October 13, 2015


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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Je Suis Robert!

Posted January 14, 2015 by D. K. Holm

  One of the most interesting and human responses to the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris on January 8, 2015, was that of Robert Crumb, the American cartoonist, now living in a village in France. As a comic book artist, a satirist, the “grandfather” of underground comix, an anti-authoritarianian, and as a resident in two diverse societies, he seems like the […]

The Best and Worse of 2014

Posted January 10, 2015 by D. K. Holm

As usual when presenting a yearly round up, it’s important to remind the reader that most reviewers don’t see everything, and together with their biases are inevitably going to offer up a skewed view of the cinematic world at the moment. That being said, my criterion for a best list is the simple matter that […]

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Bad Titles

Posted January 3, 2015 by D. K. Holm

As the On the Aisle crew gears up for its 10 best and worst lists for 2014, this might also be the time to review some of the worst titles of the year. Below is a list of films released in the last 12 months or so that in bulk are almost indistinguishable from each […]


Chasing Amy

Posted October 12, 2014 by D. K. Holm

Gone Girl isn’t just the new thriller by David Fincher based on a wildly popular and controversial book. It is many more movies in one. It’s an object lesson in how to take a potentially complex and unwieldy novel and condense it to pleasing movie size. It’s a casting puzzle similar to earlier such exercises […]

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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 […]


They Shoot by Night

Posted September 19, 2014 by D. K. Holm

As an adjunct to this week’s podcast, No. 112, here is a closer look at the  Noir City Festival at the Hollywood Theatre over the September 19-21, 2014,  weekend. D. K. Holm brings a special emphasis to the cinematographers behind these 10 films. They include some of the most heralded and busiest photographers in movies […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]