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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.

137 articles in 2007   •   page 3 of 4

Hostel: Part II

Roth has accomplished the near impossible: He's crafted a vastly superior sequel to Hostel, one that supersedes the original's sadistic quotient, gore effects, and narrative subversiveness.

Film Review, Jun. 8, 2007


This British horror comedy ricochets from violence to vengeance to outright survivalism, with comedy – some brilliant, some less so – underlying it all.

Film Review, Jun. 8, 2007


Music Review, Jun. 1, 2007

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

This third Pirates outing is an empty vessel haunted by the ghosts of its sabre-rattling betters.

Film Review, Jun. 1, 2007

Beyond the Gates

With infinite grace but no real suspense, Beyond the Gates bears dramatic witness to the Rwandan ethnic genocide of the last decade.

Film Review, Jun. 1, 2007

A Life of His Own

Diving right in with Tab Hunter

Screens Feature, Jun. 1, 2007

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

Baby 81

Music Review, May. 18, 2007

Fay Grim

The lunatic charm of Parker Posey is the best reason to see this wild, borderline-screwball sequel to Hal Hartley's 1998 film, Henry Fool.

Film Review, May. 18, 2007

Grbavica: The Land of My Dreams

This first feature from Bosnian director/writer Jasmila Zbanic offers up a slice of life after hell in which a widowed mother and daughter still veer perilously between fear and hope.

Film Review, May. 18, 2007

Shrek the Third

The big, green cash machine has finally run dry, perhaps not of box-office power but most assuredly of the caustic wit that made the first two films so winning.

Film Review, May. 18, 2007

28 Weeks Later

This continuing story of a populace that fears infection from a "rage virus," forges ahead with panic-paced sequences of graphic, random violence.

Film Review, May. 11, 2007

The Mario Bava Collection: Volume 1

Screens Review, May. 11, 2007

The Invisible

This thriller directed by David S. Goyer serves up teen angst with its supernatural thrills.

Film Review, May. 4, 2007

Also at the Drafthouse Downtown ...

Farley Granger and Quentin Tarantino

Screens Feature, May. 4, 2007


Luke Wilson and Kate Beckinsale play a couple who try to escape from the snuff-film motel at which they're stranded.

Film Review, Apr. 27, 2007

Into Great Silence

At once eerie, picaresque, and evocative, this is a daring and breathtakingly constructed documentary about the Carthusian monks of the French Alps, who have taken a vow of silence.

Film Review, Apr. 27, 2007


This genius Italian comedy from 1962 has been plucked from obscurity and given a sparkling new cleanup job.

Film Review, Apr. 20, 2007


Redline dives headfirst into onanistic autoeroticism, but this exotic-car movie feels ill-lubed and mechanical all the way.

Film Review, Apr. 20, 2007

The Bonds of Filth

The boys behind Hot Fuzz dish the dirt

Screens Feature, Apr. 19, 2007


The sense of total immersion in England's Glastonbury Festival is breathlessly complete in Julien Temple's everywhere-at-once music documentary.

Film Review, Apr. 13, 2007

Puccini for Beginners

A lesbian on the rebound falls for both a guy and a gal in this rom-com with roots in old Hollywood screwball comedies.

Film Review, Apr. 6, 2007

Carpenter's Apprentice

Robert Rodriguez on "Planet Terror"

Screens Feature, Apr. 6, 2007

Dead Silence

A supernatural thriller about a ventriloquist who goes mad, from the team that brought us Saw.

Film Review, Mar. 23, 2007

Heart-Shaped Box

Better than Carrie?

Books Review, Mar. 23, 2007

The Host

This manic monster party from South Korea cleverly updates the Japanese monster-movie genre while offering a witty and sweet look at what's left of the nuclear family.

Film Review, Mar. 22, 2007


How Clean is Your Acid House

Music Review, Mar. 16, 2007

The Good, the Bad & the Queen

The Good, the Bad, & the Queen

Music Review, Mar. 16, 2007

Gruff Rhys


Music Review, Mar. 16, 2007

Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon

A wickedly entertaining postmodern take on the hallowed, Eighties-era slasher flicks.

Film Review, Mar. 16, 2007


Both Frank Miller's comic about the legendary battle of Thermopylae and Zack Snyder's cinematic adaptation are bloodthirsty affairs, awash in spectacle.

Film Review, Mar. 9, 2007

Battle of the Jam Bands

Bob Ray and Werner Campbell's five-year rock & Roller Derby adventure

Screens Feature, Mar. 9, 2007

The Abandoned

Creepy Eastern European atmospherics encase this horror film, which nevertheless suffers from an anemic script.

Film Review, Mar. 2, 2007

Shooting the 'Hard Time Killing Floor Blues'

Craig Brewer on Black Snake Moan

Screens Feature, Mar. 1, 2007

May 6th

A fitting epitaph for the always controversial Van Gogh

Screens Review, Mar. 1, 2007

UK Calling

The Good, the Bad, and the Queen

Music Feature, Feb. 23, 2007

Ghost Rider

The movie adds little to Marvel's source material, but to be fair, there wasn't a surfeit of originality in the comic book to begin with.

Film Review, Feb. 23, 2007

An Unreasonable Man

This documentary is a far cry from the dry polemics one might expect from a survey of Ralph Nader's career as a consumer activist and political candidate.

Film Review, Feb. 23, 2007

Factory Girl

Sienna Miller nails Edie Sedgwick's gamine naivete in this biopic, but the film feels far too pat for its own good.

Film Review, Feb. 23, 2007

Ways to Spend Your Time and Money in the Next Couple of Weeks

Including the Animation Show, Oscar parties at the Alamo, and Third Coast Activist Research Night

Screens Feature, Feb. 23, 2007

Alfred HItchcock: The Early Years of the Master of Suspense

Lions Gate and StudioCanal have beaten Criterion to the punch with this intriguing if uneven collection

Screens Review, Feb. 23, 2007

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