March 03, 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


Crime Beat

Posted March 31, 2013 by D. K. Holm

If the cliché is that television is now better than movies, then British television is still better than American television, with Danish TV a close hot second. Though often visually undistinguished, British television has better writers and better actors. By contrast, a tour conducted the other night through some recent programs on US TV revealed […]


Tone Deaf

Posted by D. K. Holm

Halle Berry seems to be suffering from what is properly known as the Best Actress Curse. This states that all the subsequent films by an actress who wins best or best supporting actress Oscars will be crap. This isn’t exclusively true, otherwise the likes of Meryl Streep would not be nominated 92 times. Hmmmm, well, […]


Fallen Arches

Posted by D. K. Holm

  What justifies the continued existence of Gerard Butler on our screens? He has made some 50 films, and the only a couple of them have cracked $100 million, one of them using only his voice (How To Train Your Dragon), the other one in which he is barely distinguishable from the numerous other men […]


Too Little Information

Posted January 25, 2013 by D. K. Holm

Filling out the slowly expanding filmography of Alfred Hitchcock, the Criterion Collection has issue Alfred Hitchcock’s The Man Who Knew Too Much. Though out of copyright, and with numerous platters of the film from a myriad of publishers, the CC version is unlikely to be beat by any others for audio and visual clarity, not to […]


Chain of Fools

Posted December 15, 2012 by D. K. Holm

Django Unchained is the first “Obama movie.” It’s a film made by a white person who facilitates and endorses African-American rage at injustice. The film is sure to scare the pants off of, or confirm the suspicious of, those knee-jerk extremists who fear an unchained Obama second term. This is to be expected from Quentin Tarantino, […]


Ice Follies

Posted December 2, 2012 by D. K. Holm

There are many ways that the makers of Chasing Ice could have presented their material. They could have focused on the history of the earth and its atmosphere, perhaps backed with a score by Philip Glass. Or they could have concentrated on the receding ice in the north pole of the earth, the ostensible subject of the […]


There At the New Yorker

Posted November 13, 2012 by D. K. Holm

The inner workings of the New Yorker magazine have fascinated readers nearly since the publication’s inception, and chronicles by various insiders have ranged from a bucolic catalog of eccentrics in books by E. J. Kahn and Brendan Gill to the excruciatingly long winded memoirs of Ved Mehta to lately the excoriating and fascinating if somewhat internally conflicted […]


And So But

Posted September 21, 2012 by D. K. Holm

As with James Dean, it is interesting to speculate what David Foster Wallace might have accomplished if if he had not committed suicide on Friday, September 11th, 2008. Wallace might have written an “ironic” and self-conscious group review of the two or three critical studies that were published while he was still alive. As a fan of […]


There Will Be Blood

Posted September 16, 2012 by D. K. Holm

What if Paul Thomas Anderson directed Resident Evil: Retribution? In that alternate universe, Alice (Mila Jovovich) would find herself in a new environment, one in which a powerful leader charismatically controlled some followers. Battle-scarred and tormented by the past, she would temporarily find solace under the guidance of the guru, until finally turning against him or […]


Wheeler Dealer

Posted September 15, 2012 by D. K. Holm

Elements of Arbitrage will seem familiar to many viewers. At the center of the story is a car accident involving a businessman and a mistress that will remind some people of the catalyst moment inBonfire of the Vanities. The tone and look of the film will remind them of other films in the New Sobriety found in […]