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: 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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Destroy All Monsters: Go Big, GAME OF THRONES, Before You Go Home

Quietly over the weekend, several IMAX theatres played two episodes of HBO's Game of Thrones on their very big screens - and grossed $1.5 million. It's not a huge amount of money. It doesn't even fractionally compare to American Sniper's... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: Leave Johnny Depp Alone

OK, seriously: what did Johnny Depp ever do to you? I know, I know. It's just fashionable to hate him right now and lord knows, fashion is our main deal in these parts. The rise and fall and rise again... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: Faster, AMERICAN SNIPER! Kill! Kill!

Warning: Spoilers for American Sniper below. If Twitter is anything to go by, the liberal side of the population is never even going to attempt to understand why American Sniper cleared a gargantuan $107M over the Martin Luther King weekend,... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: Good Enough For The Golden Globes

The Golden Globes are the silliest and most trivial of the trivial Hollywood accolades, a fact widely known among film fans and hopelessly lost to the masses beyond, the same masses who awarded Taken 3 a heaping $40M this past... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: The 2-Hour Version Of THE HOBBIT

I'm sure someone is fan-editing this even as I type, but since it's a slow week and since no one alive would actually want to watch a two-hour speculative video composed entirely of content we've already seen in eight-plus hours... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: (Doctor) Who We Are Underneath

Regeneration, then: as good a word as any. Inasmuch as any new actor in the Doctor Who role is an opportunity to shuffle the deck, and inasmuch as I am generally warm on this show and don't fall down the... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: THE INTERVIEW Shows We're Happiest Under Attack

Recently a friend of mine intimated that North Korea's entire persona on the worldwide stage - the "don't go near them, they're crazy!" caricature of a wino with a broken bottle and a hearing problem - of which The Interview... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: The Lessons Of THE HOBBIT

As an exercise in Hollywood franchise-making in the 21st century, Peter Jackson's The Hobbit is fantastically instructive. The final film in the cycle emerges today -- I've yet to see it; you can read Jason Gorber's review here-- but long... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: I Don't Want To See A Movie Called SUICIDE SQUAD

It's the title of an existing comic book, and I understand that; and given DC's track record, at least since Watchmen, it's likely to be a hit-and-fade barrage of generic marketing bolstering a bafflingly undercooked Guardians of the Galaxy knockoff... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: You Can't Make A Sequel To An Experience

Ball Droids and Gyrospheres have dominated my twitter feed for about a week - everything is very round right now. We got trailers for Jurassic World and Star Wars: The Force Awakens last week, the first real looks at both,... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: Wonder Women Can't All Be Mockingjays

Please refrain from adding book spoilers in the comments for this piece, for the benefit of those who wish to see next year's Mockingjay conclusion fresh. One of the things I enjoy about The Hunger Games movies are their ability... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: Trumbullvision

Earlier this month, as part of the Stanley Kubrick exhibit and retrospective at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, visual effects wizard Douglas Trumbull was in town to demo his proof-of-concept film for his next generation high-frame-rate presentation format, MAGI. Sort of... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: Narratives Of Normal At Rendezvous With Madness 2014

The Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival is taking place in Toronto this week (November 10-15). Its purpose only seems to be becoming more vital. I don't think we've arrived at the watershed moment on the public conversation around mental illness,... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: Masculinity Is Mythology

There's a great unraveling in Force Majeure, the Swedish film tagged to move ahead to the foreign language Oscar nomination. It is the unraveling of a male ego. The film arrives at an unintentionally sharp moment: this has been a... More »
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