April 24, 2014


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


Interview with the Vampire

Posted May 13, 2012 by D. K. Holm

There were many ways that Tim Burton could have gone in adapting the 1966 – 1972 ABC soap opera Dark Shadows. He could have set the film in the time of the show, and hewed to its tone. He could have gone totally crazy with the satire and done it likeGreen Hornet, totally re-thinking it as […]


Together We Can Make It!

Posted May 4, 2012 by D. K. Holm

Marvel’s The Avengers is the perfect example of the Efficient Market theory of business investing applied to movie storytelling. You are familiar with the Efficient Market theory of business investing aren’t you? Oh. Well, the Efficient Market theory of business investing states that a block of stocks in a portfolio are self-correcting in a way that gives the […]



Posted April 28, 2012 by D. K. Holm

What American film reviewers seem uneasy about admitting each time another Luc Besson action film comes along is that his Hollywoodized thrillers are in fact better than their U. S. inspirations. Besson is viewed as mostly inactive as a director, but in fact he comes out with a new movie every two years or so, […]


Dance World, U. S. A.

Posted by D. K. Holm

For a film reviewer or a fan, Whit Stillman is a hard sell, which is probably why he has only made four films in 22 years. A regular Terence Malick, he works mostly outside the mainstream Hollywood avenues of film production, and takes his time with projects. But more important, Mr. Stillman makes the kinds […]


A Head for Crime

Posted by D. K. Holm

Fashions in detective fiction seem to go in waves. There was the long Agatha Christie polite mystery, followed by the overlapping hardboiled school. In recent years there has been the “novelty” detective (dwarf, blind, Russian cop), followed by the grim realism of James Ellroy and Don Winslow, among others, which is the current standard. In […]


Franck and Vince and Teri and Rachel

Posted April 10, 2012 by D. K. Holm

Many viewers have noted how for the most part sex has dried up on the American film screen. We can cut up a woman but we can’t cuddle with her; we can punch a man to death in a boxing ring but not inspire a petite mort. There are numerous boring reasons for this, not the […]


Janus Faiths

Posted by D. K. Holm

It happens from time to time that adults learn that they were raised in the “wrong” faith. It happened to the late Christopher Hitchens, and also in more dramatic terms to the polish priest Father Romuald Waszkinel, who learned as an adult that his real name was Jacob Waszkinel and that to save his life […]


A Flood of Feelings

Posted by D. K. Holm

Mabul, the lead off film for the20th Portland Jewish Film Festival, walks a fine line between soap opera and art house drama. Guy Nattiv’s film from 2011 is about a family in crisis and conflict. Yoni (Yoav Rotman) is bullied at school, sells homework to his peers, and is trying to grow faster and bigger […]


At Least Her Son Is a Lawyer

Posted by D. K. Holm

An early talkie with John Barrymore seems like an unlikely film to help kick off the 20th Portland Jewish Film Festival, but Counsellor at Law(1933) turns out to be immersed in Jewish culture. And also in Irish, Italian, and WASP cultures. Like many Hollywood films of its time, Counsellor at Lawuses ethnic stereotypes as a shorthand and for […]


Cut Men

Posted April 1, 2012 by D. K. Holm

“Sometimes when logging, you have to jump out of the way,” says a friend of mine who was a logger briefly at the coast in the ’70s. “Sometimes the tree doesn’t fall the way you want, and you have to run like hell to get out of its way. When that happened to me was […]