'Blind Film Critic' Tommy Edison Talks About Colors & Dreams

Tommy Edison Blind Film CriticHave you ever wondered what it would be like to be blind? Many of us couldn't fathom life without the use of our eyes, and as filmmakers, visual information is everything. Or is it? The self-described 'Blind Film Critic' Tommy Edison has an excellent catalog of videos from his YouTube channels that really have me thinking. Here Tommy answers questions about color, dreaming, attractiveness, and he even reviews movies! Hit the jump to get a glimpse into Tommy's life.

Describing colors to blind people:

How blind people dream:

What do blind people find attractive?:

If he could gain sight through medical science, would he want to?:

And of course, the 'Blind Film Critic' and his take on Fight Club:

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Tommy's outlook is pretty great, and the fact that he can follow and absorb movies so well makes him a really interesting audience for a filmmaker. For Tommy's sake, don't skimp on sound!

Now, really take a second to think about it: What if you couldn't see? Well, it doesn't stop Tommy from enjoying life and even enjoying movies. Join the discussion in the comments below.


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this guy is great!

June 5, 2013 at 3:21PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


I just watched a bunch of his film reviews and learned more about storytelling than watching a dozen interviews with acclaimed directors. He "watched" memento and fightclub saying both were so well done they did not even need the visuals! Wow.

His insights on sound and acting are absolutely incredible. Watch his amazing spiderman review for some gems on what a good acting performance is. This guy is great!

June 5, 2013 at 10:12PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


Maybe it would be good, if we had a simple summary of videos to read, rather than being required to watch them all. I'm sure this guy is well worth watching, but many of us won't have the time or bandwidth to watch all the videos on news blogs.


June 6, 2013 at 6:41PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


Thanks for introducing Tommy to me. Love this guy!

June 6, 2013 at 10:50PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


Hello Tommy,
man start writing and i know what to say but it's hard to chose here to start with.
Well first i like your way of telling things, nice humors. Tears rolled down, tnx.
The bigest question which came by is related to technical part of life, all equipment have there owne. And in the industial environment, or more close a car, the change of noise "combinations of sounds" could give much info about the changing condition of single or combined equipment. Within factories additional odor change is very usefull to notice damages. So the question: do you experience that your stronger sence enables you to earlyer prediction any fault or damage? It hard to find the right word, still have the other questions in mind, but hope you understand my question.
awaiting your response and you will find more questions from my side, succes.
kind regards,
Erwin Bes
from the netherlands

October 9, 2013 at 3:26PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM

erwin bes

Hello tommy,
better directly bother you with the next two, easier to write down for me, questions.
- 1e in text it is usual to use symbols triing to write down non-verbal or verbal elements and do emoticons help a bid, whats you opinion?
- 2e whats your profession and how did you get the job.
i'm very curious another question pops in mind:
- a litle related to the above but about (your) mathematic skills, could you tell something about your experience of not seeing al the symbols.

Thank you in advance and again for your explanations.
kind regards,
Erwin Bes

October 9, 2013 at 4:02PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM

erwin bes