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->''You know his words will get you farther than the film will ever go!''\\
''Give him a moment of your time he'll tell you what's wrong with the show!''\\
''He knows what's good''\\
''What's bad''\\
''What's really bad''\\
''His face is just a sign!''\\
''Say hello to Confused Matthew!''

What is [[https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCp7NofIPPhBPYpEBXltMpAg Confused Matthew]] so confused about? Why so many people like so many bad films and TV shows, of course!

Confused Matthew (Real name: Dan) is a film critic who made his name making reviews consisting of pointing out why he doesn't like the story and/or characters in films that were generally well-received by the public. Many of his earlier reviews were for science fiction films, which led to comparisons (and a forum share) with SFDebris. His twin brother, "Stand in Stan", does infrequent reviews of his own. Stan composed the original theme song for Confused Matthew, as well as his own theme song.

He announced he would stop producing videos in 2015, as he felt that most of his original work hasn't held up, as well as having many of his reviews taken down due to copyright claims. However, he announced in March 2017 that he would be returning due to popular demand, with a new format. He is open to re-reviewing the things he previously reviewed as long as no-one asks him to re-post the originals. The first of these new reviews arrived in April 2017, with his review of Batman Vs Superman. He also gives thoughts on recent trailers, and the thoughts and talking points they inspire, called Trailer Re-Matt-tions.

[[https://www.facebook.com/matthewisconfused/posts/10155311684160536 In this facebook post]] Dan has recently divided his work into three(ish) periods:

* Phase 1: His earliest works, between 2007 and 2010. These were the original reviews, which he was fully invested in and still feels they hold up today. These will be re-uploaded to his channel in the future.
* Phase 2: From 2011 to 2015, where he felt that he was not invested in reviewing, essentially played the character instead of giving his actual thoughts and ended up being mean-spirited. These will not be returning.
* Phase 2.5: The reviews that are still up on his channel from late 2015, which he feels better about but still considers them to be too mean at times.
* Phase 3: The comeback, from March 2017 onwards, where he has a new, focussed style (rather than plot runthroughs) and a lighter, more self-depricating tone.

[[folder:Old Review formats]]
* '''Confused Matthew reviews''': These were originally the only type he did. Usually they consist of negative reviews of films that were well-received, and whose success [[TitleDrop confused Matthew]] because he considers them to be bad (though he also does negative reviews of movies that were poorly reviewed or outright flopped). Confused Matthew reviews usually fall into one of three categories: 'You had it right in your hands, and you lost it' (''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', ''Film/TheDeparted''), 'This is downright terrible' (''Film/SpiderMan3'', ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII''), and 'This pissed me the fuck off' (''Star Wars'' prequels, ''Matrix'' sequels, ''Film/ManOfSteel'').
* '''Requested reviews''': [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Reviews of films requested by his viewers]]. These are less in-depth reviews and are usually only one video long. Matthew is often seeing the film in question for the first time, and the review represents his first impressions. Some of the requested movies later go on to have longer Confused Matthew or Matthew's Favorite Movies review, depending on how he feels about the work after the requested review.
* '''Matthew's Favorite Movies''': An inversion of his usual review type in which he talks about his favorite films, but in similar detail, with typically three videos plus a summary epilogue. These films were usually well received by the general public, but Matthew may like them for different reasons than the usually stated ones. His all-time favorite film is ''Film/MoulinRouge''.
* '''Matthew's Mixed Reviews''': These are in-depth reviews of movies, sometimes requested, that he thought were [[invoked]] [[SoOkayItsAverage decent films]] but still had issues he wanted to talk about, like the Tom Cruise version of ''Film/WarOfTheWorlds'', or were sequels to movies he had previously reviewed, such as ''Film/TwoThousandTenTheYearWeMakeContact'' or ''Disney/TheLionKingIISimbasPride'', comparing and contrasting them to the original films. Has also grown to include movies that Matthew loved but had enough significant problems to not be one of his favorite movies (''Film/IronMan3''), or movies that Matthew didn't like but had too much good stuff to ignore to be a full-on Confused Matthew review (''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'').
* '''Miniviews''': Similar to requested reviews, [[{{Dissimile}} except not requested]]. Matthew gives a short one-video summary of his view on a film. These are often films that are part of a wider trilogy or series whose other entries Matthew has given longer reviews of, such as the Matrix films. As Matthew has stated, these are for movies, good or bad, where he feels he doesn't have enough material to justify a longer review.
* '''Random Rants''': As the title suggests, Matthew rants about something that has recently pissed him off, not necessarily film-related but usually media-related in general.
* '''Observe and Report''': Matthew talks about weird things he's encountered in his daily life.
* '''General reviews''': Matthew, and sometimes his friends, make off-the-cuff podcast-style reviews immediately after watching a new film at the cinema. Sometimes he will follow this up with a more detailed review if his view of a film changes after re-watching it later.
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Be forewarned: he typically reviews fan favorites and [[SnarkBait never looks back]].
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!!Contains examples of:
* ActuallyPrettyFunny: He admits the hula scene in ''Disney/TheLionKing'' made him laugh very hard.
* AllLovingHero: In his review of ''Terminator 2'', believes that this is the reason why John Connor is one of the greatest movie characters of all time. Despite being raised to be a warrior, he repeatedly shows nothing but utter ''respect'' for the value of human life. Matthew points out that even as a kid, it's ''obvious'' why Connor is going to be the leader of humanity in the future, he's the only genuinely good person in the entire franchise!
* AllThereInTheManual: He really didn't care for the number of things in ''Film/IronMan2'' that required knowledge of the Marvel Universe to understand, especially Nick Fury suddenly coming in halfway through the film and the film acting like we're well aware of who he is, after just one brief scene ''after the credits'' in the first film. He ended up declaring that he refused to see ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' just out of spite over this (he later saw it anyway and didn't care for it).
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation:[[invoked]]
** "Timon and Pumbaa are the greatest Disney villains ever."
** Child Simba being an asshole and Adult Simba being a blank slate.
* ArchEnemy: He's had three over the years, at least insofar as arch-enemy can be defined as works that a vast majority of people liked that Matthew didn't, with said vast majority taking umbrage with his negative reviews of the works and spending years debating with him over.
** 2008-2010: ''Disney/TheLionKing'' was the review that got his subscription count from less than a hundred to over a thousand in a matter of hours, with a large percentage of the feedback on the review being disagreement with his stance and flames from fans of the film. In Confused Matthew's early years, no review got more attention and sparked more intense debate than this one, and even though Matthew later said he doesn't truly hate the movie and even enjoys watching it to a degree, the review couldn't help but become his signature work. In 2015, he did a re-review of the film to try to address many of the controversies while being slightly kinder to the film in hindsight.
** 2010-2012: ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'' sparked a similar flood of controversy towards Matthew, after he posted a review that basically accused the movie of being about nothing, having nothing happen in it, and not even qualifying as an actual movie due to lacking any story or characters. The ''2001'' fans fought hard to outdo the ''Lion King'' fans as all manner of hate and dispute was thrown Matthew's way, as his stance on this movie came to partially define this era of Confused Matthew.
** 2012-2016: [[Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse The Marvel Cinematic Universe]] was next, with Matthew quickly souring on the franchise after bad times watching ''Film/IronMan2'', ''Film/Thor'' and ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'', then being talked into seeing ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' by fans and not liking it. After realizing what Marvel Studios was trying to do, having a bunch of superhero franchises all take place in the same universe and occasionally crossing over and interacting, he spent much of the next few years railing against this strategy. With thousands of Marvel and MCU fans taking every opportunity to argue and dispute his claims, Matthew defined this era of his character by accusing Marvel Studios of making movies that made no effort to be good, only to introduce characters and put the pieces in place for the cinematic universe, as well as prioritizing fanservice over quality. In this case, however, Matthew slowly came around as Marvel began making movies he thought were excellent in Phases 2 and 3, as well as eventually building a universe that Matthew thought was interesting enough to justify all the time spent building it. Creator/WarnerBrothers mishandling of the ''Film/DCExtendedUniverse'' also made him look at the MCU differently, and as of 2017 he has acknowledged that the MCU is at least pretty good.
* ArtEvolution: He changed his old face icon in 2008, then again for the re-launch in 2017 (see above).
* AuthorAppeal: He has a strong interest in philosophy, being most annoyed by those films that claim to pose philosophical conundrums but he thinks don't (such as the ''Matrix'' sequels).
** As of 2017, amusingly enough, has said several times on facebook that his interest in philosophy has waned to practically nothing.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMoments: He's discussed some InUniverse. When talking about "Let It Go" in ''{{Disney/Frozen}}'' as a great moment, he also said that he felt "Circle of Life" from ''Disney/TheLionKing'' was a wonderful scene (despite how he felt about the rest of the movie).
* BerserkButton:
** [[WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars Woodstump.]] Just, [[http://www.confusedmatthew.com/Star-Wars:-The-Clone-Wars.php Woodstump.]]
** Although he mostly keeps his anger in check (i.e., down to a state of mild irritation at best), definitely do not, if you are a screenwriter, have a character make two contradictory statements ''in the very exact same scene'', or you will be kindly instructed to '''''KEEP THE FUCK TRACK OF WHAT YOUR CHARACTERS ARE SAYING''''', as happens in his ''Film/{{Knowing}}'' review.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment:[[invoked]] Not in the films he reviews, but he posted a video about one he encountered in RealLife: he and his girlfriend went to see a film, only for a group of people dressed in formal evening wear to arrive and sit all in one row at the front. When a trailer for ''Bratz: The Movie'' came on, they all stood up and applauded, before remaining silent for the entirety of the rest of the sitting.
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: In the ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' review, Matt says that he never watched the ''WesternAnimation/{{Transformers}}'' cartoon as a kid. Instead, he grew up mostly watching ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'', ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987'', and ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePony''. He [[OpenMouthInsertFoot quickly corrects himself with the latter]] by saying ''[=TigerSharks=]''.
* BrickJoke: In his ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'' review, early on Sisko is stabbed by a creepy Bajoran kid. Near the end of the review.
-->'''ConfusedMatthew''': Wait a minute… what the hell was up with that creepy Bajoran kid? Did we ever get back to that? *pause* … the fuck?
* CampGay: He accuses Creator/MelBrooks of thinking the trope in and of itself is a good joke, rather than having the gay people actually doing something funny.
* CatchPhrase:
** "Oh no, I'm sorry, that's what someone who ''wasn't'' retarded would have done."
** "AWizardDidIt"
** "You're better than this!" (shouted at a photo of the writers).
** Used to review ''Film/StarTrekGenerations'' and ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd'': "Oh! No one take evasive action, or anything. We'll just float here and DIE!"
** Used in ''At World's End'' and others: "Aside from (…), y'know what she does? Nothing. NOTHING! (…) all that crap, FOR NOTHING?"
** "So they fight. Fight fight. Fight fight fight. Fight fight fight fight fight"
** "What the hell kind of Jedi are these? Guardians of peace and justice, my ass!" in the ''Star Wars'' prequel reviews. A variation on this was in his ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' Season 7 review. "What the hell kind of Bajorans are these? Pious religious believers, my ass!"
** "Oh, ''now'' [something that should've happened much earlier in the story happens]!"
** Ends his Phase 3 videos with "You clicked, not me."
* CausticCritic: His ''raison d'être''. However, he's been inverting it starting with his review of ''Film/MoulinRouge'' and his new feature ''Matthews Favorites''.
** He also admits his style [[https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=10153594191620536&id=31175710535 was inspired by real people]].
--->"Confused Matthew's abrasive attitude (in some of the more abrasive reviews) was loosely based on the personalities of Creator/HarlanEllison and Creator/HowardCosell."
* CharacterExaggeration: Basically the problem he ran into a few years into his initial run doing the show. After running out of movies/shows he felt he had particularly interesting things to say about, he felt compelled to continue to produce material, and began putting more emphasis on the meaner character traits of Confused Matthew instead. His reviews became more and more mean-spirited, with his insults towards the works turning into insults towards the people who created the works, the critics who praised the works, and even his own audience that liked the works he critiqued. His extended break from Confused Matthew in 2016 allowed him to step back and see how much he didn't like what his character had become, leading to the 2017 reboot that is trying to curb the more insulting aspects of his reviews.
* ClicheStorm:[[invoked]] One of this two main beefs with ''Titanic'' (see VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory for the other).
* ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontWatch: He walked out of ''Film/CloudAtlas'' after half an hour, not willing to wait any longer to see if the different storylines actually did connect (which they do). He also chastised the Wachowskis for a line insulting critics, assuming they wrote it, when it's actually straight from the book the film is based on.
* CouchGag: The sign shown during the line "his face is just a sign" is different in every episode.
* CurseCutShort: Oddly enough, in his ''Film/MinorityReport'' review, after he finds out that the film continues even when it "should have ended".
* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy:[[invoked]] His main issue with ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', despite this being far from a standard viewpoint of the film.
* DeadpanSnarker: To a quite ruthless extent.
* DeathOfTheAuthor: Invoked during the epilogue of his ''Film/PansLabyrinth'' review. He believes that [[spoiler:the fantasy elements were in Ophelia's head]] while [[WordOfGod del Toro]] says that [[spoiler:they were actually there]].
* DefrostingIceKing: After many years of railing against Marvel Studios, the MCU, and cinematic universes in general (so much so that it was arguably his biggest audience draw and main theme), finally came around to it in 2017, acknowledging the potential benefits of a cinematic universe, the appeal of the MCU, and even going as far as admitting that ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' is an entertaining film after years of having mostly negative things to say about it.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: In the epilogue of his ''Literature/NoCountryForOldMen'' review he refers to Creator/CormacMcCarthy as "a shitty writer who doesn't know how to write."
* DevilInPlainSight: One of his biggest problems with ''Disney/TheLionKing'' is how the characters trust Scar even though he's openly malevolent to nearly every character from his very first scene.
* DistractedByTheSexy:
** In ''Film/TheMatrixReloaded'' review part 3, Matthew gets distracted by Persephone's cleavage.
** Admits that Creator/ScarlettJohansson managed to do this in ''Film/IronMan2'', though he apologized in a later review that could have chosen a better choice of words than what he used at the time. Then in a full review of the movie, he lost track of the review when looking at her.
* DivergentCharacterEvolution: [[http://www.confusedmatthew.com/Stan%27s-Corner.php Stand-In Stan]]. Stan seems to be taking almost the opposite approach from Matthew's with his own reviews: instead of criticizing movies of which public opinion is positive to neutral, he takes unpopular films and picks out the good parts. He also posts more general videos about religion and politics (especially where the two have been mixed). Though Matthew himself occasionally does this as his real venue is any film where he feels the love or the hate is largely unwarranted. See PetTheDog.
* DudeNotFunny[[invoked]]: Confused Matthew's own reaction to a line from his (now re-edited) ''Minority Report'' review where he accused the plot "…of having Down's Syndrome" as explained in a video he posted that went in-depth into this issue.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Yep, Matthew is ''definitely'' confused which one is bad or not.
* ExpositoryThemeTune: See the page quote above.
* TheFaceless: Until recently, that cartoon face was all the visual reference we got on what Matthew looks like. Then Stan started posting live action videos and told us that despite them being identical twins, they still don't look the same (most notably, Stan highlights that he has put on weight). Finally, Matthew showed his face in a recent video but took it back down.
** More recently (January 2014), Matthew posted a live video of himself to his Facebook fan page, asking fans about their own opinions on ''Series/BreakingBad''.
* FakeOutOpening: In his review of ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'', he opened by spending several minutes heavily criticizing the first Thor film, the MCU, and Marvel Studios in general...then after getting that out of his system, went on to say he liked The Dark World and gave a fairly positive review of it.
* FanHater:[[invoked]]
** Lampshaded when he confesses he liked (or more accurately enjoyed) the first ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' (even though he stated it still wasn't good).
** Has put forward the theory that the reason most of the people who bash the ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' franchise seem to be men is because vampires have always been mostly male and depicted as utter badasses. Hence why, as he puts it, "Men ''love'' vampires". This is the reason why the ''Twilight'' vampires, who are more akin to romance-novel love interests than creatures of the night, have gained such utter hatred from male audiences.
-->'''Confused Matthew''': These people aren't arguing that ''Twilight'' is a bad work, they're arguing that "vampires are ''our'' thing and you can't have it"… and that is ''fucking'' ridiculous!
* FauxlosophicNarration: Matthew is a philosophy student and put his education to use picking apart the second and third ''Matrix'' movies to demonstrate that they fit this trope. Especially Neo's conversations with the Oracle and the Architect.
* LeFilmArtistique: He despise these kinds of films, and spoofed it with Purple Monkey Dishwasher, which is just two hours of nothing but a picture of a guy sitting in a chair.
* GenreThrowback: DiscussedTrope in his ''Film/KillBill'' review. Specifically he contrasts the original ''Star Wars'' trilogy as an example of the trope, while saying the prequel trilogy was just making a ''new'' bad 1930s science fiction movie serial with modern technology, rather than being inspired by them.
* HaHaHaNo: He does this towards the end of the first part of his review for ''Film/TheDeparted''.
* HateSink: Easily one of his least favorite Tropes. If a movie he's reviewing has such a character, chances are he'll dock it points for that alone.
* HypeAversion: [[invoked]]This trope is what prevented him from watching ''Film/PulpFiction'' until 2005. When he finally did watch it, he was quite impressed, and it's now one of his all-time favorite films.
* IAmNotLeonardNimoy: He will sometimes refer to characters by the name of the actor playing them--this is usually a subtle way of indicating he either regards the character as uninteresting and can't be bothered to learn their name, or thinks the actor is just playing themselves.
* IdiotPlot:[[invoked]] Most, if not all of his negatively reviewed films have these, especially the ''Star Wars'' prequels. He even quotes an appropriate line from ''{{Film/Spaceballs}}'' when ending the reviews for episodes I and II.
* InsistentTerminology: The ''Star Wars'' prequels are "apocryphal".
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: A post on Facebook mentioned a quote from Craig Ferguson saying that critics were usually stupid and drunk. Matthew wrote "I am NOT usually drunk!".
* KatanasAreJustBetter: DiscussedTrope in his review of ''Film/KillBill''. Matthew says he ''could'' suspend his disbelief to allow this in a modern setting, but this is ruined by the protagonist using a gun at the end of the second film (especially when her sword had been talked up so much).
* PetTheDog:
** His positive reviews of ''Film/StarTrekNemesis'' and ''Film/IndependenceDay''.
** After catching some heat for getting… upset about Creator/StevenSpielberg in his ''Film/MinorityReport'' review, he made a point of praising aspects of Spielberg's direction in ''Film/TheWarOfTheWorlds''.
** Similarly, after criticising Creator/RogerEbert in the same review, he praised Ebert's take on ''Film/BladeRunner''’s two different cuts (they're both good, and you should watch both and make up your own mind).
** His written review of ''WesternAnimation/WallE'' was quite positive.
** He also defended ''Film/TwoThousandTenTheYearWeMakeContact'' and honestly believes it to be better than ''2001''.
** On his ''2001'' review, although he was [[SuddenlyShouting pretty]] [[PunctuatedForEmphasis loudly emphasising]] about it being a movie "about nothing", he still praised HAL 9000 and professed his love for it.
** After savaging ''Literature/NoCountryForOldMen'' as the new worst movie he's ever seen, he makes sure to start the final video on it by telling Creator/TheCoenBrothers how much he loves their other work.
** Matthew isn't a huge fan of both the movies and the ideas of Creator/TerryGilliam, as can be seen in his ''Film/TwelveMonkeys'' review and in ''[[http://blip.tv/confused-matthew/terry-gilliam-a-smug-odyssey-5396503 Terry Gilliam: A Smug Odyssey]]''. However, he spoke rather favorably of ''Literature/FearAndLoathingInLasVegas'', and his enthusiasm for ''Film/{{Brazil}}'' prompted him to end his review by saying:
--->'''Confused Matthew''': I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the artistic and the weird… and to Terry Gilliam: I'm sorry I told you to fuck yourself in the neck.
** While he thinks the musical numbers in ''Film/TheProducers'' are pointless, they are very well performed. He also notes that he hasn't seen the stage version, where they probably fit in much better.
** His review of ''{{Disney/Frozen}}'' was glowing, and he compared it favorably to ''Film/MoulinRouge'', his favorite movie of all time.
** In his review of ''Film/Titanic1997'', while he feels that Creator/BillyZane's performance is boring and by-the-numbers, he admits that Zane did just fine from an acting standpoint. He also heavily praised the iceberg collision scene.
** He starts off his re-review of ''Disney/TheLionKing'' with a list of things he actually liked about the film, namely the animation, the soundtrack, the strong opening, and the fact that the film defied the studio's expectations by making a lot of money despite limited marketing. He also re-assesses his opinion on some of the characters, admitting that Pumbaa is a decent character and that Timon was actually [[JerkassHasAPoint justified in his reluctance to save Simba from buzzards.]]
** Despite his criticism of the [[invoked]]DarknessInducedAudienceApathy that ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', he admits that that is his ''only'' problem with the film (albeit a BIG one), and that, aside from that, everything else is fine: the characters are likable (bar Syndrome), the plot is always on the move and easy to understand, there are some really funny moments, and the film, overall, isn't a bad one.
* PolarOppositeTwins: His twin brother Stan takes almost the opposite view as him in most reviews and hold very different opinions of characters such as Ezri Dax.
** Stan is a big fan of Marvel comics and enjoys most of the [[Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse MCU]], in particular movies Matthew doesn't like such as ''Film/{{Thor}}'', ''''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'''', and ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy''. Matthew on the other hand, became a big fan of DC Comics, and has a deep affection for ''Film/BatmanBegins'' and ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', two movies that Stan is largely critical of.
* PublicMediumIgnorance: He describes anime as a "genre."
** He's corrected himself on past mistakes regarding anime only to commit future ones and then lampshade those mistakes to the point where he rehashes what he said when he first started his fan requested reviews of anime: he just doesn't get it. [[note]] Though in a Facebook post, he admitted to being a fan of ''Anime/DeathNote''[[/note]].
* PunctuatedForEmphasis:
** When the 'Matthew is Annoyed' card comes up, especially for "IT. DOESN'T. WORK!"
** RESPECT?! MY! ASS!
** "What's the joke? THAT'S NOT FUNNY!"
*** WE! DON'T! NEED! TO! WATCH! THIS!, when something plot-irrelevant or gratuitous is going on for too long. So like, for instance, the whole ''2001'' review. He does yell a lot there, but realizes it: "I shouldn't yell at my viewers, I shouldn't yell at my viewers…"
* RealityIsUnrealistic: Thinking Creator/KirstenDunst's singing didn't sound like her, he apologized when he found out it really was hers.
** In his ''Film/ManOfSteel'' review, he complains that the scene with the school bus blowing out its tire is unrealistic, even though it's one of the few ''very'' realistic parts of the movie.
* RunningGag:
** In his ''Franchise/StarWars'' prequels reviews --
*** "What the hell kind of Jedi are these? Guardians of truth and justice, ''my ass!''"
*** Consistently referring to Padmé Amidala as "Queen Oobadooba", Count Dooku as "Count Dracula", and Darth Maul as "Darth Time-Filler".
*** Referring to Palpatine by a different P-word every time he's mentioned.
*** Later in his ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' reviews, referring to Anakin as "Woodstump", Ahsoko Tano as "Sudoku Tampon", Asajj Ventress as "Ventriloquist", and so on.
** In his ''Matrix'' sequel reviews:
*** Referring to Locke as "Commander Angryfuck".
*** "What's at stake here, the running time?", whenever the movie goes into an action sequence.
** In his ''Film/IndependenceDay'' review:
*** Referring to protagonist David Levinson as "David The Genius Cable Guy"
*** "This is 'MURIKA!" (followed by clips of the song ''America, Fuck Yeah!'')
** In his ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' review:
*** Referring to Bumblebee as "[[Film/TheLoveBug Herbie the Love Bug]]"
** All fight scenes are generally described thus: "So they fight. Fight fight. Fight fight fight. Fight fight fight fight fight…"
** [[Disney/TheLionKing Simba]], [[Franchise/StarWars Anakin]] and [[Film/TheGoldenCompass Lyra]] are given this speech following their first scenes: "_____, our supposed hero and protagonist… IS AN ASSHOLE! I mean, he/she doesn't listen to anyone, he/she's not very nice, he/she treats everyone around him/her like shit, and he/she only cares about him/herself!" This was subverted, however, in his ''Simba's Pride'' review where he uses the same lead up to comment on how a character is ''not'' an asshole but instead quite nice.
** In his ''Film/MinorityReport'' review:
*** "HEY, MORON! FUCKING MORON!!!"
*** "No, ''I'm'' sorry. THAT'S WHAT SOMEONE WHO ''WASN'T'' RETARDED WOULD HAVE DONE!"
** In his ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' review, regarding the darker/depressing scenes of the movie, [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids "Are ya having fun yet, kids?"]]
* SarcasmMode: In his review of ''2010: The Year We Made Contact'', he periodically makes comments along the lines of "I can see why this film was shunned, I mean all it has are ''(list of positive things)''. But where's the ''(negative thing from ''2001: A Space Odyssey'')''?!"
* SelfDeprecation: In his ''Film/KillBill'' review he mentioned how being buried alive is a primordial fear to anyone, even if it's very unlikely to happen to him in reality "unless the ''[[Disney/TheLionKing Lion King]]'' fans catch up with me".
* ShoutOut: Near the end of his review of ''{{Knowing}}'', he summarizes the film in the style of The Colonel from ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus''.
-->"Right, stop that. It's silly. Very silly, indeed. Started out as a nice little idea about a small girl's paper predicting future events, and now it's just got silly."
* SingleMindedTwins: Both Matthew and Stan consider ''Film/MoulinRogue'', ''Film/BladeRunner'', and ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'' to be among their favorite movies of all time.
** Many of their general reviews they did of newer movies in 2009 and onward consisted of them having largely similar opinions on the movies they reviewed.
* SmallNameBigEgo: ConfusedMatthew got considerable backlash for attacking Creator/RogerEbert and claiming he was either an idiot or a liar for recommending ''Film/MinorityReport''. And for attacking Creator/StanleyKubrick in his review of ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey''. He did later apologize for and remove the ''Minority Report'' review, believing that he spent more time bashing Ebert than actually reviewing the movie and vowed to do it again ''properly''.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent:
** "Matthew's Favorite Movies", a new segment devoted to GushingAboutShowsYouLike. He was concerned that only talking about what he disliked meant his critical position could not be fully appreciated.
** He has also begun new video series "Observe and Report", brief commentaries on strange things outside the world of cinema, and "Mini-reviews", for films which he does not consider bad or confusing but have a few things he wants to discuss. These often consist of the other films in trilogies where Matthew has made a conventional review of the remaining parts, such as ''Film/TheMatrix''.
* SoOkayItsAverage:[[invoked]] His opinion of several movies, including ''2010: The Year We Made Contact'' (which he nonetheless considerably prefers to its predecessor) and the Tom Cruise version of ''Film/TheWarOfTheWorlds''--in that case he praised the film for trying an original slant on an alien invasion film, following an ordinary family and sharing their lack of knowledge about the scale of the invasion, but added that there was a reason why it hadn't done before--it didn't make for that good a story.
* SpotlightStealingSquad: A large part of his criticism of ''Film/KillBill'' was based on the fact that an inordinately large part of the first film's running time was devoted to the backstory of Creator/LucyLiu's character, whom he did not consider to be at all important to the film.
* StrictlyFormula:[[invoked]] He criticized the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse for this in his review for ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'':
-->''"The plot, in a general sense, involves a villain trying to get a hold of an alien artifact that will give him control of the universe. You may remember this plot from '''every single fucking plot these goddamn Marvel-movies have ever had!'''"''
* SurprisinglyImprovedSequel: He thought ''Lion King 2'' and ''2010'' were good movies, while he greatly disliked both originals.[[invoked]]
** Matthew did not care for ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' at all, but absolutely loved ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2''.
* TakeThat: Matthew's sarcastic comments on the differences between ''2001'' and ''2010'' in the latter's review.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: In his review for ''2010: The Year We Made Contact'', he says it would have been more interesting for HAL to come to grips with what he did in the first film rather than have it conveniently turn out that he had his memories wiped after his confrontation with Dave. [[invoked]]
* TropesAreTools:
** Has made this point repeatedly in some of his more recent reviews. For example, in his review of ''Film/MoulinRouge'', he pointed out that his problem with the easy romance in ''Disney/TheLionKing'' was not that he dislikes loves at first sight, but that (he feels) it didn't fit in or contribute to the story and he actually likes the trope too much to see it used incorrectly.
** Much of his criticism of ''2001'' was based on its interpretive nature, and he later reviewed ''Film/PansLabyrinth'' as an example of a film which (in his view) uses an interpretive conclusion very well.
* TrueArtIsIncomprehensible:
** Clearly his single biggest pet peeve. Two of his three loudest angriest reviews have been about this attitude or its variations.[[invoked]]
** He's not a huge fan of things that would be covered under WhatDoYouMeanItsNotDidactic or EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory.[[invoked]] He generally rejects the idea that a movie has any meaning other than what is obviously presented. If the movie has to be heavily analysed to grasp some meaning, then he feels that the meaning is likely just made up.
* VillainBall: His viewpoint on Biff in ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'' and Cal from ''Film/{{Titanic|1997}}''.
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: He took issue with the way in which ''Film/{{Titanic|1997}}'' played fast and loose with the actual events, feeling that a very real human tragedy was overshadowed by a hackneyed love story. He also considered the film's fabrications such as the wholly undeserved HistoricalVillainUpgrade of William Murdoch and Third Class passengers not being allowed on the lifeboats to be very offensive.
* WhatTheHellHero: Calls Rhodey out on this in ''Film/IronMan2'', pointing out that even if he's worried about Tony Stark accidentally harming someone while drunk in the Iron Man suit, intentionally stealing a spare suit and starting a robot fight is most likely end with someone getting either killed or injured.
* YouKeepUsingThatWord: While he uses the term protagonist, he is frequently unsure about its use because the characters he's describing are jerks, assholes, or borderline (if not outright) villains. However, 'protagonist' simply means main character. The existence of the tropes VillainProtagonist and HeroAntagonist shows that good people and bad people are not always protagonists and antagonists respectively.
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