August 30, 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


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, […]


LOST in Space

Posted June 8, 2012 by D. K. Holm

Like Snow White and the Huntsman before it, Prometheus was the recipient of an effective trailer that instilled a sense of awed anticipation. ThePrometheus trailers were even anounced and postitioned like movies themselves, and coming out of commericals in the first place, director Ridley Scott may have had a hand in overseeing their creations. But unfortunately, also like Snow White, this […]


Fairy Tales Can Come True, It Can Happen to You

Posted by D. K. Holm

2012 may be turning out to be one of the best years for film. Not only have we had a new Whit Stillman and two new Soderberghs and two Joss Whedon-related works, but the recent Cannes film festival highlighted new films by Michael Haneke, Dario Argento, Leos Carax, Audiard, Cronenberg, Miiki, and Andrew Dominik. Over the […]


Game of Theron

Posted June 1, 2012 by D. K. Holm

One of the most anticipated films of the year, Snow White and the Huntsman benefited from a superior trailer and the failure artistically and commercially ofMirror Mirror, another film derived from the same Grimm fairy tale.1 Unfortunately, SnowWhite … is only about 65% percent successful, if that. The bad parts of the film include a screenplay2 that dissolves into too many […]

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Mad Men in Black

Posted May 26, 2012 by D. K. Holm

Everyone talks about the influence of Tarantino on movies but few track the influence of the Coen Brothers. Granted, Tarantino’s mark on cinema was dramatic, especially in the 1990s when every week seemed to bring forth another talky crime comedy with quirky characters making pop references. But the Coens have also had a pervasive influences, […]


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 […]