1992 was a great year for Tim Robbins, he starred in and directed Bob Roberts - one of the greatest political satires of all time - as well as finding time to star in Robert Altman's The Player, probably the greatest satire of Hollywood ever made. Robbins is excellent as a slimy Hollywood bigshot, who fears he's about to be replaced by an even slimier young rival. Indeed, the cast is generally excellent, with Richard E Grant and Dean Stockwell standing out as particularly funny. In addition to the main cast there are a lot of cameos by Hollywood celebs playing themselves. This sort of thing can feel a little self-indulgent and forced in some films, although it makes a lot of sense in the context of The Player, and some of the cameos are actually fairly integral to the story. There is the usual Altman quirk of characters talking over each other, so it's impossible to hear everything they're saying. This bugs the hell out of some people. I can live with it, although I've never really seen that it adds much to his films. There are also a lot of reference to classic movies from Sunset Boulevard, to The Bicycle Thief, to Touch of Evil - with The Player's opening tracking shot being an explicit homage to Well's famous tracking shot in that last film. The movie is funny, cynical, and unsparing of its criticism of the artifice and phoniness of Hollywood. Unsurprisingly, everyone in Hollywood seems to love it.