Prairie Miller

Prairie Miller
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
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).
Location: New York

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
70% The Last Vermeer (2020) An elephant in the room, candid interrogation of what passes for truth or fabrication and self-proclaimed moral authority in history. And fueled by the deliriously elusive, perverse and mystifying Oscar-worthy performance of Pearce. And, those eyebrows... - WBAI Radio EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
78% The True Adventures of Wolfboy (2020) Wolfboy Animal Instincts Rule. This visually impressive outing harboring a cruel heart has the trappings of an enticing confection - with a toxic list of ingredients attached. And more akin to those those kid takeover "beware the children" horror movies. - WBAI Radio EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2020
No Score Yet Wuhan! Wuhan! (2020) Collective concern, not cash for care triumphs over the pandemic in China. And it goes without saying here that documentary directors with conviction step in as truth tellers, where the US media fear - or conspire - to tread. - WBAI Radio EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
70% All Joking Aside (2020) Compassionate queen of comedy portrait of young doomer bloomer comic. And a kind of equal parts satirical and sensitive contemporary updating of Shaw's Pygmalion - in this case boomer misery in creative collision with low wage millennial extreme dreams. - WBAI Radio EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2020
78% The 24th (2020) Yet another exemplary example of persistent filmmakers of conviction stepping in to exhume a suppressed black past - where US history and the dishonest education system fear to tread. And potentially ushering in a commendable Black Renaissance in movies. - WBAI Radio EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2020
77% Emperor (2020) Yet another greatest story never told of all too often buried courageous black history. And though released by chance in this BLM moment, Emperor could not be more timely. Along with bracing Brechtian interludes confronting essential ideological issues. - WBAI Radio EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2020
41% The Big Ugly (2020) Move over, Ugly American, Brando or not. A gangster thriller gone global that may endure for that title if nothing else, The Big Ugly could not have grabbed US feeding frenzy imperialism more. Plus Brexit anxiety, and a rural land uprising tossed in too. - WBAI Radio EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
No Score Yet Dateline: Saigon (2016) Fake News, Nothing New: A rigorous and scathing chronicle of devastating defeat on two fronts simultaneously: The US War on Viet Nam, and on the US media. - WBAI Radio EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2020
63% The Tobacconist (Der trafikant) (2018) Freud, Fascism and smokers guide to surviving history. And though audiences are psychologically deprived (what would Freud say!) with its options, moments as Freud wearily crashing on his own therapy couch out of historical exasperation, are indelible. - WBAI Radio EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2020
40% Intrigo: Dear Agnes (2020) Actors playing actors on screen to further tease noir conventions and expectations, these seductive saboteurs shake up the genre as boldly conceived feminist fatales. - WBAI Radio EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
87% Sorry We Missed You (2020) Sorry, we missed the point. Or in other words, a director of Loach's stature in need of a new screenwriter for some time. With unfortunately coincidental insight into a country that demonized Jeremy Corbyn, and got anti-workingclass Boris instead. - WBAI Radio EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2020
77% Judy & Punch (2020) The boldly irreverent anti-patriarchal parable critiques a me-too menu of atrocities. Including mass superstition, vigilante justice, the persecution of women as witches, and a righteous uprising of designated ancient heretics, rebels and outcasts. - WBAI Radio EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2020
66% The Public (2019) A mix of eloquence and satire, in this homeless mass uprising takeover of one of the last remaining US sanctuaries for bookworms and the homeless alike, the public library. - WBAI Radio EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
77% The Misogynists (2020) A uniquely penetrating if over the top and grotesque endeavor. In other words, a savagely unrelenting excursion into male talk when women aren't around and even when they are, a self-critiquing uninhibited outpouring of venomous male bonding as well. - WBAI Radio EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
68% Joker (2019) Fear of the masses - in a movie. And a bold, startling when not mournful expression of simmering low wage police state millennial generation misery. - WBAI Radio EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2020
91% Gloria Bell (2019) Best musical of the year. Julianne Moore in a take no prisoners transformative rebel middle age makeover. And with lots of self-celebratory, breathlessly expressive emancipation in this somewhat feminist musical too. - WBAI Radio EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2020
43% Three Christs (2020) Three Christs - Or possibly four. Gere is commended for his principled choices on and off screen, including helping stranded immigrants off the Italian coast. But missing here about US mental health cruelty is better grasped now in another movie - Joker. - WBAI Radio EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2019
95% Citizen K (2019) Who is Russian oligarch Khodorkovsky, and what is he doing as a dubious hero in this film. While celebrated here promoting his human rights outfit, Open Russia - created and funded by war criminal Kissinger and UK robber baron banker Jacob Rothschild. - WBAI Radio EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
77% Richard Jewell (2019) "Don't become an asshole, a little power can turn a person into a monster." In this truth stranger than Hollywood biopic, Eastwood in a bid as unlikely as his designated hero has crafted an emerging police state/corporate press collusion cautionary tale. - WBAI Radio EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2019
80% Cold Brook (2019) Are You Ready To Be Different: Part ghost tale, part Bartleby while at the same time a captivating slavery reparations fable, the film flirts with the supernatural even with its heart planted firmly in sobering class and race issues historically and now. - WBAI Radio EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) With class, race and cultural divides up for satirical scrutiny, the entire explosive socio-political era that fed blaxploitation gets raw enlightenment. And with the ignited rebel instinct, lucid moment of the marginalized defining that subversive time. - WBAI Radio EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2019
99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) A condescending, pessimistic portrayal of human nature, bereft of class consciousness or ideology... - WBAI Radio EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
82% Judy (2019) Unfortunately apt title for this essentially generic biopic plodding along with a tearjerker tabloid cinema soul, Judy could have been about any aspiring female entertainer's disappointed downfall. So the question presents itself throughout - Which Judy? - WBAI Radio EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
82% Official Secrets (2019) Yet another instance of filmmakers of courage and conviction stepping up where unfortunately and unlike Gun, politicians and the press (including critics) fear to tread. Which is the reason you likely never heard of this best female action hero this year. - WBAI Radio EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
53% The Golden Glove (Der goldene handschuh) (2019) The take no prisoners daring director's perspective focuses yes on disturbing, but more as mirror reflecting back with ugly historical truths. Think terrifying trajectory as grotesque human canvas extending from Bosch and Bruegel to late stage capitalism. - WBAI Radio EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2019
41% The Operative (2019) The Operative is essential filmmaking of conviction indeed. A brave movie stepping in to confront the challenges of current political censure and censorship offscreen - where timid and cowardly or complicit governments and corporate media fear to tread. - WBAI Radio EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
94% Rosie (2019) 'We're not homeless, we're just lost.' An unfortunate irony in an otherwise harrowing drama about homelessness. As this not uncommon timid film evades with a blame the victim, emotional cluelessness. Rather than protest against an intolerable system. - WBAI Radio EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2019
100% Pause (2019) A vivid, near soliloquoy, men distorting women and bypassing the soul. And relief for suppressed passions and frustrations do eventually break free for moments, but with only elusive windows of dramatic conjecture provided - as perhaps it should be. - WBAI Radio EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
90% In the Aisles (In den Gängen) (2019) A metaphorical, muted lyrical elegy of unrelieved despair in the Kafkaesque catacombs of global capitalism, somewhere in the former GDR following German reunification - and the concurrent disappearance of a collective trucker brotherhood under socialism. - WBAI Radio EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
No Score Yet Renegade Dreamers (2019) A kaleidoscope of vibrant generational influences on protest music and spoken word poetry across the decades. Connecting the '30s, the Beats and '60s culture with the contrasting political and creative struggles younger artists face today. - WBAI Radio EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2019
100% Flesh Out (2019) The film elicits both sadness and outrage, framed within the simultaneous, progressively resigned and rebellious inner life of the young protagonist. And that happens to be related personally to the director herself, when gazing in the mirror. - WBAI Radio EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2019
100% The Load (Teret) (2019) Requiem for a country. Or rather, what doesn't kill you makes you..Disappear. An ironic Serb-French co-production between NATO/victim country - which might update and expand the Winston Churchill axiom: History is written by the victor's filmmakers. - WBAI Radio EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
64% St. Agatha (2019) What ensues during this deepening, darkly laced diabolical torture spree is basically wildly wicked women at their worst, a maniacal generation gap standoff with the young terrorized females, and something best left to those warped imaginations out there. - WBAI Radio EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
63% Bird Box (2018) For the birds? Or something more. In other words, the mass helpless perception through those very senses. Counting deep state digital surveillance, and the powerlessness of all of us against these doomsday scenarios for real - protective blindfold or not. - WBAI Radio EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
23% Here and Now (Blue Night) (2018) A showcase for three eminent actresses that includes Jacqueline Bisset and Renee Zellweger as well. And the delicately layered ways in which women bond and unbond, however awkward or misread, when men aren't around. - WBAI Radio EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2018
50% 55 Steps (2018) Though 55 Steps, well, side-steps the alarming political issues, with the doctors in question as cover for the true medical/pharmaceutical industrial complex villains, at its core this film transcends class as a remarkable female bonding story. - WBAI Radio EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
No Score Yet ReRun (2018) Veteran time traveler on screen Christopher Lloyd - Back To The Future and many more - is at it once again in ReRun. Never disappointing and in this case lending new meaning to the notion of 'in the closet' - though with more metaphysical implications. - WBAI Radio EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
78% Black '47 (2018) Daly crafts his poetic, visually haunting and melancholy yet defiantly triumphant epic as brilliantly adapted classic storytelling, the western. Reinventing the bleak axiom: history is written or rather courageously resurrected - by principled filmmakers. - WBAI Radio EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2018
86% All About Nina (2018) Or rather, The Queen Of Comedy. And De Niro's brutal portrayal taken to another level, laced with macabre when not pornographic shock jokes, updated and feminized for the 21st century. And a ferociously raw comic noir minefield that provocatively stings. - WBAI Radio EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
81% Active Measures (2018) Proceed with caution in this disclaimer-free Dem infomercial in doc sheep's clothing. And one-side-to-every-story carnival barker spree - the best line from a smirking talking head asked for proof: Everything I know that's interesting, I can't tell you. - WBAI Radio EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
77% The King (2018) Or rather a tale of two cons. A doc that could have benefited from both a less worshipful title and portrayal, and likewise compromised by a facade of pandering even handedness dubiously tossing together Elvis with the equally fraudulent American Dream. - WBAI Radio EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2018
38% Mary Shelley (2018) A provocative new take on the enduring, mythic power of Shelley's Frankenstein. In other words instead of a cautionary prophesy about science, that she foretold how women no less than the monster that may be herself - have been abused throughout history. - WBAI Radio EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
93% The Cleaners (2018) Move over, Dark Web. In this both illuminating and creepy doc-noir, lurks a stressed, exploited army of outsourced cyber-police tasked with expunging whatever corporations counting Google, deem mandatory. Cell phone activists as well - you get the idea. - WBAI Radio EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
No Score Yet American (2018) American raises far more provocative issues than can be addressed. But perhaps that's the point - to stimulate curiosity, speculation and intense conversation - as to what exactly is the definition of American, in these troubling and turbulent times. - WBAI Radio EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2018
95% The Death of Stalin (2018) Don't believe the hype. A far more intriguing, follow the money power struggle off screen instead, pitting corporate interests against the mass popular discontent of the downwardly mobile US population in progress. In other words, who funded your movie. - WBAI Radio EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2018
61% The Young Karl Marx (Le jeune Karl Marx) (2018) Ideologically dismissive and strictly from the school of scratching the surface cinema, not to mention the enigmatic participation of no less than 27 production companies likely rubber stamping their own two cents all over this politically evasive project - WBAI Radio EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2018
70% Like Me (2018) Or perhaps alternately titled, Dislike Me. A psycho-socially driven horror movie about millennials gone mad, taken over by a gadget generation cyberspace psychosis. And at a time right now when idea driven horror like Get Out, may be making a comeback . - WBAI Radio EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
100% Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me (2017) A documentary about the first black man to sleep in the White House - no, not Obama - but rather Sammy Davis Jr. A simultaneous chronicle of a turbulent era, and memory lane excursion through the complex and complicated life of the entertainment legend. - WBAI Radio EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2017
60% Daisy Winters (2017) Sterling Jerins impresses as an eleven year old with a dark and capricious but fascinating imagination. And Shields subtly and gracefully goes inside herself to burrow into the complicated emotional life of this woman. - WBAI Radio EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2017
54% Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) 'In the middle of the journey of our life, I found myself in a dark wood, for the straight way had been lost.' Denzel's 21st century Dante captivates as perhaps not coincidentally 'Roman' J. Israel Esq., in a film seemingly long been waiting to be made. - WBAI Radio EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2017