The Player: Robert Altman offers two for the price of one: first, a low-key thriller, a second, a biting satire (or is it?) of the film industry itself. The plot (that deals with the first side) is loose, just enough to give an underlying situation for the characters and setting to shine (which serves the second side of the film). The result is very entertaining and perhaps insightful; part of the fun is noticing a ton of cameos (and realizing there are probably as many that went unnoticed) and solid cast in action (Tim Robbins is very, very good). And then there is the wonderful camerawork of Jean Lépine, starting with the jaw-dropping opening shot, but not at all restricted to it.