November 25, 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

Poster for the difficult sic-fi thriller Under the Skin

The Week in Scarlett Johansson Studies

Posted April 12, 2014 by D. K. Holm

Last week it was Captain America: The Winter Soldier; this week it’s Under the Skin. But this week’s new Scarlett Johansson film may prove less likely to satisfy her fans. Captain America 2 is tightly hewn to its predecessor, with inflections of the 1970s American cinema of paranoia attached, and with Ms. Johansson engaged in […]

Poster for the Indonesian action film, The Raid 2

Raid Kills Crooks Dead

Posted by D. K. Holm

If nothing else, The Raid 2 reminds the viewer that most cop movies these days are really war movies. Cinema’s police operate in teams or squads, and are equipped with a wealth of hardware and firepower, while tending to arrive en masse in huge transport vehicles along with a tank or two. In the real […]


Small Bang

Posted March 20, 2014 by D. K. Holm

At a time when knowledge and even intelligence is assailed from all sides, it seems churlish to criticize any network attempt to cater to viewers who want to learn. Equally, it is unfair to criticize a television show after only two episodes. Cosmos, the new program that remakes the Carl Sagan PBS series, and which […]



Posted January 20, 2014 by D. K. Holm

Raze is one of the most nihilistic films I’ve seen in a long time. This low budget horror or suspense or martial arts film is the latest in a thematic genre that goes back immediately to the Hostel films, and before that to the teen slasher film inaugurated in America by Halloween and before that […]


Outing the Vote

Posted by D. K. Holm

Portlanders can pop up in the weirdest places: on vacations in obscure locales; on bestseller lists; on America’s Most Wanted; and lately in the documentary God Loves Uganda, about the enterprise of fundamentalist Christians “degayifying” that African nation. The Rain City weirdo who makes a cameo appearance in the film is Scott Lively. Long time […]

The poster for Inside Llewyn Davis

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Posted December 26, 2013 by D. K. Holm

What have filmmakers got against cats? Among the many onscreen kitten killings are Donald Sutherland throwing a cat against a wall in Bernardo Bertolucci’s 1900. Before that, the villains in Sam Peckinpah’s Straw Dogs hang the family feline in a closet. Now the Coen Brothers get into the act. In their new movie, Inside Llewyn […]

Catching Fire poster

Fire Sale

Posted November 24, 2013 by D. K. Holm

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is a hit and, thus, for the short term, at least, movie reviews are irrelevant to the masses who are apparently crowding the theaters for the latest installment of the franchise born from Suzanne Collins’s young adult dystopian trilogy. Catching Fire presents mostly the same story as the first film, […]


Fossil Fueled

Posted July 12, 2013 by D. K. Holm

Pacific Rim is the biggest, most expensive H. P. Lovecraft story ever put on film. It is not based on actual story, but director Guilermo del Torohas been trying to make an adaptation of At the Mountains of Madness for some time, and there are Lovecraftian elements in his tale. This summer tent pole released […]


White House Up!

Posted June 28, 2013 by D. K. Holm

White House Down is a virtual remake of Die Hard, and that’s alright with me. Like Die Hard, Roland Emmerich’s film is about an ordinary-extraordinary man, John Cale (Channing Tatum), who is in the wrong place – the White House – at the wrong time – when a band of mercs led by Jason Clarke […]

Poster for Becoming Traviata

Falling Forward

Posted May 29, 2013 by D. K. Holm

 Click on this link to view the Becoming Traviata trailer Outsiders tend to forget how much work goes into plays, movies, and operas. Perhaps operas even more, given that they juggle the synchronization of numerous major art forms, including singing, acting, dancing, music, staging, set design, costumes, and so on. Those seeking a reminder can […]