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: 2013, A Year That Film Will Take To Its Grave

2013 wasn't a particularly good year for film, and I began to realize it when the blockbusters started limping. I think about blockbusters a lot. I do this for the most part because they're the engine that runs the American... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: Thinking Better Of The Wolves

I still don't know exactly where to come down on The Wolf of Wall Street. In the first part I don't think it's a particularly great movie, though of course being a Martin Scorsese picture, it's a hell of a... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: Unique In The Universe

The reason "The Time of the Doctor" hit me (hard) was not the exit of my Doctor, Matt Smith, from his place in the series; nor the (generally quite excellent) Christmas tale spun for the Doctor by Doctor Who showrunner... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: Why We Ship

While watching Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, I had a moment of total clarity regarding why the people who don't really "get it" with these movies don't get it. A dwarf was talking to an elf in... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: Wonder Gal

Is it fair play to discuss Gal Gadot's casting as Wonder Woman (announced last week for a role in Zack Snyder's untitled Batman vs. Superman project) in terms of body type? On first blush the immediate conversation around the size... More »
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Destroy All Monsters: The Awkward Moment When A Movie Star Stops Being One

We need celebrities like medieval peasants needed kings and queens. Not to rule over us or impose taxes; but to offer us a tantalizingly distant glimpse into a glittering world wholly not our own, but of a piece with our... More »
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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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