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: Katniss Everdeen's Utopia

A girl like Katniss Everdeen has to travel a long way to become a hero - further than the Capital, or the Arena; she has to travel past the end of the world itself, into an unvarnished future iteration of... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: It's Time To Get Over "The Truth"

This is not a political column, nor does it have any ambitions to become one; but I admit that it's been difficult (as a Toronto-local pop culture writer) to find anything in the sphere to talk about this week that... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: Marvel's Dark World

There's been no shortage of Marvel news lately. Phase Two is trucking along with the release of Thor: The Dark World (including a dispiriting first glimpse at next summer's Guardians of the Galaxy); Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. barrelling headlong towards... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: An Underappreciated Hobbit

I'm weirdly invested in the idea that The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is the most underappreciated movie of last year. That's absurd, of course; there are hundreds of much better movies that received much worse reviews, or much less attention,... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: Regarding Prosthetic Vaginas

On the subject of prosthetic genitals, as used in a lesbian sex scene: what's the difference? The iceberg of conversation around Blue Is The Warmest Colour has the movie (as a movie) at its tip, while everything below the water... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: Carrie, Chloe, and the Terror of a Teenaged Girl

Kimberly Pierce's hapless Carrie remake, starring Chloe Grace Moretz in the title role, didn't quite light the box office on fire over the weekend, failing to plug the gap in the horror movie schedule vacated by Paranormal Activity 5, which... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: The Poisonous Dread Of A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3

Mine was A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors. My first horror movie. The one that got pulled out of a Videoflicks hardshell rental case at the mid-October birthday party of some Grade 5 classmate whose name I've forgotten,... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: The Gravity Of The Real

Science! Outer space! Realism! One of my favourite ongoing series of articles comes to us care of Dr. Andy Howell over at Ain't It Cool News, wherein he analyzes the science behind various science fiction blockbusters - always tongue-in-cheek, but... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: Breaking Lost And The Infancy Of Series Finales

Spoilers for Breaking Bad. The Lost haters came out in dull, predictable force within moments of the final image of Breaking Bad's last episode, which unmistakably mirrored one of the last images of Lost's torturously criticized finale. Granted, the... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: Mega-Franchises And The Death Of The Producer, Starring Jerry Bruckheimer

I don't know that it came as any enormous surprise to see Jerry Bruckheimer and Disney part ways from their longstanding first-look deal last week; in addition to producing the Mouse House's year-defining bomb (The Lone Ranger), a disaster so... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: A Fine Madness

I popped my TIFF cherry at midnight on the last night of the Toronto International Film Festival in 1999, at a screening of Gamera 3: The Revenge of Iris, preceded by the short film George Lucas in Love, and hosted... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: Can You Like The Film If The Filmmaker's A Dick?

Steve McQueen's a dick. At least, he seems to be. I don't know the man personally and I've never spent any time with him one-on-one, but here at the Toronto International Film Festival, in Q&As and at press conferences, he... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: Divergent Twilight, Catching Fire

First of all, this neo-genre needs a name. There are enough entries now, and whatever movement Twilight started in Hollywood ain't stopping. The stories tend to fall under either creature fantasy (The Mortal Instruments, The Twilight Saga) or near-future science... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: Hollywood And Ben Affleck Don't Owe You A Damn Thing

Look, I was as surprised as anyone else when the Batffleck (note proper spelling, please) casting came down last week . This wasn't because of any presumption on my part about whether Ben Affleck was "right for the role" of... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: 2013 And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Summer

The English language suffered its latest indignity last week, when Google's definition of "literal" was amended to include "not literal." This is the sort of thing that can only happen in North America, where it seems more and more... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: World War C (Critics vs. Celebrities)

I'll be the first to go to the mat saying that The Lone Ranger didn't get a fair shake in a lot of circles. I can do that because I'm in one of those circles, and not standing in the... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: There Will Never Be a Female DOCTOR WHO

Peter Capaldi is a splendid choice to play the Twelfth Doctor. He's even somewhat outside the box. Doctor actors have been inconspicuously reducing in age, almost without exception, from One to Eleven - and in casting 55-year-old Capaldi, I can... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: Icky, Tricky WONDER WOMAN

DC Entertainment is a conglomerate in trouble, losing ground year by year to their Esteemed Competition, and losing the comic book movie race hands-down. Having handily established a pathological inability to set up a comic-based film franchise with anything other... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: You've Been Comic-Conned

The first time I went to YouTube to watch a trailer for an upcoming movie and was forced to sit through 15 seconds of an unrelated ad before I was allowed to watch the ad I had freely volunteered to... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: Between SHARKNADO and PACIFIC RIM, All Monsters Have Been Destroyed

The marquee release out of Hollywood this past weekend -- at least in geek culture circles, though apparently not beyond -- was Guillermo del Toro's Godzilla update, Pacific Rim, which features giant mecha-bots beating up giant monsters from beneath the... More »
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