Web Video: Bad Movie Beatdown
A snarky young Brit, Mathew "Film Brain" Buck hosts "Bad Movie Beatdown" on Channel Awesome
. By his own admission, Buck is following the Nostalgia Critic's example
, but there's nothing
nostalgic about the crap he reviews. Before he became a video contributor, Buck wrote articles for the site and was (and continues to be) a moderator on the forums.
In addition to BMB, Buck has a sister show "Projector," where he does a quick (usually) spoiler-free look at recent films in the UK, often ahead of their release in the US. In general, BMB is more comedic and about Film Brain poking fun at movies, while Projector
is more like an actual review show and about Mathew Buck giving his honest critical opinion.
See his Channel Awesome page
, his blip.tv page
, and his Twitter
for a list of things reviewed.
Provides examples of (including tropes he has pointed out in the movies he reviews):
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- Actually Pretty Funny:
- Subverted with Epic Movie when Silas shoots Mr. Tumnus,note but then it stops being funny when he keeps shooting.
- Played straight with a cameo by Stephen King in Monkeybone, where Edgar Allan Poe mocks King for being a fraidy cat, or, to quote Mr. Poe: "King, you pussy!"
- Twice in Night at the Museum II: one with the inch-high Roman soldier running furiously through the grass on the White House lawn, and then the camera pulls back to show a human's eye view of the lawn, which looks completely undisturbed. The second time, the inch-high Roman soldier goes into an epic, slow-motion leap clearly spoofing 300 only to come down and viciously attack a full-sized bad guy's boot.
- Acknowledged that the head-butting scene, following the line, "nobody wins with a head-butt" in Paul Blart: Mall Cop was the only funny scene in the entire film.
- When they make a shout-out to Terminator 2: Judgment Day in The Marine:
"See, it's funny because it's Robert Patrick
and he was the T-1000! ... Okay, I
thought it was funny, so shut up.
- He even highlights two jokes in Breaking Wind: one being the "Noobs" emerging from the water when wearing swim fins, and the other being about vampires unable to control their thirst (although he admitted that the latter quickly went into Overly Long Gag territory).
- In his review of Jack and Jill, he said the only funny jokes were the one about Al Pacino having only one Oscar and the part where Pacino sees his embarrassing Dunkin Donuts commercial and demands all copies be destroyed.
- He admits in his review of xXx that the opening bridge stunt is genuinely impressive.
- Zig-zagged in Christmas with The Kranks. The part where Tim Allen's character is trying to get a plastic snowman on to the roof making it look he's hanging the snowman is somewhat funny to Film Brain. He is initially amused by the scene where a criminal's being busted directly against Blair and Enrique's window, but it's ruined for him when it cuts to another character hoping that Enrique's having a strong first impression of the country.
- Adorkable: Matthew fits the definition on-camera, but it really shines in Real Life.
- Alternative Character Interpretation: In-Universe he makes several about the characters in the films he reviews and about the people behind the films.
- And There Was Much Rejoicing: In the Transformers review when he thinks the Plucky Comic Relief is going to die. It's maniatic.
- America Saves the Day: Being British, Film Brain has a particular distaste for this trope.
- A Million Is a Statistic: Complains that the huge number of offscreen deaths in 2012 is glossed over.
- Anachronism Stew:
- Film Brain points out that Albert Einstein was attending university when The Time Machine takes place, rather than already being a patent clerk as the film asserts.
- He also points this out in Hudson Hawk. The movie explicitly said it's set in 1981, which only makes the multiple Nintendo references confusing.note
Eddie: What's Nintendo?
Film Brain: That's actually a good question Eddie since the NES didn't come out until 1985. Oops!
- Also in 10,000 BC, where he points out the use of boats, pulleys, scaffolding, and telescopes, all of which weren't invented until thousands of years later.
...And so they then take them to...THE FUCKING PYRAMIDS!?!
- Anvilicious: Often pointed out by sarcastic "Subtle."
- The Artifact: Professor Celluloid. He was going to be Mr. Exposition, giving background to the film of the episode, but when that didn't go over so well he was quickly demoted to a Drop-In Character.
- Asexuality: After he sees one of the sex scenes in Fat Slags, he says "That's it. I'm asexual."
- Ass Pull: Film Brain snaps when he sees the nonsensical twists in the ending of The Riddle.
- Audience-Alienating Premise: He notes in his "Projector" review of How I Live Now that it's about a not-very-likable character trying to get back to someone who is their cousin/lover. He also notes that it flopped in his native UK, probably because of this.
- Author Appeal: Although he has reviewed several films starring Kevin James, Film Brain has gone out of his way to say that he does think James is a likeable actor.
- Author's Saving Throw: Knowing full and well the potential (and actually quite real) backlash reviewing Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End could cause, Film Brain had Welshy do a counterpoint to the review to display some of the legitimate arguments that could be made against his, while still giving his honest opinion on the subject.
- Awesome McCoolname: "I should mention it is directed by someone named Ace Hannah. Regardless of what I'm about to say, that name is frickin' awesome!"
- Back to the Penis Well: But if you ask Matt, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen never took its hand out.
- Bait and Switch: Or even Discriminate and Switch, in the review Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son.
The Rap Critic:
I know why you want me to review that
movie, it's because I am— Film Brain:
A student at an arts college! Rap Critic:
- When reviewing Bride Wars, he says of the ending, "What a sweet, touching load of bullshit!"
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Matt points out that the female lead of Good Luck Chuck should have had a concussion after hitting her head on an ice slide, but she only winds up with a chipped tooth.
- Berserk Button:
- The movie Seven Pounds. His review is one thing, but the commentary for said review shows it even more. Mentioned specifically by trope name in the interview/Q&A with FreyaMau.
- Never accuse him of not doing his research, because he does.
- He does not like disproportionately long credits.
- As many of his reviews show, such as The Dilemma, he does not like homophobia.
- Sexualized violence against women, too, judging from the disgusted tone of voice he uses when describing such scenes. The ending of The Cavern in particular (which ends in the middle of a rape scene played purely for shock value) sends him into a rage, where he says the movie can go fuck itself, and says it may be the worst movie ever. This is a man who has watched Fat Slags, Bear, and The Asylum flicks.
- Relatedly, he does not like it when female villains receive messier death scenes than male ones.
- The Condemned seems to do it for him, as well, judging by the fact that he actually interrupts his summary of the movie to deliver a several-minutes-long rant about the film's hamfisted, hypocritical, and just plain unfortunate message.
- In Film Brain's introduction for his review of Prometheus, he says how the more he thought about the movie after his first Projector review, the angrier it made him. This anger comes out over how the scientists of Prometheus are acting unscientific.
- Better by a Different Name \Serial Numbers Filed Off: He notices Project X rips off the plot of Superbad, only in that the party was just a MacGuffin instead of the whole reason to have a movie.
- Big Damn Heroes: When out of nowhere he swooped in and rescued MikeJ from severe tea deprivation.
- Big Word Shout: "SYMBOLISM!!!" His forced review of Sucker Punch with JesuOtaku gave us the power of FEMINISM OMGWTFGENIUS!!1!11"
- Bigger on the Inside: Mathew pulls out DVDs at will from his coat. He told Oancitizen that due to the number of DVDs he has, he just resorted to Time Lord technology.
- Black Dude Dies First: Referenced by trope name in While She Was Out.
"Of course, the black dude dies first. How?! He fell three feet! How the fuck did that kill him?!"
- Blatant Lies: From the When in Rome review:
"I hate to be mean about people's appearances. But look at her! The poor woman looks like an ostrich!"
- Blown Across the Room: Notes an implausible use of the trope in The Specialist.
- Bond Villain Stupidity: Chuckie in While She Was Out
- Made even worse when another character points out all they have to do is just leave.
- Brain Bleach:
- Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: According to him, Breaking Wind relies on "the three F's: farts, fucking, and more fucking farting!"
- Brick Joke: In his review of The Hangover: Part II, he consults a thesaurus to look up the word "again" in attempt to make his commentary less redundant and is pleased when he finds the word "recurrently." He then uses the word later in the review.
- Broken Aesop: Pointed out in his review of Stealth, where a big theme is the debate on whether machines should fight human conflicts. The protagonist thinks they should not, as he feels that would desensitize soldiers to combat, and we are expected to side with him... except earlier in the film, the same character had pulled off an absurdly difficult bombing mission in a populated area with no collateral damage, which played out like an achievement in a video game. Crosses over into a bit of Harsher in Hindsight as well, as unmanned military aircraft are now science fact and the same debate has crossed over into Real Life.
- Butt Monkey: So far, he has been beaten up five times by other reviewers.
- Call Back: In the Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel review with Todd in the Shadows, both of them make a Call Back to their previous joint review, Sunday School Musical.
- The Cameo:
- Carpet of Virility: On display in MikeJ's The Matrix Revolutions review.
- Catch Phrase:
- Caustic Critic
- Celeb Crush:
- Cell Phones Are Useless: In his review for While She Was Out, he called on the stupid reasons recent movies would have for not having cell phones ready.
- Censor Box: Has to employ it at times, sometimes with an extra joke (in Epic Movie, the boxes read "Tits" and "Twat"; in Good Luck Chuck, he covers the breasts of a Catholic with "WWJD?").
- Censored for Comedy: He bleeps out F-bombs. When something really pisses him off, he leaves them uncensored. "Shit" never gets bleeped however.
- Character Tics: Whenever he makes a snarky comment, you can be damn sure it will be punctuated with a head-tilt, furrowed eyebrows, and a nod.
- Chewing the Scenery: James Woods in The Specialist.
Jesus, James Woods, your acting is more destructive than Stallone's bombs; you must be picking splinters out your teeth!
- Christmas Episode: Christmas with The Kranks for 2009, While She Was Out for 2010, Little Fockers for 2011, and Deck the Halls for 2012.
- Classically Trained Extra: He's nailed John Cleese for this at least twice.
- Cluster F-Bomb: As opposed to his usual restraint, FB gets rather profane while reviewing The Condemned.
- Color-Coded Characters: The cars in 2 Fast 2 Furious; or as he puts it, "neon lit for your convenience."
- Comedic Sociopathy: In his own reviews he comes across as pretty stable, but in crossovers he moves into outright sadism, taking gleeful pleasure in subjecting his fellow reviewers to his terrible movies; he's kidnapped people at least twice for the sole purpose of forcing them to do reviews with him.
- It's implied he murdered the person who loaned him Equilibrium, but the character reappears alive in the Seraphim Falls review so who knows.
- Conflict Ball: Calls on Bride Wars for what he feels are stupid reasons for the plot, which even their fiances point out.
- Conspicuous CG: Noted in 2 Fast 2 Furious when compared to the original film.
- *Cough* Snark *Cough*: "*cough*Rule Britannia"
- Creator In-Joke: Lampshaded in his Evan Almighty review when he sees a marquee reading "The 40-Year-Old Virgin Mary". "I always like to put my in-jokes front and center" *holds up sign that says LordHebe is God*
- Creepy Child: Preston's son from Equilibrium is this to Film Brain, who squirms in fear every time he appears and whom he labels "the antichrist".
- During the second anniversary, he reviewed McBain with The Cinema Snob, and The Spirit with Linkara.
- Notably during 2011, he appeared in no less than seven crossovers. Even he was surprised.
- A review of Bloody Mallory with Sad Panda, Phelous, Welshy, Obscurus Lupa, ChaosD1, Andrew Dickman, and Critical Marine.
- He opens his 2012 season reviewing Sucker Punch with JesuOtaku.
- Then he does another one, this time with The Rap Critic for Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son.
- And now another with OanCitizen ("Brows Beat Down") for The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
- Helped MikeJ in his Shameful Sequels episode of The Matrix Revolutions, and in turn both made "Shameful Sequels Beatdown" for The Nutty Professor II: The Klumps.
- Reviewed Killers with Sursum Ursa.
- Reviewed Forest Warrior with The Nostalgia Critic.
- Dan Browned: Demonstrated when Film Brain asks Critical Marine about the realism of John Cena's stunts in The Marine;
Film Brain: How do you survive an explosion to the face?
Critical Marine: ...Say again?
Film Brain: Well, I'm... you see, I'm reviewing The Marine, and I just wanted to ask, how do you survive so many explosions and be like John Cena?
Critical Marine: That movie is an insult to Marines, Film Brat.
Film Brain: Film Brain, but thank you for having the interview with me again. Okay, okay, I'm clearly taking up a bit of your time, so I'm gonna ask one final question.
Critical Marine: Okay.
Film Brain: At one point in the training regime did you acquire super powers?
(Critical Marine gets up and leaves)
Film Brain: Semper fi! (salutes, palm outward) Always be rooting for ya!
Film Brain: Eyes in the back of his head. I knew it.
- Deadpan Snarker: He can actually go into deadpan mode while he's already deadpanning.
- Debate and Switch: Calls out One Night Stand's final twist, namely The Reveal that the adulterous lovers' respective spouses are also cheating... with each other, as this.
- Defied Trope: When Film Brain discovers that Bison's evil plan in Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li amounts to nothing more than property development, he cuts off the "OF COURSE!" Running Gag.
Film Brain: No. It doesn't deserve that.
- Designated Hero:
- The robbers of the eponymous Money Train show no real heroic traits to Film Brain. Similarly, Slim from Steal is considered to be this.
- Ronnie from The Dilemma (a homophobe who ruins his girlfriend's parents' wedding anniversary and kill's a man's pet fish in a rage).
- Neil Shaw from Art of War III (thanks to The Reveal at the end that the Mooks he'd been mowing down the whole movie were actually South Korean Intelligence and the seemingly-innocent woman he saved from arms smugglers was actually their boss; Matthew points out that this would be "one of the greatest spy fuckups in history" and yet the film treats Shaw as an indispensable member of the intelligence community).
- Lt. Ben "Big" Gannon in Stealth will do anything to get his girlfriend (Lt. Kara "Guns" Wade) back... including launching unprovoked military strikes on Russia and North Korea, who have nuclear weapons.
Mathew: Enjoy the mushroom clouds, zeroes.
- Dr. Larry Lupin in Awake, due to being set up as the Red Herring villain, only to turn out to be the only good surgeon on the team. Meaning he's still an alcoholic, lazy, slovenly excuse for a doctor... whom we're expected to root for.
- FDR and Tuck in This Means War, who abuse their CIA credentials to stalk the woman they both have a crush on, and torture a terrorist in a scene Played for Laughs. FDR is the bigger jerk of the two due to Tuck having a Morality Pet son, so naturally he's the one the Love Interest chooses at the end.
- Designated Villain:
- Film Brain points this out in Meteor, where the general is a bad, bad man for not trusting the Russians... during the Cold War.
- He also points out Patterson in Money Train would be a hero in any other action film.
- He further points out that Anheuser is made out to the bad guy in 2012 because he refuses to open the doors of the Arks for the stranded people because he knows it's far too dangerous to do so.
- Description Cut/Tempting Fate: In the review of Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus:
Film Brain: Don't worry, It's not as if a giant shark is going to leap 30,000 feet out of the water for no apparent reason and kill everyone [on an airplane]. (One scene later) Oh.
- Die Hard on an X: He describes the movies Olympus Has Fallen and White House Down as "Die Hard in the White House".
- Don't Try This at Home: Sucking on a battery to give it a few more minutes' juice, as seen in Mega Piranha
- Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: His Crossover review of Sucker Punch with JesuOtaku was a pretty dire example of this.
- Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: Sarcastically lampshaded in his review of Money Train.
- Drop-In Character: Celluloid again, although unlike other Video Review Show versions of this character he is not played by Buck, but by producer and co-writer Christopher "Lordhebe" Barnard.
- Dude, Not Funny!: Pointed out in-universe, often with the phrase "That's not funny!".
- His reaction to The Ugly Truth and All About Steve overall. Most of the comedies reviewed have at least one Dude Not Funny moment pointed out; Hudson Hawk having several.
- He made a joke about Michael Jackson being an alien in Men In Black II and was immediately called out on it by his sock puppet.
- Gratuitous and crude sex jokes, as seen in Keith Lemon and Fat Slags.
- He calls one on himself in the second part of his 2012 review, where he halts the review momentarily and explains that in his original review, what was to immediately follow was a joke that would have been in very bad taste in light of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. He instead explains why the scene the joke was about is pointless, exploitative, and pathetic (at the time of the film's release), and states that his purpose is not to mock any tragedy, only the film.
- The scene in Deck The Halls where the protagonists, who are Sitcom Arch-Nemeses to each other, trick each other into catcalling their own daughters also got this reaction.
- This was also his reaction to the mean-spirited attacks on twihards in the credits of Breaking Wind
- In Project X, he points out that just making a really lewd Wild Teen Party by itself does not a comedy make.
- Arguably his best use of this ever? Epic Movie. Twice. He doesn't even need to speak. Two incredibly lame jokes are simply followed by a reaction shot of him looking pissed-off while comedy "waa-waa-waaaaa-waaaaah" music plays.
- Dumbass Has a Point: He agrees with one of the gangsters in While She Was Out that they should have fled the city after killing a security guard instead of chasing the protagonist, whose only fault was annoying them.
- Dump Months: Discussed in the Bride Wars review.
- DVD Commentary: He was one of the first reviewers to release a Kickassia commentary. He also releases commentaries on his past episodes.
- Early Installment Weirdness:
- In the first season, Film Brain would sometimes include out-of-place scenes paralleling similar subplots or stupid moments in the movies, such as getting into a confusing chase with a homicide detective and losing his day job as a salesman. Now the show is just Strictly Formula reviewing.
- The first few episodes of Projector were unscripted and had Matthew inviting his friends to discuss the film. Projector is now a one-man show and Matthew rarely goes unscripted, unless there aren't enough clips of the movie.
- Easter Egg: In his The Happening video a freeze frame reveals the film poster for Diaryofthe Dead, the following weeks video on Diary of the Dead has a freeze frame shot of the DVD case of Dead Set.
- Eight Deadly Words: Invoked Mathew frequently has this reaction to the characters in the horror movies he reviews, to the point where he sometimes doesn't even tell the viewer their names, instead referring to them by a negative character trait (such as "Whiny" or "Slut") or some variation of "Dead Meat."
- Enemy Mine: He and Braeden stop in mid-battle to punch out the room service at their hotel and drag him into their room during Haunted Mansion.
- Equal-Opportunity Evil: He notes the gang in While She Was Out is implausibly diverse.
- Esoteric Happy Ending: Invoked In the Live Wire review, he points out that while Pierce Brosnan has defeated the bad guys and gotten back with his ex-wife, all the people he was assigned to protect died.
- Even Caustic Critics Love Their Parents: Calls out the narrator of Diary of the Dead when she implies that most people resent their parents, stating that he has a good relationship with his folks.
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep:
- During Seagal Month, he doesn't even bother learning the names of Steven Seagal's characters, just referring to each of them as Seagal.
- Even before that, in the Seraphim Falls review, he refers to Pierce Brosnan's and Liam Neeson's characters as "Pierce" and "Liam."
- In the direct-to-video Wesley Snipes vehicle The Marksman, Snipes' character doesn't have a name, referred only as "The Painter". FB refuses to call him that so he sticks to Snipes.
- In the The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning review, Film Brain and Welshy declare the names of the four deadmeat young people aren't worth learning and refer to them as Deadmeat 1, Deadmeat 2, etc., through the entire review.
- Everything's Better with Monkeys: Film Brain facetiously cites this trope in reference to the monkey slapping scene in Night at the Museum 2.
- Evil Brit: For obvious reasons, this is something of a Pet Peeve Trope with him.
- Family-Unfriendly Aesop: He personally takes some from several films he reviews. Some of the messages he's pointed out include...
- "Men are incapable of thinking of anything but sex and women should just accept that." (The Ugly Truth)
- "Due process is for pussies." (Cobra)
- "Christmas is all about the material trappings, and not conforming to this is selfish." (Christmas with The Kranks)
- "Beating people to a bloody pulp makes them gain wisdom." (On Deadly Ground)
- "Suicide is a noble act if you donate your organs." (Seven Pounds.) Film Brain was not happy about this one. Also strikes a chord when he did that review as he lost someone to suicide, and genuinely hated the movie unlike most others he reviews.
- "It's okay to go around killing people you don't like, as long as they're jerks. (Parting Shots) "I think I found a film even more morally reprehensible than Seven Pounds."
- "Murder is empowering for women, and if you have an abusive spouse you should kill them." (While She Was Out)
- "Fictional violence is exactly the same as real violence." (The Condemned)
- And if you enjoy watching fictionalized violence, you're a monster. And everything that does contain has to be censored, for the children!
- "Abusing government privileges to track everything your crush does is romantic." (This Means War)
- Fan Disservice: Tim Allen in a speedo.
- Faux Symbolism: Whenever an instance of this occurs in a film he's reviewing, Film Brain gleefully points it out with his "SYMBOLISM!" catchphrase, as seen in the page image above.
- Fetish Fuel: He name drops the trope In-Universe. He specifically mentions in an interview that "You know you've made it on That Guy With The Glasses when you're on the TVTropes Fetish Fuel page." He even did a livestream reading off entries from that wiki, getting squicked out, and saying that Doug Walker "lives for this stuff".
- Fight Scene Failure: Film Brain describes one of Mega Piranha's fight scenes as being "choreographed by a blind man".
- Foregone Conclusion: Film Brain points out that this is the biggest problem of the opening of Seven Pounds.
- Foreshadowing: Loves to call out the really obvious ones. (Final Destination 3 being the most blatant)
- At the end of his On Deadly Ground review, Buck alludes that he will review another Steven Seagal movie, "Shadow Man", in the future. Two years later, and he finally has reviewed it.
- After reviewing Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, he replaces his poster of the first Transformers and puts up a poster for the maligned film Gamer, which he the later reviews.
- During his crossover review of Big Momma's House: Like Father, Like Son with The Rap Critic, Buck makes a comment about saving the Alvin and the Chipmunks sequel for Todd in the Shadows. Three months later, he and Todd do just that.
- Pointed out that the dad's list of "do not do that" actions in Project X were essentially a laundry list of what was going to happen.
- Fourth Date Marriage: When characters are rushing into marriage (Christmas with the Kranks, When in Rome), Mathew will tell them to slow down a bit.
- Freudian Slip: In the Van Helsing review: "…and get confronted by the last of Dracula's breasts— I mean, brides. Heh heh, seriously. With cleavage like that, you can't blame me for the odd nip slip — slip — SHIT!"
- Funny Afro:
- Prof. Celluloid has an orange one.
- When Ludacris show up with one in 2 Fast 2 Furious, Film Brain says that he was named after his hair.
- Fun with Acronyms: From Doom:
- Gag Censor: In addition to text on the Censor Box, in Project X he puts plastic cups in front of bare breasts.
- Gratuitous German: Prof. Celluloid again.
- Gratuitous Rape: This, above all else, truly pissed him off when reviewing The Condemned. He especially hated The Cavern for doing this.
- Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: He was intensely disappointed when they cut away from a girl-on-girl kissing scene in Transmorphers, saying that the lesbianism was the only interesting part of the film.
- Groin Attack: Points out how often Steven Seagal does it in On Deadly Ground.
- Ham and Cheese: To Mat, the saving grace of The Specialist was James Woods hamming it up.
- Likewise, he said that the overacting in Don't Look Down was enough for him to consider it So Bad, It's Good.
- Harsher in Hindsight: Noting the opening of the movie Live Wire pointing out that terrorism hadn't come to America "Until Now".
- He Panned It, Now He Sucks: Has fully acknowledged the negative reaction to his review of Equilibrium, and admits he would not have done it that way now.
- Herr Doktor: Prof. Celluloid.
- Hey, It's That Guy!: He frequently does this when he finds an actor or actress who is far too good to be in the piece of crap he's reviewing, such as The Empire Strikes Back director Irvin Kershner in On Deadly Ground.
- Hilarious in Hindsight
- Hostile Show Takeover: Professor Celluloid attempts this at the beginning of the Ratatoing review, by doing a scathing review of Die Hard (because the terrorists are German, and Alan Rickman is British). When this is cut off, he responds by convincingly disguising his copy of "Ratatoing" as one of "Ratatouille."
- Hypocrisy: He calls out Gamer for railing against glorifying violence, but the film itself glorifies it with no sense of irony.
- Hypocrisy Nod:
- Knocked the usage of shaky camera in one of his reviews, then quickly lampshades that his early videos were annoying because of it.
- On Twitter, Buck asked if reviewing Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen on Bad Movie Beatdown would make him a hypocrite, since he gave the film a decent review when it came out in 2009.
- Hypocritical Humor: In the review of Scissors, he says that the main character's broken doll collection is much more than just a hobby, it's an obsession. He then turns around to look at his own massive DVD collection while a scare chord plays.
- I Am Not Leonard Nimoy: During Steven Seagal movies, FB doesn't refer to the lead by character name, just as Seagal.
- I Am Not Spock:
- Idiot Plot: He has a catchphrase to describe this trope: "Why don't they just (insert smarter course of action here)? Oh right, because we wouldn't have a movie!/Oh right, because the plot says so!"
- I Need a Freaking Drink: After reviewing Seven Pounds, he signs off saying that he needs a stiff drink.
- Inferred Holocaust:
- Film Brain points out that Forrest blowing up an oil rig in On Deadly Ground will cause more environmental damage than letting it run normally.
- In his review of Stealth, Film Brain points out that the character's actions in the filmnote would eventually lead to World War III.
- Insult to Rocks: To call Breaking Wind juvenile "is an insult to horny teenagers"
- Invincible Hero:
- Film Brain considers On Deadly Ground's Forrest Taft this.
- In his review of Ultraviolet Film Brain calls both Violet and Preston from Equilibrium this.
- He also points out that Jackson Curtis of 2012 is this, actually comparing him to Jesus later on in the review.
- In John Cena's The Marine, he repeatedly lampshades Cena's ability to shrug off explosions at point blank range. During the cameo from Critical Marine, he asks at what point during the marine training he acquired superpowers, to Critical Marine's obvious disdain.
- It's Been Done: According to the Breaking Wind review, this is why he refuses to review any of the Twilight films.
- It's the Same, Now It Sucks: Large portions of the review of The Hangover Part II are dedicated to pointing out how much it re-treads the original.
- Jitter Cam: Mocked more than a couple of times, though his early episodes also tried (and failed) at a guerilla-style shoot.
- Keet: Many people thought Buck was acting out of character in Kickassia because of what he's like during "Bad Movie Beatdown", but he has said himself that his real-life personality is usually closer to the Kickassia persona, and that Kickassia had enough Deadpan Snarker characters already, and another would have been redundant. This turns into Red Oni, Blue Oni when he reviews on enthusiastic mode along with someone a little more ill-tempered, such as The Cinema Snob or JesuOtaku.
- Lame Pun Reaction
Holy crap, Frank Miller
makes worse puns than you
, Film Brain! Film Brain:
I never thought such a thing could be accomplished.
- Not that Linkara is blameless there either:
Did he just break the fourth wall? Linkara:
Don't worry - we're atop
: [Collective Groan
] Caption: Channel Awesome would like to apologise for that pun. The writer has been flogged for his sins
Remember, Sly always gets a lot of pussy.
- Large Ham: Whenever Matthew isn't doing regular snark, he gets really enthustiastic.
- And sometimes he gets really, uncomfortably enthusiastic to the point of looking downright demented.
- Let Me Get This Straight: Film Brain recapping the ludicrous plan to stab a man-eating piranha in the eyes.
Good luck with that!
- Love It or Hate It: He describes Hudson Hawk as this in the review.
- Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Invoked by name in his review of I Love You Beth Cooper.
- The Mean Brit: Buck's on-screen persona has shades of this. He's stated Screenwipe as an influence on his show.
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: Much like his coworker Brad Jones, he's definitely not as much of a snob as he acts on-screen. Most notable in Kickassia where he plays a very different character to his usual style. Most of the other critic cameos that appear along with Film Brain have them verbally eviscerating each other, but, obviously, they wouldn't cross over in the first place if they didn't like each other in real life.
- Medium Awareness: In his review of The Specialist, he acts in shock at a subtitle revealing an unsubtle foreshadowing.
- Men Are the Expendable Gender: Noting a Kick the Dog moment in his Equilibrium review:
They can kill as many men as they like. But women, children, and puppies
? Those motherf[beep
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: Lampshaded in 10,000 B.C.
I am a mentor. I'm supposed to die. For reals this time.
- Milking the Giant Cow: Such moments are highlighted by the text "ACTINGASM!" over the clip.
- Mis-blamed: In response to fan complaints, Film Brain and Lordhebe said in an interview that the first review with Professor Celluloid was filmed the week before Spoony unveiled Dr Insano, but not released until the week after, making this inevitable. Coincidentally, they also filmed the review for Transmorphers the same week Spoony reviewed its sequel on a whim.
- Mood Whiplash: Points this out in the Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End review, contrasting the dark subject matter with the amount of slapstick aimed at kids.
- Name McAdjective: He refers to the extremely obvious villain from Money Train as "Weaselly McEvil".
- In the remake of The Time Machine, the protagonist saves his original love interest from dying in the first timeline but then she gets killed anyway, proving that You Can't Fight Fate. Unfortunately, the way it happened makes Film Brain burst out laughing over how silly he thought it was.
- Film Brain laughs at the ridiculous CG fish in Mega Piranha twice.
- He finds Awake to be full of this, mostly because of the acting of Hayden Christensen and Jessica Alba, and the sheer failure of portraying medical procedures accurately.
- 2012 features a scene regarding a earthquake Mathew finds hilarious for displaying the characters' stupidity (as a family is somehow ignorant of the destruction all around the world before being killed).
- Narrowed It Down to the Guy I Recognize: Lampshaded in the review of The Riddle, where he calls it the Murder, She Wrote principle.
- Nepotism: Takes Paul W.S. Anderson to task for repeatedly showing off Milla Jovovich in his movies, always in positions where she can provide gratuitous fanservice.
: We get it, you have a hot wife and you are very proud of that fact! Grow up!
- Never Live It Down:
- Noted to the reaction to his Equilibrium review.
- In a couple of skits, Film Brain wrote The Nostalgia Critic addressing him as "Equilibrium douchebag".
- Lampshaded in his 50th episode (The Riddle), where he expresses surprise at having made it past the Equilibrium episode.
- The whole point of Spoony's guest appearance in his video review of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is to berate him for giving it a 3.5/5 in his written review.
- No Accounting for Taste: His reaction to the women Kevin James scores with. Then he sees who James is married to and says "nevermind".
- No Bisexuals: In his review of I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, he noted that the plot point of Chuck "cheating" on Larry with women could have easily been covered up if Chuck claimed to be a bisexual and their relationship was open.
- No OSHA Compliance:
- Not Allowed to Grow Up:
- "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer:
- He states that he's not making up that Urkel from Family Matters (Jaleel White) starred in an Asylum movie while he was in the middle of editing a review of another movie starring 80s pop star Tiffany.
- He also didn't make up the teacup and saucer explosives from The Specialist.
- In the crossover with Obscurus Lupa, he states that Arnold Schwarzenegger choking a bear sounds like a joke, but really happens.
- During the review of "Bear", he explains the ludicrous twist the bear is sentient and aware of the character's various misdeeds and arranged the entire scenario to punish them and bring it all into the open, in a dramatic fashion as if he was joking, the groans and tells the audience he wished he was making it up.
- Oh, Crap: At the end of his Evan Almighty review:
Film Brain: Wait, what the...
Film Brain: OH GOD NO!
*commence dance montage*
- Offscreen Teleportation: He alludes to this in the While She Was Out and Mega Piranha reviews. Notably, in Mega Piranha, the hero did this.
- Oop North: Sarcastically mentioned by name in Fat Slags.
- Orbital Shot: One egregious use of these in Mega Piranha makes Film Brain queasy.
- Our Lawyers Advised This Trope:
- Film Brain will often start the show with a text screen voluntarily advising viewers with a warning of Epileptic Flashing Lights and other possibly sickening visual effects within a film if it contains them.
- The review of the Get Carter remake starts with a warning that the video contains major spoilers for the original 1971 film.
- Out of Focus: Prof. Celluloid has largely been absent since season one and has even disappeared from the opening sequence as of the post-Suburban Knights version of the season three opening. This only made it more surprising when he shows up to give Film Brain 3D glasses in the Spy Kids 3D review.
- Papa Wolf: Wondered if the parents of the child actors in Good Luck Chuck even read the script and clearly showed discomfort in reviewing those scenes.
- Polish The Turd: In his review of Wes Craven's Don't Look Down, he points out that the review blurb on the DVD comes from an anonymous five-star review on Amazon.
- Politically Correct History: He lampshades this when the little black boys goes back to New York in The Time Machine.
- P.O.V. Cam: In the Spy Kids 3D review, after Prof. Celluloid gives Film Brain his 3D glasses.
Film Brain: Don't you need these to see?
Prof. Celluloid: No, I see in 3D already.
P.O.V. Cam shows Celluloid suddenly seeing everything with 3D-red-and-blue outlines
- Precision F-Strike:
- From All About Steve, Sandra Bullock was doing a monologue about curse words and the right time to use them. FB's response is a simple "Shut the fuck up".
- Before that, and probably his most effective use of this trope, in his Seven Pounds review: "The movie is literally telling us that suicide is okay as long as you donate your organs. What the fuck kind of message is that?"
- And again during his review of Ultraviolet, when reacting to the chasm-sized plot holes created by the reveal of Daxos being a hemophage.
- And again in his 2012 review: "If Yellowstone erupted, we'd be fucked. Really, REALLY fucked."
- Pretty Fly for a White Guy: He tries to use to urban slang at the start of his crossover review with The Rap Critic, who is just as impressed as one would expect an African-American rap music critic faced with a white English guy trying to be "street" would be.
- Put on a Bus: The end of his The Jazz Singer review seems to be this way with him "going on a vacation". He came back a few months later when Real Life slowed down a bit for him.
- Queer People Are Funny: One of his main complaints with I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry was that despite claiming to be a movie that promotes tolerance, all the gay characters are flamboyant stereotypes. He found Duncan an especially notable example of this because he started out as a homophobe in denial of his own sexuality, but as soon as he came out, his personality changed entirely.
- Real Song Theme Tune: "Ready to Roll" by Jet Black Stare. It was played epically on the piano by Todd in the Shadows for the opening of their joint review of Sunday School Musical, and again in their crossover review of Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel.
- Recycled In Space: Notes that the original The Fast and the Furious is Point Break With Street Racing!
- Recycled Script: Claims Mega Piranha is this to Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus.
- Retroactive Recognition: Points out in his Don't Look Down review that Mark is Bella's dad.
- Running Gag:
- "SYMBOLISM!!!", which, in its original appearance in Equilibrium, reached Overused Running Gag.
- Replaced with "FEMINISM!" in Sucker Punch.
- "Exposition! Do your duty!"
- Whenever the audio is poorly synced in a scene, he replies by saying "I'm a ventriloquist!" (or "[Actor name] is a ventriloquist!") - complete with deliberately out of sync lip movements (or none at all).
- "Because when you need to add substance to your shitty movie, just add Nazis"
- "BLEURGH! BLEURGH!"
- Seagal Month gave us "Seagal Body Double Count" and "Seagal Voice Double Count"
- "Get it? It's funny because he's fat" (particularly for Kevin James)
- Whenever he runs across a movie that uses text to introduce characters, he does the same with a bit of Self-Deprecation.
- He's compared Peter Weyland from Prometheus to Mr. Burns several times.
- Any time we are introduced to a character who is obviously going to die within the next five minutes, Film Brain refers to them as "Dead Meat."
- He always refers to Jordanna Brewster as "Jordanna what's-her-face".
- Sarcasm Failure: The giant piranhas jumping like dolphins in Mega Piranha.
- In the scene he wrote, in which he discusses his lack of success with the Powers-That-Be, he has Doug refer to him as "the Equilibrium Douchebag".
- In a scene parodying the freeze-frame character descriptions in Mega Piranha, his description is "Mathew Buck: Whiny British Douchebag".
- In Just Go with It, he points out that a character's fake German accent is worse than Professor Celluloid's.
- In Awake, he says that Hayden Christensen has an "infamously whiny voice that makes mine look subtle by comparison".
- Shout-Out: That sly dog! He caught him monologuing!
- Shown Their Work: Film Brain clearly puts tons of research into the movies he reviews for his Bad Movie Beatdowns. In fact, when he was the guest for Transmission Awesome, he was asked a few questions about film trivia by the hosts and answered all of them correctly, save for a rather obscure question about the 2007 Transformers film.
- Signing Off Catch Phrase:
- "I'm Mathew Buck, beating down bad movies everywhere."
- For ''Projector', he says: "I'm Mathew Buck fading out."
- Slasher Smile:
- An incredibly psychotic looking expression in his Darkness Falls review when he says "I'm a ventriloquist too!".
- And if possible, an even creepier one in his crossover with Nash and Linkara for the Wonder woman pilot.
- He also does this in his Hudson Hawk review to point out how ridiculous all the mugging for the camera in the movie is.
- Slave to PR: Film Brain describes himself this way, complete with reference to this site.
- So Bad Its Horrible: Given that his show is called "Bad Movie Beatdown", Film Brain has reviewed lots of sub-par movies. However, this trope is his reaction to Seven Pounds, The Cavern, and recent British sex comedies such as Fat Slags and Keith Lemon: The Film.
- So Okay, It's Average: Discussed in an episode, where it's stated that people remember sky high or really low points, and then Paul Blart: Mall Cop in honor of mediocrity.
- Sound Effect Bleep: As an homage to Screenwipe, only he's bleeped out, and the films themselves keep their colourful language.
- Soundtrack Dissonance: In his review of Parting Shots, Film Brain is incredibly unimpressed by the use of "quirky" music in a black comedy.
- The Southpaw: As seen in Bride Wars, when he starts checking off the film's many clichés.
- Special Effect Failure: Several examples pointed out in-universe:
- Spin-Off: Projector. A neutral series covering new releases. Definitely not a replacement for BMB.
- Spot of Tea: Film Brain needs an exceptionally strong cuppa to get himself through Moon 44. When that's not enough, he goes for something stronger.
- Straw Character: Points out in his One Night Stand review that Thomas Haden Church's character turns out to be homophobic solely to make the philandering, drug-smoking protagonist look enlightened by comparison.
- Also seen in The Ugly Truth, where an antagonist turns out to be a rape apologist because it's the only way the misogynist protagonist can look good.
- Suckiness Is Painful:The Adventures of Pluto Nash packs a right hook.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: He is not obsessed with Alvin and the Chipmunks.
- Take That:
- From Gone Fishin': "You know, it's scenes like this, where Joe Pesci repeatedly punches and kicks a clearly fake prop alligator in a scene that even kids would likely find stupid, that make me wish they could revoke Oscars. Well, that, and the entirety of Cuba Gooding, Jr.'s career."
- At the beginning of Jack and Jill, there's a slam against The Nostalgia Critic for taking The Master of Disguise when he knew Film Brain had been wanting to do it for months.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
- His opinion on X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Particularly storylines used throughout the first minutes (early life, fighting in several wars, joining and leaving Team X).
- While reviewing Tekken with Spoony, they discuss how martial art tournaments influence political and corporate power.
Film Brain:"If they took this idea just a few steps further. and had companies fight for control of each other, that would be very interesting, and bring new meaning to the term 'hostile takeover.'"
- Torture Porn: Calls The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning this and considers it disgusting and perverse.
- Troper Critical Mass: Examples from his new videos start to show up here mere minutes after they're uploaded.
- Trope Telegraphing: "I love being able to guess plot points before they happen! It reminds me of how creative we really are."
- Unfortunate Implications:
- In his crossover review of "Sunday School Musical" with Todd in the Shadows, they point out that the film seems to indicate "the blacker you are, the better you sing". Case in point, the rival choir is all black and the Crossroads choir is all white and sucked before Zack (who is black) was forced to join them.
- He rails quite hard on Michael Bay over Skids and Mudflap, claiming their portrayal to be tantamount to blackface.
- Also calls this on how the "slutty" character in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning died; apparently for the crime of liking BDSM, she is tied up in the same way she tied up her boyfriend earlier in the film and raped by the Hewitt family's Creepy Uncle, then has all her teeth pulled out one by one and finally gets her throat slashed with scissors. This is easily the most torturous death in a film replete with chainsaw-murder, and it's very easy to interpret as the filmmakers feeling she deserved it just for being a bit kinkier than the other characters.
- In Prometheus, it's revealed that the automated surgical unit is only calibrated for male patients. As Film Brain says in the review, WOMEN AREN'T AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT SPECIES!!!!
- Film Brain criticized what he saw as a No, Except Yes approach to stereotypes in The Love Guru; the main character is an American raised in India, and as such the film treats it as okay for him to act like a ridiculous Indian stereotype.
- Unusual Euphemism: "Jennifer Lopez's Giglis".
- Values Dissonance: Film Brain points out in the remake of The Jazz Singer that Neil Diamond in blackface in is incredibly racist in the 1980s film, as opposed to the 1920s original.
- Verbal Tic: Mathew likes to extend the last words of his sentences, like thiiiiiis.
- Video Review Show
- Viewers Are Goldfish: In his Mega Shark Versus Giant Octopus review, Film Brain gets annoyed that the film insists on reminding us that the naval base is a naval base almost every time we see it.
Film Brain: WE KNOW!
- Villain Ball: Film Brain's interpretation of the actions of the Colonel Diaz in Mega Piranha. And indeed it seems very odd that he'd follow them to the U.S. and shoot down a U.S. navy helicopter just so he can try to capture the heroes after they killed the piranhas.
- Vocal Evolution: As of the 2013 episodes, he seemed to get a lot higher-pitched and animated, sometimes sounding rather whiny. His voice returned to its usual pitch in 2014, but the more upbeat delivery has stayed. According to his Twitter, he changed his delivery on purpose to counter complaints that he was too monotone, but feels that he overshot it a little.
- The Watson: The rest of his cast, but usually forum moderator Lordhebe.
- What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: He points this out frequently in his Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End review, with the rampant amount of death and innuendo, especially the hanging of a child in the beginning of a film marketed towards children.
- In the Jack and Jill review, Film Brain criticizes the film's usage of adult-oriented humor (i.e, jokes about religion and hookers) despite being rated PG.
- What the Hell Is That Accent?: Kate Beckinsale's accent in Van Helsing is described as "attempting Eastern European, but ending up 'KGB with a hint of Borat'"
- Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: In League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, invokes this when M escapes in Nemo's exploration pod, despite the fact that everyone is armed and the Nautilus has just shown it has rockets on board!
Film Brain and Oancitizen
: Just fucking
- Worst Whatever Ever: The remote from Click at the climax of Epic Movie.
- WTH, Casting Agency?: In-universe he notes every The Asylum movie has at least one weird casting choice.
- Writers Cannot Do Math:
- Adding up the years in Hudson Hawk put the movie ten years before it was supposed to take place.
- Also in Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen, he takes note that while five Decepticons went down to the ocean floor to revive Megatron, one had to be torn apart for pieces and yet over the radio, a solider claims that six Decepticons are at the bottom floor.
- In his review for Texas Chainsaw 3D Film Brain nearly has a stroke when he points out that Heather was born in 1973 and the movie takes place in 2012, therefore she should be 39 years old and not the 20-something we see onscreen.
Film Brain: "This isn't even a little thing, this is a fundamental plot hole that sinks the entire movie. They were two decades out! This movie had hundreds of people working on it. How do you miss a huge detail like this?"
- You Put the X in XY: Regarding the rival choir's decision in Sunday School Musical: "Way to put the deus in Deus ex Machina".
- Your Head A Splode: He was actually impressed by such an occurrence in Mega Piranha.
- Your Mom: Twice in his review of The Fast and the Furious.
I'm in your face. Film Brain:
Yeah, and my face was in your mum last night. Ohhhh! Film Brain:
What is with that crowd? (imitating Dom) Hey everyone, yo momma's so fat, she made love to a whale at SEA WORLD!