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: 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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Destroy All Monsters: SICARIO And The Heart Of Darkness

Spoiler warning for Sicario. I admire a genre movie that extracts its generic components so completely that one nearly forgets what one is watching until it sneaks back around and kicks us in the ass. One such film is Sicario,... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: LOVE And Dicks

Gaspar Noe's Love is ridiculous, and I'm fairly convinced it knows it. It's a movie about dicks, which are ridiculous objects; and ridiculous people, who happen to be dicks. It's the great cinematic circle-jerk. Your mileage may vary. There is,... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: Mars Needs Meaning

To psyche ourselves up for Ridley Scott's next film, The Martian, Twitch contributor Kurt Halfyard and I have been putting together a limited-run podcast which works backwards through the history of Mars on film, from 2012 to 1918. It was... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: Fear Of A Black Bond

The Idris Elba / Anthony Horowitz mess last week was an incredible display of context eaten down to the molecular level by the whiz-bang memeification of the internet. Horowitz claims he was mortified by the response to his quote, and... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: Universal's Monster Movies Ate The Summer Of 2015

Earlier this month Universal took the record for the fastest studio to the $2 billion mark (domestically) in any given year. This isn't particularly surprising - Universal has ruled the roost since Furious 7 came out in April, with an... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: Only What You Take With You

The most important scene in the Star Wars canon is the cave scene on Dagobah. It takes place at almost the precise chronological midpoint of the trilogy, at the heart of the second film. Luke's vision of his own face... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: What Did Josh Trank Do?

Hollywood has become fond of up-jumping single-credit indie filmmakers (Gareth Edwards, Josh Trank, Marc Webb, Jon Watts) into gargantuan projects (Godzilla, Fantastic Four, The Amazing Spider-Man, Whatever The Next Spider-Man Reboot Will Be Called). Like everything else Hollywood-related in the... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: The "It's Not CGI" Lie

Bless Tom Cruise for clambering up the outside of an escaping cargo plane in the breathless opening minutes of Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation. Bless him, too, for taking to the internet a week or two ago to assure us that... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: Scrubbing The C-Word From My Vocabulary

This weekend's New York Magazine cover story was such a substantial piece of reportage and witnessing that, of course, the internet immediately conspired to take it down; once the DOS wonks are in play, I think we can consider the... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: The Marvel Cinematic Universe Scorecard

Each year offers its selective crop of new Marvel properties, and for the last couple I've been keeping a mental tally of how the MCU seems to be faring, creatively. We're still owed a third season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: Sadness Scares The Shit Out Of Me

I'm not one of the adults who wept openly during Pixar's Inside Out, though I enjoyed the movie quite a lot; it's a terribly (almost terrifyingly) clever take on visualizing the connection between moods, memories, and personality. I loved some... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: Nihilism And Time Travel As Franchise Filmmaking In TERMINATOR GENISYS

If you've long nursed a suspicion that Hollywood sequel-making is actually a shell game concealing a vast nothingness at the core of blockbuster franchises and, perhaps, all of life itself, have I got a movie for you: it's called Terminator... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: It's All Fan Fiction Now

Next year will be the return of the Harry Potter universe in a big way: as if the kickoff of the new trilogy, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them (written by author J.K. Rowling herself, and directed by 4-time... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: James Horner And The Music Of Inspiration And Change

Film composer James Horner died earlier this week, as we've previously reported. I'm scarcely qualified to eulogize him, and others have done so elsewhere with great depth and insight. Tuesday morning, for my part, was a terrible process of remembering... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: It's A JURASSIC WORLD, And Apparently I Don't Live There Any More

It's a potent image, as others have noted: a dangling great white shark, purpose-built to remind us of Jaws, being lazily consumed by a gargantuan CGI mosasaur, leaping out of the water at Jurassic World in front of a stadium... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: Wane Of THRONES

There have only been two extraordinary sequences on Game Of Thrones this season (with one episode remaining), and they've happened in the last two weeks: the massive and surprising battle at Hardhome in episode 8, and the smooth and unsurprising... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: EX MACHINA And Bro Culture

One of the cleverest choices Alex Garland's Ex Machina makes is in its presentation of tech magnate / robot inventor Nathan (Oscar Isaac). He is such a douche. The movie isn't even subtle about it. There isn't a moment Nathan... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: The Problem With The TOMORROWLAND Thesis

I enjoyed Tomorrowland. There was a joy about the way Brad Bird shot the film that reminded me of early Spielberg, and if the whole thing ends up turning on the audience's willingness to believe that George Clooney has harboured... More »
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