Arthur Canning's Movie Ratings - Rotten Tomatoes

Movie Ratings and Reviews

Blade Runner 2049

Incredible follow-up to an incredible film - still stunned by the quality of what I just experienced. DON'T be one of the people who watches this on tv and says "Man, I wish I'd seen this in the theatre" - GO!!!!

Mad Max: Fury Road

SIX Stars of MADNESS. Mad artistry - mad direction - mad performances... Mad Max has truly returned, and in the kind of adrenalized freakshow that inspires us to make movies... hell, this isn't a movie, so much as an experience - surprises - laughs - can't wait to get back into that theatre. Oh Furiosa... thank-you George Miller.

Witness
Witness(1985)

Witness is three fully functioning films in one - thriller, fish-out-of-water and love story and all three work - possibly the apex of two careers(Ford and Weir) and immensely watchable. Modern Classic.

The Fog
The Fog(1979)

One of Carpenter's PERFECT FILMS - love love love it.

Los Cronocrímenes (Timecrimes)
½

Tired of prequels sequels superheroes? - watch this crazy little thriller - the kind of film you make when you have a really smart script and no need for a big budget.

Slither
Slither(2006)

Great director - fantastic '80s homage horror - soooooo entertaining

Arthur Christmas

Bill Nighy can do no wrong - lotta laughs, this one

Splinter
Splinter(2008)

Good one - and another movie that loves THE THING, which I am super okay with.

Transcendence

Felt like an artificial intelligence wrote this film ...not a high intelligence, mind you

Noah
Noah(2014)
½

CRAZY fantasy epic - Angry Old Testament God ...and oh yeah - there's a 20 minute flood in the middle - strange thing is, I kind of enjoyed it.

Lake Placid
Lake Placid(1999)

If you don't like Lake Placid, you're stupid

The Silence of the Lambs

As close to perfect as it gets

Snowpiercer
Snowpiercer(2014)

Cool, weird sci-fi - a story we've seen before, but fun as hell

Foreign Correspondent

Watch it - it's pretty groovy

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

my top ten, for sure - perfection, as films go

Blue Jasmine
Blue Jasmine(2013)

Ballsy film - that ending makes it very impressive - and it's got Dice - Yay!!

Point Blank
Point Blank(1967)

True economy of storytelling - brilliant.

The Swimmer
The Swimmer(1968)

Some movies just crack through to something inside - this is one o' mine.

The Ref
The Ref(1994)

Good Christmas comedy - I like this movie..
"She's a fucking Bitch, Lloyd."

Pacific Rim
Pacific Rim(2013)

Hadn't planned on seeing this but I few trusted friends said I should..
..grrrrrrrrrrr....

Man of Steel
Man of Steel(2013)

35 years..
..and finally a movie that "gets" the character again. Lots of heart and enough sci-fi action for two films.
Amazing.

Star Trek Into Darkness
½

That's 2 great Star Trek movies in a row...
..and wow, this one is relentless.

Olympus Has Fallen

Now, this is DIE HARD FIVE..
too bad John McClane was too busy jerking off in Russia to notice his franchise DYING HARD.
Gerard Butler is fun as hell and OLYMPUS is a Great action thriller - pretty much a big new remake of the original DHard ...cool - that works for me.
AC

A Good Day To Die Hard

Odd thing, this movie - bad, for sure but DH has seen a few bad moments here and there - it's more like a TV pilot for a crappy series starring his son - one that'd alternately bring back Bruce Willis or cross over with "24" during sweeps week..
ugh.

Hitchcock
Hitchcock(2012)
½

Not-so-great movie about a great filmmaker.
Scarlett was the pleasant surprise..

Ed Wood
Ed Wood(1994)

Great film about a not-so-great filmmaker.
Love it.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

unless the 44 endings of "Lord of the Rings" was your favorite part, I'd skip this one
..more I think about it, the less I like it - should have just subtitled it "the Phantom Dumbass"

Seven Psychopaths

clever little movie - Rockwell is hilarious - worth watching

Lessons of Darkness

This is one of the most beautiful films ever shot

Rumor Has It
Rumor Has It(2005)

super stupid
- one of the few films I've walked out of..

Lake Mungo
Lake Mungo(2009)

Impressive script, and construction - well worth watching.
Creepy.

Stevie
Stevie(2003)
½

Powerful stuff..
..and a good reminder that this is not a black and white world..
Amazing Doc.

Flowers in the Attic

For a movie from a book it's pretty short..
..and crappy..

Walkabout
Walkabout(1971)
½

This is the kind of movie makes me wanna make 'em..
patient ..smart.. beautiful..
A.

Burnt Offerings

Not bad - not great either, but a couple cool moments..

Ted
Ted(2012)
½

If you're easily offended, avoid this film ...and avoid me too, please - I fucking hate easily offended people..
Best laugh in a long time.

Kingdom of the Spiders

It not so much that I like it, as wonder how anyone couldn't...
what a f'ing awesome B-Movie.
"Oh, Billy - I shoulda left you dead.."

Casablanca
Casablanca(1942)

Casablanca rides between Gone with the Wind(Romance) and Citizen Kane(story) and ends up as one of the best American films of all time - maybe THE best.

Cosmopolis
Cosmopolis(2012)
½

smart ..bizarre ..schizophrenic..

Citizen Kane
Citizen Kane(1941)

I could watch KANE every day. Love it.

Forrest Gump
Forrest Gump(1994)

Love it ..hate it..
I watch it once a year.

Prometheus
Prometheus(2012)

Weird movie..
..thinking....thinking.. ..must see again..

The Unborn
The Unborn(1991)

Brooke Adams = awesome..
..but this movie, not so much. Very '70s ending though..
Basically a science-based Rosemary's Baby.

Alien Resurrection

Unfortunate.
Some great design, and a courageous idea - lousy film overall though.
Sigourney owns any of its good moments.

Alien3
Alien3(1992)

Flawed but a good third act.
Beautiful movie to look at - Fincher should have had more freedom for sure, but I like it.

Aliens
Aliens(1986)

The perfect sequel.
Aliens jumps genres over to Action - a wise move - this is what follow-ups should be. Smart script - great film.

Alien
Alien(1979)

As sc-fi goes, this is the apex.
A triumph of design, and the first truly frightening movie set in space. Genius.

Chernobyl Diaries
½

Fun ...scary ..don't know why no one likes it, actually..

Dead Silence
Dead Silence(2007)
½

what a fun horror movie ...looks great ...and it's about PUPPETS ...cree peee...

Invasion of the Body Snatchers
½

great metaphor - great movie..
It holds up surprisingly well.

The Invasion
The Invasion(2007)

Godawful - sterile junk - this feels like pod-people made it. Veronica Cartwright is the single nice touch..

Body Snatchers
½

a few great moments - Meg Tilly rocks, but no comparison to versions one or two..

Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Both sequel and remake - Brilliant - one of my '70s favorites..

His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th

Not as in depth as I'd hoped but hey, it is Jason..

Red Riding: 1974
½

lotta laughs ...good time..

Shock Waves
Shock Waves(1977)
½

pretty cool ..as 70s nazi zombie movies go..
oh, Brooke Adams..

Die Hard
Die Hard(1988)

perfect screenplay - perfect film
THE action movie.

Out of the Past

original noir ..smart dialogue ..great movie..

Play Misty for Me
½

Jessica Walter attempts to arrest Clint Eastwood's development..
..great movie.

Sssssss
Sssssss(1973)
½

good b-movie fun..

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Script, acting, direction, music = brilliant.

John Carter
John Carter(2012)
½

reminded me of old Disney..
..fun ride fer sure..

A Night to Remember
½

don't let anyone spoil the ending for you..

Planet of the Apes

there are classics and then there are Super-Classics..

The Exorcist III
½

One super-scary scene ...not a bad film at all..

Antichrist
Antichrist(2009)

now, this is a horror film..

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

darkly beautiful ..wild ride of a movie.

Moon
Moon(2009)
½

Brilliant. Sad.

Goon
Goon(2012)

The ROCKY of Hockey ..loved it.

Midnight Cowboy

A perfect film, and an amazing slice of the era ...Love it.

Haywire
Haywire(2012)

Fantastic flic ...trim, tight, ..just plain cool.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes
½

Probably my favorite of the year - Great movie, with an emphasis on the psychological - very pleasant surprise.

The Thing
The Thing(2011)
½

It's fun, and man I wish people'd stop saying it's "not Carpenter"..
Obviously, even JC doesn't make JC movies anymore.
I thought it was a fun as hell prequel, with a lotta love for the original up there.
"Det er ikke en hund!"

Captain America: The First Avenger
½

BRILLIANT. Sooo much "character" in this flic ...one well done movie.

Cowboys & Aliens

Man, what were they thinking?
Too violent and serious for a kid's movie ...and just lame as an Adult experience.
Harrison Ford needs to stop drinking..

The Mist
The Mist(2007)

I loooove The MIST...