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Prairie Miller
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
33% Lila & Eve (2015) Or rather, Dirty Harriet. A movie with raw emotion but bold women badly scripted by male filmmakers. Who sadly bypass - reality check - Black Lives Matter. Not to mention opening on the one year anniversary of the NYPD chokehold slaying of Eric Garner. ‐ Critical Women
Posted Jul 17, 2015
66% Learning To Drive (2015) In no way shades of Driving Miss Daisy, The Odd Couple, and especially not Taxi Driver, this cross-cultural combo buddy movie budding romance conveys a delicately layered emotional bond built between two conflicted people who couldn't be more different. ‐ Critical Women
Posted Jul 10, 2015
86% Patch Town (2015) Factory noir rears its head, when it comes to corporations, consumerism and the destructive pursuit of objects of materialistic desire. As the cabbage plant working stiffs in a different sort of scary movie, become the assembly line products themselves. ‐ WBAI Radio
Posted Jul 9, 2015
26% Dark Places (2015) Dark Places along with Gone Girl, mystifies in terms of Flynn crafting such distasteful female characters. Then handing over for co-conspiratorial execution, so to speak, stories precipitating the misfortunes of the men around them, to male filmmakers. ‐ Critical Women
Posted Jul 9, 2015
No Score Yet An Injury To One (2002) About the horrific hidden history of the US labor movement and capitalist crime scenes, and Dashiell Hammett's Poisonville. And the still unsolved, or rather uninvestigated, assassination of legendary labor leader Frank Little nearly a century ago. ‐ WBAI Radio
Posted Jul 5, 2015
98% Welcome To Leith (2015) Prophetic as to what might lie ahead for this nation anywhere, as the economic crisis and resentments ensue. Though one vital issue not addressed, is how US exceptionalism legally come home to roost under the dubious blanket of civil liberties, kicks in. ‐ Critical Women
Posted Jul 5, 2015
96% The Second Mother (Que Horas Ela Volta?) (2015) A fierce class conscious comedy symbolically celebrating a bold rebel youth rejecting the reactionary traditions thwarting generations preceding them. And perhaps a new day for Brazil and a long oppressed and recently reinvigorated Latin America as well. ‐ Critical Women
Posted Jul 3, 2015
43% Madame Bovary (2015) Connects to Flaubert at his most prophetic and dark, deconstructing the stranded emerging bourgeoisie caught between thwarted pretensions to the aristocratic elite, and the creeping albatross of emerging compulsive consumerism as emotional compensation. ‐ Critical Women
Posted Jun 20, 2015
No Score Yet Miles To Go (2012) Rose earnestly pursues self-awareness when it comes to the angst of his self-described 'modern manchild generation.' But all that mileage leaves him stranded internally, rather than probing the toxic effect of the world in social crisis all around him. ‐ WBAI Radio
Posted Jun 5, 2015
57% The Emperor's New Clothes (2015) Russell Brand's politically fervent but feeble fashion statement. Though Brand displays noble intentions in fixing that broken entity capitalism with selective repairs, those simplistic sentiments however subversive are, sorry to say, not noble enough. ‐ Critical Women
Posted May 3, 2015
77% Jimmy's Hall (2015) There are inspiring socio-political episodes throughout Jimmy's Hall, as relevant today as back then. Pertaining to popular struggle everywhere of an occupy movement that was apparently in full swing in rural Ireland, a century before Occupy Wall Street. ‐ Critical Women
Posted Apr 26, 2015
No Score Yet I Know a Woman Like That (2009) Virginia Madsen has spent years struggling to bring this project to fruition, a labor of love celebration of the creative lives of older women, discovering a tenacity in a society that marginalizes them, and enrichment rather than end of life resignation. ‐ NewsBlaze
Posted Apr 18, 2015
No Score Yet Blood Rising (2014) Northern Ireland meets Mexico and film meets art, in the paintings and cinema of Irish artist Brian Maguire. Whose portraits of the slain in Juarez these many years, homicide capital of the world, are an act of solidarity with the forgotten and voiceless. ‐ NewsBlaze
Posted Apr 12, 2015
No Score Yet Die Lügen der Sieger (2015) Lies Of The Victors newsroom noir burrows into the murky depths of corporate control over just about everything these days. But a dense narrative compromises suspense for audience head scratching, nearly as confounding for them as the puzzled protagonist. ‐ Critical Women
Posted Apr 11, 2015
No Score Yet Who Am I - Kein System ist sicher (2014) A sort of wikifreaks noir cyber-thriller involving hacker geeks high on Ritalin, a sour female spy with a malfunctioning uterus, multiple hacker wars that may have confounded even Julian Assange and something to do with four lost and found cubes of sugar. ‐ Critical Women
Posted Apr 9, 2015
98% Phoenix (2015) A flawed human canvas candidly divides the characters into people facing brutal moral realities they cannot transcend. While some go along to get along or succumb to identification with the oppressor, or immense heartbreak relieved by self-obliteration. ‐ Critical Women
Posted Apr 5, 2015
96% Ida (2014) A candid exploration of how women channel the Holocaust differently in movies. Meanwhile, elephant in the screening room alert, with the suppressed buried past under the rubble of history, as to just how economics and ideological rivalry kick in. ‐ Critical Women
Posted Apr 5, 2015
No Score Yet De wederopstanding van een klootzak (2015) Revisionist male screen images meant to blame the victimizer. But this minimalist macho miscreant mayhem, part Tarantino, part existential live action looney toons, is a metaphysical case of too little information leaving far too much to the imagination. ‐ Critical Women
Posted Apr 4, 2015
48% The Film Critic (2015) Move over Scientology. While veiled threats to critics if daring to approve the damning doc Going Clear were mere idle tongue wagging, The Film Critic may be another matter. And if a warning to critics to beware, let for a change you the reader decide. ‐ Critical Women
Posted Apr 4, 2015
86% Cheatin' (2015) In an earnest bid to balance noir and nutty, neither benefits, in this otherwise anti-Disney fantasy freakout counting super-macho misery and objectified devious damsels in undress popping up. Perhaps revealing more about the filmmaker than anything else. ‐ NewsBlaze
Posted Apr 4, 2015
50% Like Sunday, Like Rain (2015) Gossip Girl royalty Meester does opposite side of the tracks raw and real here, when it comes to emotional domestic violence, economic class divisions and youth financial struggles today. But the incessant background music is this film's own worst enemy. ‐ NewsBlaze
Posted Apr 4, 2015
No Score Yet Housekeeping (2014) What could be as horrifying as a monster in movies right now, than bosses. Or worker oppression, exploitation and jobless desperation. All of which adds up to a potential new horror genre pathological strain. And the boss going postal on workers instead. ‐ Critical Women
Posted Apr 2, 2015
No Score Yet Older Than America (2008) Older than American Sniper too. And despite Bradley Cooper turning up championing Native Americans, this First Nation telling it like it is thriller about neo-colonialist oppression by a Native female filmmaker has been buried all these years as well. ‐ WBAI Radio
Posted Mar 26, 2015
83% Love Hunter (2014) Lots of bittersweet charm, but lacking some reality checks. Like hey, the American dream is currently located under the rubble of the ongoing economic crisis in progress. Not to mention how US bombs buried Serbia under rubble 16 years ago this week. ‐ WBAI Radio
Posted Mar 23, 2015
17% The Gunman (2015) Anti-American Sniper. In the murky midst of multiple mercenaries, a two-timing damsel in distress, corporate conmen, a differently duplicitous Javier Bardem checking in, macho mayhem and matadors. And in any case, an anti-hero somewhat saved by the bull. ‐ WBAI Radio
Posted Mar 21, 2015
No Score Yet Black Harvest (1992) Delves deep into the fracking crisis as it scars the human soul. Revealing the ideological contradictions and clash pitting farmers pushed off their land by oil companies, against jobless nomads living out of their cars and desperate for work - any work. ‐ WBAI Radio
Posted Mar 20, 2015
6% Accidental Love (2015) A health care crisis subversive screwball mashup of Hollywood and Occupy Wall St, the Kristin Gore deliberate social satire comes off as a different inconvenient truth. And all the critics bashing this movie who have no health insurance, raise your hand. ‐ WBAI Radio
Posted Mar 20, 2015
85% Merchants Of Doubt (2015) Though not all the dots connect, there's plenty exposing the games corporations play, to make you believe the opposite of dangers they create. Including information gridlock, science actors, think tank mercenaries and well, the Red Scare and watermelons. ‐ WBAI Radio
Posted Mar 11, 2015
9% The Cobbler (2015) Magical social realism graces this strange politically conscious comedy about bad landlords, housing activism, a Yiddish cell meeting on the Lower East Side a century ago, and Sandler for a change getting in touch with his sort of inner workingclass hero ‐ WBAI Radio
Posted Mar 11, 2015
40% Treading Water (2015) A freshly conceived combo coming of age unorthodox romance, channeling amphibious desires and counting as well the release of an inner mermaid at the local swimming pool. In a story whose whimsically if far fetched flights of fancy somehow stay afloat. ‐ NewsBlaze
Posted Mar 9, 2015
56% Focus (2015) Will gets into pulling off the somehow simultaneous unusual challenge of getting into the trickster head of his artful dodger character Nicky manipulating the world around him, and impressing the audience with believable master con moves as well. ‐ NewsBlaze
Posted Mar 8, 2015
52% Gemma Bovery (2015) A fanciful fable feminizing Flaubert. Along with a provincial bakery giving rise to exploration of the sensuous connection between flour and flesh, with wine the local anti-depressant. And no less than four doting males crowding a single love triangle. ‐ WBAI Radio
Posted Mar 7, 2015
81% Urok (The Lesson) (2015) The Lesson: A hardly coincidental Bulgaria/Greece joint class act on toxic neo-colonialism. And a Euro-economic crisis cinema moral noir drama raising those bitter stakes with its post-Soviet, reverse requiem of despair under domination of the dollar. ‐ Critical Women
Posted Feb 21, 2015
43% Effie Gray (2015) Fifty Shades Of 'Gray'? A different Dakota's deranged deconstruction on screen, though conversely as a sexless slave in matrimonial bondage. While touching on class/gender solidarity with the butler, and possibly pedophilia. Emma Thompson, you rock. ‐ WBAI Radio
Posted Feb 17, 2015
79% Queen and Country (2015) Boorman grasps this opportunity in a war movie, to mount an incidental battle of his own internally against a national belief system without a soul - ridiculing a military hierarchy ranging from nasty to nonsensical, and pulled off with malevolent glee. ‐ NewsBlaze
Posted Feb 12, 2015
No Score Yet Murder By Proxy: How America Went Postal (2010) A doc about workplace violence and murders not so random after all, with a focus on the disturbing trend linked to the war on unions. And what it all has to do with Reagan, privatization, Social Darwinism, consumerism, and the Postal Reorganization Act. ‐ WBAI Radio
Posted Jan 26, 2015
51% The Humbling (2015) Better than Birdman, with its more poignant, less pretentious introspective grasp of the raw, revealing truths connected to the ironic and elusive notions of art, existence, self-worth, and fame. And, when not just simply deliciously weird and wicked fun. ‐ Critical Women
Posted Jan 26, 2015
80% Ned Rifle (2015) Move over, Boyhood. And less Boyhood than perhaps Boy In The Hood, Hal Hartley completes his bio-trilogy half a dozen years longer than Linklater's decidedly conventional odyssey - an infinitely more dark and daring, toxically tantalizing suburban noir. ‐ NewsBlaze
Posted Jan 25, 2015
75% Amira & Sam (2015) Army vet turned filmmaker Mullin directs this Romeo and Juliet cross-cultural post-Iraq undocumented romance touching on his own daily round trip journey from Ground Zero by day to standup by night. And, a rarely seen spotlight on Arab women in movies. ‐ NewsBlaze
Posted Jan 25, 2015
80% Black Sea (2015) Worker rage and rebel impulses collide in this tense political thriller, as economic crisis cinema sails into 2015. Placing the fury of the jobless front and center, and international class connections crossing cultural lines. ‐ WBAI Radio
Posted Jan 23, 2015
No Score Yet It's Hard Being Loved by Jerks (2015) Free speech or hate speech, daring activists or danger junkies? Among the issues this doc does not pursue, seemingly living outside history along with the gleeful Charlie Hebdo cartoonists it celebrates. Whose demise yes, could be connected to the CIA. ‐ Critical Women
Posted Jan 17, 2015
17% Serena (2015) A Southern Gothic wilderness weepie with proletarian occult leanings, a masculinzed femme fatale selfie, workingclass wallpaper, and weirdly anachronistic back to future ecological activism. While filming in a Czech forest, to access cheap nonunion labor. ‐ Critical Women
Posted Jan 4, 2015
79% Bluebird (2014) Remarkable slice of life regional economic crisis cinema. And class fate as a microcosm in one emotionally and financially drained town. In other words, more than just the story of a tragic accident - but about everything not accidental in class society. ‐ Critical Women
Posted Jan 3, 2015
No Score Yet Roald Dahl's Esio Trot (2015) A decidedly daffy, rather ridiculously resplendent reptilian elder romance, don't ask. And in which Dustin Hoffman pulls off a highly peculiar Peeping Tom with enormous heart, even if on the weirdly borderline unhinged side. ‐ Critical Women
Posted Dec 30, 2014
No Score Yet Eyes Of A Thief (2014) A Palestinian guerrilla underground dramatic feature and true story. And managing both defiant and self-critical sensibilities, while filming under a state of siege. With a little help from a refugee camp, the local Freedom Theater, and a Turkish bath. ‐ WBAI Radio
Posted Dec 30, 2014
88% Foxcatcher (2014) No matter the theme, movies lately nearly always touch on workplace brutality or the lack of work at all. But for a change Foxcatcher names names, connecting chilling capitalist noir multi-millionaire murder at home, to US crimes against humanity abroad. ‐ Critical Women
Posted Dec 29, 2014
51% The Interview (2014) A State Dept consulted presidential assassination comedy, exploiting bellicose twists and turns. And related to false flags, corporation terrorism, inside jobs, a covert assault on net neutrality, and the evolving, disturbing Military Hollywood Complex. ‐ NewsBlaze
Posted Dec 27, 2014
No Score Yet Turks & Caicos (2014) Undercover Brits and Yanks toe to toe in the tropics. As a thieves' den of sinister capitalist slackers sip post-colonial cocktails, while plotting further takeovers around the planet. Though MI5 tends to get a pass while fuming over secret CIA torture. ‐ NewsBlaze
Posted Dec 1, 2014
72% Big Eyes (2014) The business of art and the female Stuck-Home Syndrome? As Burton crafts a canvas of his own pitting stifled rebellion against embarrassing expediency. And if he's also taking on the movie industry that shoves art aside for profit too, all power to him. ‐ Critical Women
Posted Nov 27, 2014
95% Nightcrawler (2014) A well crafted, relentlessly discomforting and disturbing, psychologically dense thriller. But would you trust say, the NSA to police itself? Namely, a hit list here of small screen competition and annoying paparazzi. Omission Alert, just sayin' is all. ‐ NewsBlaze
Posted Nov 2, 2014