Brent McKnight lives in Seattle and has an MFA from the University of New Orleans. He likes dogs, beards, and Steven Seagal, and rants about movies at thelastthingisee.com, Cinema Blend, The Playlist, and more. Recently he fulfilled a lifelong goal, appearing as an extra in a zombie movie.
The Coens' Inside Llewyn Davis isn’t overwhelming at first glance, but it has a perfect, natural rhythm and flow that you don’t even notice how it sticks in your head.
24 Feb 2016
More than just bloody revenge movies, a number of thematic strands and political critiques run beneath the pulp surface of these two Lady Snowblood films.
20 Jan 2016
Setting the table for his work to come, David Cronenberg's psychotronic masterpiece, The Brood, has its very own Criterion Collection edition.
17 Nov 2015
The People Under the Stairs falls into a category all its own, moving deftly from horror to comedy to social allegory, all wrapped in a wonderfully lunatic package.
08 Oct 2015
Before ubiquitous YouTube clips and easily accessible skate videos, Thrashin' was the film for our fix of handplants, bonelesses, crazy high judo airs, and the like.
16 Sep 2015
Whether you have a nostalgic connection to punk rock or just want to glimpse into a couple of under-examined subcultures, Penelope Spheeris' The Decline of Western Civilization is well worth adding to your collection.
09 Jul 2015
In the good-but-not-great Boxtrolls, it falls to the young characters to take care of business and save the day themselves.
02 Feb 2015
Lord of Illusions is at its best when it balances noir mystery with supernatural elements without veering too far to one side or another.
16 Dec 2014
Leviathan plays like a cheap, schlocky, caffeine-hyped attempt at sci-fi Hitchcock, with a healthy dose of John Carpenter horror thrown in for good measure.
06 Nov 2014
Unpredictable, twisted, and energetic, Big Bad Wolves is a unique, writhing beast that constantly subverts your expectations.
28 Apr 2014
More than anything, this is a portrait of man trying to find peace and a place in post-World War II China.
01 Dec 2013
If Django Unchained was a distant ancestor of Shaft, then it’s easy to think of this vampire horror western as a half-assed predecessor to Blade, if Blade was terrible.
01 Oct 2013
As blasphemous as the concept is, Rapture-Palooza is surprisingly middle of the road, and feels like a missed opportunity.
20 Aug 2013
On clinging, violently, to conventional ways of life in the face of crushing, inevitable progress.
13 Aug 2013
We’re not talking about trained killers, soldiers, or psychopaths. The prospect of taking a human life, even when it means saving their own, gives our protagonists pause.
30 Jul 2013
Side Effects' mystery unfolds and resolves in satisfying ways, shifting in ways you don’t see coming.
02 Jun 2013
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