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…
Though The Player is generally considered an acidic satire of Hollywood, and it is, it works as wonderfully as it does because it's as much a valentine to the movies themselves as it is a middle finger to the industry. In the opening shot, which is at once a celebration of virtuosic tracking shots and a piss-take on the self-regard of anyone (including Altman himself) who stages them, we peek into pitch meetings with desperate writers, including Nashville screenwriter Joan Tewksbury and Altman protege Alan Rudolph, trying to get the attention of half-interested exec Griffin Mill (Tim Robbins, never better) by name-dropping other hit movies and throwing around the same three or four names as possible stars. It's hilarious to…
I saw part of this on cable when I was too young to know who Robert Altman was, and in the years since I completely forgot about the murder mystery element - probably because the Hollywood satire element works so much better. But the whole movie is entertaining and well-acted, and the ending is killer. (Pun very much intended.)
Takes down the movie biz smartly without being weighed down by heavy resentment or pettiness.
Casually digestible Altman- caustically cynical yet breezily funny.
Tim Robbins kills it
as dubious producer
in sharp satire.
traffic was a bitch
Happy Birthday, Robert Altman. Altman is a director I've never really been able to get into -- Nashville remains a challenge for me. But the cameo-filled and industry joke ridden The Player was much, much more enjoyable. The opening scene -- an incredible 8 minutes long -- is a feat until itself. Supposedly it took only half a day and fifteen takes. Would love confirmation on that.
As I read somewhere else, it's a "mild satire" on Hollywood -- it's not terribly harsh or original in that sense but it's still loads of fun. Not a huge Tim Robbins fan but he's fine in this & it made me want to rewatch my favorite of his films -- The Hudsucker Proxy.
Robert Altman proves, yet again, that he was the master of the Fuck You ending.
Very smart and clearly an in joke to the industry. Great central performance by Tim Robbins.
- 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.…