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 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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Destroy All Monsters: Film Critics In Deep Space

Two weeks before Gone Girl was released in theatres, the embargo lifted on its reviews and every online publication that had the clout to enlist a reviewer to see the film ahead of time posted their fully-digested thoughts on the... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: Marvel vs. DC Could End The Moviegoing World

Here's why I worry about megafranchises: what's bigger than a megafranchise? As much as I admire what Marvel is doing - stacking their product horizontally as well as vertically for added tensile strength, creating therefor the proverbial Brick Shithouse of... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: Box Office Mojo No Go

Did you know that Box Office Mojo was owned by the IMDB? I didn't; at least, not until this past Saturday. What about the IMDB: did you know they were owned by Amazon? Another one of Saturday's lessons. There was... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: "I'm That Cunt," Said The GONE GIRL

Spoilers for Gone Girl, from one of six audience members who hadn't read the book beforehand. "You fucking cunt!" Ben Affleck's Nick Dunne spits at his wife, Amy Elliot-Dunne (Rosamund Pike) as he grabs her by the shoulders and bounces... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: Expendable Equalizers Walk Among Tombstones

Is Hollywood's fascination with the older male asskicker a new thing? Its resurgence certainly seems to be. I know there were Death Wish sequels in the '80s; and before that, I know John Wayne kept shooting at people long past... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: GOTHAM And The Cult Of "Before"

"Before there was Batman, there was Gotham," the posters for Fox's new series bark. This is a molecular deconstruction of the Batman mythos taken at its most mundane. Coming up: an origin story for the Batarang (its horrible secrets laid... More »
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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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