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: Don't Leave Me Alone In GAME OF THRONES' World

Spoilers for the latest episode of Game of Thrones. At two points in "The Mountain and the Viper," the 8th episode of this season of HBO's Game of Thrones, characters express a kind of revulsion at the idea of remaining... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: Superheroes Last All Summer Long

Note: Major spoilers for X-Men 7 follow. In the last scene of X-Men: Days of Future Past, Wolverine wanders through X-Men Heaven, distinguishable from the church at the end of LOST only by the absence of pan-theistic iconography in the... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: Men Plan; GODZILLA Laughs

Not enough Godzilla in Godzilla? Fuuuuuuuck you. Any more Godzilla, and Godzilla (the 2014 American update of the so-venerable-as-to-seem-centuries-old Japanese film franchise) would tip its hand, becoming a visible tragedy. Director Gareth Edwards wisely shoots Godzilla entirely from the ant's... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: I Don't Need Movies To Be Good

I find movies so interesting, I really couldn't care less if they're good. This is the story of me, of where I'm at now in my relationship with the films. I'm sure there are other territories yet to traverse and... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: The Clothes Make The Spider-Man

Do you remember that Seinfeld joke about how, with professional sports and their interchangeable rosters, we're never cheering for teams, but for clothes? So it is with The Amazing Spider-franchise. I don't know where the yardstick falls on these movies... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: Ebertfest Marches On

This week I attended the 16th annual Roger Ebert Film Festival in Champaign, Illinois, the first installment of the festival put together after Ebert's death. (The 15th annual festival, last year, was a week from taking the stage when Ebert... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: BACK TO THE FUTURE and The Power Of Love

The power of love is a curious thing, as Back to the Future's power ballad affirmed. If you grew up in the 1980s (or really, any decade of cinema which mythologized the fairy-tale patriarchy, in whatever modernist guise), movies like... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: DIVERGENT Adaptations

Adaptation fascinates me. Sometimes it perfectly achieves its objectives: I couldn't have cared less about the entire Dorne storyline in George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire novels before two weeks ago; but now that Pedro Pascal is... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: Winter in the Captain's America

Spoilers follow for Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Institutional paranoia may be the low-hanging fruit of the American blockbuster, but Captain America 2 exploits it well - even ingeniously, when the movie does reality one better by claiming that all... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: Pay the Writer?

The news last week that Entertainment Weekly was kicking off a program to shanghai unpaid internet writers into their content delivery system didn't raise many of my hackles. This was only because my overall opinion of the future of journalism... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: A GIRLS Gotta Do What A GIRLS Gotta Do

The other day I quipped that HBO's Girls is "messy-relationship porn," which was reductive and crass, but was honestly meant with respect and even gratitude. I think the world needs more messy-relationship porn. The messier the better. The more we... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: Fighting and Fucking in 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE

On International Women's Day, my girlfriend took me to see 300: Rise of an Empire. She liked the original 300 movie a lot more than I did (I didn't), but she's my girlfriend and I love her, and naturally I... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: We Are Not True Detectives

I came to True Detective late. I batch-consumed episodes 1-5 while in the midst of my own existential crisis over the course of a weekend, a couple of weeks back - which, if you're going to do this show at... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: Pageantry's Responsibility To Morality At The Oscars

There are no two forces more fundamentally incompatible than lightweight moral outrage and Hollywood. In a way, we're already very well aware of this, eager to jump on Jared Leto for daring to besmirch his lion-tressed, doe-eyed acceptance speech with... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: Paramount, Netflix And The End of the Physical World

It took me till the second- or third-last episode of the second season of Netflix's House of Cards to really look at the series' opening credits again. They show a Washington devoid of people, a faded mausoleum of formerly tangible... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: Girls and LEGO

Major spoilers for The LEGO Movie follow. If you don't want to read about the ending, bookmark for later! So girls can't play with LEGO? That's the takeaway from The LEGO Movie, a takeaway which I thought was just a... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: The Joker Effect

The casting of Heath Ledger as the Joker in The Dark Knight has become the cure-all response to any outcries of disappointment about the casting of any major pop cultural characters in any major film, ever. (Heck, it nearly even... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: What's Wrong With HER

The thing that immediately skeeved me out about Her, which I presumed at the time (and still do) was the key element of the text, is only this: When Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) first "meets" his operating system, Samantha (Scarlett Johansson),... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: Bromance On Baker Street

Early in "The Empty Hearse," the generally outstanding third-season premiere of the BBC's Sherlock series, John Watson (Martin Freeman) must explain at length to Mrs. Hudson (Una Stubbs, who has the best name on television) that he and the "late"... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: Stop J.J. Abrams

I cannot overemphasize the degree to which I am convinced that basing a new Star Wars movie around the septuagenarian adventures of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Han Solo is an extinction-level error in judgment. The Hollywood Reporter revealed... More »
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