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Prairie Miller

Prairie Miller
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
69% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2015
93% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2015
79% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2015
86% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2015
34% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2015
38% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2015
75% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted May 3, 2015
76% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2015
83% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2015
51% 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
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2015
82% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2015