Marnie Ann Joyce


Advance Perspective: Disney’s Frozen Defies Expectations

October 26, 2013
Advance Perspective: Disney’s Frozen Defies Expectations

I had the opportunity to see an early screening of Disney’s upcoming animated movie, slated for a Thanksgiving release. “Frozen” is the first Disney animated feature directed by a woman — Jennifer Lee. Despite this fact, I was a little nervous about seeing this movie, because the speculative articles I had read weren’t encouraging....
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Art Baltazar & Franco’s all-new Aw Yeah Comics!

May 8, 2013
Art Baltazar & Franco’s all-new Aw Yeah Comics!

My adoration for the work of Art Baltazar and Franco is no secret. I was pleased to hear of the wild success of their Kickstarter campaign to produce their new comic book series — Aw Yeah Comics! (They even managed to covertly plug the title in the pages of the final issue of Superman...
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Oz the Great and Powerful and Jack the Giant Slayer: Two Movies That Pass the Bechdel Test — and yet…

March 14, 2013
Oz the Great and Powerful and Jack the Giant Slayer: Two Movies That Pass the Bechdel Test — and yet…

Warning: this post contains spoilers for the movies “Oz the Great and Powerful” and “Jack the Giant Slayer.” The Bechdel Test was named for artist Alison Bechdel, who popularized a simple rule in her comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For. The test consists of three simple questions: 1) Does any given movie contain more than...
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Aw Yeah! Superman Family Adventures #2 Saves the Day!

July 17, 2012
Aw Yeah! Superman Family Adventures #2 Saves the Day!

When I wrote about Superman Family Adventures #1, I talked about the things it did well. And it did many things very well. But I also brought up a few of the places I thought it fell short when it came to filling the hole left by the ending of the all-ages, gender-balanced, kid-centered...
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First thoughts on Superman Family Adventures

June 9, 2012
First thoughts on Superman Family Adventures

Art Baltazar and Franco, the pair responsible for bringing us 50 issues of Tiny Titans, have launched their latest project: Superman Family Adventures. It’s a monthly all-ages comic book featuring Superman in and out of his Clark Kent persona. Tiny Titans favorites Superboy and Supergirl join the fray, and so does Krypto the Superdog,...
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M*A*S*H Revisited: Season 1, Episode 3 — Requiem for a Lightweight

June 1, 2012
M*A*S*H Revisited: Season 1, Episode 3 — Requiem for a Lightweight

The  loudspeaker calls all personnel to the OR. Arial shots of soldiers in fatigues racing through camp, some holding their hats as they approach helicopters. Nurses running out of the shower tent, with dripping hair and skimpy robes. These scenes are part of the visual shorthand which, over the next 11 years, will allow...
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Tiny Titans: 50 Issues of Awesomeness

March 20, 2012
Tiny Titans: 50 Issues of Awesomeness

Anyone who’s ever been to a playground knows that preschool kids love superheroes. Look in a major toy store, clothing store, or Halloween costume catalog and you’ll see that 3 year old boys all want to be Spiderman, Superman, Batman… But the superhero movies in the theaters aren’t for three year olds. And the...
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BETTY: live at the Highline Ballroom, 9/10/2011

October 4, 2011
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Due in part to the sisterly love (and sibling rivalry) on stage, sitting in the audience at a BETTY show feels very much like you’re at your cousin’s wedding. Only the band is actually worth watching. This performance came at the end of a summer of touring and it showed: the group was tight, the...
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M*A*S*H Revisited: Season 1, Episode 2 – To Market, To Market

July 30, 2011
M*A*S*H Revisited: Season 1, Episode 2 – To Market, To Market

It’s been a while since my last M*A*S*H post; writing about a series which ended over 25 years ago doesn’t always feel like the freshest news on the planet. But I keep coming back to it.  M*A*S*H is something which is part of the fabric of my life, like it or not. (When the...
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The Pogues: The Parting Glass Tour

March 16, 2011
The Pogues: The Parting Glass Tour

This is the last tour the Pogues will ever do. Again. And as a farewell tour it’s worth seeing. Shane MacGowan’s voice is positively astounding. He can barely stand, his speech is absolutely unintelligible, there’s not a tooth in his mouth, he dropped the microphone several times and twice knocked over his chair as...
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