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
Did you know that Box Office Mojo was owned by the IMDB? I didn't; at least, not until this past Saturday. What about the IMDB: did you know they were owned by Amazon? Another one of Saturday's lessons. There was... More »
Spoilers for Gone Girl, from one of six audience members who hadn't read the book beforehand. "You fucking cunt!" Ben Affleck's Nick Dunne spits at his wife, Amy Elliot-Dunne (Rosamund Pike) as he grabs her by the shoulders and bounces... More »
Is Hollywood's fascination with the older male asskicker a new thing? Its resurgence certainly seems to be. I know there were Death Wish sequels in the '80s; and before that, I know John Wayne kept shooting at people long past... More »
"Before there was Batman, there was Gotham," the posters for Fox's new series bark. This is a molecular deconstruction of the Batman mythos taken at its most mundane. Coming up: an origin story for the Batarang (its horrible secrets laid... More »
My time as an attendee of the Toronto International Film Festival has nicely overlapped the transition from Festival Then to Festival Now, which I'd argue has taken place over just about exactly the last fifteen years, the same period for... More »
Spoilers for Tusk in the article below! In Tusk, a dipshit podcast host with the world's most ridiculous moustache (Justin Long) gets abducted by a madman, surgically altered, and sewn into a fleshy walrus suit. His captor, who goes... More »
So: this week, some sexual predators on the internet released private photos of various female celebrities, including fan-favourite Jennifer Lawrence. They did this, I imagine, because the actions of various terrorists in the gamer community last week weren't quite enough... More »
We return this week to a time where the purveyors of multimedia, en masse, evidently require some form of re-education on the concept of frame sizes. I lived through Frame War I, when every movie in existence was rapidly ported... More »
Spoiler warning for several 2014 summer movies. Grosses were down, year-over-year, in the summer of 2014 at the domestic box office. Even the solid hits of the frame -- Maleficent with a sleeper breakaway; Guardians of the Galaxy, at the... More »
On the day of the Great Departure, Damon Lindelof cancelled his Twitter account in mid-sentence, as befits the content of his new series, The Leftovers. None of us even got a chance to say goodbye. Nor were any of us,... More »
What a difference a year makes. At last year's Comic Con, Wonder Woman was "tricky." At the 2014 event, she was the belle of the ball. Admittedly, it was a slow news year. Zack Snyder's reveal of Gal Gadot's costume... More »
"Suppose your life a folded telescope Durationless, collapsed in just a flash As from your mother's womb you, bawling, drop Into a nursing home. Suppose you crash Your car, your marriage - toddler laying waste A field of daisies, schoolkid,... More »
Spoilers! There's the going theory that depressives are more clear-headed in a crisis, because we spend so much time mentally rehearsing the worst-case scenarios. When such scenarios ultimately arise, all the prep work has been done. If so, this summer's... More »
J.K. Rowling wrote a new short story set in the Harry Potter universe and posted it to Pottermore this week, which must have spiked password reminder requests for Pottermore by something like 10,000%. The story was an instance of my... More »
"I didn't trust her. Why did you?" Twenty-five years ago, in 1989, we had the first "summer of the sequels," which gave rise to the summer movie marketplace as we know it today -- the tentpole system, whereby every few... More »
Movies are imagery, and the best of them supply the images by which we contextualize our lives; and if this is so, 2014 is fast becoming the year those images came more from the small screen than from the big.... More »
Spoilers for How To Train Your Dragon 2. One of the reasons The LEGO Movie got my back so completely up was simply by dint of its intended audience. I'm perfectly willing to deal with a Hollywood whose issues of... More »
Intellectual bullying met deep-seated insecurity in spectacular fashion last week, when Slate took the release of the mega-profitable film adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars as an opportunity to declare that all Young Adult fiction, everywhere, is bad. It... More »
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 »
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 verifiability aspects of the conversation finished. Everyone's entitled to their...
Dude Bro Party Massacre 3 is the kind of instantly classic camp comedy that teenage comedy nerds across America pray to late at night. At once it is both irreverent and transgressive in its examination of what it means to be both a dude and a bro. My relationship to comedy...
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. and a run of AKA Jessica Jones before we can...
This week's segment comes from Montreal, Canada, thanks to the fantastic Fantasia Film Festival. We chat about Ant-Man, Amy Schummer's breakout film Trainwreck, the Ian McKellen show Mr. Holmes, and fun NZ rocker romp Deathgasm.Video embedded below...
The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival successfully wrapped last week in the Czech spa town, celebrating its 50th anniversary: a true milestone amongst film festivals.In total the 50th edition of the festival screened 226 films for 135,105 viewers.The grand jury of the fest consisted of Alamo Drafthouse CEO Tim...