February 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

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

Rossellini's War Trilogy from Criterion

In a Lonely Place

Posted July 9, 2017 by D. K. Holm

Roberto Rossellini’s The War Trilogy still holds cinematic power 60 years later.                        In the twilight of its life cycle, the DVD has finally achieved – or stumbled upon – an educational and clever use of its own technology. It’s the video essay. What you… More

DVD Cover for Hitchcock's The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog

Upstairs, Downstairs

Posted June 27, 2017 by D. K. Holm

It’s called the first true Hitchcock film. It features the first innocent man chased both by cop and citizen. It has the first Hitchcock serial killer film, and the first Hitchcock cameo (two, in fact). It features the famous see-through glass floor. There is a staircase. The blondes. These are the words, labels, and motifs that… More

Murray Pomerance on Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much

The Consequences of Knowing A Lot: Recent Hitchcock Books, No. 1

Posted April 17, 2017 by D. K. Holm

There is a curious moment in the middle of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Man Who Knew Too Much that has gone without much comment, or at least I haven’t seen any. Ben McKenna is searching London for the kidnappers of his son, Hank. His clue is the name “Ambrose Chapell,” who turns out to be a… More

The cover for Jon Lewis's new book

Hard-Hearted Hollywood

Posted April 14, 2017 by D. K. Holm

There have always been two Hollywoods. There is the burnished image of the place and people promoted by studio publicity machines via movie magazines and the media, a world of hardworking artisans cultivating their craft and family simultaneously. Then there is the brutal underside, real versus “real.” This is the Hollywood of disguised unwed pregnancies, of lethal… More

The Blu-Ray box for Blowup

Frames of Blowup

Posted March 28, 2017 by D. K. Holm

There are so many ways to begin an essay on Blowup. For example, the writer could note that there is often a moment in a Michelangelo Antonioni film in which the main character breaks out in some kind of joyous dance. In L’Avventura it’s when Monica Vitti swirls around a bedroom. In L’Eclisse, when Vitti dons… More