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Prairie Miller

Prairie Miller
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
67% Ha-Sodot (The Secrets) (2007) The Kabbalah meets the Kinsey Reports, in this Madonna style mystical erotic brew. And a somewhat biased male take on thwarted female desires, along with simmering same sex homoerotic religious expressive tendencies. ‐ NewsBlaze
Posted Jan 19, 2017
82% Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America (2016) Friending The Klan - warts and all. An unusually honest, simultaneously puzzling and provocative mission-fueled bromance of a somewhat itinerant one man political psychotherapist, determined to disarm racists. Or at least one white supremacist at a time. ‐ WBAI Radio
Posted Jan 15, 2017
32% Live By Night (2017) Combining old time gangster classic nostalgia with neo-noir menace, Ben Affleck's Live By Night is a haunting, hyperactive thriller, with moody vintage imagery and densely drawn portraits. ‐ WBAI Radio
Posted Dec 21, 2016
89% Loving (2016) A critical story as well about how white rearing in a mostly black rural setting remote from brutal Jim Crow Virginia, lends optimism to spontaneous racial harmony far from institutional repression imposed via unnatural manufactured difference and fear. ‐ WBAI Radio
Posted Nov 28, 2016
96% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) Sorry, the dubious positive critical response, begs the question of Baldwin's intent to disturb and provoke, not placate guilt-free white privilege. And with the ironic effect of twisting the notion of The Other, as not me but 'those whites over there.' ‐ WBAI Radio
Posted Oct 31, 2016
82% The Death of Louis XIV (La mort de Louis XIV) (2016) Veering between sumptuously painterly and watching paint dry. While throughout the interminable running time bedside vigil, the characters displaying far greater endurance than we do within this extreme reality check-free zone ordeal, is not a good sign. ‐ WBAI Radio
Posted Oct 23, 2016
93% Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare) (2016) As horrifying as the scenes of suffering and apparent if not imminent death are for these migrants, Rosi situates them as backdrop to the ordinary or humorous lives of oblivious locals. And continuing a Western tradition of exotic rendering of the Other. ‐ WBAI Radio
Posted Oct 22, 2016
90% Uncle Howard (2016) Though well meaning and emotionally genuine, Aaron's assertion that 'Howard's was an unfinished story long after he left this earthly world' unfortunately comes off as all too true - a film requiring more momentum to effectively honor its subject matter. ‐ WBAI Radio
Posted Oct 12, 2016
96% Paterson (2016) Paterson, The Movie And The Melancholy Muse: The thwarted artist as whimsical working stiff in these economic hard times. And this typical economically depressed town, yet quirky and daffy, in the symbolically laden shadow of that bustling NYC metropolis. ‐ WBAI Radio
Posted Oct 2, 2016
97% 13th (2016) A devastating indictment of the loathsome corporate mass incarceration servitude, along with their creeping privatization of everything. And that the Oscars must finally recognize documentaries for awards in the Best Film and Best Director categories. ‐ WBAI Radio
Posted Sep 30, 2016
61% Snowden (2016) Both Stone's cat and mouse intrigue and Snowden's Red State/Blue State online dating object of desire delight at watching his 'inner liberal grow,' lighten the heavily detailed proceedings somewhat, in this moody surveillance state egghead thriller. ‐ WBAI Radio
Posted Sep 11, 2016
85% Sully (2016) Most compelling, is how in a rare moment of collective solidarity, rapidly assembled crews spontaneously came together to save everyone. And that's quite an unusual sighting in a movie these days, with the deepening divisive climate in society right now. ‐ WBAI Radio
Posted Sep 8, 2016
86% Pete's Dragon (2016) Subplots including environmental consciousness for kids never materialize enough for this mostly somber tall tale, to latch on to a clearing out of these woods. Not to mention a little Paul Bunyan pick-me-up that might have lightened up the proceedings. ‐ WBAI Radio
Posted Aug 4, 2016
4% Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party (2016) Ironically right winger D'Souza in his actually not so secret hit on Hillary now peppering the Internet as well, may send audiences in the opposite direction left - to Jill Stein. While never answering one pressing question - Who funded your pricey movie. ‐ WBAI Radio
Posted Jul 20, 2016
78% The Phenom (2016) Oddly a sports movie about baseball for eggheads and equally baseball for dummies. Which has as much on its mind literally as what's going down on the playing field - and may go a long way towards engaging both competitive sports couch potato audiences. ‐ WBAI Radio
Posted Jun 30, 2016
47% Free State of Jones (2016) A suppressed US history of guerrilla warfare rural revolution reignited now by Occupy, Black Lives Matter, and youth in economic crisis fueling the emerging rebel impulses defying the current election. Intimating as well the roots of Dem election rigging. ‐ WBAI Radio
Posted Jun 25, 2016
75% The BFG (2016) Tall tale, long story. Not to mention Dahl's own darkly subconscious subtext counting institutional child abuse, school bullying, PTSD - and Dahl himself rather a giant, at six feet six inches. Along with narrative violations of the Geneva Conventions. ‐ WBAI Radio
Posted Jun 24, 2016
3/4 69% Swiss Army Man (2016) Swiss Army Man has an infectiously deadpan tone and both actors are exceptionally good at humanizing even the most out there situations. ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Jun 23, 2016
83% Hello, My Name is Doris (2016) Not into complying with whatever stereotypical scraps are allotted to older actresses in movies, Field embraces her character with geriatric gusto. Displaying elder empowerment with eccentric charm and bold sexual desire - however freaky or fantastical. ‐ WBAI Radio
Posted Jun 14, 2016
33% The Congressman (2016) Mr. Smith Does Not Go To Washington. Hey, a dramatic film actually about something. In this case, Treat Williams does dismayed and dropping out of DC politics, as The Congressman. But first invoking Sen. Margaret Chase Smith denouncing McCarthy back then. ‐ NewsBlaze
Posted Jun 4, 2016
36% Sacrifice (2016) A rare female role as smart and fearless for an actress, in this feminist investigative thriller. Not to mention buried metaphorical truths in folklore about the plight of women, in this case historical male envy and ensuing domination over female bodies. ‐ NewsBlaze
Posted Jun 4, 2016
No Score Yet Shadow World (2016) What do Reagan, Thatcher, Tony Blair and Obama have in common? According to Shadow World, plenty. And having to do with covert roles as brokers for the arms trade in perpetrating endless war, 35,000 lobbyists, and a corporate coup d'etat in slow motion. ‐ NewsBlaze
Posted Jun 4, 2016
93% My Scientology Movie (2017) BBC reporter Theroux ventures into the murky depths of the intimidating religious corporate empire. Casting himself as protagonist on a co-journey with a former leader turned whistleblower defector. While uncovering why the Feds gave the church a pass. ‐ NewsBlaze
Posted May 1, 2016
68% Darling (2016) An unconventionally conceived workplace horror movie and surreal home invasion thriller. But more impressively visual than visceral, as cityscape craft upstages storytelling, conceding to gore that ultimately loses its way in search of character depth. ‐ NewsBlaze
Posted May 1, 2016
33% Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe (2016) The most talked about film not at Tribeca. With Vaxxed axxed as unintended but hardly unrelated sequel of sorts, both implicating the US medical industrial complex interests more freaked about prospective lawsuits in the billions. Tobacco industry alert. ‐ NewsBlaze
Posted May 1, 2016
53% Lolo (2016) Raw social satire tackling single motherhood, gender wars and generation gaps from an at times frantic, alternately bubbly and brutal female perspective. ‐ NewsBlaze
Posted May 1, 2016
53% Standoff (2016) Thomas Jane and Laurence Fishburne in a very different sort of faceoff, of post-military conflict damaged souls in this PTSD psychological crime thriller. As one struggles against his inner demons, and the other succumbs to the mental ravages of war. ‐ WBAI Radio
Posted Mar 26, 2016
94% She's Beautiful When She's Angry (2014) Delving into the historic struggles of the Women's Movement of the last century. Where did the basic rights females young and old enjoy today come from, and what fierce social struggles in the 20th century made them possible, and still relevant today. ‐ WBAI Radio
Posted Mar 26, 2016
100% Peace Officer (2015) Or more likely not. An explosive investigative documentary about the deadly militarization of police in this country. And one of its victims - ironically a Utah sheriff who first introduced SWAT teams into his state. An emotionally shattering revelation. ‐ NewsBlaze
Posted Mar 26, 2016
55% Jack of the Red Hearts (2015) Youth in social and economic crisis today converges with autism, and struggling to come of age in this troubled world. Based on the challenges of the director raising her own autistic child, and raw and real mixed with plenty of tough love empathy too. ‐ NewsBlaze
Posted Mar 26, 2016
89% Songs My Brothers Taught Me (2016) An outsider looking in voyeurism veering offensively close to being more about the filmmaker's fixation on her immigrant alienation - if not a blatant exotic poverty porn aesthetic - than the brutal internal isolation of her subjects absent of causality. ‐ WBAI Radio
Posted Mar 26, 2016
28% The Letters (2015) A tale of two Mother Teresa's: On the brink of Vatican sainthood just announced, holy healer or 'hell's angel'? Expect an essentially nuance-free infomercial embrace of the former, despite ironic inklings of nun feminism challenging male church authority. ‐ WBAI Radio
Posted Mar 26, 2016
58% The Brainwashing of My Dad (2016) Impressively tracks a family phenomenon via media mind controlled ditto-heads, brainwashed staged interventions, angry white men, and drive time as the geography of destiny. But lacks further scrutiny into shadow corporate complicity and a tanked economy. ‐ WBAI Radio
Posted Mar 26, 2016
41% Moonwalkers (2016) Tarantino on acid subversive sixties stoner satire. But a combo ballsy big screen intersection of politics, publicity and propaganda that couldn't be more provocatively in the here and now concerning truth in movies and the media - if there ever was any. ‐ Critical Women
Posted Jan 23, 2016
75% Prescription Thugs (2016) Bell takes it personally as well as publicly with the tragic death of his own brother. And what exactly is going down with the deadly prescription drug epidemic, and pharmaceutical corporations in league with doctors and drugstores raking in billions. ‐ WBAI Radio
Posted Jan 22, 2016
21% Diablo (2016) Subverts the cultural contradictions saturating westerns historically, while probing the post-Civil War PTSD pathology beyond the officially mythologized dark side wild west frontier. And another corrective to the portrayal of Native Americans on screen. ‐ WBAI Radio
Posted Jan 22, 2016
60% Concussion (2015) Part whistleblower biopic, part corporate horror thriller, Concussion navigates that socio-economic minefield on screen when exposing big business malfeasance. Under an economic system where profit supersedes the health and even lives of everyone else. ‐ WBAI Radio
Posted Dec 24, 2015
92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) Brandishing both a wand and a wink at audiences, and split somewhere between colossal and cartoonish. And no, I am not now nor have I ever been a Star Wars junkie. Akin to an atheist at the church podium. And likely my fate: Let the haters be with you. ‐ WBAI Radio
Posted Dec 19, 2015
96% The Look of Silence (2015) Remarkably the third Oscar entry this year, along with Trumbo and Iraqi Odyssey as bold leftist historical corrective. And naming the names of Indonesian anti-communist genocidal death squads and the shadow government there, enabled by CIA intervention. ‐ WBAI Radio
Posted Dec 9, 2015
No Score Yet The Paradise Suite (2015) Fragmented lyrically somewhat like the flow of life, while simultaneously delving into the everyday horror of refugees in crisis, sex trafficking in all its raw brutality, and the existential contradictions of humane impulses laced with furious darkness. ‐ WBAI Radio
Posted Nov 26, 2015
73% Trumbo (2015) Naming names - the red baiting right ones this time instead. And a richly satirical roll call outing, along with redemption on screen, inflicted by McCarthyite state terror harm, done to the ensuing political PTSD damaged population and soul of a people. ‐ WBAI Radio
Posted Nov 7, 2015
78% Where to Invade Next (2016) Benevolent Capitalism: A Love Story. And why bother with pesky facts, when your objective is a feelgood film. Marx once said it's not enough to be right, you have to be convincing. Moore grabs the latter notion, with faulty fact checking for the former. ‐ WBAI Radio
Posted Oct 9, 2015
84% The Walk (2015) Less digital dazzle than deja vu, and inches away from death - literally. And essentially seeing is not believing cartoonish caricatures wrapped in distracting hocus pocus layers of optical illusions, as 'the outside world starts to disappear.' Indeed... ‐ WBAI Radio
Posted Sep 27, 2015
73% Suffragette (2015) A one hundred year buried history boldly and brilliantly exhumed and brought back to life in this defiant and devastating drama. With a convergence of a tense period thriller and stunningly seamless implosion of historical candor and raw emotional energy. ‐ Critical Women
Posted Sep 4, 2015
93% I'll See You in My Dreams (2015) Reflections on the highs and lows in rites of passage, in this bittersweet tale channeling the female experience of aging. Along with the humorous when not harrowing cross-generational bonding that can awkwardly kick in. ‐ WBAI Radio
Posted Aug 23, 2015
74% The Keeping Room (2015) A bold and ballsy fantasy feminist western with tall tale truth telling at its core, the film subversively sets in motion 19th century gender reinvention during war. With women always fighting a different battle, no matter which side of whatever war. ‐ Critical Women
Posted Aug 20, 2015
87% Mia Madre (2016) A lyrically textured group portrait of family loss and creatively confounded existential confusion. But emotionally insular political alienation upstaging pressing plot points tossed by the wayside, of an Italian working class in socio-economic crisis. ‐ Critical Women
Posted Aug 15, 2015
86% Paulette (2013) A curious contact high confection, as a furiously racist, anger mismanagement bad grandparenting goofy French elder turns to drug dealing in the hood to make ends meet, don't ask. But the sassy senior antics take a too excessively daffy detour in the end. ‐ Critical Women
Posted Aug 9, 2015
63% The Boy (2015) A memory lane roach motel melancholy lapse into Greed Decade doom not unlike now, as this bad boy veers in a slowly simmering, psychologically dense portrait, between victim and villain. While toying with audience senses, and his chosen targets as well. ‐ Critical Women
Posted Aug 8, 2015
35% Ardor (2015) Magical realism meets agrarian guerrilla warfare in a tropical political thriller. As aborigine rainforest resistance with help from a mythical half jaguar guerrilla warrior turning up, goes toe to toe with corporate mercenaries pushing them off the land. ‐ NewsBlaze
Posted Aug 7, 2015