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Blind Film Critic Tommy Edison reviews “Super 8″. He expected the film to be very visual, but it turned out to have a good story with well-performed characters. Plus, Tommy talks about the soundtrack and tries to scare the crap out of us with examples of ‘movie suspense tricks’ they use with the help of sound. Watch the video to find out how Tommy rates the movie!

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SUPER 8 review [no spoilers] – Blind Film Critic – It’s Not All Visual

“Super 8″ (2011)

Starring: Kyle Chandler, Elle Fanning, Joel Courtney, Gabriel Basso, Noah Emmerich, Ron Eldard, Riley Griffiths, Ryan Lee, Zach Mills
Director: J.J. Abrams / Screenwriter: J.J. Abrams

In the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a small Ohio town witness a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie and soon suspect that it was not an accident. Shortly after, unusual disappearances and inexplicable events begin to take place in town, and the local Deputy tries to uncover the truth – something more terrifying than any of them could have imagined.

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SUPER 8 – TRANSCRIPT

Wow, Super 8! A movie about a hotel chain. Cool!

(trailer)

Walking out of this one, I was going, “Wow, this is a lot different than I expected. I expected it was going to be way, way more visual than it was.

The character development was fantastic. The kids were all great.

(clip – Joe: I have to help Charles finish his movie.)

Joel Courtney is Joe. He’s the lead kid in this movie. He is wonderful.

(clip – Charles: Production value!)

Riley Griffiths is Charlie. He plays the goofy kid real well. Got a lot of heart to him. Very believable.

Kyle Chandler was Joe’s father, and I gotta tell you —

(clip – Joe’s father: You tell me everything.)

A little disappointing. The rest of the adults in this movie had a lot more depth.

(clip – Alice: How am I supposed to be a zombie?)

Elle Fanning as Alice. She’s terrific. She brings a lot of maturity to this performance.

The way they use suspense in this one is fantastic. I mean they do this thing, right, where everything gets real quite and you’re totally drawn into the sto–

(clip – loud attacking sound)

Yeah, I know, we’ve seen this trick a million times, but who cares? I mean, they really know how —

(clip – car crashes through train gate)

The pop music is real nice in this movie too. I mean, it’s exactly 1979. They use “Don’t Bring Me Down” by ELO. Blondie doing “Heart of Glass”. How about a little Chic in there too!

So this movie is all about finally revealing the monster – showing to you what it looks like. But when you get right down to it, it doesn’t really matter. It’s more about what it does and why it does it. That’s how the reveal works when you can’t see the movie.

So, for Super 8, I’m giving it 3 out of 4 eyes open. All in all, a fun little ride.

Now, remember you can follow me on Facebook and Twitter.

I’m Tommy Edison, the Blind Film Critic.

Wow, Super 8. What’s the prequel? Motel 6?

“Super 8″ Trailer 1 (2011)

“Super 8″ Trailer 2 (2011)

July 2011 Movie Guide – (Summer 2011 Preview #2)

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July 2011 Movie Guide (Summer 2011 Preview #2)

Blind Film Critic Tommy Edison provides a humorous look at the upcoming blockbuster movie releases of July 2011. A complete list of all the movies (including foreign and independent films) and their release dates is featured below. Tommy Edison also reviews movies on a weekly basis. Please subscribe to our Mailing List to be notified when Tommy posts new videos!

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Theatrical Releases for July 2011
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July 1
Crime After Crime (limited)
Delhi Belly (limited)
Larry Crowne
Love Etc. (limited)
Monte Carlo
The Perfect Host (limited)
Terri (limited)

July 6
Septien (limited)

July 8
Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest (limited)
Horrible Bosses
Ironclad (limited)
John Carpenter’s The Ward (limited)
The Ledge (limited)
Project Nim (limited)
Zookeeper

July 15
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Life, Above All (limited)
Salvation Boulevard (limited)
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (limited)
Tabloid (limited)
Winnie the Pooh

July 18
Sinbad The Fifth Voyage (limited)

July 22
A Little Help (limited)
Another Earth (limited)
Captain America: The First Avenger
Friends With Benefits
Myth of the American Sleepover (limited)
Sarah’s Key (limited)

July 27
Life in a Day

July 29
All In (limited)
Cowboys & Aliens Plus… Director Jon Favreau Career Showcase Video
Crazy, Stupid, Love.
The Devil’s Double (limited)
The Future (limited)
Good Neighbors (limited)
The Guard (limited)
Point Blank (limited)
The Sleeping Beauty (limited)
The Smurfs

X-MEN FIRST CLASS review [no spoilers] – Very Visual But Great Characters, says Blind Film Critic

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“X-Men First Class” review [no spoilers] – Very Visual But Great Characters

Blind FIlm Critic Tommy Edison reviews “X-Men: First Class”. He says even though the majority of the film is visual, the character still very well defined. Plus, Tommy points out how a the Gnarles Barkley song “Run” appears in the film. Watch the video to find out how Tommy rates the movie!

Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Rose Byrne, January Jones, Kevin Bacon, Nicholas Hoult, Jennifer Lawrence, Caleb Landry Jones, Lucas Till, Edi Gathegi, Jason Flemyng, Oliver Platt, Morgan Lily, Zoe Kravitz, Bill Bilner

“X-Men: First Class” charts the epic beginning of the X-Men saga, and reveals a secret history of famous global events. Before mutants had revealed themselves to the world, and before Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time…

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TRANSCRIPT (Tommy Edison)

To enjoy this movie, you need a couple of things. You have to be able to speak German and French, be able to read – oh, yeah, and not be blind! (laughs)

(Trailer)

Boy, coming out of this movie, I was confused, confused, confused. It was interesting. However, I loved the characters.

James McAvoy as Charles Xavier. I love this guy. He’s got a little swagger to him. He’s charming. He’s funny.

Michael Fassbender as Erik. Fantastic. He does a very nice job being an angry character. He holds all that anger in him. It’s great. You can really feel it when he’s on screen.

Jennifer Lawrence as Raven was a nice one too. I like the way she plays the character.

(Kevin Bacon bite: “My name is Sebastian Shaw.”)

Kevin Bacon was great as Sebastian Shaw. And he knows how to play that part where you just hate him. You just root against him. He’s just such a creep.

(Sound bite: “Fire!”)

The music is really interesting in this movie. It helps to keep it moving. This movie takes place in the early 60’s. There’s one great thing! They use a Gnarles Barkley track in this one, from like 2008. (music) It’s called “Run”. It’s from the second Gnarles Barkley album. I love when that happens in a movie – a little inconsistency. It’s great and I don’t think anybody noticed.

One of the major parts of this film is completely visual. I had no idea what any of their secret powers were. Completely lost on me. And that’s fine. The only super power that I know is Charles Xavier being a telepath. (Charles Xavier sound bite: “Of the many spectacular things my mutation allow me to do is I can read your mind.”) You can clearly follow that. Now let’s go to Mystique. (sound bite: people yelling meeting) Looks good, right?! (laughs) (sound bite: yelling suddenly stops) (Charles Xavier sound bite: “How’s that for a magic trick?”) What’d she do?! (sound bite: “Best I’d ever seen.”) What?! (laughs)

So, for “X-Men: First Class”, I’m going 3 out of 4 eyes open. The characters in this were so strong. I really enjoyed it.

So be sure and follow me on Facebook or Twitter. I’m Tommy Edison, the Bind Film Critic. See, no spoilers. I didn’t know what happened?! (laughs)