A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
Everything you've heard is true!
A Hollywood studio executive is being sent death threats by a writer whose script he rejected - but which one?
Heavily cynical, frequently funny and strangely thrilling, Robert Altman's biting satire on Hollywood and film industry is one of the most provocative works of art ever filmed. Opening with an iconically long and honorable shot and closing with one of the most memorable and cynical endings I've ever seen, The Player is one of the weirdest, yet bravest and most intelligent American comedies ever created—it's one that doesn't waste a minute with superfluous elements, even if it takes us two hours to understand the purpose of one or two apparently useless plot points.
Tim Robbins stars as Griffin Mill, a Hollywood studio executive who is being threatened with death by one of the screenwriters whose script he rejected. Wrapped in…
The Player is a very enjoyable watch and it's nice seeing Robert Altman turning the spotlight on Hollywood and the intricacies of show business. The movie works very well as a satire of the film making industry, showing how savage and tasteless the process can get. The several cameos were fun to see and while the story might not be very compelling, it’s certainly ingenious and very entertaining. The final moments are terrific as they reinforce how shallow and predictable Hollywood usually is, but totally contrast with the way things turn out for the main character Griffin at the same time.
What is so brilliant about The Player is the way the story is set and displays the mythos of Hollywood while critiquing the business side of the film industry and hiding its own story in Hollywood conventions. On first glance you could take this picture as stated in the synopsis as a Hitchcockian murder mystery with a bunch of Hollywood insider jokes. And while that is true and you would certainly have to be a film connoisseur of sorts in order to understand some of these tidbits; the beauty in layers goes much more beyond than just that.
Almost like a painting on canvas with the murder and love story on the foreground it is in the background that cannot…
It's nice to see a film that plays with the usual Hollywood tropes yet at the same time expose something rather truthful about the way the system works, and suddenly the in-joke being presented hits you. Robert Altman, a director who always was searching for a manner to go against the norms amidst the studio influence gives a clear picture of what harm it does to the most valuable thing behind what forms what we come to view; the visions. Amazingly, The Player chooses never to head into the territory where it would highly offend anyone working within the business, but there's a uniqueness to the satire we're finding here that just allows it to stand out from other films…
The Player is a Hollywood satire which, as all great satire does, looks less like satire today than it did when it was made.
Tim Robbins plays Griffin Mill, a big studio producer worried about being pushed out of the business by younger talent. He's been receiving death threats via postcards from a writer he snubbed at some indeterminate point in his career. When he thinks he's found a lead, he goes out to investigate and ends up killing a writer. He is forced to cover up his crime while maintaining his position at the studio and juggling his budding romance with—of all people—his victim's widow.
And for the most part, Griffin Mill is a pretty sympathetic guy. We all…
Robert Altman is a master that I just haven’t seen enough of; only a handful of his prodigious catalogue. Even with these few films, the one thing that I’ve been able to deduce that puts him in the lofty club auteur is that you can tell it’s an Altman film, but the film you’re watching bears no or little resemblance to others in his oeuvre.
I was introduced to Altman with Brewster McCloud by a friend who took me to see it at a rep theatre when I was a teen. It was completely new and refreshing, and really an intro class on how you could pull off sarcastic sociological commentary with the most bizarre of premises.
Then came California…
Tim Robbins' transformation into a debased obsessive paranoiac was a beautiful thing to watch.
It felt like this movie had a very cold, unwelcoming and metallic feel to it. The whole thing seems like some big Hollywood inside joke that I'm not getting and the meta aspect didn't exactly work for me either.
The bones for a good story are there, but every time I got a little excited and more immersed into the story, suddenly it has a disruptive change of pace or a scene that seems pointless or even doesn't make sense. Completely disjointed.
This movie is like a wet dream for all film buffs... so everyone on Letterboxd basically. It's got tons of movie references and the largest amount of cameos that I can recall ever seeing in one film. It's also a hilarious satire of the film industry and the total ignorance and hypocrisy at the heart of it.
The plot of the film could be that of a film noir: Tim Robbins is a movie producer who starts receiving death threats from a writer he had turned down.. but he doesn't know who. He confronts the man he suspects and accidentally kills him. It leads to a lot of funny and tense situations as Robbins attempts to evade prosecution. The film…
Still relevant, still cuts deeply with a big grin. "The Player" is the film every dreamer landing in Los Angeles with illusions of becoming an instant film star should watch. It is the best film made about how producing works in the modern film business, and the murder plot is quite simply the best metaphor. Robert Altman directs like a noir satirist, Michael Tolkin's script is full of glorious acid and charm.
Hollywood satire by way of Hitchcock suspense pastiche. Hail Altman!
What a comeback for Altman. That single shot opening sequence is still a stunner.
One of the greatest endings to a comedy ever.
There are many people on here who classify Robert Altman as one of the great storytellers. His films have a style, dubbed "Altman-esque," that no other film can rival. His films are uniquely his, like how you can tell Michael Mann's films are uniquely his, with his sporadic style or Wes Anderson's childlike quirkiness.
I have seen now 5 Altman films. MASH is a film that I cannot get enough of. It's hilariously poignant and historically important. McCabe and Mrs. Miller is a walking painting of melancholy and beauty. Cookie's Fortune is just plain fun. But none will ever beat The Long Goodbye; a slick noir, yet acknowledges its satire of the private eye archetype. Elliot Gould kills it.
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More than a decade after Popeye (1980), a big-budget film that was branded a flop by Hollywood despite turning a substantial profit, and after years "in the wilderness" directing stage plays, small independent films, and cable productions, iconoclastic filmmaker Robert Altman made a triumphant comeback with The Player. It was a sly, self-aware thriller set in the world of Hollywood studio filmmaking and a wry show business satire with an enormous supporting cast of major movie stars playing (and at times parodying) themselves, and it was embraced by audiences and critics alike.
In retrospect it seems like a perfect match between director and material, the great anti-Hollywood filmmaker ("they sell shoes and I make gloves," was Altman's famous…
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