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Reviewer Profile: mino

Real name: Paul Cowan
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mino's Bio

The world needs more movie reviewers. This is a fact that should be patently obvious to even the sort of ignorant dolt who thought that A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) was a good movie. More importantly, the world needs more movie reviewers who are cranky bastards who mercilessly mock movie-makers for their own stupidity.

I think we all agree that there have long been some gaps to be filled in the world of Internet movie reviews. The Internet does not contain nearly enough invective, abuse, or bad-temperedness directed towards Hollywood. There is a gap for someone who will tell it like it is, who will not hold back on scorn for the dim-witted, the dull, the dreary and the just plain dismal. There is a gap for someone who randomly scatters curse-words through their reviews for no reason other than to shock. And there is always a gap for someone who thinks that Susan Sarandon is pretty close to the worst actor alive.

These gaps are now filled.

Reviewer statistics

Number of reviews: 176
Number of ratings: 177
Average rating: 6.47
Lowest rating: 1 (for Strike of the Panther (1988), Torque (2004))
Highest rating: 10 (for Amélie (2001), Cinema Paradiso (1989), Magnolia (1999), The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), The Shawshank Redemption (1994), The Untouchables (1987))
Rating Percentage

Last 5 reviews written by mino

Mon 12 Sep 2005Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)8Whipplesumptuous.
Like pretty much everyone in the English-speaking world who grew up in the 1970s and '80s, I am a huge... (more)
8.50 (2 ratings)
Wed 10 Aug 2005Spellbound (2002)8T double-E double-R double-R double-I double-F double-I double-C, C, C.
I'm sure most people, when they saw the trailers for Spellbound, said ‘What the hell? A documentary about spelling bee... (more)
8.33 (3 ratings)
Thu 16 Jun 2005Clara (2005)8Unexpectedly moving
Clara, the Cannes-Jury-Special-Mention-winning short film by Australian director Van Sowerwine and animator Isobel Knowles, is a pretty amazing piece of... (more)
8.00 (3 ratings)
Thu 14 Apr 2005Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism (2004)6A good argument, poorly made
Outfoxed is a documentary which attempts to build a case proving that Fox News, Rupert Murdoch's cable-news counterpart to CNN... (more)
7.00 (2 ratings)
Thu 31 Mar 2005Finding Neverland (2004)8Heeeeeere's Johnny (again!)
Finding Neverland has Johnny Depp in it. I'm not sure if that's all you need to know to know if... (more)
8.00 (3 ratings)

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Last 5 comments written by mino

  1. You're right, Stephen -- that was my mistake. I've fixed the review. Thanks for picking that up!

    A comment about The Club (1980) on Mon 30 May 2005 13:25 #

  2. My pick for best-dressed is Lisa Ling.

    She looked.. erm... never mind.

    A comment about diary entry On Awards Season on Tue 18 Jan 2005 11:01 #

  3. Ooh ooh ooh, I'm so excited.

    For those who want a nice higher-res version, suitable for using as desktop wallpaper or just for printing out and admiring, there's a good one here:

    A comment about diary entry Charlie and the Chocolate Factory poster on Fri 12 Nov 2004 09:19 #

  4. I find it very hard to believe there were test audiences for this.

    A comment about Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) on Tue 28 Sep 2004 18:20 #

  5. Neither can I, Nic, neither can I.

    A comment about Crazy/Beautiful on Tue 07 Sep 2004 09:53 #

Last 5 movies seen by mino

DateMovieMy RatingReviewsAverage
Fri 2 Sep 2005Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)8Read Reviews8.50 (2 ratings)
Tue 14 Jun 2005Clara (2005)8Read Reviews8.00 (3 ratings)
Sat 30 Apr 2005The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)N/ARead Reviews6.00 (2 ratings)
Tue 1 Feb 2005Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism (2004)6Read Reviews7.00 (2 ratings)
Sun 30 Jan 2005Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)9Read Reviews8.50 (2 ratings)

Friends & foes

mino agrees most with:
pearly (average rating difference: 0.9)
mino disagrees most with:
freddy (average rating difference: 1.5)

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