TRACKS – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

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“I just wanna be by myself.” Even in the free-spirited era of hippie adventurism that was the 1970s, people seemed not to be able to quite comprehend that it was a woman saying this. Or that she proposed to be by herself by walking solo 2,000 miles across the Australian Outback. If Robyn Davidson were a man, they may have thought him odd and shrugged it off. But no one here seems to know how to cope with a woman craving aloneness and embracing danger to find it. So there’s an extra level of powerfully satisfying triumph to be found in Tracks, based on the true story of Davidson’s physical and spiritual journey. Read more>>

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MaryAnn Johanson

MaryAnn Johanson is a freelance writer on film, TV, DVD, and pop culture from New York City and now based in London. She is the webmaster and sole critic at, which debuted in 1997 and is now one of the most popular, most respected, and longest-running movie-related sites on the Internet. Her film reviews also appear in a variety of alternative-weekly newspapers across the U.S. Johanson is one of only a few film critics who is a member of The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (the Webby organization), an invitation-only, 500-member body of leading Web experts, business figures, luminaries, visionaries and creative celebrities. She is also a member of the Online Film Critics Society. She has appeared as a cultural commentator on BBC Radio, LBC-London, and on local radio programs across North America, and she served as a judge at the first Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Film Festival at the 2003 I-Con, the largest SF convention on the East Coast. She is the author of The Totally Geeky Guide to The Princess Bride, and is an award-winning screenwriter. Read Johanson's recent articles below. For her archive, type "MaryAnn Johanson" in the Search Box (upper right corner of screen).