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Rating Title/Year Author
Black August (2007) Prairie Miller A searing and earnest drama delving into the tragic, short life of the late George Jackson, sixties US political prisoner, LA Black Panther spiritual and intellectual guiding force, and fierce leader within the Black prison movement. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2008
10 Items or Less (2006) Prairie Miller A Hollywood hotshot played by Morgan Freeman, befriends a supermarket cashier just so he can get familiar enough with acting like somebody poor, to get into character for his next movie, and the effort fails miserably. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2007
DarkBlueAlmostBlack (2006) Prairie Miller This slice of quirky life story about a classy, unattainable suit in a store window, is one classy movie as well, ennobling its host of eccentric and tragic, yet determined and struggling, vividly realized characters. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2007
Desert Bayou (2006) Prairie Miller A scathing documentary baring a nation into deep denial about lingering buried injustices and inequities which rose to the surface exposed to the light of day, in the wake of the Katrina floods. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2007
Golda's Balcony (2007) Prairie Miller This shamelessly uncritical view of Golda, her world perspective, and the period of Middle Eastern history over which she presided as a major player, confuses the protagonist's point of view with the reality. Grandmother or godfather? EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2007
Out of the Blue (2006) Prairie Miller A disturbing, mesmerizing thriller, recounting the real life plight of a remote coastal New Zealand village in the grip of a nearly invisible, deadly force, eccentric and angry recluse turned serial killer, David Gray. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2007
The Winter Guest (1997) Prairie Miller Moving as flawlessly and gracefully across the movie screen as the snow on its mute, chilly Scottish landscape, the film inspires amazement and awe as the work of novice director, Alan Rickman. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2007
Romance (1999) Prairie Miller The bottom line is acting out sexual urges and fantasies normally acceptable only in male characters, as the actress philosophizes with an assortment of cocks, determined to 'rape myself,' in a clinical orgy with a roomful of aspiring young gynecologists. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2007
Kurt Cobain About a Son (2006) Prairie Miller A lone voice caught in solo flight, the results range from hypnotic and eloquent to infuriatingly arrogant and self-indulgent. But somewhere in between are glimpses of a transient soul passing through a painful planet, seeking an elusive Nirvana. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2007
Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea (2004) Prairie Miller Ecological disaster meets greed and a desperate bid for human salvation, in this metaphorical meditation on the forecast apocalyptic doom of America. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2007
The Girl Next Door (2007) Prairie Miller Much more than just your basic sadistic horror thriller, The Girl Next Door redefines the notion of guilty pleasure as raw and potent allegory, and corrective to the US culture of conformist collective complicity. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2007
Cowboy del Amor (2005) Prairie Miller One would anticipate the crafting of a sinister satire here, but the film is dead serious and overidentified with Cowboy Cupid's boastful, smirking posturing. A camera in the hand of a director should be more than just a piece of surveillance equipment. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2007
Giuliani Time (2005) Prairie Miller Keating makes the case that a Giuliani presidency would be an exceedingly bad idea, juxtaposing the politician's public persona and veneer of fake charm, with his vicious dark side that periodically peers through. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2007
Why We Fight (2005) Prairie Miller While this misleading doc lauds neo-conquistador Eisenhower for coining and anticipating the military industrial complex, let's not forget how he propagated something else - the CIA extra-legal tactic of target assassinations. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2007
Canvas (2006) Prairie Miller The director happens to know the often maligned subject of mental illness well from his own childhood as the son of a psychotic mother, and he embraces it with genuine feeling, emotional spontaneity and absence of consciously formulated dramatic pretense. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2007
Strange Culture (2007) Prairie Miller A timely wakeup call - Kurtz's own '5/11' as he terms his personal nightmare - to remind us just how dangerous and threatening the terrorism of the US government is right now, towards its own people. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2007
Shadow Company (2006) Prairie Miller This documentary touching on both the historical evolution and contemporary phenomenon of mercenaries feels uncomfortably like a promotional campaign for private security firms, as they're more euphemistically termed. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2007
A Girl Cut in Two (2007) Prairie Miller Masterfully focuses a keen eye on the misogynistic convergence of entrenched private emotional exploitation of women, and their objectification in public entertainment. Bravo, Claude, a rare man in profound touch with the darker impulses of his species. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2007
Silk (2007) Prairie Miller In a film that just happens to be about the topic of fabric, Silk like a mannequin draped in an elegant costume, is all shimmering surface and hollow core. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2007
D.O.A.: Dead or Alive (2006) Prairie Miller A metaphorical training bra for ogling boys - along with second childhood Dirty Old Aged men - DOA gives new meaning to females hooking up and hanging out, when it comes to airborne upper body intimate wear and its gravity defying plastic contents alike EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2007
The Lives of Others (2006) Prairie Miller The Lives Of Others' obedient, obsessed spy in an exceedingly odd sense may have much more of a handle on the lives of others than, say, the filmmaker, who himself was around six years old at that time period of the former GDR. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2007
Beauty Remains (2004) Prairie Miller A luminous, epic dreamscape, reimagining a decaying lost paradise from whose destructive core a buoyant redemptive unshackled political consciousness and redefined, aroused sisterhood rise from the ashes of repressive patriarchy. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2007
() Prairie Miller Delwende: Filmu Osobnosti Hledani EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2007
Fierce People (2005) Prairie Miller The inspired dark humor here is that the tongue in cheek anthropological study of a strange and intimidating leisure class tribe, is exactly what this encounter with these pampered alien creatures inhabiting a gilded jungle turns out to be. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2007
The Bothersome Man (2006) Prairie Miller Bothersome Man is a stark yet strangely lyrical, multi-layered dirge for the absurdity of human fate in the face of figuratively deadening social conformity, and on the other hand, literal mortality. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2007
Homie Spumoni (2007) Prairie Miller An equal opportunity take-no-prisoners, smooth satirical sendup of the state of race relations in the country right now. EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2007
Antonia (2006) Prairie Miller A euphoric celebration of the rough road to womanhood and at the same time a biting critique of machista culture, Antonia is a brave, inspired antidote to current misogynistic Brazilian film fare. EDIT
Posted Aug 25, 2007
Self-Medicated (2005) Prairie Miller Lapica has based the story on his own personal struggle to survive a troubled Vegas adolescence intact, and the skilled assurance and confidence of his first film imparts a seriousness and depth way beyond his years. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2007
Katrina Experience (2006) Prairie Miller KAMP KATRINA: A slice of life doc about the collective survival process that arose following Hurricane Katrina, and shaped as a kind of spontaneous reality show about rebuilding a community. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2007
U-Carmen Ekhayelitsha (2005) Prairie Miller Central to an expression of new female South African pride, is the lovely Pauline Malefane as Carmen, whose astonishing vocal power embodies both feminine grace and charm, along with bold, militant proletarian fire. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2007
The Refugee All Stars (2005) Prairie Miller There couldn't be a better example of the healing power of art right now than Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, six musicians who fled the horrific civil war, and spent years languishing in refugee camps where they all met and came together to make music. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2007
Flanders (2006) Prairie Miller Dumont's gift for dramatic expression of physical space and sensuously conceived landscape is undeniable. If only he had attached a coherent story to his vividly evoked sense of surroundings. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2007
In Between Days (2006) Prairie Miller Too minimalist for its own good when it comes to story details and even essential basic factual information, In Between Days can best be described as a skillfully lensed missed opportunity. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2007
Rescue Dawn (2006) Prairie Miller Twisting truths to bestow sympathy and stature on dubious characters and crimes against humanity, Herzog spins historical fiction yet again in the service of imperialism. Tell me Werner, who funded this film, and expose its premeditated fabrications. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2007
Becoming Jane (2007) Prairie Miller The tender emotion, delicacy of feeling and above all brilliant inspired flashes of brash female wit, render the truth or exaggeration of the tale simply secondary. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2007
4/4 The Camden 28 (2006) Kam Williams In revisiting the oppressive measures employed by the FBI during that era, the viewer is treated to a welcome message about the right, if not the duty, to challenge authority, especially in the face of corruption, intransigence and utter arrogance. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2007
Love (2007) Prairie Miller There was the seed of a far more fascinating story buried somewhere within, but it seems to have gotten lost amid all the boobs and bullets. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2007
The Adventures of Juan Quin Quin (1967) Prairie Miller A Cuban comedy classic spinning a playfully couched tale of misfortune, exploitation and guerrilla uprising that might be termed revolutionary lite. EDIT
Posted Jul 21, 2007
Dans Paris (2006) Prairie Miller There's a passion and a heart to these proceedings, however momentarily clumsy or awkward, that make it difficult ultimately, to resist its peculiar charms. EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2007
Manda Bala (Send a Bullet) (2007) Prairie Miller Manda Bala effectively captures the enormous class divide in Third World Brazil, and the unarticulated simmering class tensions that the oblivious upper classes seem to take pains in denying. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2007
Drama/Mex (2006) Prairie Miller The murky melodrama's vicarious perversions may set a dubious new low standard in cinema - gross-out tragedy. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2007
Great World of Sound (2006) Prairie Miller No matter what's real or rehearsed, Great Wall Of Sound couldn't come any closer to the truth. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2007
The Page Turner (2006) Prairie Miller A tautly crafted but deeply misogynistic and anti-workingclass French psychological thriller. EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2007
Farewell to Raskolnikov's (2005) Prairie Miller Novel Romance stands out for its memorable defiant, take-no-male-prisoners fiery female rant that peppers the script, at least initially. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2007
Cashback (2006) Prairie Miller Considering the entire uneventful and unpleasant proceedings, 'cash back' may have been the worst highly suggestive choice of title possible for the audience to contemplate. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2007
Sweet Land (2005) Prairie Miller The son of an Egyptian immigrant, the Minnesota born Selim demonstrates a startling intimacy and empathy for his characters, but infuses his story with a candid tough love for their weaknesses. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2007
No. 2 (2006) Prairie Miller As usual, it's always up to the small budget indies to act as a corrective to Hollywood misperceptions and misconceptions, in this case the longstanding stereotypical depiction of elders. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2007
In Search of Mozart (2006) Prairie Miller A concurrent glimpse of the transformation of the artist in the days of early capitalism, into a free agent on an uncertain quest for commissions, as music was inevitably morphing into a commodity like everything else. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2007
My Best Friend (2006) Prairie Miller Ultimately, Leconte as a storyteller seems as lost and perplexed in his search for the existence and essence of true friendship in a formidably overwhelming commercially permeated and dominated world, as his unfortunate protagonist Francois. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2007
() Prairie Miller Banished: How Whites Drove Blacks Out Of Town In America EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2007