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.
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…
I'm not rating this due to my completely polarised opinion about it. One hand, the sweeping, distanced cinematography is masterful, ("YOU'RE NOT PART OF HOLLYWOOD" I think was a point I got from that), the luxurious and resplendent set design and colour scheme is resemblance of Hollywood's eleven-up of everything they do.
But the script. I dunno. It was just so overbearingly meta and up it's own arse I don't whether I like it or not. I'm totally undecided. I've never been this conflicted. There are some incredibly funny and clever jokes inserted in here, and all the cameos are nice. A veritable who's who of the film world circa 1992.
Oh, and if you forgot it's 1992, IT'S 1992!.…
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…
Very meta, superbly written and with more cameos than you can remember.
Cosas que admiro profundamente de Hollywood: Su capacidad para reirse de si mismos, su nivel de autoconsciencia y su capacidad para la autocritica. Luego le podemos poner todas las quejas que queramos (como están haciendo aquí) pero no he visto mucha mas cinematografías que dediquen tanta alma y empeño en contemplar sus enormes defectos. Imprescindible para todos los "expertos" y profesores de este tipo de cosas. Son 130 minutos de discurso caustico sobre el por que no tenemos buenas películas. Como si "Sunset Boulevard" estuviese escrita por Chayefsky y dirigida por un Hitchcock postmoderno y hasta los cojones de todo. En serio, imprescindible en las escuelas de cine, solo que no en la dirección de los alumnos.
I may not have liked this film much but I admit it is very clever, and the last 10 minutes alone are a masterpiece.
Slickly made showbiz satire with moments of fun. The main problem with The Player is that it's the kind of satire that could have so much teeth, but has very few. The film's best moments are those conceived by Altman, though the film's, and through extension Altman's, lack of either fondness or derision towards the film industry makes the film feel oddly aimless, not just in its intentionally aimless plot, but in having any sort of focus. Tim Robbins is the highlight of a large, cameo-filled cast that have fun in their generally brief scenes. It's still easy to recommend, and maybe a rewatch will increase my appreciation for it, but for now, The Player is the only Robert Altman film I've seen where the director simultaneously elevates and gets in the way of his own material.
I didn't enjoy this as much as Nashville, but it was quite enjoyable. The meta humor and moments were fun, especially how they ended up playing into the ending. When I thought it would go overboard with the cameos and satire, it somehow seemed to stay down to Earth. Took me by surprise a few times, and as ridiculous as it occasionally felt, I ended up liking it quite a bit. It wasn't as grand as Short Cuts, MASH, or Nashville (even though the opening shot seemed to build it up to be), but Altman still thrived in the more singular storyline.
The Player offers an acutely metafictional insight into the world of film, but this intelligent slant can too often obscure any message the film tries to convey. And while the story is involving, there is something confusing about its uneven tone which flitters between thriller and satire.
This really improved on a re-watch.
The Player is compelling, hilarious, and beautifully absurd. It's brilliantly written and directed and is one of the best satires about Hollywood ever made. I was tempted to give it 5 stars because it almost feels perfect, but I definitely want to see it again before I make any claims like that. Either way, The Player is a smart satire and is worth seeing for anyone interested in Altman's filmography or interested in seeing the darker side of Hollywood depicted in a hilarious and clever way.
- 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.…