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The Rotten Tomatoes Show-- making me obsolete
by Denise DuVernay

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As entertainment writers, my peers and I are always trying to come up with clever and fun topics, We've learned that top 10-type lists are popular: people love to argue with them, learn from them, be entertained by them. And no one comes up with movie-related lists the way The Rotten Tomatoes Show does.

Have you seen The Rotten Tomatoes Show? Did you even know that your cable or satellite package has Current TV?

The Rotten Tomatoes Show is hosted by Ellen Fox and Brett Erlich. They're both very funny and have great chemistry. They give the show an almost variety feel, and aren't afraid to showcase their acting and singing chops.

The Top 5 lists Rotten Tomatoes comes up with are clever, entertaining, and often have one or two surprises, such as Ellen's list below of top 5 bitches in film:

I was impressed with the list of Top 5 Comic Book Movies because not all of them are superhero movies.

Watch this review of Jeff Daniels's PAPER MAN: it shows how we get not just Ellen and Brett's opinions of the movie, but other reviewers as well. Although this review isn't an example, they usually include comments from ordinary fans, giving the movie a very well-rounded review. (Fans can upload their opinions of newly reviewed films, and if RT chooses yours, you'll get $100!)

I should hate Ellen and Brett for making me less relevant, especially since you can't tell how funny and absolutely adorable I am by just my words (and my four-year-old picture), but I just can't. I love these two, and this is the best show you're not watching.


As my regular readers know, Dr. Karma and I have written a book on teaching with the Simpsons (titled, interestingly, The Simpsons in the Classroom: Embiggening the Learning Experience with the Wisdom of Springfield ). We both have been interviewed on our respective local public radio stations, and I am certain that you'll love hearing our voices to go along with our words. You can hear Karma interviewed on Capital Public Radio's "Insight" and me on Milwaukee Public Radio's "Lake Effect."

Also, please feel free to read articles about us in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and The Sacramento Bee.

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