March 20, 2018

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

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

The Eagle Has Landed: The Republic Pictures Retro at the MoMA

Posted February 9, 2018 by D. K. Holm

One of the many obvious virtues of living in New York City for a film buff is the wealth of revival houses and retrospectives, but until recently only the well-off could travel to the city to avail themselves of that plenitude. Since about 1999, however, the advances in both DVD technology and on line viewing… More

PIFF 41: I Am Not a Witch, White Sun, A Ciambra, Under the Tree

PIFF 1: Night two of the 41st Portland International Film Festival

Posted February 3, 2018 by D. K. Holm

Over the course of 40 years, the Portland International Film Festival has screened about 3, 200 films, conservatively guessing. Given the movie mania of a wide section of Portlanders, life long PIFF attendees have probably seen most of them. Festival followers here tend to either binge or ignore, and the Northwest Film Center offers various… More


Paths of Glory

Posted January 30, 2018 by D. K. Holm

There are two kinds of Pabsts in the world. There is the watery inexpensive beer marketed to headache-seeking bike messengers and coffee room diarists. Then there is the great German filmmaker whom few now remember. G. W. (for Georg Wilhelm) Pabst was at his height from toward the end of the silent era and into… More

Four Hitch Covers

Unforced Errors: Recent Hitchcock Books, No. 2

Posted November 20, 2017 by D. K. Holm

There are already over 200 or many more books on Alfred Hitchcock, and they started coming out in the mid-1950s when Claude Chabrol and Eric Rohmer wrote the first full-length critical study. Ten years later came the first study in English, Robin Wood’s still masterly Hitchcock’s Films. By the time Hitchcock died in 1980, there… More

Psycho Thriller

Posted November 19, 2017 by D. K. Holm

Mrs. Bates got a bum rap. For almost 60 years she has been held accountable for the psychology of her son Norman. She is the shrew, the harridan who demands loyalty and service, the nightmare of American motherhood out of something by Philip Wylie and Generation of Vipers. Poor, sensitive Norman … But note that… More