All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
Everything you've heard is true!
A studio executive is being blackmailed by a writer whose script he rejected but which one? Loaded with Hollywood insider jokes.
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 & 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 wast 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 a…
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…
Haven't seen this since I was kinda a kid, and nowhere close to being able to fully appreciate all the little details and references, and shots even.
I especially loved how Altman uses Hollywood as a sort of narrative, as in the choice of posters for instance. Altman aims for the balls, sure, but he makes sure they're cuddled first.
Lovely sarcasm, and the ending is just right.
It's been a couple days now and I'm still wrestling with whether I enjoyed the film for all it's references and tie-ins and tributes to cinema, or if it was too obviously in love with itself. Nonetheless, even with it's flaws, it was a fun film to watch.
Tim Robbins was great here as the successful young studio executive Griffin Mill - even if he went from very cool to comedically bug-eyed and spooked out within seconds, not quite fitting his character. The signature distancing shots from Altman was nice to see - you become an observer sitting 2-3 tables away from the scene's focus with objects and others around naturally getting in the way. The payoff to this crime…
Robert Altman is, without a doubt, one of the most intriguing and fascinating directors of all-time. I've only (unfortunately) seen three of his films, but the masterful methods he uses to tantalise and formulate his characters via his dynamite writing is something that is unprecedented. The Long Goodbye, however flawed it may be, is a stylistic examination of its private investigator as he becomes embroiled within crime, Short Cuts is a mammoth demonstration of the lives of many absorbing characters, and Gosford Park is a mesmeric tale of mystery and murder. Those three films are all different animals in their own right, but all celebrate Altman’s massive imagination in the most captivating of manners.
The Player, released just one year…
Maybe just a bit too meta.
Robert Altman is a real fan of cheesy movies. Everything he makes seems to be tongue in cheek, making fun of itself. The Player is perhaps his most "in on itself" film yet which definitely seems to be a very polarizing way to tell a story. The movie opens with a long tracking shot..While the characters on screen talk about long tracking shots. And about what kind of movie they want to make. Altman seems to want to make movies about what he loves. The Industry. Los Angeles. The Business. It's been a source of inspiration for filmmakers for a long time now. It's a subject that has to be done right or shouldn't…
How much Hollywood can you cram into one movie? The Player is the answer to that question. This is a convoluted cameo-fest that happily goes off the deep end. It skewers and embraces the industry at the same time while being a constant test of the viewer's movie knowledge.
Also, left me scrambling to re-watch The Coca-Cola Kid.
A very entertaining, well made "comeback" film by Robert Altman. I was reminded watching this film of that time period in the late 1980's and early 1990's where nostalgia of the old Hollywood era was huge in film ("Who Framed Roger Rabbit and "Ed Wood"), and while this one manages to be done differently by by really satirical and cynical, I don't think it is as shocking to watch nowadays as it would've been back then. Especially the ending, which felt kind of cheesy.
Still though, the satire and dark tones do hold up still pretty well in some areas, especially the scenes where where Tim Robbins is constantly being harassed by the blackmailer.
Altman's direction really is excellent. The…
Light cynicism. The Player's a very watchable longer movie, but if one were watching for a story, they'd be bored. That's not unusual in Robert Altman's work, but with his really good stuff, he's lampooning something more interesting than 90s Hollywood. The score's cheesy, the fashion's ugly, the characterizations are thin, but if you're interested in Altman, wanting to watch a film of his that wasn't a failure (haven't seen any but Altman's reputation isn't spotless) this isn't a bad 2nd or 3rd choice.
Perhaps a tad too ambitious, but certainly one-of-a-kind. An amusing dissection of the dog-eat-dog politics of Hollywood, packed with more cameos and in-jokes than you could poke a stick at.
"It takes more then a dirty mouth to make it in this business."
A brilliant opening scene and a fun play on Hollywood and the pricks who run it. Still, the movie manages to get hung up in parts that don't have any spark, while not having any fluiditiy. Plus, I know the ending was supposed to be some satirically brilliant ending, but in my opinion it was flat, not entertaining, and just pisses off the viewer with an unrewarding ending.
Robert Altman's satire "The Player" is filled with amusing cameos and comments about the Hollywood system. It's all about a studio executive who's been receiving death threats, and he tracks down who he believes is the culprit. They fight and the guy is accidentally killed, leaving the studio exec to out-maneuver the police. It's a fun and entertaining film, but not something I particularly enjoyed throughout.
Very funny and smart, but there is something about my love of Altman's aesthetic that cannot fully extend to decades with improved zoom lens technology. Without that bloom, that softer focus, it's just not the same. B
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
- The Captive
- Clouds of Sils Maria
- Goodbye to Language 3D
- The Homesman
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the festival began in 1946.…