maniac early buzz

True Detective visionary Cary Fukunaga, Oscar winner Emma Stone, and Oscar nominee Jonah Hill seems like a dream team that could turn any collaboration into a smash success. But unfortunately, it seems that their darkly comic sci-fi series, Maniac, is more of a mixed bag.

Based on the Norwegian TV series of the same name, Maniac is a Netflix miniseries directed by Fukunaga and starring Stone and Hill as two strangers who meet an experimental drug trial and end up navigating a slew of vibrant alternate realities in their minds. Throw any of those elements into a blender, and it would seem like you would have a surefire hit. But the Maniac early buzz, while glowing about Stone’s performance, seems to suggest that this is the problem — the miniseries feels like a blended mess of tones and stories.

Here is what critics are saying about Maniac.

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maniac teaser

Despite several trailers dropping for Cary Fukunaga‘s highly anticipated Netflix miniseries, Maniac remains very much a mystery. We know that it features two former Superbad stars and that it’s about as different from Superbad as could be. And that Emma Stone and Jonah Hill play two strangers struggling with mental illness who meet at a pharmaceutical drug trial that will supposedly solve all their problems — only to be sent on a wild adventure through a shared mind-verse.

The new Maniac teaser gives us a greater glimpse at the cosmic connection between Stone’s Annie and Hill’s Owen, who can’t stop meeting in each of the imagined worlds that the drug trial lands them in.

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mid90s review

Jonah Hill has struck gold in his first feature film as director. mid90s is a heartfelt coming-of-age story made with real wisdom and insight into what makes young men tick. Though highly specific to Hill’s own milieu growing up in Clinton-era Los Angeles skateboarding culture, his incisive portrayal of how adolescents forge social bonds carries a wide-ranging resonance that transcends the particulars of the situation.

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Mid90s soundtrack

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, who have provided incredible soundtracks for The Social NetworkThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and more, will team once again. The duo are scoring Jonah Hill‘s directorial debut Mid90s, due to be released in October by A24.

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maniac trailer

From the mind of True Detective season 1 director Cary Fukunaga comes a new mind-bending series starring former Superbad co-stars. Emma Stone and Jonah Hill reunite in a Netflix limited sci-fi series that is (literally) worlds away from the 2007 raunchy comedy that helped launch both Oscar darlings’ careers.

In the offiial Maniac trailer, the two play strangers who meet at a mysterious pharmaceutical trial and end up navigating a weird, wild multi-mindverse that runs the gamut of alternate realities, from Lord of the Rings-esque adventures to Jazz Age society soirees.

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Maniac Trailer

The last time Emma Stone and Jonah Hill were on the big screen together, it was in the 2007 high school comedy Superbad. Now they’re teaming up for something completely different at Netflix.

Maniac is a new limited series from True Detectives season one executive producer and director Cary Fukunaga, and it follows Emma Stone and Jonah Hill as two strangers who are part of a mysterious pharmaceutical trial that will supposedly solve all their problems. The first Maniac trailer has arrived, and while it doesn’t reveal much about the series, it does set a wild tone for what’s to come. Read More »

mid-90s trailer

Jonah Hill has had a remarkable career arc. When he started out as a mainstay in crude comedies and broke out with the wildly raunchy Superbad, no one really expected him to go on to become an Oscar nominee — let alone a two-time Oscar nominee. Now Hill is stepping behind the camera with his directorial debut, Mid90s. Based on a script penned by Hill, Mid90s is a coming-of-age film set in — you guessed it — the ’90s. See the first trailer below.

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Don't Worry He Won't Get Far on Foot Review

Good Will Hunting director Gus Van Sant hasn’t delivered a remarkable film since being at the helm of Milk a decade ago. When it comes to his latest directorial effort, an adaptation of cartoonist John Callahan‘s memoir Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot, the movie is undoubtedly remarkable, but it’s due to the performances Van Sant pulls from his actors rather than the film as a whole.

Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot is an acting showcase featuring one of the best performances of Joaquin Phoenix‘s career and a supporting turn for Jonah Hill that joins his acclaimed performances in films like Moneyball and The Wolf of Wall Street. Read More »

joker origin movie

A few days ago, the news broke that Warner Bros. is developing a movie that would explore the origin story for The Joker. And while this Todd Phillips-drected, Martin Scorsese-produced project (!)  sounds like a profoundly bad idea on many levels, it got the /Film staff talking. Who would you cast as the young version of Batman’s arch-nemesis? And more specifically, who would you cast as the young Joker in a movie that will be a standalone film unconnected to the larger DCEU and therefore untethered to Jared Leto’s performance in Suicide Squad?

So we put our brains together and came up with 14 names. These are not the actors that we think would actually be cast as a young Joker. Instead, these are the actors we’d like to see cast as a young Joker. After all, if they’re going to make this movie, they might as well cast someone interesting in the lead.

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Netflix Maniac / Superbad - Jonah Hill and Emma Stone

Director Cary Fukunaga may have left HBO’s True Detective after its acclaimed first season, but he’s definitely not done with television. About a year ago, we heard he was getting the pieces in place for Maniac, a dark comedy to star Emma Stone and Jonah Hill, and now it’s moving full speed ahead with a start date and everything. Get more details on Maniac, including a slew of plot details, below.  Read More »