All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1154. 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!.…
Robert Altman's celebrated satirisation of Hollywood is one of his most entertaining films, even if it may be one of his most cynical. Tim Robbins is perfectly oily as the exec who gets away with murder in his bid to retain his status as a major industry power broker, and the typically excellent and varied ensemble, including Greta Scacchi, Peter Gallagher, Sydney Pollack, Whoopi Goldberg and a host of cameos by real-life Hollywood stars playing themselves (or versions of themselves), make the film seem perhaps even more biting than it is, for this is likely just as exaggerated as the fairytale backstage depictions of Tinseltown in Singin' in the Rain and the like. Regardless, it's incredibly well executed and another stellar example of Altman's ability to wring compelling drama with a healthy dose of wit from multi-character tapestries set against wild and unsual backdrops.
This is one hell of a satire! Anyone who loves movies must see this film. It may seem wayward at times, but it's all part of the plan. It's one of those very rare movies where the ending pulls the entire movie together and elevates it beyond anything you thought it could become.
If you're unsure, just watch the first 8 minutes-- it's one tracking shot and includes multiple conversations about some of the great tracking shots in cinema history! The is the most meta film I've seen, next to Adaptation.
Now that the big stars of the 80’s and 90’s have dimmed and can no longer be seen behind today’s big names on the marquee, is it safe to say The Player should finally be in the newer, more-Baby Boomer friendly Criterion’s catalog? It’s well-known enough for people to recognize it but obscure, 22 years old, just a bit over two hours long and starring Tim Robbins before all the conspiracy theory bullshit. Commentary track from the second AD. Essays about the movie’s self-effacing satire that begs for the same type of spotlight attention as the subjects within. “LA Ouroboros” by Obnoxious Film Critic, 16 pages. I can picture the SVA student hard at work in the computer lab drawing…
A hilarious Hollywood satire sure to please just about any film buff, The Player finds Tim Robbins in top form as a sleazy studio exec in over his head, and though inherently silly, that doesn't stop its commentary on the industry being anything less than on-the-money.
Also, keeping your eyes peeled for the ridiculous number of celebrity cameos is half the fun.
Watching it with my son, in a double feature with “Swimming with Sharks”. Hollywood eats itself.
Satire of a Satire, what dark hideous place this wood is.
This feels like the movie that I'll love more on the 2nd go round. I feel all the pieces that I tend to love in the ecosystem of this film, but I also feel like it was a bit too sleek about it for me to get it this time...
PS. I wanna see more of that Willis film...
Very entertaining and well observed!
Some of Whoopi Goldberg's best work.
- 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.…