A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
Everything you've heard is true!
A Hollywood studio executive is being sent death threats by a writer whose script he rejected - but which one?
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 and 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 waste 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…
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…
It's nice to see a film that plays with the usual Hollywood tropes yet at the same time expose something rather truthful about the way the system works, and suddenly the in-joke being presented hits you. Robert Altman, a director who always was searching for a manner to go against the norms amidst the studio influence gives a clear picture of what harm it does to the most valuable thing behind what forms what we come to view; the visions. Amazingly, The Player chooses never to head into the territory where it would highly offend anyone working within the business, but there's a uniqueness to the satire we're finding here that just allows it to stand out from other films…
The Player is a Hollywood satire which, as all great satire does, looks less like satire today than it did when it was made.
Tim Robbins plays Griffin Mill, a big studio producer worried about being pushed out of the business by younger talent. He's been receiving death threats via postcards from a writer he snubbed at some indeterminate point in his career. When he thinks he's found a lead, he goes out to investigate and ends up killing a writer. He is forced to cover up his crime while maintaining his position at the studio and juggling his budding romance with—of all people—his victim's widow.
And for the most part, Griffin Mill is a pretty sympathetic guy. We all…
Difficult to account for why I didn't love this, except to note that while I'm certainly not pre-disposed against self-reflexiveness per se, I do think that I prefer zany Kaufman-esque insanity (à la Adaptation) over the hollow cleverness on display here. For every sharp joke (e.g. having the applause for the bar performance coincide with Kahane concluding his pitch and realizing that Mill doesn't even remember the idea), there are two exceedingly obvious and painfully knowing ones ("See you in the next reel, asshole."; "Hollywood didn't kill David Cahane..." speech at the burial) that can't completely be chalked up to the Hollywood satire. That said, the satire is admirably caustic and filmed with Altman's inimitable visual prowess, even if the overall result is rather suffocating at times. Wagering that this is how Coen brothers films must play for those who don't enjoy Coen brothers films. Will revisit.
Watched on couch while sick with Zika
Probably the best movie about the business of Hollywood filmmaking. I call it a cinephile film for true cinephiles. Just the opening shot alone sets the tone for what this movie is about.
It's a movie you need to watch if you're a true lover of film. I can understand why this film is taught in film school.
One of the best movie movies Ive ever seen. Maybe the best Hollywood movie.
Love the concept and the start of the movie is pretty good but it got dull very quickly. As soon as I lost empathy for the main character I got rather bored with it. It's ok though, as I like Tim Robbins and most of the supporting cast in it, and it's funny at times, but not really fun.
A self-referential comic thriller with its satirical sights set squarely on Hollywood's sense of self-importance.
Opens with one of the best one-take tracking shots ever.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
나는 이 영화가 왜 그리 좋았을까?
지나치게 복잡하지 않은 줄거리, 영화속의 영화 (오프닝 시퀀스를 보면 전체 내용이 실은 바로 영화라는 것을 힌트한다)라는 신선함, 악인의 해피엔딩, 그럼에도 그렇게 그 놈이 미워보이지 않게 하는 전체 구성, 유명 카메오들의 거침없는 등장, 깔끔한 연출...
신혼초에 비됴로 보고 그 후에 도대체 몇번을 보았는지 알수가 없다.
다시 보아도 여전히 매력적.
Tim Robbins is one cool cat.
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
Unranked, the best endings of all time.