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.
It is clever, very. But for some reason in this third viewing I felt it much slower than I remembered it. there were moments were it almost stopped and the dialogue or the visuality were not enough to justify the length of the shots. Nevertheless is Altman and the acid critique is enough to justify it!
Mengapresiasi satir tentang peliknya industri film dan Hollywood ending (dan bertebaran cameo dimana-mana) tapi menyinggung sesuatu yang dangkal dengan menyampaikan hasil yang sama dangkalnya apa bedanya (i need more than just "menampilkan"). Plus, characters are not that interesting for me personally.
Who better to make a movie about Hollywood then the man who thoroughly detested Hollywood? Robert Altman delivered a magnificent satirical and honest look at the Hollywood studio system. Tim Robbins is brilliant as the sleazy studio exec and the supporting players and countless cameos make this one of Altman's greatest achievements.