My favorite movie from director Robert Altman. THE PLAYER is a satirical drama about studio executive and the ugly side of Hollywood studio system. Led by wonderful performance from Tim Robbins. Although THE PLAYER was released more than 20 years ago, somehow - this movie is still relevant until now. This movie aged very well. THE PLAYER is a good example of how to use an A-list celebrities as a cameo. Great movie!
This and Short Cuts are probably the two best films Altman made in my eyes. A laundry list of cameos, quick pacing, and a good screenplay make this an easy film to love, what makes it classic is how Altman reigns everything in with a deft hand, keeping the whole thing feeling understated, in the midst of all the social commentary on the film industry. Loved it. One of the best of the 90s
TV, re-rating. My previous irritation with its first-degree referencial structure has led me to devalue its intelligent construction into layers of progressively related and simultaneously autonomous readings, resulting in one of the most exciting and amoral revisions of the thriller of recent years, standing in dignity with some Billy Wider's films. The initial sequence-shot is an extraordinary example of this: ...
Loved the atmosphere of noir and the tounge in cheek humor. The cast really is a spectacle to behold and the pacing of the story never tires. Soundtrack was the unsung hero in this one though with the chaotic drum and jazz combination. It was excellent and an absolute classic.
All these years later, I still find it a little difficult to fathom how Altman, having fallen so steadfastly from grace in the eyes of the industry by this point in his career, was able to populate this ribald corral. Satire about bankrupt values and the profit motive, and a comment on the concessions one has to make in Hollywood (its own "concessions" thus being its most stinging ironies). Kinda shockingly upbeat.