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September 30, 2014

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D. K. Holm is the movie reviewer for theVancouver Voice. A long-time Portland, Ore., resident, Holm editing the film magazine Cinemonkey, worked at Willamette Week for 10 years, and then for the late, lamented PDXS. Holm has contributed numerous DVD reviews to various websites, including DVDJournal. In addition, Holm has published 10 books, including two volumes on R. Crumb, two on Tarantino, and volumes on independent cinema and film noir, and Guy Maddin: Interviews. More info can be found at is Wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D._K._Holm


Posts and Reviews by D. K. Holm


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Steffon Made a Movie!

Posted September 26, 2014 by D. K. Holm

In a funny recent article at The Vulture, Kyle Buchanan writes about the strange phenomenon of “doppelgänger movies,” or films that have a similar theme or setting or story that lies somewhere between coincidence and zeitgeist. From Dante’s Peak-Volcano to Gravity-All Is Lost, Hollywood does have a habit of issuing twin topics simultaneously. Mr. Buchanan […]


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Brando Redux

Posted September 11, 2014 by D. K. Holm

Though there are several films like it in American history, The Drop proves to be one of the best of its kind. It’s a no-nonsense, straightforward crime story with no flashbacks, not much in the way of unrelated subplots, and few visual flourishes, while yet maintaining a sharp style and an accurate portrayal of a […]


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Out Like Flynn

Posted by D. K. Holm

The Last Days of Robin Hood is a minor, entertaining film about the final years of Errol Flynn and his relationship with aspiring actress Beverly Aadland. Flynn reportedly met the then 15-year-old on the Warners lot, made a connection, “auditioned” her for a part, seduced her, and then pursued her as a mate. Their two […]


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TV Outbacks: Fargo

Posted June 22, 2014 by D. K. Holm

Some years ago I came up with the sub-noir genre film soleil, consisting of crime thrillers set in sunny climes and with a different moral alignment than the typical films noirs of 1938 – 1957. Later half jokingly I added another sub-sub genre, in fact sub-temperature genre, called film glacé, consisting of crime films set in the […]


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TV Outbacks: Hannibal

Posted by D. K. Holm

Hannibal recently completed its second of two 13-episode seasons, airing on NBC Friday nights, with a third season slated for next year. Fridays and Saturdays are currently considered dead zones for network television, although all of network TV is probably deader than it was in the 1960s, when 40 million people could tune into a single […]


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Louise

Posted June 20, 2014 by D. K. Holm

Obvious Child is the latest mumblecore-curious indie rom-com, and looks to become a modest hit as an anti-Juno as it tells the tale of a stand up comedienne who becomes pregnant after a drunken one-night-stand and chooses to dispense with the fetus. Written and directed by Gillian Robespierre, from what feels like an autobiographical impulse, and starring […]


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Back to the Future

Posted June 13, 2014 by D. K. Holm

Another “death” movie recently released last weekend along with Fault in Our Stars and Edge of Tomorrow is A Million Ways to Die in the West, and I’m baffled as to why the film has received such poor notices and bad word of mouth. In situations such as this, one always turns to Rotten Tomatoes and finds […]


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Deja Vu All Over Again

Posted June 6, 2014 by D. K. Holm

As it  invades our thoughts at three in the morning, so now has death invaded a “big movie” summer weekend. The dual release of Edge of Tomorrow and The Fault in Our Stars indicates a new morbidity in the culture that we haven’t seen since Six Feet Under, Pushing Daisies, Dead Like Me, and a […]


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TV Outbacks: Person of Interest

Posted May 17, 2014 by D. K. Holm

Boilerplate: As one season comes to an end and most of the network shows wrap up their 20+ episode seasons, the majority of networks engage in an annual ritual concerning the next season, called the “upfronts,” an orgy of advertising contract negotiations sealing deals “up front” of the forthcoming season, executive boasting, and conservative serial […]


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TV Outbacks: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Posted May 15, 2014 by D. K. Holm

    As one season comes to an end and most of the network shows wrap up their 20+ episode seasons, the majority of networks engage in an annual ritual concerning the next season, called the “up fronts,” an orgy of advertising contract negotiations sealing deals “up front” of the forthcoming season, executive boasting, and […]