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Marc Savlov

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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 3 of 5

Drawing Restraint 9

Iconoclastic artist Matthew Barney and his paramour Björk flood the screen with arresting images and sounds, and though little of it makes ordinary sense, it's compelling nevertheless.

Film Review, Jun. 30, 2006

Lady Vengeance

The South Korean master of revenge dramas, Park Chan-wook, offers another entertaining puzzle of emotional nuance, riotous color, and bloody hell.

Film Review, Jun. 30, 2006

I've Had a Wonderful Evening ...

Marx Brothers Month at the San Antonio Street Cafe

Screens Feature, Jun. 30, 2006

Peaceful Warrior

It's mostly hoo-hah, but there are moments in this New Agey, feel-semi-good crowd-pleaser that rise above and beyond the gymnastics and psychobabble.

Film Review, Jun. 23, 2006


Click is a message movie whose real message isn't "Stop and Smell the Roses, Jackass," but "How to Manipulate the Audience in 12 E-Z Steps."

Film Review, Jun. 23, 2006


The death throes of an empire are are practically nothing when compared with the twitch of the marital death nerve in Richard E. Grant's semiautobiographical directorial debut.

Film Review, Jun. 16, 2006

Nacho Libre

This sophomore outing from the director of Napoleon Dynamite is full of cheesy goodness, courtesy of Jack Black, but a little goes a long way.

Film Review, Jun. 16, 2006

Fall to Grace

Shot in Austin with a mostly local cast and buoyed by a fine, evocative score, Fall to Grace is a quiet little ensemble film that pulses with its own unique heartbeat.

Film Review, Jun. 16, 2006

Keeping Up With the Steins

This story about one-upmanship while staging a bar mitzvah in L.A., should, by all rights, be very funny, but, sadly, it is not.

Film Review, Jun. 9, 2006

The Omen

Julia Stiles is miscast, although Mia Farrow delights in this unnecessary remake of a perfectly good child-as-Antichrist movie.

Film Review, Jun. 9, 2006

One Perfect Day

This earnest, soulful, and jarringly melodramatic rave-culture love story is from Melbourne, Australia.

Film Review, Jun. 9, 2006

Going 'Beyond' With John LaZar and Erica Gavin

Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow, June 10

Screens Feature, Jun. 9, 2006

Rock & Roll Books

Summer reading

Music Feature, Jun. 2, 2006

See No Evil

Former porn auteur Gregory Dark advances to making this rote exercise in slasher-film tedium.

Film Review, May. 26, 2006

X-Men: The Last Stand

This third outing in the franchise lays on the subtext even more heavily than its predecessors – racial, gender, and sexual politics are all over the place, as are the multiple strands of the story line.

Film Review, May. 26, 2006

Movies and Shakers

The production companies behind – and ahead of – the boom, and how they might be able to help you

Screens Feature, May. 26, 2006

Burnt Orange Productions

Screens Feature, May. 26, 2006

Barcelona Films

Screens Feature, May. 26, 2006

Marmalade Sky Motion Pictures

Screens Feature, May. 26, 2006

Beef and Pie Productions

Screens Feature, May. 26, 2006

Advanced Film Mechanix

Screens Feature, May. 26, 2006

Four More Friends of Filmmakers

Screens Feature, May. 26, 2006

The Company Directory

Screens Feature, May. 26, 2006

Sophie Scholl: The Final Days

This Oscar nominee from Germany chronicles the last desperate hours of Sophie Scholl, a real-life German university student who, in 1943 Munich, ran afoul of the gestapo while distributing anti-Nazi leaflets.

Film Review, May. 19, 2006

Kinky Boots

One man's ailing boot factory and a transvestite's need for extra-large thigh-highs become a perfect match in this British comedy about tolerance.

Film Review, May. 19, 2006

Darna Zaroori Hai

Unusual Bollywood film is an anthology horror film with segments directed by seven different directors.

Film Review, May. 12, 2006

An American Haunting

A satanic-possession thriller set in 1817 stars Donald Sutherland and Sissy Spacek – to little avail.

Film Review, May. 12, 2006


A handful of talented actors checked their egos at the door in hopes of … something, but this Poseidon is a wash.

Film Review, May. 12, 2006

Mission: Impossible III

It's all poppycock, of course, but done with great vim, vigor, and flair.

Film Review, May. 5, 2006


Robin Williams loads his family into a camper and goes on vacation.

Film Review, May. 5, 2006

The Icon Down the Street

Remembering Louise Brooks, a little too late

Screens Feature, May. 5, 2006

Silent Hill

Eerie but ultimately unengaging film adaptation of Konami's smash series of video games has a pitch-perfect score and unnervingly nightmarish imagery.

Film Review, Apr. 28, 2006

Hard Candy

Metaphorically speaking, Little Red Riding Hood eats Humbert Humbert in this story of an online predator and his jailbait, gamine prey.

Film Review, Apr. 28, 2006

Open Festival Season

Taking aim at Banff and Blowin' Up a Spot

Screens Feature, Apr. 28, 2006

Zu Warriors

Tsui Hark's wide-screen riot of color, movement, and sound

Screens Review, Apr. 28, 2006

Scary Movie 4

What's new in this fourth edition of the popular-culture spoof machine? Well, Shaquille O'Neal and Dr. Phil, for starters.

Film Review, Apr. 21, 2006

The Notorious Bettie Page

Gretchen Mol dazzles as the titular pinup girl, but the film raises many more questions about the enigmatic icon than it answers.

Film Review, Apr. 21, 2006

Summer Storm

German film is a trite tale of youthful angst and closeted sexual confusion about what really happens at those wild and crazy rowing camps that keep all of Bavaria abuzz.

Film Review, Apr. 14, 2006

The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things

Based on the allegedly autobiographical short stories of alleged teen author J.T. Leroy, Asia Argento's film describes a Gothic maelstrom of psychic and physical abuse.

Film Review, Apr. 14, 2006

The Wild

Despite its title, Disney's new animated film, The Wild, is about as pedestrian as you can get.

Film Review, Apr. 13, 2006

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