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Rating Title/Year Author
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
Promised Land (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
The Young Karl Marx (2017) Prairie Miller 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 EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2018
Like Me (2017) Prairie Miller 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 . EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2018
Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me (2017) Prairie Miller 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. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2017
Daisy Winters (2017) Prairie Miller 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. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2017
Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) Prairie Miller '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. EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2017
Aus dem Nichts (2017) Prairie Miller 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2017
The Other Side of Hope (2017) Prairie Miller 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. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2017
Ex Libris: The New York Public Library (2017) Prairie Miller 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. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2017
The Queen of Spain (2016) Prairie Miller 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2017
The Ice Cream Truck (2017) Prairie Miller 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2017
California Typewriter (2016) Prairie Miller 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2017
The Headhunter's Calling (2016) Prairie Miller 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2017
Beauty Mark (2017) Prairie Miller 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2017
() Prairie Miller 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2017
Black Rose (2014) Prairie Miller 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. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2017
The Assignment (2016) Prairie Miller 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. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2017
Nebel im August (2016) Prairie Miller 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. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2017
Sophie and the Rising Sun (2016) Prairie Miller 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. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2017
Mean Dreams (2016) Prairie Miller 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. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2017
Brimstone (2016) Prairie Miller 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. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2017
Road to the Well (2016) Prairie Miller 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. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2017
Menashe (2017) Prairie Miller '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. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2017
Dying Laughing (2016) Prairie Miller 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2017
Wheeler (2017) Prairie Miller 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2017