December 14, 2017

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

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

Criterion Collection Le Samourai DVD

That Gun For Hire

Posted November 14, 2017 by D. K. Holm

      The Criterion Collection has been expanding at both ends simultaneously. While new editions such as Election (No. 904), Certain Women (No. 893), Personal Shopper (No. 899), and Desert Hearts (No. 902) appear monthly, the company at the same time is re-releasing earlier numbers in the Blu-Ray format, wth better transfers and sometimes… More

Televisual Treats: Shadowing Sarris

Posted September 19, 2017 by D. K. Holm

      This week, 40 years ago, Andrew Sarris introduce a new feature to the pages of the Village Voice. Called Sneak Previews, he rounded up the best movies available on television for the week. Characteristically, Sarris begins with a mission statement, in which he assesses the state of movie-going, the conflicts between television,… More

Code Blue: Andrew Sarris, September 12, 1977

Posted September 15, 2017 by D. K. Holm

              One of the interesting things about “Films in Focus” is that from week to week the reader never knew what Sarris was going to cover. It might be CE3K, it might be three French films for adults, or it might be a tennis match. In his column for… More

Certain Women from the Criterion Collection

Certain Women of the Rockies

Posted September 12, 2017 by D. K. Holm

For being the third biggest state in the union, Montana hasn’t been utilized as much as it could be by Hollywood, or movie makers anywhere for that matter. Wikipedia lists around 45 films shot there, including The Horse Whisperer, and Rancho Deluxe, and bits of Montana appear unidentified as such in Jurassic Park and John… More

On Your Marx: Andrew Sarris, September 5, 1977

Posted September 11, 2017 by D. K. Holm

            Two weeks into my project and I’m already behind. This week, I’ll post two column reviews. For September 5, 1977, Sarris issued one of his patented reflective obituaries. A lot of prominent people died in 1977, including Joan Crawford, Elvis Presley, Bing Crosby, and Henri-Georges Clouzot, and it seemed… More

Shots and Murmurs: Andrew Sarris, 29 August, 1977

Posted August 29, 2017 by D. K. Holm

Having dealt with the coincidence of two Legionnaire films appearing at the same time,[1] the following week in the Village Voice, Andrew Sarris is back to the grind of seemingly random films openings. Yet the three films he dealt with for the August 29 issue do have a common currency: sex.        … More

Sands of Time: Andrew Sarris on the movies of August 22, 1977

Posted August 22, 2017 by D. K. Holm

      Let’s begin mid-stream. About three weeks ago I was writing a review, for the Montana paper where I have a column, of two mini-series from Amazon focused on F. Scott Fitzgerald. One was a fantasia about Zelda and her life in his shadow, with a shady portrayal of the writer himself, based… More

Criterion's Blu-Ray cover for Breaking Point

Lost and Found

Posted August 8, 2017 by D. K. Holm

            Scratch any number of films and you will find a legacy of remakes, adaptations, reboots, and translations into other media. A prime example comes in the form of the new Criterion Blu-Ray edition of The Breaking Point, which has an interesting history. The film is based on a Hemingway… More