Phil Brown

Phil Brown is a film critic, comedy writer, and filmmaker who can be found haunting theaters and video stores throughout Toronto.

Latest Articles From Phil Brown
The Official 2018 CGMagazine TIFF Awards 1

The Official 2018 CGMagazine TIFF Awards

By Phil Brown - Sep 17, 2018

It’s been 11 days with roughly 11 hours of stretched out in between. I saw 32 movies. Wrote somewhere between 40 and 50 articles.

First Man - TIFF Review

First Man – TIFF Review

By Phil Brown - Sep 13, 2018

On a certain level, the prospect of a biopic about Neil Armstrong doesn’t sound like a particularly exciting cinematic experience.

Halloween - TIFF 2018 Review 3

Halloween – TIFF 2018 Review

By Phil Brown - Sep 10, 2018

It’s safe to say that there are probably enough movies in the Halloween franchise. Giving fans seven sequels, one remake, and a sequel to that remake is plenty.

The Predator TIFF 2018 Review 2

The Predator TIFF 2018 Review

By Phil Brown - Sep 9, 2018

This year’s Midnight Madness slot at Toronto International Film Festival kicked off with a hell of a bang. Rather than show some indie underseen genre offering or that latest shock…

The Top Ten Genre Movies To Get Excited About At TIFF 2018 12

The Top Ten Genre Movies To Get Excited About At TIFF 2018

By Phil Brown - Aug 31, 2018

September is here. Summer is over. All those dreams you had about how to wisely spend those precious warm months? They’re dead. But there’s good news for all those willing…

The Top Ten Action Movie Heroines

The Top Ten Action Movie Heroines

By Phil Brown - Aug 2, 2018

If the summer of 2017 has accomplished nothing else, it’s confirmed that women can kick some blockbuster ass just as well as the boys. Whether it be Charlize Theron’s 80’s…

Praise for the Sequels of the Planet of the Apes 6

Praise for the Sequels of the Planet of the Apes

By Phil Brown - Jul 20, 2018

The concluding chapter of the current Planet of the Apes reboot trilogy just hit screens and has already received praise for its searing social commentary and bitterly true allegory (including…

The Top Five Movie Crucifixions

The Top Five Movie Crucifixions

By Phil Brown - Apr 3, 2018

Well, it’s Easter. You know, that springtime holiday filled with bunnies, chocolate eggs, and one of the most horrendous ways to die imaginable. We here at CGM like to do…

Red Sparrow Review 5

Red Sparrow Review

By Phil Brown - Mar 1, 2018

It’s time to give credit where credit is due and rank Francis Lawrence amongst the worst filmmakers currently working in Hollywood. After all, the guy somehow managed to ruin Alan…

Netflix Movie Review: Mute 1

Netflix Movie Review: Mute

By Phil Brown - Feb 23, 2018

For some reason, there seems to be an explosion of dystopian science fiction flicks these days. Well, it’s not for some reason. Dark and paranoid times tend to be reflected…

Mom and Dad (Movie) Review 7

Mom and Dad (Movie) Review

By Phil Brown - Feb 23, 2018

We all love art, but sometimes what you really need to scratch that movie itch is some good trash. Like, say, perhaps a movie about a world where parents start…

Annihilation (Movie) Review

Annihilation (Movie) Review

By Phil Brown - Feb 22, 2018

Coming into Annhilation, Alex Garland was in a special position as a filmmaker. His directorial debut Ex Machina was instantly beloved and did unexpectedly well at the box office. Toss…

Early Man (Movie) Review - Claymation Caveman Shinanegins

Early Man (Movie) Review – Claymation Caveman Shinanegins

By Phil Brown - Feb 15, 2018

Any time Aardman animation releases a new project is a cause for celebration. The studio that created Wallace And Gromit, Shaun The Sheep, and Chicken Run takes their time between…

Black Panther Review: Bold, Fresh, Thoughtful, And Somehow Still Marvel 8

Black Panther Review: Bold, Fresh, Thoughtful, And Somehow Still Marvel

By Phil Brown - Feb 6, 2018

Black Panther is a movie that Marvel needed to make. It’s one that they wanted to make. It’s one that we all saw coming and has been hyped to the…

Before We Vanish Review: Bold Body Snatching 1

Before We Vanish Review: Bold Body Snatching

By Phil Brown - Feb 2, 2018

Kiyoshi Kurosawa is a Japanese filmmaker who has never been conventional in his approach to the genres that made his name. His most famous titles—like Pulse and Curse—may have attracted…

Maze Runner: The Death Cure Review: It’s Finally Over!

Maze Runner: The Death Cure Review: It’s Finally Over!

By Phil Brown - Jan 26, 2018

The Maze Runner: The Death Cure not only wraps up a deeply mediocre trilogy of dystopic teen moodiness, but draws the whole cinematic trend and subgenre to a close at…

Altered Carbon (Pilot Review): Sci-fi Knock Off Central 1

Altered Carbon – Episode 1.1: “Out of the Past” Review – Sci-fi Knock Off Central

By Phil Brown - Jan 22, 2018

The new sci-fi blockbuster Netflix series Altered Carbon doesn’t waste much time announcing its style and scale. Following a slithery and slick CGI opening credits sequence of a developing newborn,…

12 Strong (Movie) Review: Pointless Propaganda

12 Strong (2018) Review: Pointless Propaganda

By Phil Brown - Jan 18, 2018

If you’re going to make a film based on a true life tale of military heroism, then you’d better cram in as many pointless explosions as possible and hire Thor,…

Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition (PS4) Review - Street Fighter V, For Real This Time 4

Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition (PS4) Review – Street Fighter V, For Real This Time

By Phil Brown - Jan 16, 2018

When Street Fighter V was released a few years ago the reception was understandably mixed. The fighting mechanics were rock solid. Obviously. This is Street Fighter that we’re talking about….

How Liam Neeson Became Your Dad’s Favourite Action Hero 1

How Liam Neeson Became Your Dad’s Favourite Action Hero

By Phil Brown - Jan 12, 2018

This week the growling, six-foot-four-inch rogue that is Liam Neeson returns to screens in The Commuter to do what he does best. These days, that means beating the crap out…