Prairie Miller

Agrees with the Tomatometer 64% of the time.

Prairie graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University and is the mother of twin sons. She is a multimedia journalist online, and in print and radio. She has written articles and poems here and internationally, and aspires always to the excavation of the lyrical muse in journalism and the poetry in history. Prairie also has two published poetry collections, including Arguments With America (Pemmican Press), and Legends (John Brown Press).
AfroGotham , Arizona Reporter , Baret News , Black Fem Lens , Cineman Syndicate , , Critical Women , Critics' Choice Movies , DVDivas , , , International News Service , Kid Surfer , Long Island Press , NewsBlaze , NY Rock , Playboy Online , Purple Revolver , Reelrave , Student Operated Press , The Takeaway , , WBAI Radio , WBAI Web Radio , World Socialist Web Site
Critics' Group:
Broadcast Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Online
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
83% Thelma & Louise (1991) " An enduring classic radically redefining women in movies - or at least some of them. And should finally put to rest the intended ending as not self-obliteration, but a burst of magical realism in flight 'out of this world and into the mass unconscious.'" — WBAI Radio
Posted Mar 21, 2014
90% Big Joy (2014) " Best when offering immensely pleasurable readings of the poet's verses. But the fawning male-centric focus is too conveniently dismissive about his discarded women and offspring. Including eminent critic Pauline Kael, reduced to a cameo irritant here." — Critical Women
Posted Mar 21, 2014
92% The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (2014) " Delves into the cyber-martyr's legacy and early prophesy of doom regarding NSA revelations and the surveillance state. And illuminates the unique traits of fearlessness and the courage to risk acting on convictions, that define human beings like Aaron." — WBAI Radio
Posted Mar 15, 2014
—— Facing Fear " A rare, disturbing glimpse into white supremacist culture, and issues of anger mismanagement, remorse, apology and the complicated process of self-forgiveness. And the convergence of anger addiction, rage recovery, and how society and the media kick in." — NewsBlaze
Posted Feb 20, 2014
57% Demi-soeur (2014) " Part Chaplin, part Fellini's La Strada. And a lunatic but respectful adventure of a mentally challenged woman, navigating the far from normal world around her. In a film about failing to see or acknowledge the disabled, and how they enrich our world. " — WBAI Radio
Posted Feb 9, 2014
33% Labor Day (2014) " Surprises and impresses as a defiant romance. And a woman once solely valued as a mother, a convict whose guilt confounds with unsettling gray areas and a child finding a surrogate father, give 'birth' to a greater nontraditional family emotional truth. " — NewsBlaze
Posted Feb 1, 2014
—— Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth " A vibrant yet candid portrait of Walker's lasting influence and legacy on both art and social issues, and how she transformed the national cultural and political conversation. And crucially, how 'activism is the rent I pay for living on the planet.' " — WBAI Radio
Posted Jan 31, 2014
73% The Happy Poet (2013) " A cutting edge social satire about vegetarian pushcart power. And how work, or the lack of it, informs our lives. Along with the struggle to survive in hard times, while serving up poetic revenge subversion of the Hollywood happy ending with relish." — WBAI Radio
Posted Jan 29, 2014
—— Sweetwater " Sweetwater does have inspired moments of wild wit, heady heartland humor, and sobering social satire touching on religious fanaticism in particular. Though far too intermingled with SNL style flaky slapstick. " — NewsBlaze
Posted Jan 3, 2014
—— Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (2013) " A kind of 'For Asian Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf.' And what it may have to do with the Rape Of Nanking; no medical insurance; China Doll fetishes; knitting; stress, race and culture; supersized bras, and too much lipstick." — WBAI Radio
Posted Jan 3, 2014
67% Detroit Unleaded (2013) " Laced with ironic, offbeat humor and bittersweet urban surrealism. And a rare glimpse in US movies, into the social, emotional and psychological impact of the workplace on the human condition. " — NewsBlaze
Posted Dec 25, 2013
67% Sunlight Jr. (2013) " Uncovers with rare candor on screen, the psychology, economic distress and depleting emotions layering over the lives of the US working poor today, and flipping the script on the American dream." — WBAI Radio
Posted Dec 21, 2013
95% The Act Of Killing (2013) " Raw and wrenching but narrow retro-focus on the slaughter of millions of Indonesian leftists in collusion with the CIA. But much like Out Of The Furnace, locating truth evasively within the masses, rather than tracing US government and economic roots. " — WBAI Radio
Posted Dec 21, 2013
58% Reaching for the Moon (2013) " Touches on the life of sullen and celebrated US poet Bishop, and her creative and emotional isolation in mid-20th century Brazil during the brutal military coup there. But while bypassing and isolating as well, the role of the CIA in orchestrating it." — WBAI Radio
Posted Dec 21, 2013
—— Chuck Workman Program (2003) " What is Cinema navigates the psychological, emotional, historical and analytical processes of experiencing film. And the mystery of cinema as drugs, dreams, and by definition the indefinable and elusive." — WBAI Radio
Posted Nov 23, 2013
—— Red Shirley " Few are aware that towards the end of his life, the late eminent music legend Lou Reed was also an aspiring filmmaker. And Red Shirley is an affectionate bio-doc in tribute to his fiery labor rebel cousin, on the occasion of her 100th birthday in 2010. " — NewsBlaze
Posted Nov 17, 2013
100% American Masters: Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin' " Captures what he meant to the world, how he changed the landscape of received sound in music ahead of his time, the political Hendrix, and his concept of the Electric Church. And how he's appreciated in a different way by younger generations today." — WBAI Radio
Posted Nov 16, 2013
72% Go For Sisters (2013) " Always in search of the ways the personal and political fuse and clash, Sayles has crafted a challenge to the questionable line between official right and wrong. While touching on Freud, the women's movement, race, class and the ruined lives of ex-cons. " — WBAI Radio
Posted Nov 11, 2013
65% Great Expectations (2013) " The immortal classic could not be more relevant in its ironic title alone, to this age of economic crisis in capitalism and the trauma of downward class mobility. And with class uncertainty unleashed back then in both brutal and comical storytelling. " — NewsBlaze
Posted Nov 11, 2013
95% Birth Of The Living Dead (2013) " Sheds light on Dead's own strange parallel journey from grindhouse to born-again arthouse immortal classic. And these voracious monsters embodying collective social anxieties in reality, and related back biting, dog-eat-dog capitalism's creepy context." — WBAI Radio
Posted Nov 2, 2013
21% Paradise (2013) " Savagely satirizing evangelical culture while pretty much not substituting anything else - unless you count Vegas as the proposed cure in question - in Juno screenwriter Diablo Cody's directing debut. In other words, sorry Paradise, you're no Juno. " — NewsBlaze
Posted Oct 26, 2013
—— Forced March (1990) " Curiously of interest in this re-release, is Hollywood butting heads with the Holocaust. And the warped values of Hollywood ideology playing out dangerously in US society as the 'exceptionalism' of winning and dominating moral discourse at any cost. " — NewsBlaze
Posted Oct 20, 2013
—— Mediastan (2014) " Sometimes it can be said that a documentary is exemplary for not accomplishing what it set out to do. And this Julian Assange Wikileaks production may have succeeded in not doing just that. A rocky road movie to nowhere, but in a parallel press universe." — NewsBlaze
Posted Oct 20, 2013
100% God Loves Uganda (2013) " Cultural imperialism, the new crusades and the Christian Right wreaking havoc in Africa are unmasked. But this tip of the iceberg inquiry begs for deeper digging into US capitalism's economic designs, and how gullible US celebrity outrage kicks in too." — WBAI Radio
Posted Oct 19, 2013
37% The Fifth Estate (2013) " Assange's smelly socks more lethal than US wars against the planet? You bet, if it's ABC's Media Empire competing David and Goliath war on Wikileaks. And how Hollywood never 'gets' rebel activism, sifted through their narrow prism of ambition and greed." — Critical Women
Posted Oct 19, 2013
98% Let The Fire Burn (2013) " Resurrecting into the present literally from the ashes and beneath the rubble of the dubious past, are lessons gleaned from the Philly police bombing and incineration of MOVE members. Shedding a light on a dark US history of war against its own people." — WBAI Radio
Posted Oct 10, 2013
73% Augustine (2013) " Deconstructs late 19th century forms of torture, sexual exploitation and degradation, the female body as theater, closet peep shows, and the medical practitioner fantasy of 'a slave looking for a master' that all defined psychiatry back then." — WBAI Radio
Posted Oct 6, 2013
81% Don Jon (2013) " Levitt somehow pulls off the oxymoron feat of a feminist chick flick porn comedy. And with no small credit for this Hollywood upstart, owed to his parents from my own alternative radio network. Thus his enlightened upbringing for this meaningful movie." — WBAI Radio
Posted Sep 25, 2013
97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " Watching this brutal kidnapping and torture, it is impossible not to be similarly haunted by US atrocities today that continue under a sinister cloak of legality. From Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo, to the disappeared into secret US prisons around the world." — WBAI Radio
Posted Sep 20, 2013
84% Good Ol' Freda (2013) " If you have no idea at all about the people who always pour your coffee or bag your groceries every day, then this film is for you. Revealing the riches in observations offered by one of those among the invisible millions serving in the shadows of life." — WBAI Radio
Posted Sep 10, 2013
44% redacted (2007) " Timeless and more relevant than ever in the face of permanent US war against the world, Redacted has prophetically conjured a parallel US war, targeting journalists and filmmakers. And in an ironic case of redacting the director and his film as well." — WBAI Radio
Posted Sep 10, 2013
15% Winnie Mandela (2013) " Sometimes it can be strangely said that it's a miracle when a certain film even exists, warts and all. So let's cut to the chase, and what really matters in this immensely important movie. Not the least which is, 'Strike a woman, and you strike a rock.'" — NewsBlaze
Posted Sep 8, 2013
—— Not Another Jesus Camp (Commie Camp) " More defensive than defiant, the documentary and its metaphorically meaningful title Commie Camp come off as anything but historically honoring activist pride roots. And you know something isn't quite right if Rush Limbaugh seems to be making a point." — WBAI Radio
Posted Sep 6, 2013
31% Adore (2013) " Reluctant rebel moms in love. With much meaty food for thought, even if a bit philosophically tough and raw to chew on when at its most visually lyrical. And likely as much into shaking up narrative conventions, as subverting gender perspectives. " — NewsBlaze
Posted Aug 30, 2013
42% Closed Circuit (2013) " An eerie truth as strange as fiction moral noir thriller coincidentally grabbing today's headlines. As it sheds an intensely feverish light on the dark, sinister methods of government when it comes to domestic mass spying, secret trials and inside jobs. " — WBAI Radio
Posted Aug 25, 2013
56% Inch'Allah (2013) " Multi-layered, eloquently crafted, and both heartfelt and harrowing, Inch'Allah might also be described as the most extraordinarily powerful horror movie this year. And in its own politically and by extension narratively subversive way. " — NewsBlaze
Posted Aug 24, 2013
54% Lovelace (2013) " Sharon Stone stuns on screen as a thwarted woman herself and bitter, confused mom of the late tragic porn star. And with a behind-the-scenes brutal, grueling journey through the domestic violence and sexual slavery and exploitation endured by Lovelace." — WBAI Radio
Posted Aug 4, 2013
—— Living Downstream (2010) " An informative and eloquent portrait of cancer survivor victim turned leading activist Sandra Steingraber, and her unique blend of scientist and poet. In an adamant determination to break the corporate silence surrounding the related cancer epidemic." — WBAI Radio
Posted Jul 18, 2013
64% Iceberg Slim: Portrait Of A Pimp (2013) " Taken as an in-depth confessional it's fine, but yet another bad mommy blame game on screen. And an odd counterpoint to the explosive, horrific revelations of the many sex trafficking documentaries proliferating out there." — WBAI Radio
Posted Jul 13, 2013
36% The Hot Flashes (2013) " Women with balls. Feisty older actresses with attitude, including Brooke Shields, Daryl Hannah, Virginia Madsen and Wanda Sykes, not into being sidelined because of age, on the basketball court or on screen." — WBAI Radio
Posted Jun 28, 2013
91% Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story (2013) " A formidable creative force fueled by massive contradictions, Ungerer is a kind of self-analytical shrink here. Conflicted yet inspired by identity issues, political injustice art, and a weirdly beloved treasure trove of headless sex slave barbie dolls." — NewsBlaze
Posted Jun 16, 2013
82% Pussy Riot- - A Punk Prayer (2013) " Spotlights the subversive Russian punk rock protest performance artists, who these women are and where they came from. And the connection of all of this to anti-capitalism, the chaos of the post-Soviet market economy, and Soviet era vanguard feminism." — WBAI Radio
Posted Jun 13, 2013
—— Handmade Cinema " Mulls how these film craftspeople may exist somewhere in the enigmatic realm between artisan and artist. And what all of this may or may not have to do with Fellini, Pasolini, Scorsese, Spike Lee, Sophia Loren's hair, and Leonardo Da Vinci at the bodega." — NewsBlaze
Posted Jun 13, 2013
85% Dirty Wars (2013) " CIA on steroids. With Scahill's revelations trapped in this doc noir, exposing US secret death squads and their kill lists and outsourced warlord assassins all around the world. Dragging US covert war out of the shadows and into the public conversation." — WBAI Radio
Posted Jun 11, 2013
66% Tiger Eyes (2013) " Tiger Eyes takes youth angst to another level in this page to screen adaptation. Touching on teen alcoholism and pregnancy, atom bombs, and aboriginal life in Los Alamos. " — WBAI Radio
Posted Jun 9, 2013
88% Hannah Arendt (2013) " The chick flick gets a magnificent makeover, so to speak, for something other than the usual sex and romance. Delving into the intellectual life of the defiant philosopher and provocative theorist of the 'banality of evil, as politically potent today." — WBAI Radio
Posted May 31, 2013
60% The Bling Ring (2013) " More bling than ring of truth in a Post-Occupy world. As Hollywood's projecting paranoid flavor of attacks on their privileges by the poor here and countries they in actuality exploit, adds a new economic crisis class enemy, the diminished middle class." — Critical Women
Posted May 26, 2013
88% Fill the Void (2013) " Not exactly a Hasidic musical but close to it, the film delves into the complicated culture of Orthodox Jewish arranged marriages. And so to speak, a case of perhaps multiple choice matrimonial options managed in many ways by mom." — WBAI Radio
Posted May 23, 2013
27% 33 Postcards (2013) " Orphan Mei Mei discovers dubious desired dad Guy Pearce is not exactly what he seems. Nor is this movie, taking a surprising turn away from the conventional, as it embraces collective values over the usual quest and flight into Western individualism." — WBAI Radio
Posted May 14, 2013
25% Assault On Wall Street (2013) " Possibly the only director on the planet who has garnered a strange recognition through utter infamy, Boll engages in a weirdly raw and rowdy subversive ideological descent into the dysfunctionally dark recesses of US culture." — WBAI Radio
Posted May 10, 2013
100% The Girls in the Band (2013) " A euphoric, triumphant documentary, in which these unsung female jazz musicians get the last word too. As when one recalls when asked by a reporter, 'what's it like to be a female composer' she replies, 'what's it like to be a male journalist.'" — NewsBlaze
Posted May 7, 2013
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