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
75% 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
83% 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
50% 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
40% 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
97% 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
88% 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
63% 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
80% 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
39% 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
96% 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
60% 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
73% 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
53% 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
77% In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts) (2017) Diane Kruger goes full Antifa. An intriguing metaphorical narrative premise - and what ultimately ensues is not just a stunningly executed thriller, but a brilliant political parable in reverse for our time. You go, Diane. - WBAI Radio EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
91% The Other Side of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen) (2017) Kaurismaki's offbeat imagination and subversive charm remain in evidence here. But that irreverent stylistic mix with serious and heart wrenching issues surrounding the current refugee crisis in Europe, lends a perplexing, missed opportunity to this film. - WBAI Radio EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2017
97% Ex Libris: New York Public Library (2017) A powerful blueprint for saving public libraries from predatory urban removal developers, intent on demolishing and grabbing the land right under them - and in effect community centers for the masses by default, in a society lacking them under capitalism. - WBAI Radio EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2017
31% The Queen of Spain (La reina de España) (2017) This bittersweet political satire uncovers the shameful collusion of Hollywood with Franco back then - the roots of fascism in this country today. And Penelope as a new kind of anti-fascist female action hero - move over Wonder Woman and Atomic Blonde. - WBAI Radio EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2017
71% The Ice Cream Truck (2017) A scary world filled with everyday, distinctly frightening stuff for women in the real world yet to be mined as fuel for horror in movies - who knew. And kicking in a new and different kaleidoscope of bizarre, amusing and unconventional at the same time. - WBAI Radio EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2017
100% California Typewriter (2017) Though I'm more of an old school pen and paper person myself, there's no point resisting Richard Polt's movement ode to just how The Revolution Will Be Typewritten. Or for that matter, the Boston Typewriter Orchestra. And, the last film of Sam Shepard. - WBAI Radio EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2017
13% A Family Man (2017) Minus the less would have been more family illness plot point distraction, the film evokes an admirable confrontation of art vs capitalism and what should matter most, whether in US society or the actors of conviction opting for small projects like these. - WBAI Radio EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2017
100% Beauty Mark (2017) Thornton's extraordinary performance conjures such powerful emotional horror and desperation, that audiences have little choice but to be carried along with her into the dramatic vortex of her unrelenting plight. - WBAI Radio EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
No Score Yet The American Media and the 2nd Assassination of President John F. Kennedy (2017) The film covers already well trodden ground. Nevertheless, introducing these detailed revelations to younger generations not privy to those discussions and debates over the years as older audiences have been, is a worthy and enlightening endeavor. - WBAI Radio EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2017
13% Black Rose (2017) Both conventional thriller and subversive political noir. Symbolically channeling false flags, deep state intelligence subterfuge, and the new Cold War. But somehow conceiving peace and cooperation between the US and Russia - even if it's just a movie. - WBAI Radio EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2017
34% The Assignment (2017) Unconventional, flamboyant, daring, provocative, and with Hill's playful when not pathologically crafted preference for outsiders. And more about masculinized females or its opposite as gender neutral ruthlessness, than transsexual anxiety as an issue. - WBAI Radio EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
No Score Yet Nebel im August (2016) A bizarre film delving into the elimination of those considered 'defective' - a dress rehearsal for the holocaust to come. But where instead of Nazi stock villains - delusional, both elegant and creepy health care workers perform imagined acts of mercy. - WBAI Radio EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
64% Sophie and the Rising Sun (2017) An eloquent, and both captivating and terrifying story playing out on the eve of the US entry into WW II, the film connects the Jim Crow South, and racism against Japanese Americans. And women bonding together in crisis for better - and often much worse. - WBAI Radio EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2017
80% Mean Dreams (2017) Paxton's last completed movie before his passing, Mean Dreams may signify his own life journey in the title, surviving Hollywood in his own brash and heartfelt way. And in the generation gap road movie to basically nowhere - it would seem to be the point. - WBAI Radio EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2017
42% Brimstone (2017) The religious fundamentalism ideologically rooted in this country finds allegorical terror in the diabolical Preacher. Reveling in the brutality, fanaticism and warped self-righteousness ultimately at the dark, messianic heart of US exceptionalism today. - WBAI Radio EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
75% Road to the Well (2016) Moody millennial noir channeling a dispossessed generation kicking in, emotionally favors a lockdown, been there done that gloomy, fractured despair. Though this twisted ride to nowhere and back, serves up intriguing and impressive detours along the way. - WBAI Radio EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
96% Menashe (2017) 'The Three Things That Bring A Man Happiness, Says The Talmud: A nice wife, a nice house, and nice dishes.' And how coming to light, is the way in which forced marriages can psychologically scar males too - who knew. Quirky Un-Orthodox Hasidic tale rules. - WBAI Radio EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2017
89% Dying Laughing (2017) Functioning like a metaphorical Freudian couch with intimations of Rupert Pupkin reveries, the film proceeds at a lively pace, soliciting surprisingly damaged soul standup introspective revelations. Along with peculiar interlude moments of found poetry. - WBAI Radio EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
56% Wheeler (2017) The on screen proceedings drop hints about Dorff himself, of celebrityhood versus anonymity that come with the ambivalence of fame. And a possibly personal closeted desire to slip into another person's random skin and out of the limelight, for a change. - WBAI Radio EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017