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Rating Title/Year Author
Six Minutes to Midnight (2020) Prairie Miller A bracing spy thriller harboring as much mystery as what the vintage noir setting does and doesn't explore - unraveling unintended historical intrigue implicating Britain as well. Including how that Nazi college ended up there in the first place. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2021
Willy's Wonderland (2021) Prairie Miller Turning up just in time as subversive antidote to the artificially soothing sappy Oscar bait like Nomadland and Minari, the movie hitches a ride on the wave of red state vs. blue state pandemonium in progress from this crisis ridden country to the screen. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2021
Flinch (2021) Prairie Miller Let's just say Flinch, though showcasing the conventional crime thriller, is owned by the women this time around. A more offbeat window into women saving themselves, while shaking up the seemingly forever set in stone macho mob genre EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2021
Fatman (2020) Prairie Miller This best improbable holiday movie finds Mel Gibson as a late stage capitalism bad economy Santa forced to produce for the Pentagon. While revealing a seemingly penitent Gibson deferring to his perhaps reluctant feminist side and scolding spouse of color. EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2021
Nomadland (2020) Prairie Miller Exploits pandemic free spirit escapist fantasy - somehow traveling the Trump train making US socio-economic misery great again. No need for statistics on homeless female murders and rapes, and with essentially characters hugging and kissing their poverty. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2020
The Last Vermeer (2019) Prairie Miller 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... EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2020
The True Adventures of Wolfboy (2019) Prairie Miller 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2020
Wuhan! Wuhan! (2020) Prairie Miller 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2020
All Joking Aside (2019) Prairie Miller 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2020
The 24th (2020) Prairie Miller 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2020
Emperor (2020) Prairie Miller 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2020
The Big Ugly (2020) Prairie Miller 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2020
Dateline: Saigon (2016) Prairie Miller 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2020
The Tobacconist (Der trafikant) (2018) Prairie Miller 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2020
Intrigo: Dear Agnes (2019) Prairie Miller Actors playing actors on screen to further tease noir conventions and expectations, these seductive saboteurs shake up the genre as boldly conceived feminist fatales. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2020
Sorry We Missed You (2019) Prairie Miller 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. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2020
Judy & Punch (2019) Prairie Miller 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. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2020
The Public (2018) Prairie Miller 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2020
The Misogynists (2017) Prairie Miller 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2020
Joker (2019) Prairie Miller Fear of the masses - in a movie. And a bold, startling when not mournful expression of simmering low wage police state millennial generation misery. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
Gloria Bell (2018) Prairie Miller 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
Three Christs (2017) Prairie Miller 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. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2019
Citizen K (2019) Prairie Miller 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. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
Richard Jewell (2019) Prairie Miller "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. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2019
Cold Brook (2018) Prairie Miller 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Prairie Miller 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 27, 2019
Parasite (2019) Prairie Miller A condescending, pessimistic portrayal of human nature, bereft of class consciousness or ideology... EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
Judy (2019) Prairie Miller 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? EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
Official Secrets (2019) Prairie Miller 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
The Golden Glove (2019) Prairie Miller 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2019
The Operative (2019) Prairie Miller 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
Rosie (2018) Prairie Miller '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. EDIT
Posted Jul 4, 2019
Pause (2018) Prairie Miller 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2019
In the Aisles (2018) Prairie Miller 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. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
Renegade Dreamers (2019) Prairie Miller 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. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2019
Flesh Out (2019) Prairie Miller 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. EDIT
Posted May 4, 2019
The Load (2018) Prairie Miller 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. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2019
St. Agatha (2018) Prairie Miller 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
Bird Box (2018) Prairie Miller 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. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2018
Here and Now (Blue Night) (2018) Prairie Miller 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. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2018
55 Steps (2017) Prairie Miller 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
ReRUN (2018) Prairie Miller 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2018
Black '47 (2018) Prairie Miller 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. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2018
All About Nina (2018) Prairie Miller 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
Active Measures (2018) Prairie Miller 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2018
The King (2017) Prairie Miller 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2018
Mary Shelley (2017) Prairie Miller 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 15, 2018
The Cleaners (2018) Prairie Miller 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. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2018
American (2018) Prairie Miller 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. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2018
The Death of Stalin (2017) Prairie Miller 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. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2018