Matt Brown
Columnist; Toronto, Canada

Matt Brown writes about film and pop culture for TwitchFilm and is the co-host of the Mamo! and Super Zero podcasts. Imagine Thor crossed with a 12-year-old girl. Find him at tederick.com or on twitter: @tederick

Destroy All Monsters: It's All Fan Fiction Now

Next year will be the return of the Harry Potter universe in a big way: as if the kickoff of the new trilogy, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them (written by author J.K. Rowling herself, and directed by 4-time... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: James Horner And The Music Of Inspiration And Change

Film composer James Horner died earlier this week, as we've previously reported. I'm scarcely qualified to eulogize him, and others have done so elsewhere with great depth and insight. Tuesday morning, for my part, was a terrible process of remembering... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: It's A JURASSIC WORLD, And Apparently I Don't Live There Any More

It's a potent image, as others have noted: a dangling great white shark, purpose-built to remind us of Jaws, being lazily consumed by a gargantuan CGI mosasaur, leaping out of the water at Jurassic World in front of a stadium... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: Wane Of THRONES

There have only been two extraordinary sequences on Game Of Thrones this season (with one episode remaining), and they've happened in the last two weeks: the massive and surprising battle at Hardhome in episode 8, and the smooth and unsurprising... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: EX MACHINA And Bro Culture

One of the cleverest choices Alex Garland's Ex Machina makes is in its presentation of tech magnate / robot inventor Nathan (Oscar Isaac). He is such a douche. The movie isn't even subtle about it. There isn't a moment Nathan... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: The Problem With The TOMORROWLAND Thesis

I enjoyed Tomorrowland. There was a joy about the way Brad Bird shot the film that reminded me of early Spielberg, and if the whole thing ends up turning on the audience's willingness to believe that George Clooney has harboured... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: All We Have Are Our Bodies On FURY ROAD

In Mad Max: Fury Road, we get the great existentialist Western of our time. Save one character murmuring prayers in one shot to anyone who will listen, God is not in evidence. The movie is entirely bound up in human... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: Why Everyone Thinks Piracy Is OK

This week, the episodes of HBO's Game of Thrones finally caught up to this season's piracy leak, which saw the first four episodes of Season Five released illegally some 24 hours before the season premiere on April 12. For any... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: Ruling The World Makes Assholes Of Us All, And Other Things I Learned From AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

The dust continues to settle. At around a quarter after ten last Thursday night, in the first North American screenings of Marvel's Phase 2 capper, Avengers: Age of Ultron, a big chunk of the fictional country of Sokovia broke apart... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: The Ghettoization Of Miles Morales As SPIDER-MAN

I'm going to blow your minds right now: Peter Parker could be played by a black actor. In fact, Peter Parker could be played by an actor of any race at all. Allow me to rephrase, Your Honour: The existence... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: I Don't Care That Much About STAR WARS Any More

I was at Ebertfest last week, and at 11 in the morning on Thursday my phone - wifi-deprived and scarcely functioning - started blowing up. A social networking hailstorm descended upon me: texts, tweets, Facebook wall posts, a couple of... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: R-Rated DAREDEVIL For An R-Rated World

Some spoilers for Marvel's Daredevil. On the weekend I afforded Marvel's Daredevil a status I've previously only given to new-released Harry Potter books: the "I am consuming all of this before I do anything else" thing. It's the fastest I've... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: Dudes With Feelings In FURIOUS 7

I suppose the reason we continue to tolerate - all right, adore - the Fast and the Furious franchise is the degree to which it's simply so amiably palms-up about everything. It knows what it's about, and based on the... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: Death And The Superhero

On the weekend, Hugh Jackman posted a picture which seemed to suggest that the yet-unsubtitled Wolverine 3 (or, I presume, Wolverine III, with the i's to be replaced by claws, claw-scratches, or something similar) will be his final appearance in... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: ZOMBEAVERS, Or How The Final Girl Got Knocked On Her Tail

Spoiler warning for Zombeavers. You get what you pay for with a movie called Zombeavers - or you'd better get it, otherwise why did you pay for it? It must suck to be a "Neologism Title" movie (for which the... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: CINDERELLA And The Fairy Tale As Comfort Food

I was rather hoping for a bit more from Cinderella, I admit. It was not to be. Kenneth Branagh's live-action staging of the Disney cartoon of the Grimm fairy tale is perfectly competent, and marvelously dull. For those following the... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: Shut Down Marvel's AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.

To a real extent, I love Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I love all of the people involved, creatively. I love the cast (and I suspect my fondness, in particular, for Chloe Bennett's Agent Skye has carried my interest in the... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: ALIENS And The Burden Of Canon

Having now - I hope! - been convinced that Neill Blomkamp's comments last week (re: removing Alien3 and Alien Resurrection from the Alien franchise's continuity for his forthcoming Alien 5 sequel) were taken out of context or otherwise misconstrued, a... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: Us, Them, And The Oscars

Hollywood's annual pageant of nice dresses and the complex madness of John Travolta went off pretty much as expected - a few less for American Sniper than perhaps I cynically expected, and a few more for Birdman, which ain't Boyhood,... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: JUPITER ASCENDING And Life After Peak Visual Effects

It was on the fifth or fifteenth major sequence of extraordinary outer space somethingorothers doing something extraordinary in Jupiter Ascending that I realized I no longer cared about visual effects as a category of achievement. There are what seem like... More »
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