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: 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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Destroy All Monsters: Because Leo Didn't Win An Oscar For TITANIC, Leo Won't Win An Oscar

I want to get a message out to Leonardo DiCaprio, mostly because I don't want him to kill himself. His self-annihilation track, in his relentless pursuit of an Academy Award, is starting to scare me. Apparently for The Revenant he... More »
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TwitchFilm's Top 10 Movies Of 2015

Here at TwitchFilm, we are pleased to feature contributions from dozens of people located all over the world, writing about the movies that intrigue, confound, anger, and delight them. While that makes us a distinctive site, it also makes it... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: The Power Of THE FORCE AWAKENS

Sure, within moments of the wider pop cultural world becoming aware of the fact that Rey (Daisy Ridley) wasn't just the main character of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but was indeed that kind of main character - the Luke,... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: Systems Of Control In CAROL

Some spoilers for Carol. Carol is one of the best films of the year, beautifully mounted by Todd Haynes, based on Patricia Highsmith's novel. It pays close attention to the tools of its trade: framing, composition, editing, and sound choices... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: "Our Lot In Life" - Droid Personhood In STAR WARS

Is BB-8 a boy? A girl? A non-gendered utility device? I don't know. And I'm off the internet through the release of The Force Awakens because honestly, I don't want to find out. I mentioned who was playing Captain Phasma... More »
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Blu-ray Review: DOWNHILL RACER Snaps Into Sharp Focus On Criterion

Here's what the Criterion Collection is good for: equal parts enshrining of significant milestones in the art of film (see last week's review of Ikiru), and the championing of striking works of filmcraft that have somehow slipped from the narrative... More »
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Blu-ray Review: Akira Kurosawa's IKIRU To Live Again On Criterion

In the early '50s, Akira Kurosawa had the kind of career-high back-to-back film projects that few filmmakers could even approach, much less compete with. With Ikiru (1952) followed by Seven Samurai (1954), Kurosawa made his two best works. The latter... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: DOCTOR WHO Is A Hell Of A Bird

Spoilers for series 9 of Doctor Who. Tension has been building between stories and truth throughout Steven Moffat's tenure as showrunner on Doctor Who. A nod here, a theme there; I've previously confessed my fondness for the Eleventh Doctor story... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: Consent And The Superhero In MARVEL'S JESSICA JONES

If the Marvel Netflix properties this year have demonstrated anything, it's that the movie series' perceived lack of bench-strength in the villain department might not be a matter of character, but rather of format. People like to pick on Lee... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: The STAR WARS Prequel Films Aren't The Worst Movies Ever Made, Just The Most Disappointing

As we approach the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I've been noodling the idea of writing some sort of defense of the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy. If stirring up the comments section is an objective of any "think... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: THEEB vs. BONE TOMAHAWK (Film School In A Can)

Spoilers below for Bone Tomahawk and Theeb. Last week I caught up to S. Craig Zahler's Bone Tomahawk, which is being justly lauded as a terrific bit of under-the-radar genre storytelling well worth seeking out. I say "storytelling" instead of... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: The James Bond Continuity Vortex Is Why You're Wrong About SPECTRE

"I've been here before" is the first line in Sam Smith's execrable title track for the latest James Bond movie, Spectre. (Read the Twitch review by Ard Vijn right here.) To a widely observed extent, that line could be the... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: Is THE FORCE AWAKENS The End Of The STAR WARS Action Figures?

With nothing going on at the movies or on TV over the weekend, I ticked another item off my to-do list and rewatched Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. I did this as a protective measure against... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: Ally McSupergirl

The pilot for CBS' Supergirl is a problematic, wonderful mess. Problematic, because it must trip over every single misguided trope that bedevils its blend of genres, up to and including speaking its own subtext out loud ("A female superhero? It'll... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: With #BoycottStarWarsVII, Freedom Of Speech Has Officially Outlived Its Usefulness

Look, I'm not saying that we need to create a two-tier system of rights in North America... but based on #BoycottStarWarsVII and its aftermath, I think we oughta at least think about it. It was a collar-loosening moment for any... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: Do You Rate Films From The Bottom Up, Or The Top Down?

For a long time, I didn't believe in star ratings for movies. To an extent, I still don't - there's no calculation for how much I enjoyed a thing, let alone one that can capture that enjoyment in a permanent... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: Five Years Since THE SOCIAL NETWORK

David Fincher's The Social Network turned five last Thursday, and I watched the film again to mark the occasion. I've seen it several times, but each viewing seems to give me something new. It's 2015 and already I am seeing... More »
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