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Friday
May062011

Blind Film Critic Takes Internet by Storm

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Tommy Edison reviews films and posts his critiques online, but with one major difference from other reviewers: he was born blind.

After posting his first review a few weeks ago, his videos have steadily grown online as people enjoy his humor and his reviews.

"I've always liked film," Edison, who is a traffic reporter for a Connecticut radio station, told ABC News. "It's always been something I've enjoyed."

Along with his friend Ben Churchill, who directs and produces the videos he posts, they have created a rating system starting with one eye for a bad movie to four eyes for a great movie.

Churchill shot and edited the video critique of their first movie review, Scream 4, and they posted it online. Since then, his reviews of films like Scream 4 and Water for Elephants have been viewed by several thousand Youtube users.

Edison, who lives in Milford, Conn., believes that, although he can't see the movie, he is able to pick up on other cues like dialogue, sound editing and music choice that other reviewers may miss.

"Content is king with film," he believes. "For example, in the Water for Elephants review that I did, I talk about the part where the elephants are doing all sorts of tricks and circus things and whatever…it's gratuitous. It added nothing to the story."

His favorite movie is Goodfellas. "It's so well written, and the narration is great in it...Just boom, boom, boom, it keeps on moving. It's just wonderful," he said.

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