Matt Brossard

Matt Brossard

illustrator, sometimes cosplayer. Worked in a theatre for a bit. My reviews favor scary flicks, outsiders and strong female characters.

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  • The Children Act

    The Children Act

    ★★

    Tepid court procedural drama with a case about a faith-based objection to medical treatment for an underaged leukaemia patient.

  • The Midnight Sky

    The Midnight Sky

    This film wants to be too many different things. Clooney is dutifully living out his final days as a communications technician with a terminal condition on a depopulated and devastated earth. Maybe he’s alone or maybe he isn’t (think Duncan Jones’ Moon cut with Joe Penna's Arctic). 
    The rest of the run time depicts Felicity Jones and a crew of astronauts on a space voyage interrupted by the usual gamut of disasters. I guess this half was aiming for Ridley Scott's the Martian but the science problems and their solutions aren’t as smart.

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  • Conan the Barbarian

    Conan the Barbarian

    ★★★★

    The Wagneresque score by Basil Poledouris is enough to set Conan the Barbarian apart from every other fantasy adventure movie. 
    The costumes and sets are grand. The stunt work still holds up. The villains are a bunch of beefcake heavy metal dudes. Sandahl Bergman is an ICON. This film is timeless.

  • Wonder Woman 1984

    Wonder Woman 1984

    Part of what worked in the first movie was how Wonder Woman was selectively redefined. The crazier aspects of the comic books were omitted and the cinematic version of the character was easy for audiences to understand and relate to.
    Sometimes people learn more from failure than success and in Wonder Woman’s case, the creative team determined audiences were ready for a less grounded take on the character. Ties to mythology and the Amazons are suppressed in favour of nods…