All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
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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…
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…
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…
Takes down the movie biz smartly without being weighed down by heavy resentment or pettiness.
Casually digestible Altman- caustically cynical yet breezily funny.
So very silly, especially all the shots ending on ominous things like crime-movie posters and snakes. The plot is extremely meh, but nothing so wrong as to be indigestible.
But why is it worth your time, then? Those tragically sparse scenes with Whoopi Goldberg are just a treat. Some of the funniest scenes I've ever seen.
So it's been a long time since I saw this. Despite some of this just not aging as well Altman's other works, I enjoyed it. Flaws and all. It makes me hesitant to check out other later period films. But hey, it's the earthy idiosyncrasies which make Altman more valuable every day to the deep movie fan. Despite so many things to grouse over or question, I have yet to see a Altman movie that doesn't feel connected to him. And The Player is his most direct commentary on Hollywood. With a raft load of cameos and bit parts spanning a remarkable breadth of movie history, this movie would not be a bad place to start for the neophyte. If…
Razor sharp Hollywood satire that is just self aware enough to not push it over the top. Great performance from Tim Robbins as the Hollywood executive who gets mixed up in the murder of a writer. Robert Altman delivers great direction mixing elements of comedy, film noir and mystery.
One of my favorite Altman movies! This time I watched it with commentary by the director and the screenwriter Michael Tolkin. Fun fact: while the action in the long continuous take was choreographed, all the dialogue was improvised, including Fred Ward's reference to the opening shot of Orson Welles "Touch of Evil". Funny and cynical, my favorite combination!
This film is 1000x more badass if you know director Robert Altman's backstory. He made some successful films, then made some that weren't box office hits so the studios kind of kicked him out. He then made this movie satirizing Hollywood. It's an independent movie with more combined Academy Award winningest actors than any other film. The cameos in it are insane. Icons like Jack Lemmon and Burt Reynolds just chillin as if part of the scenery. Jeff Goldblum with yet another awesome cameo where is obviously picking up a chick at a party. Acting wizard John Cusack gets one line in just a few seconds of screentime. Love it.
It's a murder mystery set in Hollywood. The producer murders…
Nota = 10
Muitos filmes sobre a indústria cinematográfica são feitos todo ano. Poucos oferecem um insight que soa tão realista (e menos ainda dão o ponto de vista de um produtor).
A real joy to see this in print on the big screen. It's interesting to see Altman's casual style focused on a single character. In particular, I like that way that casualness plays against the "thriller" aspects of the plot, which never really materialize even if the plot and music suggest them. What you end up with is another genre completely Altmanized. (And it's really funny.)
Great later day effort from director Robert Altman, there's many "movies about the movies" out there and this one comes at the hollywood satire (which is employed to brilliantly devastating effect here) using Neo-Noir as its vehicle of delivery. Coming some twenty years or so after the initial wave of film-noir (Pointblank, Chinatown, Night Moves, Klute) this is is a worthwhile early 90s addition to the genre, though no where near as important to the genre as Altman's own earlier Neo-Noir masterpiece 'The Long Goodbye' (1973) - in my opinion the superior film. Although like all great Film-Noir and Neo-Noir movies, 'The Player's true greatness unfolds with each repeat viewing, such are the complexity and inventiveness of the satirical themes, visual gags, and lovely historical Hollywood references.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014, now updated every mid-April.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the…