All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1154. 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.
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.
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…
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.
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…
The Player is both brilliant satire of Hollywood and a impassioned love letter to movies. Robert Altman takes the sleazy nature of Hollywood and turns it into one of the finest neo-noirs. Crafting a world of greed and moral repression with visual mastery and a great script - written by Michael Tolkin, an adaptation of his novel of the same name - that has an affectionate knowledge of the language. Altman returns to studio filmmaking by taking good-natured stabs at it. While he is criticizing the factory style in which films are churned out, he is also embracing a long history of great movies that have been made under the one basic principle that Hollywood has lived by since the…
Watching it with my son, in a double feature with “Swimming with Sharks”. Hollywood eats itself.
Satire of a Satire, what dark hideous place this wood is.
This feels like the movie that I'll love more on the 2nd go round. I feel all the pieces that I tend to love in the ecosystem of this film, but I also feel like it was a bit too sleek about it for me to get it this time...
PS. I wanna see more of that Willis film...
Very entertaining and well observed!
Some of Whoopi Goldberg's best work.
You have to admire this guys guts! The Player is basically a giant F U to the entire Hollywood system. He was never really one to make traditional Hollywood films, or work in traditional manners. He never had a Hollywood aesthetic nor did he want one. He was a maverick in every sense of the word.
The Player stars nearly everybody in Los Angles and the surrounding cities. Its lead is Tim Robbins as a squarmy studio executive who has a stalker. This movie reminds me a little of the Spike Jonez film Adaptation. Or at least as much as any film reminds me of that movie. It begins to take on the personality of and themes of the…
Tim Robbins is an asshole movie studio executive who's an asshole to everybody, which is sort of part of his job. He kills a screenwriter and starts dating the guy's girlfriend, which is an asshole move. But crack detectives Whoopi Goldberg and Lyle Lovett can't pin the murder on him, so he gets away with it. Also you have to see Tim Robbins's peener, which I could have done without.
It's also sort of weird to watch a movie where lots of actors play themselves, but then Whoopi Goldberg is a detective? I guess this did come out like one month before Sister Act, so maybe she wasn't that well-known yet?
Even in Hollywood, I'm Not Sure I'm Buying It
The first thing I have to get off my chest is this. The Rialto Theatre is not in Pasadena. Was not--alas, its doors have closed. (Please consider going to www.friendsoftherialto.org/Friends_of_the_Rialto/How_to_HELP!.html to help them restore the beautiful old building and get a great theatre back on its feet.) I went to high school in Pasadena, you see, and when I was growing up, we drove past the Rialto every week on the way to my private viola teacher's house. I saw Much Ado About Nothing while sitting in the balcony of the Rialto. That same night was the first time I saw The Rocky Horror Picture Show; the first I'd ever heard…
I thought this was a great satire and I loved the ending. I know I'm going to watch this multiple times in the future. I just finished it and it's 3am, so I shouldn't even be taking time to add it right now.
- 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
- The Homesman
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the festival began in 1946.…