May 20, 2018

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Which Way to the Western?

Posted April 6, 2018 by D. K. Holm

Christian Bale is a great actor. I’ve found him often riveting, all the way back to his early film for Spielberg, Empire of the Sun, where even as a tyke he managed to make interesting actorial choices. I suppose that he is one of my favorite actors, though I don’t go out of my way… More


Ready, or Not

Posted April 5, 2018 by D. K. Holm

Steven Spielberg can be hit or miss, which makes sense for an artist who has shot over 50 films (and acted as producer on scores more). His previous film, The Post, was a relatively unnecessary movie about the role of the Washington Post in the Pentagon Papers case, when in fact the Post was only… More

Ships in the Night

Posted April 4, 2018 by D. K. Holm

Those in a landlocked state must substitute a lake for what would be ocean views and watery motions. That, or the great plains become a sort of land bound sea of grains, dust, and boulders, with the roaming creatures as sea animals, but with a significant difference, which is that under the sea the environment… More


Posted March 29, 2018 by D. K. Holm

Sharp is possibly one of the most fun books you are likely to read this year. It’s a set of interlinked profiles of 10 women writers ranging from early in the last century to well into the present who are notable for the quality of their prose, their fierce opinions, and the controversies that often… More


The Music Man

Posted March 25, 2018 by D. K. Holm

Sometimes the extras are better than the movie. This is no knock on The King of Jazz, a Universal “revue” musical from 1930. The film is remarkably undated. But King is also the inspiration for infectious accolades from a host of writers and musicians, all evidenced on the new Criterion Collection Blu-Ray, which restores the… More


Suicide Girls

Posted March 23, 2018 by D. K. Holm

You’ve probably never heard of Michelle Joyner. She’s an actress who appeared in two successive movies in which her character died. In Cliffhanger (1993), she played Sarah, the woman in the opening sequence dangling over the chasm whom Sylvester Stallone couldn’t save. A few years later in Outbreak she was at the center of an… More

A Transcendent Style: Dreyer’s Joan

Posted March 12, 2018 by D. K. Holm

    There have been many screen adaptations of the story of Joan of Arc. There were about 10 films in the silent era, including an American telling directed by Cecil B. deMille. In the sound era, directors such as Victor Fleming, Rossellini, Otto Preminger, for which he discovered Jean Seberg, Robert Bresson, Paul Verhoeven,… More

Driving Out the Money Changers

Posted February 27, 2018 by D. K. Holm

                                    An interesting, foreshadowing moment occurs about an hour and 15 minutes into Danger: Diabolik, the Italian film from 1968 based on the popular comic book. The villain-hero Diabolik (John Phillip Law) has once again foiled his Javert-like… More

Dead of Night

Posted February 13, 2018 by D. K. Holm

        Like most horror films that emerged in the 1960s, Night of the Living Dead shows the influence of Alfred Hitchcock. The resemblance resides not only in the black and white photography, which Psycho used to grim effect; b&w movies were rare in 1968, and apparently the filmmakers considered color film briefly…. More

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