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Old 11-08-2010, 08:09 PM
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Josh has reviewed 'The Player.' He says Robert Altman took Michael Tolkin's really lousy novel and turned it into a great comeback film for himself. (Sidenote: I saw Tolkin speak at RIT a decade ago, and had literally no idea what the thesis of the man's speech was, or what he rambled on for for the better part of two hours. Anyone else ever see him speak? Is this normal?) Anyway, back to the movie. He says the film remains a fun example of an artist biting the hand that fed him, but it's not his favorite Altman film. This Blu-ray has decent video and audio and some cut and paste extras. Recommended.

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Old 11-08-2010, 09:39 PM
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this is a really fine film that people should check out.
a great satire of Hollywood.
I haven't seen it in forever, but was totally psyched when Warner announced it was coming to blu-ray.
a great choice.
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great revvy, josh.

i loved the film. it's not perfect or even anywhere CLOSE, but it's damn enjoyable.
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One of the most underrated films of the early 90s, saw this back in my college days and enjoyed quite a bit. I'll probably give it a rent.
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Old 11-09-2010, 10:21 AM
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(Sidenote: I saw Tolkin speak at RIT a decade ago, and had literally no idea what the thesis of the man's speech was, or what he rambled on for for the better part of two hours. Anyone else ever see him speak? Is this normal?)
I haven't seen him speak, but 'The New Age' (which he wrote and directed) was one of the most painful theatrical experiences of my life.

Here's the thing about the novel of 'The Player' - It's basically written in screenplay form, which is just agonizing to read as fiction. I swear to god, the majority of the book reads like this:

Griffin walks into his office. Griffin sits down. The telephone rings. Griffin picks up the telephone.

Griffin says, "Hello."

Griffin listens to the voice on the other end.

Griffin: "Who is this?"

Griffin hangs up the phone. Griffin stands and walks to his door. Griffin pauses. Griffin turns and walks out the door.


It's just infuriating to read.
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One of the most underrated films of the early 90s
Hard to say that the movie is underrated when it got great reviews at the time, did decent business for an indie, and was nominated for three Oscars.
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Reading the review, I couldn't quite tell if it's worth a BR upgrade from my DVD, but seems doubtful. Any comments from those who've seen the Blu-ray?
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I think I'm going to order it today, so I'll post back after I get a chance to check it out.
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I've always believed the "Habeas Corpus" subplot to be a reference to the ridiculous Hollywood remake of "The Vanishing". Haven't seen this in a long time, may have to rent it.
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I've always believed the "Habeas Corpus" subplot to be a reference to the ridiculous Hollywood remake of "The Vanishing".
Yes, a very good comparison.

Let's take a foreign movie famous for its incredibly downbeat ending, and remake it with a ridiculously absurd happy ending that defies all logical credibility instead. Great idea, Hollywood!
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