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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.

180 articles in 2006   •   page 1 of 5

The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes

Like a dream, the Quay Brothers' The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes is wispy and ethereal; like a nightmare, it lodges in your hindbrain and gnaws away with gleeful abandon.

Film Review, Dec. 29, 2006

Black Christmas

Although this horror remake isn't as suspenseful or emotionally draining as its influential 1974 predecessor, the film almost makes up for that with its overriding weirdness.

Film Review, Dec. 29, 2006

Rocky Balboa

This final chapter in the Rocky saga is terrific – maybe not great, like that first kiss of fist in ’76, but good, solid, exhilarating entertainment of the stand-up-and-cheer variety.

Film Review, Dec. 22, 2006


Despite sporting Heath Ledger and Abbie Cornish as a pair of Australian junkies increasingly on the outs with family, reality, and rent, Candy is a washout.

Film Review, Dec. 15, 2006


Dear George Lucas … It's bad enough that you've cloaked your true identity behind that of the 15-year-old bestselling novelist Christopher Paolini, but did you have to remake Episode IV all over again? With friggin' dragons?!

Film Review, Dec. 15, 2006

J.L. Aronson on 'Danielson: A Family Movie (or, Make a Joyful Noise Here)'

On Danielson: A Family Movie (or, Make a Joyful Noise Here)

Screens Feature, Dec. 15, 2006

National Lampoon's Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj

This highly unanticipated offering is cut ’n’ paste horn-dog humor.

Film Review, Dec. 8, 2006

Blood Diamond

This action-packed take on the issue of blood diamonds is an example of social critique masquerading as cineplex fodder.

Film Review, Dec. 8, 2006

Desk Set

Its inaugural class – equipped with cameras, computers, and expert instruction – wades into a sea of possibility

Screens Feature, Dec. 8, 2006

Rock & Roll Books

Gift Guide

Music Feature, Dec. 1, 2006


Turistas is a surprisingly effective horror film with good acting and some breathless action.

Film Review, Dec. 1, 2006

Let's Go to Prison

Bob Odenkirk directs this comedy written by the Reno 911! team, but consider this one disarmed and extremely pointless.

Film Review, Nov. 24, 2006

Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny

How much you'll love (or loathe) JB and KG's passion for the power chord and all it entails will depend, most likely, on your familiarity with the duo beforehand.

Film Review, Nov. 22, 2006

American Hardcore

Crammed with grainy, shot-on-the-fly mid-Eighties video footage, recent interviews, and a genuine love for its subject, American Hardcore encapsulates a largely forgotten moment in maximum rock & roll history.

Film Review, Nov. 17, 2006

Fast Food Nation

Richard Linklater and Eric Schlosser's noble and worthy film about meat processing and consumption smacks of good-guy agitprop and fails as a character-driven narrative.

Film Review, Nov. 17, 2006

Casino Royale

This is the James Bond origin story wherein we get to discover, along with incoming blond Bond Daniel Craig, where 007 got his suave daredeviltry and love of fast cars, vodka martinis, and highest-stakes cardsharpery.

Film Review, Nov. 17, 2006

Jim Jones Jr.

on 'The Life and Death of Peoples Temple'

Screens Feature, Nov. 17, 2006

The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

A stilted, manipulative, and altogether unfun film starring Tim Allen and Martin Short.

Film Review, Nov. 10, 2006

A Good Year

It's difficult to reconcile this romantic trifle starring Russell Crowe with Ridley Scott, the director who made Blade Runner and The Gladiator.

Film Review, Nov. 10, 2006


Four disparate stories are woven into an eloquent and electrifying depiction of mankind's increasingly fractured state.

Film Review, Nov. 10, 2006

Henri Langlois: Phantom of the Cinematheque

"Oh, the thrill of identifying unknown films!"

Screens Review, Nov. 10, 2006


The director of Saw II is back for more of this vicious-minded series in which the psychopathic Jigsaw toys with his victims' last gasps.

Film Review, Nov. 3, 2006

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

This mockumentary provides some of the most fearless acts of transgressive comedy in years.

Film Review, Nov. 3, 2006

At the Alamo Downtown: Two Star Symphony does 'The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari'

At the Alamo Lakecreek the Docuweek Multicity Documentary Tour

Screens Feature, Nov. 3, 2006

loudQUIETloud: A Film About the Pixies

This film captures a fair amount of this band's electric charge and documents its 2004 reunion tour.

Film Review, Oct. 27, 2006

Catch a Fire

Phillip Noyce explores the havoc and repercussions caused by white interlopers toward indigenous peoples in this straightforward account of real-life black South African activist Patrick Chamusso and the white Boer police agent, who hunts him.

Film Review, Oct. 27, 2006

Running With Scissors

This film depiction of Augusten Burroughs' hellish childhood is tonally fractured and features a series of performances that pitch and yaw between "normal" and utterly mad.

Film Review, Oct. 27, 2006

The Prestige

Two rival magicians are locked in a lifelong quest for supremacy, which leads them down a slippery slope of hairpin twists and triple-turns in this Christopher Nolan movie.

Film Review, Oct. 26, 2006

Fats Waller

If You Got to Ask, You Ain't Got It

Music Review, Oct. 20, 2006

The Grudge 2

Japanese director Shimizu may be the only director in history to have helmed a pair of Hollywood remakes of his two biggest hit films and managed to screw up both of them.

Film Review, Oct. 20, 2006

Man of the Year

Instead of being the hippest kid on the block, this comedy plays like a schizophrenic exercise in shrill cinematic politics.

Film Review, Oct. 20, 2006

Young Blood

Growing Up as the 'Living Dead'

Screens Feature, Oct. 20, 2006

Keeping Mum

Maggie Smith, Rowan Atkinson, Kristen Scott Thomas, and Patrick Swayze come together for this dark British comedy.

Film Review, Oct. 13, 2006

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning

In this prequel to the original Chainsaw, we learn how Leatherface grew up to become a monster.

Film Review, Oct. 13, 2006

Employee of the Month

Assorted workers vie for the coveted title of "Employee of the Month."

Film Review, Oct. 13, 2006

Al Franken: God Spoke

The film follows around comedian and politico Franken without managing to either inflame or inspire the viewer or add much new information to Franken's already well-documented history.

Film Review, Oct. 6, 2006

The Departed

Watching this new film by Scorsese is tantamount to falling in love with the director all over again.

Film Review, Oct. 5, 2006


This story of the Lafayette Escadrille squadron, who become the first U.S. fighter pilots, is surprisingly inert.

Film Review, Sep. 29, 2006

Jet Li's Fearless

Jet Li's final martial-arts epic is fittingly peripatetic, finding the Hong Kong superstar ricocheting across the screen from action set-piece to emotional overload and back again.

Film Review, Sep. 29, 2006

Out, In, and Onscreen

The 19th Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival

Screens Feature, Sep. 29, 2006

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