Excellent and solid film reviewer and humourist.
There are a many reviewers on TGWTG and I believe that Mathew Buck or “Film Brain” is among the best. What makes a good reviewer is someone who takes a crappy film and makes the review far more interesting to watch than the film itself a la MST 3 K
. Mr Buck reviews mediocre-to-terrible films in a format similar to Screenwipe, whereby a British person tears apart a subject using snark and logic. His tendency to stretch out the last word in his sentences may grate on some but there’s a lot of good in his favor.
He always does his research beforehand and he'll give us background on a troubled production. He knows the principles of storytelling and can tell when a film suffers in the pacing department. He’s wary if the subject matter of the film may be upsetting so he’ll post a disclaimer and will cut gags if they are Too Soon
. He’s willing to concede that the film may have a good performance or moment. He’s modest and not above making himself the punchline.
Did I mention he's funny? He's also funny.
The best parts of his reviews is when he reviews a film on a critical level.
He’ll call out a film that:
- Has a moral that reeks of hypocrisy (Gamer, The Condemned)
- Panders to its audience (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End)
- Plays sexism and stalking for laughs (The Ugly Truth, All About Steve)
- Has a morally-repulsive message (Seven Pounds)
- Doesn’t give a shit (Grown Ups)
It also helps that there are few annoying gimmicks on his show. He doesn't have a mad scientist or hobo alter-ego, he doesn't use Top 10 lists, there aren’t any storylines, there’s little continuity, and he restrains himself to a few catchphrase and the odd crossover. He wasn’t much good starting off since he employed many gimmicks like these, but he got much better after the first season. I believe that Mr Buck is the most consistent reviewer of TGWTG in terms of quality, and I hope he continues to suffer through the worst films cinema has given us.