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.
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…
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 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.
once again a movie, that even though is famous for featuring literally almost a hundred cameos, was not the ensemble picture i was hoping and waiting for.
everything is very good but at the same time nothing is great except maybe the idea behind the whole movie, the inside joke that this film becomes is perhaps the highlight.
the writing is fine, the whole thing was conceived to be a movie within a movie, it is like an ESCHER paiting, the picture is the story of how the story was written.
the directing is good, a little better than the writing but i will give praise for that truly outstanding opening tracking shot, it is truly mindblowing.
once again it is not a MUST, it like many movies features some great things but overall i think it is just an average picture.
Had no expectations for this and it exceeded them nicely. Clever, well constructed and a massive cast!
Authentic, gripping, clever, funny and with so much delicious bite.
Ever notice that The Player has more handshakes per minute than anything else you’ve ever seen? This is Robert Altman in the belly of the beast, a beast he’s well familiar with, setting up conventions and then playing into them with bite. The reason this and Bob Roberts represent Tim Robbins’s best work is because each magnifies his smug impenetrability in different ways. In The Player, we see every step the pompous ass takes into the mud bath, unable to touch the reality of his situation because he and the film define it within the confines of narrative familiarity. You can track the film’s progress by the degree Griffin’s eyes have glazed over. In Bob Roberts we can’t touch him…
Yeah Hollywood is shallow. So are most movies about how shallow Hollywood is.
- 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.…