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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.

185 articles in 2005   •   page 1 of 5

New Order


Music Review, Dec. 30, 2005


Munich is dense, thoughtful filmmaking that nonetheless flies along: Seething not only with multilayered, subtextual arguments, it’s also a heck of a thriller.

Film Review, Dec. 30, 2005

Music DVDs

Shadow of Light / Archive

Music Feature, Dec. 23, 2005

The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam

Houston-based, Iranian-born filmmaker Mashayekh relates the story of the pioneering 11th-century mathematician, astronomer, and poet, and reminds Western audiences that there’s more to Iran and the Middle East than suicide bombers and hummus.

Film Review, Dec. 23, 2005


This Israeli comedy is a wholly original movie that's set and filmed entirely within the insular realm of Jerusalem’s ultra-orthodox Hasidim.

Film Review, Dec. 23, 2005

Event Horizon

The Alamo Drafthouse Downtown

Screens Feature, Dec. 23, 2005

King Kong

Jackson's remake is a corker of an action/monster movie: part RKO serial; part square-jawed, manly romp; and part classic journey into the unknown that recalls and references Heart of Darkness.

Film Review, Dec. 16, 2005

The Harold Lloyd Comedy Collection

Screens Feature, Dec. 16, 2005

Aeon Flux

Its heart is in the right place, but Aeon Flux's head is just a little too high to make much sense.

Film Review, Dec. 9, 2005

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Fusillade No. 1 in Disney's presumed seven-film adaptation of C.S. Lewis' beloved children's tales is marred by dodgy CGI work and windy pacing.

Film Review, Dec. 9, 2005

The Muppet Movie: Kermit's 50th Anniversary edition
The Great Muppet Caper: Kermit's 50th Anniversary Edition
Muppet Treasure Island: Kermit's 50th Anniversary Edition
The Muppet Christmas Carol: Kermit's 50th Anniversary Edition

Gift guide

Screens Feature, Dec. 9, 2005

Electric Ladyland: Women and Rock Culture

Music Review, Dec. 2, 2005

First Descent

This vertiginous documentary about snowboarding talks with the sport's greats and shows them in action, rocketing down crag-encrusted, virgin slopes like buckshot fired from God’s own 20-gauge.

Film Review, Dec. 2, 2005

In the Mix

Consider this brick No. 1 in the fall of the house of Usher.

Film Review, Dec. 2, 2005

Otaku* Overload!!!

After Monster Island Studios sank, Austin's acting community and Houston animé giant A.D. Vision unleashed talent bent on vengeance and redemption (*otaku = animé geek)

Screens Feature, Dec. 2, 2005

For the Imperial Flower Combat Trooper on Your List: Austin-Accented Animé on DVD

Screens Feature, Dec. 2, 2005

Just Friends

A tepid romantic comedy with a side order of vitriol.

Film Review, Nov. 25, 2005


Despite the grating, workmanlike direction of Chris Columbus, this boisterous film is a vivacious, wiseacre musical and an inarguable morality lesson: Love is all you need.

Film Review, Nov. 25, 2005


The first release from the new Weinstein Co. is this thriller starring Jennifer Aniston and Clive Owen that never fully engages our sympathies.

Film Review, Nov. 18, 2005

Walk the Line

Joaquin Phoenix is terrific as the musician Johnny Cash, whose rise, fall, and resurrection we watch as he does the Benzedrine 12-step in order to earn the love of country-and-gospel sasspot June Carter.

Film Review, Nov. 18, 2005

Shaadi No. 1

In a country famous for its exhaustively over-the-top filmmaking, India’s Shaadi No. 1 is an extreme case: a maddeningly manic comedy-romance painted in vibrant shades of neon pink and Day-Glo violet.

Film Review, Nov. 11, 2005

Côte D'Azur

The French still like to get their sex on, a fact confirmed again and again in this breezy, featherweight sex farce.

Film Review, Nov. 11, 2005

Get Rich or Die Tryin'

The film story of Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson's tough road to success is so melodramatic that if it weren't real it would be laughable.

Film Review, Nov. 11, 2005

Anything Can Happen: Jon Favreau and Dax Shepard on 'Zathura'

Jon Favreau and Dax Shepard on 'Zathura'

Screens Feature, Nov. 11, 2005

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang

Shane Black's directorial debut is a suckerpunch-and-a-half, a trippy tribute to L.A. noir and a genre-busting blitzkrieg attack on Hollywood pretensions that’s just as full of them as the pulp it lampoons.

Film Review, Nov. 10, 2005

D: Fuse

People 3: Both Sides of the Picture.Live

Music Review, Nov. 4, 2005

National Lampoon's Adam & Eve

More collegiate humor released by the folks at the Lampoon that has more hormonal smarts than necessary and about as many sex and toilet gags as you suspect.

Film Review, Nov. 4, 2005


Though lacking a clear point of view, the film seems to say that war not only dehumanizes soldiers but also infantilizes them. It’s not a pretty picture, but it is a lovely film.

Film Review, Nov. 4, 2005

Saw II

With nary a decent, connective character in sight, this nasty sequel quickly becomes little more than a strenuous battle for survival among the already damned.

Film Review, Oct. 28, 2005


With genuine sparks between its two lovestruck leads and a delightfully flinchy performance from Meryl Streep, this comedy is just what its title implies: prime.

Film Review, Oct. 28, 2005

Three ... Extremes

This lush and horrific anthology film from three of the finest craftsmen working today – Fruit Chan, Chan-wook Park, and Takashi Miike – is an instantly memorable and squirm-inducing assemblage.

Film Review, Oct. 28, 2005

The Legend of Zorro

Whereas the Zorro of yore was a cunning subversive with a libidinous guerrilla panache, this new take with a tyke added is more like Leave It to Zorro.

Film Review, Oct. 28, 2005

God Help Us

Austinite Stephen Romano's psychotic collaboration with Don Coscarelli launches Showtime's 'Masters of Horror' series

Screens Feature, Oct. 28, 2005

Austin Asian Film Festival 2

Nov. 3-6

Screens Feature, Oct. 28, 2005


With a script by David Benioff (25th Hour) and direction by Marc Forster of Monster's Ball fame, Stay is an ambitious experiment that never quite jells.

Film Review, Oct. 21, 2005


Doom is not so much a film as a marketing tie-in, albeit one with some exceptional production values.

Film Review, Oct. 21, 2005

The Fog

This hazy remake pales in comparison to John Carpenter's original fogbanks from 1980.

Film Review, Oct. 21, 2005

Hammett Meets Hughes

Writer-director Rian Johnson on high school noir and Austin Film Festival highlight 'Brick'

Screens Feature, Oct. 21, 2005

The War Within

This fiction film, in which the lead character is but one cog in a plot to detonate a series of bombs in New York City, portrays a terrorist’s point of view in a jarringly matter-of-fact manner.

Film Review, Oct. 14, 2005


Cameron Crowe's romantic comedy doesn't make the attraction between the characters played by Kirsten Dunst and Orlando Bloom believable and then goes off in dozens more unprofitable directions.

Film Review, Oct. 14, 2005

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