A PRIVATE WAR – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

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Sri Lanka 2001; in a targeted attack on her as a journalist, she loses her left eye, and afterward adopts what will become her iconic eyepatch. Iraq 2003. Afghanistan 2009. Libya 2011. Syria 2012; once more targeted, this time in retaliation by President Bashar al-Assad for her reporting on the government siege and massacre of civilians in Homs, she is killed. Marie Colvin was 56 years old.

As someone notes here with bitter humor, “there are no old and bold journalists.” And we don’t get many movies about them… and even fewer about a woman who is this fearless, this badass, this outrageously good at her important work. It’s not that these women do not move through the world. They do. We just don’t get the movies celebrating them. We need them. Continue reading…

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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 FlickFilosopher.com, 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 Women On Film archive, type "MaryAnn Johanson" in the Search Box (upper right corner of screen).