overflows with wonderfully silly shenanigans and knowing insight into modern parenting.

Film Review, Nov. 5, 2004

Stage Beauty

Victor/Victoria meets Shakespeare in Love at A Star Is Born in this gender-bending backstage story.

Film Review, Nov. 5, 2004

Out of the Shadow

Which new scary-programming cable channel will longtime Austin access host Joseph Fotinos choose?

Screens Feature, Nov. 5, 2004

It Is Risen

The newly restored 'Heaven's Gate' plays the Paramount

Screens Feature, Nov. 5, 2004

SXSW 2005

Scouting SXSW 05

Screens Feature, Nov. 5, 2004

Congratulations, Kudos, and Free Bar Tabs

'Dear Pillow' does it again

Screens Feature, Nov. 5, 2004


Life during wartime is always difficult, but never more so than when you're in love as this Czech movie demonstrates.

Film Review, Nov. 4, 2004

Beastie Boys

Music Review, Oct. 29, 2004

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