Bonus review: EdTV

Trying to escape the horrors of dealing with the evil and corrupt Yahoos, we decided to catch up on our film reviews by watching the evil and corrupt people Edward Norton and Edward Furlong resist (or portray!) in some of the movies which they have done over the last few years. All of these films are available on videotape and/or DVD; some of them are still showing in theaters in different parts of the world.

This by no means constitutes a definitve "filmography" for either actor, but only reflects what we have seen recently. Thus, no reviews for Edward Furlong's Little Odessa (a good movie, worth renting), A Home of Our Own (also worth renting), Pet Cemetary 2 (which Furlong probably wishes would be buried, although he does have some good scenes in it), or Eddie's screen debut . . . Terminator 2 (which our On-Line Reviewer has seen at least three times, making it one of the very few exceptions to the rule that he hates big-budget action/science fiction movies).

Special Bonus: EdTV

Okay, so it doesn't star either Norton or Furlong, but we have had so many delays in putting up this page that we are throwing in EdTV as a freebie since Matthew McConaughey is currently (Armistice Day) in England.

Unlike The Truman Show, Ed knows that he is being broadcast on television 24 hours a day, seven days a week -- for good money, and his family and friends have all signed waivers permitting themselves to be telecast, too. When the stress of being constantly in the public eye proves too much for Ed (newspapers, for example, run front page polls as to whether or not he should break up with his girlfriend!), Ed tries to back out of his contract, only to discover that the evil network executives (are there any other kind?!) have "optioned" him and can continue to broadcast him whether he likes it or not, and they can follow his family and friends around if the ratings show that viewers like those "storylines." As in Pecker, publicity, fame and fortune prove a curse to Ed, and he tries everything he can think of to get free of the ever-pursuing television crews. Our On-Line Reviewer calls this a 7 Star Movie; go see it.

With the rise in theater ticket prices and the growing international audience of our page, our old NW2: Not Worth $2 to W8: Worth $8 rating scale has become less useful than previously, so, in line with the scale used by the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) we have adopted a scale of 1 star to 10 stars, with "1 Star" being a VERY bad movie, and "10 Stars" being a movie classic. Our On-Line Reviewer, however, has gone where IMDb has never gone before: he has added a score of Zero for those movies which are so bad that they are not even good "camp" -- movies so bad that not even "Mystery Science Theater 3000" could could make them worth watching.

On this scale, anything rated "7 Stars" or above is worth the cost of a theater ticket, "8 Stars" is worth standing in line to buy a ticket, "9 Stars" is worth standing in line in a driving rain rainstorm of killer heatwave to buy a ticket, and "10 Stars" is a movie worth driving hundreds of miles to go see -- at least in Dr. Shea's own opinion.

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