who I am

I'm MaryAnn Johanson: writer and ponderer from New York City now living in London who drinks too much wine and thinks way too much about such inconsequences as movies, TV, books, and the meaning of life.

Read my critic’s minifestoes for my philosophies on criticism.

My film reviews have appeared in a variety of alternative weekly newspapers across the United States, including:

Salt Lake City Weekly
Folio Weekly (Jacksonville, FL)
Charleston (SC) City Paper
Colorado Springs Independent
Pacific Northwest Inlander (Spokane, WA)
Rocky Mountain Chronicle (Fort Collins, CO)
Wausau (WI) City Pages
Staten Island Source
Cincinnati City Beat
Monterey County (CA) Weekly
Ace Weekly (Lexington, KY)


• International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences
• Online Film Critics Society
• Alliance of Women Film Journalists

Reviews polled at:

• Movie Review Intelligence (featured critic)
• Movie Review Query Engine (top critic)
• Rotten Tomatoes (Tomatometer critic)

Print and online credits:

• Film.com
Archaeology magazine
Video Librarian magazine and Web site
• FilmThreat.com
Blockbuster Preview (UK)
• The Internet Review of Science Fiction
Yahoo! Internet Life magazine
New York Living magazine
Staten Island Advance newspaper
My AOL magazine
The Encyclopedia of U.S. Popular Culture

Author of:

The Totally Geeky Guide to The Princess Bride, a deconstruction of the cult-favorite film
in print: Amazon [U.S.] [Canada] [U.K.]
in multiple ebook formats: Smashwords and iTunes

Film festival juries:

• Best Female Directed Film, 2011 Sheffield Doc/Fest
• Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Film Festival, 2003 I-Con, the largest SF convention on the U.S. East Coast

Professional appearances, talks, lectures, etc.:

• University of Southampton (UK) Web Science Doctoral Training Centre, October 2011: “How the Net Devalues Creative Work” (lecture with Q&A)
• GRITtv with Laura Flanders, February 2010: “GRITtv Goes to the Oscars” (TV panel discussion)
• Fusion Film Festival at New York University, February 2009: “Smart Talk: Women and Film in the Blogosphere” (panel discussion)
• Court TV’s Hollywood Heat, December 2006 (TV interview)
• panel discussions at science fiction conventions including multiple WorldCons, Philcon, Boskones, Arisias, I-Cons, and Lunacons
• BBC Radio and local radio programs across North America (on-air interviews)

I was a nominee for Best Online Critic in the 2010 National Entertainment Journalism Awards, awarded by the Los Angeles Press Club.

I’m an award-winning screenwriter of the psychological suspense drama Cat & Mouse [download a PDF] (semifinalist, WriteMovies.com screenplay competition, Spring 2003) and the romantic dramedy Bronx Cheer [download a PDF] (second place, Feature Comedy category, Jury of Your Peers 2000 screenplay competition/honorable mention, Television/Movie Script category, Writer's Digest 2000 Writing Competition/runner-up, Hollywood 27 Screenwriting Competition, 2002).

[my all-time top 100]

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