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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 4 of 5

Take the Lead

It’s hard to fault such a warm, bouncy, and, yes, occasionally funky genre stalwart such as this for being exactly what you’d expect.

Film Review, Apr. 7, 2006


Writer-director James Gunn knows what makes horror fans howl, and is one heck of a writer to boot.

Film Review, Apr. 7, 2006

CSA: The Confederate States of America

Scathingly satirical, often horrific mockumentary examines what America might look like if the South had won the Civil War.

Film Review, Apr. 7, 2006

The Poppin' and Lockin' Ain't Stoppin'

Boogaloo Shrimp on life two decades after 'Breakin'

Screens Feature, Apr. 7, 2006

The Big Break

An interview with producer David Zito

Screens Feature, Apr. 7, 2006


Stars of CCTV

Music Review, Mar. 31, 2006

Stay Alive

Contrary to the hopes of geeks everywhere, Stay Alive is not an all-zombie musical remake of Sly Stallone's 1983 Saturday Night Fever sequel, but instead a fatuous and dull horror film about gamers.

Film Review, Mar. 31, 2006


Wicked smart examination of black kids in modern Atlanta features talented young actors navigating the circuitous path to adulthood while spending their downtime at the local roller rink.

Film Review, Mar. 31, 2006

Basic Instinct 2

This wholly unwarranted sequel is so outrageously preposterous (and chockablock with bad dialogue) that the end result achieves a basement grandeur of near-epic proportions.

Film Review, Mar. 31, 2006

Thank You for Smoking

This snarkily playful little comedy gets so wrapped up in its own barbed witticisms that it fails to land even the lightest sucker-punches on the institutions it aims to skewer.

Film Review, Mar. 31, 2006

Metal: A Headbanger's Journey

Lots of information and finely honed arguments characterize this vicariously thrilling and joyous documentary that explores heavy metal’s many permutations and sheer endurance over the past 30-odd years.

Film Review, Mar. 24, 2006

She's the Man

Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night gets a teen-movie rehash in this manic panic of a mess that never rises to even the lowest levels of the Bard’s cross-dressing comedy of errors.

Film Review, Mar. 24, 2006

Titan, King, God, Monster

Ray Harryhausen in Austin, Tuesday, March 28

Screens Feature, Mar. 24, 2006

Inside Man

Although with Denzel, Jodie, and Clive in tow it would be difficult to go wrong, Spike Lee and screenwriter Russell Gewirtz have created a truly original film from various shopworn genre clichés.

Film Review, Mar. 23, 2006

Spotlight: Translator

Translator, 'Everywhere I'm Not' – except SXSW 2006

Music Feature, Mar. 17, 2006

Arctic Monkeys

Whatever People Say I Am That's What I Am Not

Music Review, Mar. 17, 2006

His Name is Alive


Music Review, Mar. 17, 2006

Nine Black Alps

Everything Is

Music Review, Mar. 17, 2006

The Young Knives

Music Review, Mar. 17, 2006

Beastie Boys

Music Review, Mar. 17, 2006

The Brakes/Kooks

Music Review, Mar. 17, 2006


Interviews and reviews

Screens Feature, Mar. 17, 2006

Jumping Off Bridges

Screens Feature, Mar. 17, 2006

Beethoven's Hair

Screens Feature, Mar. 17, 2006


Screens Feature, Mar. 17, 2006

V for Vendetta

This is a thinking person’s action film – a futuristic slice of pop-culture agitprop, replete with a costumed antihero, lovingly choreographed action sequences, cunningly ornate dialogue, and a terrific, rousing score.

Film Review, Mar. 16, 2006

The Libertine

Johnny Depp runs away with the show in this murkily filmed picture, cackling all the while and defiling beauty in all its forms as the exceedingly decadent Earl of Rochester.

Film Review, Mar. 10, 2006

Why We Fight

Jarecki’s canny and somewhat overwhelming documentary paints a grim historical picture of war profiteering run amok.

Film Review, Mar. 10, 2006

The Shaggy Dog

There are precious few surprises here, but this breezy remake starring Tim Allen is a painless affair.

Film Review, Mar. 10, 2006

The Hills Have Eyes

This remake ratchets up the gore while subtly rewiring some of the characters, but it never manages the nagging subtexts Craven so handily injected into the original horror film.

Film Review, Mar. 10, 2006

Mike Henry and Kyle Fuller

'Slam Planet: War of the Words'

Screens Feature, Mar. 10, 2006

Kar Gawk

Ron Mann's adventurous RIP for hotrod artist and icon Ed Roth

Screens Feature, Mar. 10, 2006

Open Up – It's the Filmmakers!

Kirby Dick raids the MPAA

Screens Feature, Mar. 10, 2006

Running Scared

Wayne Kramer's follow-up to his crime drama The Cooler has no moral compass, and swings wildly out of control while blanketed in hyper-violent digital gore effects and a thick, black nausea of the soul.

Film Review, Mar. 3, 2006

Madea's Family Reunion

In this sequel to last year’s Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Tyler Perry ups the ante and includes Cicely Tyson and Maya Angelou in his coffee klatch.

Film Review, Mar. 3, 2006

16 Blocks

Richard Donner still has it. 16 Blocks may be a formulaic good-cops/bad-cops actioner, but it’s rarely stereotypical.

Film Review, Mar. 3, 2006

Redemption Song

Dick Rude on 'Let's Rock Again!' and the legacy of Joe Strummer

Screens Feature, Mar. 3, 2006

Heaven up Here

Manchester, UK, thrashes the rest of the British Isles 27 ways from SXSW

Music Feature, Feb. 24, 2006

Date Movie

What's left to spoof? Why, romance movies, of course.

Film Review, Feb. 24, 2006

It's All About Respect

The Texas Puppetry Festival

Screens Feature, Feb. 24, 2006

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