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Title: MANIAC (Probably spoilers at some point but not yet)
Post by: Captain Video on September 21, 2018, 10:58:09 PM
WTF did I just watch?

Maniac on Netflix.  I know what I'm doing for the next 9 hours.  Its a really strange blend of alternate reality 1980s, I think. 

Owen (Jonah Hill) has schizophrenia, are we seeing through his eyes? Which parts are real and which parts are not?  He joins a drug trial.

I see this is a remake of a Norwegian television series and I just stumbled on it without knowing anything, after watching the first episode and reading the wiki I still don't know anything but I want to watch more.

Lets keep the spoilers hidden for a while.
Title: Re: MANIAC (Probably spoilers at some point but not yet)
Post by: Captain Video on September 26, 2018, 04:17:33 PM
I was hoping someone else would have seen and commented by now. I started re watching last night with a friend.

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So, you agreed to deliver a lemur, from a dead woman, to her estranged daughter?
Title: Re: MANIAC (Probably spoilers at some point but not yet)
Post by: wastrel on September 26, 2018, 05:54:45 PM
I watched through them all, really enjoyed the ride, but feel like I missed something huge in the resolution, I felt thoroughly unsatisfied.
Title: Re: MANIAC (Probably spoilers at some point but not yet)
Post by: Paul Blevins Jr. on September 29, 2018, 11:56:05 AM
Was going to pass on this since the trailer didn't do anything for me and I can't stand Jonah Hill. But based on positive buzz on the net (such as this thread) I've decided to check it out (there's nothing else currently to occupy my time until the third season of Man in the High Castle anyway). Watched the first wo episodes so far. Not exactly loving it, but intrigued enough to continue . I'm wondering if this is set in a parallel world (that one BIG background difference in the New York harbor ) ...or if we open already in a drug induced mindscape....? (which is a big possibility given he story about Hill's character pet hawk...)


Title: Re: MANIAC (Probably spoilers at some point but not yet)
Post by: wastrel on September 29, 2018, 12:27:21 PM
That statue stands out, as does the mix of 80's tech with robots cleaning the street.  Such a weird combo.

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Title: Re: MANIAC (Probably spoilers at some point but not yet)
Post by: Soldier of FORTRAN on September 29, 2018, 02:39:01 PM
'The Future (circa 1975)' with some contemporary touches is a great aesthetic
Title: Re: MANIAC (Probably spoilers at some point but not yet)
Post by: PANTS! on September 29, 2018, 04:05:09 PM
Retro future, eh?  Gotta check that out then.
Title: Re: MANIAC (Probably spoilers at some point but not yet)
Post by: Captain Video on October 01, 2018, 12:00:23 AM
That statue stands out, as does the mix of 80's tech with robots cleaning the street.  Such a weird combo.

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The statue of "extra" Liberty

I admit I sure would like to know more about the background, what makes it "extra"? What is the current government system?  They leave a lot to the imagination.

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So, you agreed to deliver a lemur, from a dead woman, to her estranged daughter?
Title: Re: MANIAC (Probably spoilers at some point but not yet)
Post by: Paul Blevins Jr. on October 01, 2018, 02:25:14 PM
That statue stands out, as does the mix of 80's tech with robots cleaning the street.  Such a weird combo.

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Damn. That kind of puts a damper on my enthusiasm for the rest of the series (currently up to Ep. five). I thought the statue having hawk-like wings, the story of Hill's pet hawk, his reaction to a picture of a hawk during his screening test...I thought all that was leading up to some kind of pay-off.   
Title: Re: MANIAC (Probably spoilers at some point but not yet)
Post by: Paul Blevins Jr. on October 01, 2018, 07:47:21 PM
Halfway thru episode six--playing in anoter widow as I type this--and my god is it awful. THe last two eps were pretty mediocre but this is terrible I still intend to slog thru to the Tolkein-ish episode and try to make the end. But the promise of the first two eps is proving false......
Title: Re: MANIAC (Probably spoilers at some point but not yet)
Post by: brilligtove on October 01, 2018, 09:52:15 PM
That's unfortunate. My wife and I just watched 1 and 2. The vibe is Brazil, but just barely keeping your shit together. I'll ride it out for at least a few more based on what I've seen so far.
Title: Re: MANIAC (Probably spoilers at some point but not yet)
Post by: Paul Blevins Jr. on October 03, 2018, 03:28:28 PM
After episode seven I am OUT. I just do not LIKE any of these people and don't care in the slightest if their problems are ever resolved. I really can't stand the leading doctor, his smoking too much love interest, or his mother played by Sally Field. It doesn't help that I don't particularly care for the gritty crime drama genre of films such as Goodfellas or The Departed which the last episode is based on. Or bad Drangonlance-type fantasy which was the other half of the episode.  And as I said in my first post, I've never cared for Jonah Hill. Emma Stone is cute, but not enough to keep watching even for just three remaining installments.

Title: Re: MANIAC (Probably spoilers at some point but not yet)
Post by: brilligtove on October 03, 2018, 03:38:33 PM
We watched e03 and part of e04 last night. Still intrigued.
Title: Re: MANIAC (Probably spoilers at some point but not yet)
Post by: moj on October 03, 2018, 04:23:12 PM
After episode 5 feels like we missed one and attention span is dropping
Title: Re: MANIAC (Probably spoilers at some point but not yet)
Post by: brilligtove on October 04, 2018, 01:15:08 AM
In e02 I rewound many times trying to comprehend the technobabble. It was like this:

"Oh... This is for nerds like me who have to explain technobabble to normies... This is what THEY feel like watching what I love..."

Instructive for me.
Title: Re: MANIAC (Probably spoilers at some point but not yet)
Post by: Soldier of FORTRAN on October 04, 2018, 09:52:10 AM
If you like technobabble, Patriot* on Amazon Prime has the best technobabble I've ever heard

* It's The Americans meets Burn After Reading
Title: Re: MANIAC (Probably spoilers at some point but not yet)
Post by: mindme on October 05, 2018, 08:18:35 AM
Haven't read the thread for fear of spoilers. I'm about 6 eps in. Maybe it's answered but what's up with the old computers? (Please don't answer.) For a classic computer nerd, there's a lot of eye candy. An Osborne I, dot matrix printers, and the like. *fap* *fap* *fap* *fap* *fap*
Title: Re: MANIAC (Probably spoilers at some point but not yet)
Post by: mindme on October 22, 2018, 08:24:09 AM
Finished Maniac. No clue what kind of universe this is set in. Is it all a schizophrenic delusion? It's kind of our world/technology with some futuristic technology and a bunch of old computer hardware. Statue of Extra Liberties? Ad Buddy?
Title: Re: MANIAC (Probably spoilers at some point but not yet)
Post by: wastrel on October 22, 2018, 01:20:18 PM
Finished Maniac. No clue what kind of universe this is set in. Is it all a schizophrenic delusion? It's kind of our world/technology with some futuristic technology and a bunch of old computer hardware. Statue of Extra Liberties? Ad Buddy?

I am still wondering.....I understand leaving things unanswered as an artistic choice....but I want answers dammit.
Title: Re: MANIAC (Probably spoilers at some point but not yet)
Post by: Morvis13 on October 22, 2018, 02:13:28 PM
I clicked to watch by mistake and stayed for episode 2. Now I have to watch the rest.
From episode 1 opening the doctor spoke of alternate possibilities. As soon as I saw the Extra Liberty i thought it was a different universe. Tech seems to be 70s but out of control from modern reality.

Jona Hill actually doing some good serious acting.