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: GAME OF THRONES Is Better On TV. Who Needs The Books?

Spoilers for the season premiere of Game of Thrones. There's been something of a merry war among some of the Twitch team for the last few years, ever since I published a piece in 2013 that proclaimed that HBO's Game... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: Nostalgia, Loss, And Purple Rain

All year I've had that Jim Broadbent line from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull stuck in my head: "We seem to have reached the age where life stops giving us things and starts taking them away."... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: Scarlett Johansson And Our New, Digital Plasticity

As a digital artifact, Jon Favreau's new adaptation of The Jungle Book plays it nearly straight. Much more so, anyway, than something like the Wachowski Sisters' Speed Racer - another film that made maximum use of digital environments around flesh-and-blood... More »
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Blu-ray Review: David Lean's BRIEF ENCOUNTER Is A Sparkling Affair

Made in 1945 immediately prior to his Charles Dickens double-whammy of Great Expectations and Oliver Twist, David Lean's Brief Encounter remains a handsome bastion of romance on film - a kind of British Casablanca, albeit on a much smaller scale.... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: DEEP SPACE NINE And The Challenge Of Community

You owe Star Trek: Deep Space Nine a second look. It might be a good way to drain the time between now and Bryan Fuller's Star Trek reboot next year. The best aspects of Deep Space Nine set a benchmark... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: Mindfulness In STAR WARS

The first conversation about the Force in the Star Wars saga (chronologically, anyway) is about mindfulness. In their first scene together in The Phantom Menace, Obi-Wan has "a bad feeling about this" and Qui-Gon does not, and they talk about... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: My Team's Better Than Your Team, So There

I first became aware of it in the summer of 2008, though I admit I didn't pay it much attention then; a friend of mine, who had given a negative review to The Dark Knight, was concerned about a volume... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: In DAREDEVIL's Battle Of Fanboy Wet Dreams, Elektra Wins

There are problems with Marvel's Daredevil. I am an unabashed fan of the show - I have called its first season the best thing Marvel Entertainment has ever done, and its newly-released second season easily lives up to the benchmark... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: INDIANA JONES 5 Should Be About Short Round

Here's some weird timing: I was already working up this week's column when today's news broke. Harrison Ford and Steven Spielberg will reunite for the fifth Indiana Jones movie, currently scheduled for 2019. First of all, I'm perfectly thrilled with... More »
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Blu-ray Review: Mega-Length, Little-Seen A BRIGHTER SUMMER DAY Arrives On Criterion

Fellow TwitchFilm writer Kurt Halfyard knows of my overwhelming fondness for cinematic experiences of unusual length. He and I will often seek out the one ticket in the Toronto International Film Festival's annual program that will see us sitting in... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: HOUSE OF CARDS In American Upside-Down Land

Spoilers for the fourth season of House of Cards. Like many of you, I spent the weekend turning down the volume on the real-life political soap opera that has overtaken the United States and watched Netflix's House of Cards instead.... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: Meanwhile, In Asian America

It was an odd weekend at the movies, and perhaps telling in that none of the oddness took place in a traditional movie theatre, unless the Kodak Theatre counts, which I don't think it does. While Chris Rock and Sacha... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: What I've Learned From Completely Failing At #52FilmsByWomen

As bootstrapping initiatives go, the 52 Films By Women project - hashtagged #52FilmsByWomen - seems easier than most. The ask is simple: watch one movie by a female director per calendar week in 2016. Hey! That's right in my wheelhouse!... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: A Negasonic Teenage Warhead Is About To Go Off

All right, I don't know what "negasonic" means. Or if it's even a word. It's been a long time since I've read my Grant Morrison (or listened to Monster Magnet), and Google is no help to us in situations like... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: What Does God Need With A Starship?

Not having gotten much out of the Coens' Ex Machina (Hail, Caesar!) over the weekend -- how wry is too wry, I asked myself? -- I started hunting and pecking for other representations of the divine on film. Not being... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: Gay Or Straight, Finn/Poe Matters

Like most fans of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I found the relationship between John Boyega's Finn and Oscar Isaac's Poe Dameron to be one of the film's most charming aspects. As soon as they'd uttered their enthusiastically mutual "nice... More »
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Blu-ray Review: Criterion Tackles the Death Penalty with Nagisa Oshima's DEATH BY HANGING

The Criterion Collection has been good to Japanese provocateur Nagisa Oshima. His celebrated, explicit-sex shocker In The Realm of the Senses (along with its sorta-sequel, Empire of Passion) have seen disc from the company, and Criterion has also released a... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: THE X FILES Was Never About Aliens

The tenth-season premiere of The X Files (wheee!!) opens with a rather spectacular reenactment of the famed UFO crash in a valley in New Mexico in 1947, the alien disc skittering out of control like an affluenza teen's Porsche on... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: Thanks, Charlie Kaufman, But I Just Can't Do This Any More

How did you spend Blue Monday? Myself, I went to see yet another razor-sharp thought experiment in the inescapable universality of human misery by that living, breathing avatar of same, Charlie Kaufman. The film is called Anomalisa, and though I... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: Whedon vs. Abrams

Last week, Joss Whedon quietly confirmed that he has finished his deal with Marvel Studios and won't be participating in any more of their movies. This wasn't a surprise. Frankly, even given the degree to which hiring Whedon to make... More »
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