JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

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I awoke last Saturday morning to the news that US Congressman, civil-rights activist, and absolute badass legend John Lewis had died. This is bad and sad for all the usual reasons, but also because we still need him. His work is not yet done — far from it. This is a man who, as a youngster, charmed his way into Martin Luther King Jr.’s inner circle, protested peacefully — and successfully — in the 1960s for the rights of Black Americans, and passed numerous progressive bills during his decades in Congress. When I first saw John Lewis: Good Trouble a little over a week ago, I initially found Dawn Porter’s terrific documentary about the life and work of the Congressman bitterly ironic, in that much of the progress that he had literally put his life on the line for half a century ago is again threatened, and so he’s been having to fight some of the same battles all over again. But now that he’s gone? It’s all so damned tragic, and absolutely enraging. Lewis’s story is a harsh underscoring of how America has regressed in recent years.

No one ever said that bending the arc of history toward justice would be easy, but c’mon. Continue reading…

EDITOR’S NOTE: John Lewis: Good Trouble is AWFJ’s Movie of the Week for July 17, 2020

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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).