December 18, 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


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 […]


The Station Agent

Posted July 8, 2012 by D. K. Holm

Hollywood is called the dream factory but apparently we ordinary citizens have no idea of the full range of falsity Tinsel Town erects in order to keep us falling for its dreams. Take Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn. To the public theirs was a many-decade love affair in which the Catholic Tracy never left his […]



Posted by D. K. Holm

Buttocks flex, abs pack ‘em in, and pecs vibrate like railroad crossing lights, all in the interest  of exposing the cruel inexorable demands of capitalism. That’s Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike in a nutshell (or nutsack). Soderbergh has a few themes that recur in his films. One is the return of a figure to a home town where […]


Ted Talks

Posted by D. K. Holm

Ted, TV’s Seth MacFarland’s first foray onto the big screen is both funnier than you expect but also strangely more conventional and in fact sentimental. Perhaps that’s a cynical calculation on the part of the filmmakers. With the raunch and politically incorrect humor, Macfarland lures the boys, and with the sentimental love story, beauty tames […]


Greed is Good

Posted by D. K. Holm

Savages starts out exciting for a crime film but loses steam about an hour in and it’s hard to figure out why. It’s also burdened with a double ending. The first ending comes from the lively book by Don Winslow. The second one is made up by director Oliver Stone and two other credited screenwriters, Winslow, […]