mid90s trailer

I filed a 9.5/10 review of mid90s following its world premiere at TIFF earlier this fall, declaring “writer and director Jonah Hill has struck gold.” (I mention this only because perhaps you’ve seen this particular quote in ads if A24 has been targeting your Instagram feed as aggressively as they have mine.) A second viewing of the film this month confirmed that my rapturous response was not merely festival euphoria but an enduring endearment to a film populated by deeply human characters who radiate the raw joys and frustrations of coming of age.

When I got the chance to sit down with Jonah Hill and several members of the mid90s cast, it was clear just how much the movie means to him. This protectiveness made him a bit defensive about the project’s origins. For example, Hill was quick to swat away any notions of autobiography in the film, as if admitting he pulled from personal experience might undermine the credibility of his original creation.

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There’s something boyish about the trailer and title for Jonah Hill’s directorial debut; one might, from afar, call it juvenile. In an age where media has to hit familiar buttons just to be noticed, we’re inundated with nostalgia properties at every turn, so it wouldn’t be unreasonable to assume Mid90s is just another throwback. In some ways, it is. Hill fills the runtime with familiar, era-appropriate Hip Hop from wall to wall — A Tribe Called Quest, Cypress Hill, Big L, Wu-Tang and so on — resulting in an upbeat, contemplative mood evoked even further by composers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. And yet, what the film actually contemplates goes far beyond mere longing for a time and place. In fact, it hardly longs at all, opting instead to portray the more disquieting moments of boyhood, resulting (to my delight, and admittedly to my surprise) in one of the very best films of 2018. Between this and Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot, it’s the year of Jonah Hill.

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mid90s trailer

Jonah Hill makes his directorial debut with Mid90s, a coming-of-age tale set over the summer in 1990s Los Angeles. The film opened to positive reviews at TIFF, and now a new trailer gives us a better look at Hill’s feature. Watch the Mid90s trailer below.

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mid90s story

Jonah Hill made a triumphant directorial debut with mid90s, which held its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this year. But things may have turned out completely different if it wasn’t for Spike Jonze. The Where the Wild Things Are director may not have a writing credit for the coming-of-age film, but he apparently played a pivotal part in shaping the mid90s story.

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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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