The Player not only marked Robert Altman's return to Hollywood relevance in the 1990s, but also ushered in meta-shows about the entertainment industry, from The Larry Sanders Show to Bojack Horseman. Unerringly scathing towards Hollywood culture and politics, the movie presents the process for how a film gets made, all while encasing the story in a noir-esque guise that's simply delectable. Filled to the brim with shots that blatantly reference movies (including the ultra-impressive opening long take that visibly and verbally references Touch of Evil), The Player is hardly subtle, but the cinematography and editing are so clever that one would be hard pressed to complain. Furthermore, it feels accurate to how the movie business works while also working as high-style pastiche, and the inclusion of actors-playing-themselves is very appreciated. Concluding with one of the most provocative endings of Altman's oeuvre (outside of his masterpiece 3 Women), The Player feels like a legit Hollywood classic, even if it only came out 25 years ago.