May 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

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 […]


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, […]