Jonah Hill makes his auspicious if uneven filmmaking debut with a Mid90s nostalgia trip

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Nostalgia will radiate off the screen for audience members of a certain age almost immediately in Mid90s, when the camera pans across a bedroom, catching sight of Ninja Turtles sheets and a Hulk Hogan pillow before settling on a kid around 13 years old. Stevie (Sunny Suljic) is in front of a mirror, nursing bruises…

In the end, the real Maniac was the mostly conventional friends we made along the way

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Like Annie and Owen’s trip to Salt Lake City, the actual destination of Maniac feels less important than the fact that we went on the journey in the first place. The psychological issues the pair were dealing with, and the overarching stories about their respective families, were more of a delivery mechanism for goofy…

Maniac puts everything in place for its endgame in the best episode of the season

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It wouldn’t surprise me if “Ceci N’est Pas Une Drill” and “The Lake Of The Clouds” really were written as a two-parter; these episodes feel like a bit of a throwback to an older era of genre series doing longer stories. (Mostly, I’m thinking of the first few seasons of the 2000s Doctor Who, but there are a lot of…

Maniac has a Field day as Dr. Mantleray finally confronts his mother

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Goofy Maniac is back, and it’s got some momentum. “Larger Structural Issues” starts to set up the likely endgame of the season—GRTA taking control of the study while the C pills induce even wackier reflections, as Owen and Annie are forced to actually confront their issues—and the necessary place-setting, which might…

Maniac heads to the 1940s for some more song and dance

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At one point during their attempted heist, Ollie—Owen’s incarnation in the 1940s setting of “Exactly Like You”—turns to Annie’s incarnation, Arlie. He asks her, “Do you ever think your condition is a lot simpler than you think?” He’s asking about their relationship: In this world the two were married, then separated,…

The newest Maniac teaser questions Emma Stone and Jonah Hill's curious bond 

We’re roughly a week from the premiere of Netflix’s Maniac, Cary Joji Fukunaga’s anticipated Netflix series, and today a new trailer dropped teasing the story’s emotional backbone, which comes via the magnetic draw that exists between the characters played by Emma Stone and Jonah Hill. “Maybe these two have a cosmic…

Emma Stone and Jonah Hill get into some "multi-reality brain magic shit" in the Maniac trailer

A week after releasing a vague teaser that was basically just Emma Stone and Jonah Hill starting at each other in a perfectly empty white room, Netflix has released a full trailer for its upcoming limited series Maniac confirming that it’s out to beat FX’s Legion at its own retro-futuristic, super fucking trippy game.…

Jonah Hill's directorial debut Mid90s has a trailer for all you punk-ass kids

Once upon a time, Jonah Hill was just the guy from Superbad. He’s good in Superbad! But now we are living in a world where Jonah Hill has been nominated for two Oscars, and is the guy from Superbad no more. Your latest instance of Jonah Hill being pretty darned impressive comes courtesy of A24, which is home to Hill’s…

Jack Black and Jonah Hill on getting the chance to work with Gus Van Sant

Gus Van Sant’s new biographical film Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot, based on the memoir of the same name, tells the story of cartoonist John Callahan, played by Joaquin Phoenix, who became a quadriplegic after being in an auto accident when he was 21. Starring opposite Phoenix are Jonah Hill and Jack Black as…

Gus Van Sant on how Robin Williams helped bring Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot to the screen

Gus Van Sant’s new biographical film Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot, based on the memoir of the same name, tells the story of cartoonist John Callahan (Joaquin Phoenix), who became a quadriplegic after being in an auto accident when he was 21. At the premiere of the film, Van Sant talked to The A.V. Club about…

Gus Van Sant, Jonah Hill, and Jack Black reveal their all-time favorite movies

Gus Van Sant’s newest film, Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot, tells the story of cartoonist John Callahan, played by Joaquin Phoenix, who became quadriplegic after being in an auto accident when he was 21. Ahead of the film’s opening on July 13, we spoke with Van Sant and stars Jonah Hill and Jack Black, who told…

Gus Van Sant on why he didn’t cast a quadriplegic lead in Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot

Based on the memoir of the same name, Gus Van Sant’s new biographical film Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot tells the story of cartoonist John Callahan, played by Joaquin Phoenix, who became a quadriplegic after being in an auto accident when he was 21. Earlier this year, disability advocacy group Ruderman Family…