Matt Brown
Columnist; Toronto, Canada

Matt Brown writes about film and pop culture and is the co-host of the Mamo! podcast. Find him at tederick.com or on twitter: @tederick

Destroy All Monsters: The Last TIFF

My time as an attendee of the Toronto International Film Festival has nicely overlapped the transition from Festival Then to Festival Now, which I'd argue has taken place over just about exactly the last fifteen years, the same period for... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: More Niche Than Niche, And Other Lessons From Kevin Smith's TUSK

Spoilers for Tusk in the article below! In Tusk, a dipshit podcast host with the world's most ridiculous moustache (Justin Long) gets abducted by a madman, surgically altered, and sewn into a fleshy walrus suit. His captor, who goes... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: Celebrity Boobs! Boobs! Boobs!

So: this week, some sexual predators on the internet released private photos of various female celebrities, including fan-favourite Jennifer Lawrence. They did this, I imagine, because the actions of various terrorists in the gamer community last week weren't quite enough... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: My Television Cost Money; Kindly Fill All Of It

We return this week to a time where the purveyors of multimedia, en masse, evidently require some form of re-education on the concept of frame sizes. I lived through Frame War I, when every movie in existence was rapidly ported... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: The Human Race Can't Handle Its Imminent Demise, And Other Things I Learned From The Summer of 2014

Spoiler warning for several 2014 summer movies. Grosses were down, year-over-year, in the summer of 2014 at the domestic box office. Even the solid hits of the frame -- Maleficent with a sleeper breakaway; Guardians of the Galaxy, at the... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: Come Back, Damon Lindelof

On the day of the Great Departure, Damon Lindelof cancelled his Twitter account in mid-sentence, as befits the content of his new series, The Leftovers. None of us even got a chance to say goodbye. Nor were any of us,... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: Can You Make A Movie About The Han Solo Character, Or Not?

In Guardians of the Galaxy, five Han Solos walk into a bar. (Or a prison. And one of them is a tree, and quite a sweet one at that - not Han Solo-ish at all.) By the end of the... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: All The World Is Waiting For You, Wonder Woman

What a difference a year makes. At last year's Comic Con, Wonder Woman was "tricky." At the 2014 event, she was the belle of the ball. Admittedly, it was a slow news year. Zack Snyder's reveal of Gal Gadot's costume... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: BOYHOOD And The Experience Of Now

"Suppose your life a folded telescope Durationless, collapsed in just a flash As from your mother's womb you, bawling, drop Into a nursing home. Suppose you crash Your car, your marriage - toddler laying waste A field of daisies, schoolkid,... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: Darkness Before The DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

Spoilers! There's the going theory that depressives are more clear-headed in a crisis, because we spend so much time mentally rehearsing the worst-case scenarios. When such scenarios ultimately arise, all the prep work has been done. If so, this summer's... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: HARRY POTTER Between This World And The Next

J.K. Rowling wrote a new short story set in the Harry Potter universe and posted it to Pottermore this week, which must have spiked password reminder requests for Pottermore by something like 10,000%. The story was an instance of my... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: 25 Years Later, Dr. Elsa Schneider and INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE

"I didn't trust her. Why did you?" Twenty-five years ago, in 1989, we had the first "summer of the sequels," which gave rise to the summer movie marketplace as we know it today -- the tentpole system, whereby every few... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: Dance, Clones! It's All Television Now

Movies are imagery, and the best of them supply the images by which we contextualize our lives; and if this is so, 2014 is fast becoming the year those images came more from the small screen than from the big.... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: How To Train Your Alpha

Spoilers for How To Train Your Dragon 2. One of the reasons The LEGO Movie got my back so completely up was simply by dint of its intended audience. I'm perfectly willing to deal with a Hollywood whose issues of... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: The Fault In Our Reading

Intellectual bullying met deep-seated insecurity in spectacular fashion last week, when Slate took the release of the mega-profitable film adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars as an opportunity to declare that all Young Adult fiction, everywhere, is bad. It... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: Don't Leave Me Alone In GAME OF THRONES' World

Spoilers for the latest episode of Game of Thrones. At two points in "The Mountain and the Viper," the 8th episode of this season of HBO's Game of Thrones, characters express a kind of revulsion at the idea of remaining... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: Superheroes Last All Summer Long

Note: Major spoilers for X-Men 7 follow. In the last scene of X-Men: Days of Future Past, Wolverine wanders through X-Men Heaven, distinguishable from the church at the end of LOST only by the absence of pan-theistic iconography in the... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: Men Plan; GODZILLA Laughs

Not enough Godzilla in Godzilla? Fuuuuuuuck you. Any more Godzilla, and Godzilla (the 2014 American update of the so-venerable-as-to-seem-centuries-old Japanese film franchise) would tip its hand, becoming a visible tragedy. Director Gareth Edwards wisely shoots Godzilla entirely from the ant's... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: I Don't Need Movies To Be Good

I find movies so interesting, I really couldn't care less if they're good. This is the story of me, of where I'm at now in my relationship with the films. I'm sure there are other territories yet to traverse and... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: The Clothes Make The Spider-Man

Do you remember that Seinfeld joke about how, with professional sports and their interchangeable rosters, we're never cheering for teams, but for clothes? So it is with The Amazing Spider-franchise. I don't know where the yardstick falls on these movies... More »
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