Karl von Randow

Co-founder of Letterboxd. One-time top reviewer of all time.

Favorite films

  • Aliens
  • Spy Game
  • Short Circuit
  • Commando

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  • Top Gun

    ★★★★★

  • Dog

    ★★

  • The Personal History of David Copperfield

    ★★★½

  • Can You Ever Forgive Me?

    ★★★

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  • Top Gun

    Top Gun

    ★★★★★

    Trying to watch with a critical eye in 2022 on the eve of seeing Maverick, and after watching Val. Kilmer is fantastic. Cruise is so young, with the intensity that we now know well, clearly a star. McGillis plays beautifully, especially against Maverick's dangerous intrusion in the ladies' room; a subtle performance that reveals how quickly the fun-times of the serenade turns. 1986 sadly doesn't hint at condemning it. Otherwise, 36 years on, Top Gun is an easy rewatch for me and I'm holding on tight for tomorrow.

  • Dog

    Dog

    ★★

    Totally thought this was a comedy. Actually iTunes says it’s a comedy. This is not a comedy. There’s a tiny few slightly funny moments, but this is a film about two vets (one a dog) and their recovery from psychological and physical injuries, and that film is pretty average. Tatum and Lulu don’t have any chemistry, and Lulu simply doesn’t have much range. Compared to 1989’s K-9, Jerry Lee gives more in the trailer than Lulu could in 101 minutes.


    My boy liked it though, which I loved. Real empathy for the dog. A+.

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  • Top Gun

    Top Gun

    I've bought the DVD, the soundtrack, watched the making of and dreamed about Kelly McGillis more than one time. The film that did more for Air Force enlistments than anything else will do the same for you.

    If you've ever been holding on too tight with a bunch of oiled up dudes then you will lose your edge over Top Gun again and again.

  • Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

    Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

    ★★½

    What did I learn from Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol? Let me see. There are a lot of BMWs in Dubai and Mumbai (coincidence?) and they have safety features you can trust, and cool start controls, and cool wheels and cool grill-lights, what? I haven't seen such gross product placement in a while. Oh yeah, and iPhones. iPhones are cool, iPads are cool, apparently USB cables are cool; but iPhones in rubberised cases? I guess they might knock them around…