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.
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.
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.
This is one of the best movies ever made. I cannot even begin to dissect why this film is so awesome. It gathers together all the techniques that make Altman's style iconic, but without the unremitting density that can make some of his other films maddening for me.
Not many films can beat that opening one shot scene, it perfectly sets up the meta-narrative using Hollywood as a device to comment on the state of art as well as act as a metaphor for the American hustling mentality.
Everything is told to us, its commentary is rather blatant, but Altman twists each scene around to perfectly align for something even more grand. By the end, we see how the whole story has come full circle to Robbins, The Player. He makes a living off listening to film pitches without care, but now the pitch has turned on him, listening to pitch about the movie we just watched while in his car, the mirror has finally aligned. He looks ahead to the road, seeing a reflection of himself as we look at his sleaze. The penance for his crime is finally being paid -- the narcissist finally meets regret.
Film #6 of the Scavenger Hunt Challenge!
Task #16 : A film you wish could be the story of your life!
"Well, are we having fun yet?"
The film that began Robert Altman's late career resurgence, a satire on Hollywood and studio movies - Tim Robbins is Griffin Mill, a studio exec who looks like he belongs in a dealing room more than the heart of a "creative" industry - slicked-back hair, power suits and a gas guzzling car complete with its own fax machine (yep, it's the early 90's). Mill finds himself the victim of hate mail, while simultaneously trying to fend off the arrival of a new studio exec, creating more buzz than Mill. Before you can say…
A flat out masterpiece.
The Player is arguably the best Hollywood satire ever. The model that every movie biz satire has ripped off since.
I don't think I love Altman always. His direction is unique to him but without the right story, it can just make a rambling, uninvolving film. But here, Altman's stunning take with its slow, perfect zooms, black hearted, self-reflexive humor and dread inducing tension is pretty much perfect.
Tolkien's script is brilliant. A sly, thrilling snake eating its own tail. A Movie about making movies that becomes the movie you are watching.
The acting and cameos are letter perfect across the board.
A rich multi layered film that I have seen so many times. Suspenseful, funny, sharp, absurd and entertaining.
Seemed like an apt time to finally watch my first Altman film, which is gloriously satirical. The excellent ending allows you to forget about the slightly sagging middle of the film. I love the style, from the eight minute take at the start of the film, to the mood-setting zooms, which frequent throughout. I've always been a sucker for films about films.
Robert Altman's Hollywood satire in which a studio executive becomes embroiled in a murder plot akin to one of his movies. Plays it straight. Stands atop others in mini genre of Hollywood's curious hobby of turning the camera on itself. Pretty much nails it.
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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…