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Lords of the screens

They're infantilizing the movies!

January 1st, 2016

BY D.K. HOLM

Let’s say you haven’t seen a movie in a long time. Let’s pretend, in fact, that you went into a coma at the age of ten early in the Sixties. You wake up forty years later, in 2001, and the first thing you want to do is go see a movie. You soon learn that the stuff you watched as a kid at Saturday matinées are now international hits taken seriously by movie reviewers as both great art and great entertainment.

lordoringsAbout two years ago Variety announced that the non-Disney auteur most associated with the “magic” of childhood was set to direct the first adaptation of Scottish author J.K. Rowling’s internationally popular kids’ books. So I wrote a letter to Steven Spielberg asking him not to film Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (renamed Sorcerer’s Stone in America).

My argument was simple: Don’t mess with Rowling. Don’t take something delightfully literary and make it literal with computer-generated wizardry and the dominating faces of actors who usurp the clingy visualization that a reader, young or old, brings to the books.

My advice would have been impossible to heed, of course, because once a movie of Harry’s proportions gets rolling, it rarely if ever reverses direction.

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Aged in Wood

June 1st, 2003

BY D.K. HOLM

I remember finding coveted film books the way most people remember where and when they first saw a favorite movie.

In the case of the book Hitchcock’s Films, it was fall of 1971. I was in the Portland State University bookstore, then a massive monument to university press and special-interest books (now a textbook clearing house), with thorough holdings in most fields. After fantasizing for years about a career as either a comic book creator or a movie director, I discovered that I enjoyed reading about films more than making them.

It takes a special personality type to helm the unwieldy juggernaut of a film crew. It takes no personality at all to read a book about it.

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That’s obscene

June 1st, 2003

BY D.K. HOLM

Two magazines were supremely important to adolescent boys in the early to late Sixties. One was Mad. This satirical, often sophomoric monthly undermined the mainstream society’s serious and popular cultural efforts. From the late Fifties through roughly 1962, Mad contributed impetus to the underground comix industry, to the anti-war and civil rights protests, and to the free speech movement.

The other magazine was Playboy. In fact Playboy at its best appeals only to adolescent boys. The world of easy sex and sophisticated men with astute knowledge of cigars, wine, whiskey, jazz groups, and obscure Asian sexual tricks, men who appeal effortlessly to robust woman who have no inhibitions about providing sex: this is an adolescent fantasy (and obviously not confined to males aged ten to nineteen). Playboy embodies the James Bond ethos; never were a cultural icon and a publicity organ better matched. James Bond was one of two figures of enormous importance to Playboy magazine’s sense of itself.

The other was Lenny Bruce.

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Author profile

December 1st, 2002

D.K. Holm is a long-time movie reviewer based in Portland, Ore. who has published five books: two on Robert Crumb, the cartoonist; two on Quentin Tarantino, the film director; and one on an aspect of film noir called film soleil. He has written two columns for Black Lamb: Big Screen and Little Screen.

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