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Maniac Ending Explained

David Crow Sep 24, 2018

We explore the surrealist ending and overarching themes of Netflix's Maniac, the beautiful art piece starring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill.

This article contains major Maniac spoilers.

Sometimes finding health is just about earning a little bit of happiness, be it from a good friend or a road trip to Salt Lake City.

Such basic, slice of life wisdom is the cornerstone for Maniac’s unconventional and deeply affecting ending after 10 episodes on Netflix. Indeed, the limited series that has captured streaming audiences’ imaginations in only a few days is a beautiful trip that is neither about the destination or its journey; rather it is about how one feels about ever been put in motion—as opposed to sitting still in a quiet room. And by the end of Cary Joji Fukunaga and Patrick Sommerville’s magnum opus, just what that motion means can appear to be a complicated thing.
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‘Carol’ Producer Stephen Woolley Develops Remake Of Kurosawa’s ‘Ikiru’ As He Celebrates Scala Cinema

‘Carol’ Producer Stephen Woolley Develops Remake Of Kurosawa’s ‘Ikiru’ As He Celebrates Scala Cinema
Carol and On Chesil Beach producer Stephen Woolley is developing a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s Ikiru set in London in the 1950s. Woolley, who runs Number 9 Films with Elizabeth Karlsen, revealed the remake in the foreword of a book celebrating the Scala Cinema, the ambitious theater that he set up in 1979. Scala Cinema: 1978 to 1993 by Jane Giles is published by Fab Press on October 18.

The cinema, which was a British equivalent to the grindhouse venues on the West Coast of the U.S., was founded in 1970 and its first all-nighter showed Ikiru, the classic Japanese feature that followed a bureaucrat trying to find meaning in his life after discovering he has terminal cancer.

“I still get inspiration from these beautiful Scala programmes,” Woolley said. “Nearly 40 years on from that Scala screening, I’m reading a screenplay today for a version I commissioned that will be set in 1950s London,
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H. Jon Benjamin Tweets ‘Me So Horny’ Joke, Quickly Apologizes

H. Jon Benjamin Tweets ‘Me So Horny’ Joke, Quickly Apologizes
H. Jon Benjamin, famous for his voice work on shows like “Archer” and “Bob’s Burgers,” is used to making people laugh. So it probably came as a surprise when his latest attempt at a Twitter joke fell flat: “Quick idea for the name of a tea shop- ‘ooh me so horny, me love you oolong time tea shop.’” The tweet has thus far received more than 100 responses, most of them negative — a Twitter phenomenon often referred to as The Ratio.

Originating as a line in Stanley Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket,” “me so horny” has been used as an Asian stereotype in the decades since the film’s release. Following the reactions to his tweet, Benjamin apologized within hours: “Sorry I offended many. I agree this ‘joke’ was lazy and incompetent and formulated quickly while making a cup of oolong tea,” he wrote.

“The fact that it was a
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Funko’s Nycc exclusive movie merchandise includes The Shining, Predator, Gremlins, Coming to America and more

Promotional images have arrived online for Funko’s range of New York Comic-Con exclusive movie merchandise which includes: Rock Candy figures for The Grady Twins from Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 horror The Shining and Margot from Wes Anderson’s comedy-drama The Royal Tenenbaums; Vynl. 2-packs for Max Fischer and Herman Blume from Wes Anderson’s Rushmore, Prince Akeem and Randy Watson from the 1988 comedy Coming to America and Gizmo and Stripe in 3D glasses from Gremlins, Coraline in Pyjamas; and a fugitive Predator Pop! Vinyl; check them out here…

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Disconnect Hal Midnights at The Tivoli this Weekend – 2001: A Space Odyssey

“Dave, this conversation can serve no purpose anymore. Goodbye.”

2001: A Space Odyssey plays midnights this weekend (September 21st and 22nd) at The Tivoli Theater as part of the Reel late at The Tivoli Midnight series.

1968 was a watershed year in American history and cinema. Director Stanley Kubrick and writer Arthur C. Clarke combined their geniuses to create 2001: A Space Odyssey, a film that takes humans from the dawn of evolution to the edge of space and time. I saw this movie for the first time at the Esquire Theater on Clayton Road in a 1976 re-release. It was actually on one of their upstairs screens, a tight area that served as a balcony in that theater’s first decades. 2001: A Space Odyssey left this 14-year old dazed and confused – and I still am to this day.

The special effects, even by today’s standards are impressive even though
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Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey receiving a 4K restoration release in October

In celebration of its 50th anniversary, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced the upcoming 4K Ultra HD release of Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi classic 2001: A Space Odyssey which is set to arrive on October 29th in the UK and October 30th in North America.

For the first time since the original release, new 70mm prints were struck from pristine printing elements made from the original camera negative. A longtime admirer of the late American auteur, Christopher Nolan worked closely with the team at Warner Bros. Pictures throughout the mastering process.

Building on the work done for the new 70mm prints, the 4K Uhd with Hdr presentation was mastered from the 65mm original camera negative. The 4K Uhd also includes both a remixed and restored 5.1 DTS-hd master audio track, as well as the original 1968 6-track theatrical audio mix (formatted for 5.1 DTS-hd master audio).

“2001 to me is the most cinematic film
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Travis Scott Looking to S.P.A.C.E for New Brand or Project

  • TMZ
"Astroworld" was just the start ... Travis Scott's now looking to take his brand to another world, like a true space cadet. The rapper recently filed paperwork to acquire the rights to "S.P.A.C.E" ... and it looks like he wants to plaster that term all over a wide variety of merchandise. According to the docs, obtained by TMZ, Travis has earthly plans to produce "S.P.A.C.E" branded clothing, jewelry, cosmetics,
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The Tree of Life

Terrence Malick’s magnum opus fully expresses what might be called his ‘Unified Theory’ of cinema — which embraces the human experience from the core of family life to the creation and destruction of the universe. Even Stanley Kubrick didn’t go that far: he never filmed merciful dinosaurs or anything as simple as a mother who experiences rapture rolling in the grass with her young sons.

The Tree of Life


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2011 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 139, 179 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date September 11, 2018 / 49.95

Starring: Jessica Chastain, Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Hunter McCracken, Laramie Eppler, Tye Sheridan.

Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki

Film Editors: Hank Corwin, Jay Rabinowitz, Daniel Rezende, Billy Weber, Mark Yoshikawa

Original Music: Alexandre Desplat

Production Design by Jack Fisk

Produced by DeDe Gardner, Sarah Green, Grant Hill, Brad Pitt, Bill Pohlad

Written and Directed by Terrence Malick

I’ve wanted to review The Tree of Life ever since it came out.
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The Casual Cinecast Reviews Searching

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The latest entry into the budding "Screen Life" genre is Searching, starring John Cho. Find out what the Casual Cinecast thought of the film and much more! 

As usual on the Casual Cinecast, the guys start with their "What's On Our Minds?" segment where they talk about what film and TV they've watched over the last week or so! Chris watched all 8 episodes of the new Amazon Prime series Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan which stars John Krasinski as Jack Ryan! Mike watched the new Ben Kingsley and Oscar Isaac film, Operation Finale and was inspired by last week's 2001: A Space Odyssey episode and revisited the Stanley Kubrick film Eyes Wide Shut which stars Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman! Lastly, Justin revisited the Extended Cut of Terrence Malick's The New World which stars Colin Farrell, Christian Bale, Christopher Plummer and Q'orianka Kilcher and he also discusses the Extended Cut
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Cate Blanchett To Receive Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award For Excellence In Film

  • Deadline
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles is set to honor Cate Blanchett with the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film at the 2018 British Academy Britannia Awards.The Britannia Awards are BAFTA’s biggest event outside of the UK and will this year take place on October 26 at the Beverly Hilton.

The Britannias honor outstanding British talent, and exceptional international talent by virtue of their strong connection to British entertainment through their body of work.

Per the org, the Stanley Kubrick prize is presented to “individuals whose work is stamped with the indelible mark of authorship and ingenuity.” Previous honorees include Matt Damon (2017), Jodie Foster (2016), Meryl Streep (2015), Robert Downey Jr and (2014) and George Clooney (2013).

This year, Blanchett starred in Ocean’s 8 and this fall will be seen in The House with A Clock in Its Walls. Next year, she will star in Where’d You Go Bernadette.
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What Does Senator Cory Booker’s ‘Spartacus Moment’ Mean?

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What Does Senator Cory Booker’s ‘Spartacus Moment’ Mean?
When Sen. Cory Booker (D-n.J.) threatened to defy Senate rules and release confidential documents about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, he cited the opportunity to have his own “I am Spartacus” moment — and prompted a few head scratches about the pop culture reference.

“This is the closest I’ll ever get in my life to an ‘I am Spartacus’ moment,” Booker said, citing a line from the 1960 Academy Award-winning movie “Spartacus,” directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Kirk Douglas, and based on real history.

While the line Booker is referring to is iconic, it’s also just old enough that it’s beginning to slip from some people’s pop culture lexicon.

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Spartacus” follows a Thracian man named Spartacus (Douglas) who is a slave of the Roman empire in the 1st century B.C., but
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Blu-ray Review: “The Tree Of Life” (2011; Directed by Terrence Malick) (The Criterion Collection)

  • CinemaRetro
“Grace Vs. Nature”

By Raymond Benson

Not many filmmakers since the great Stanley Kubrick have had the same kind of mystique, but one who easily fits that bill is Terrence Malick, a writer/director who has endeavored to redefine the narrative form of cinema in visually poetic terms.

Malick doesn’t create movies, he makes cinema in verse. The story in a Malick film is not a priority, although there is often a profound tale at work. A Malick picture is all about the emotions, the visual beauty, the aural splendidness, and taking part in a cerebral, yet primally impressionistic experience.

The reclusive filmmaker disappeared from the public eye after his two acclaimed, more “accessible” works. He returned twenty years later and made The Thin Red Line (1998). Something was immediately different about his art. Malick’s storytelling was more oblique, nonlinear, and lyrical. This trend continued more intensely in The New World
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Errol Morris On ‘American Dharma’ & Steve Bannon Who “Embraces” Comparisons To Lucifer – Venice

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Errol Morris On ‘American Dharma’ & Steve Bannon Who “Embraces” Comparisons To Lucifer – Venice
Oscar-winning filmmaker Errol Morris is at the Venice Film Festival presenting his Steve Bannon documentary, American Dharma, out of competition.

The Fog Of War director faced some tough questions from the press corps this afternoon, particularly as to whether he was normalizing and giving a platform to the controversial former White House strategist who is happy to be compared to Lucifer.

“Did I struggle with the question?” Morris responded. “The answer is yes. If the question is, Am I still struggling with it? The answer would still be yes.” However, “My answer is not to remain silent and not make the movie. I believe I’ve done something different… Trying to explore the nature of what (Bannon) calls national populism, what it means for the world, for my country, I think is absolutely essential.”

Bannon, as expected, did not turn up at the press conference — although Morris said it wouldn
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Must Watch Video Awesomely Breaks Down The Camera Work in Stanley Kubrick's The Shining and Why it's So Creepy

If you're a fan of Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, you have to this fantastic video created by the team at Wisecrack. It takes us through the film and breaks down the intriguing cinematography of the film and explains what it is that makes it so damn creepy and unsettling. 

The way the camera is used in the film creates so much uneasiness with the way the shots are framed and a few other intriguing tricks are used to get the maddening effect that Kubrick was going for. It always has us guessing about what in the hell is really going on!

One thing that I really enjoyed about this video essay was how it was shown. As you'll see the narrator of the video is superimposed over the actual film footage and it actually looks really good. It definitely adds a fun visual flare to it. This is probably
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Next 3 Sci-Fi Worlds: 'Ad Astra,' 'Chaos Walking,' 'Captive State'

Back in May, a new, 70mm print of Stanley Kubrick's classic 2001: A Space Odyssey debuted at the Cannes Film Festival, thanks in part to the efforts of filmmaker Christopher Nolan. The new print played in select theaters earlier this summer. More recently, a magnificent 4K restoration of the film has been playing in theaters nationwide. The wonder of seeing the timeless classic on the big screen made us wonder what new, sci-fi worlds will arriving in theaters in the coming months. Let's look ahead to next year and consider three titles that caught our eye.   Ad Astra Brad Pitt stars as an Army Corps engineer who is searching across the universe for his father, "who disappeared [20 years before] on a mission to find alien life.&quot...
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Next 3 Sci-Fi Worlds: 'Ad Astra,' 'Chaos Walking,' 'Captive State'

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Back in May, a new, 70mm print of Stanley Kubrick's classic 2001: A Space Odyssey debuted at the Cannes Film Festival, thanks in part to the efforts of filmmaker Christopher Nolan. The new print played in select theaters earlier this summer. More recently, a magnificent 4K restoration of the film has been playing in theaters nationwide. The wonder of seeing the timeless classic on the big screen made us wonder what new, sci-fi worlds will arriving in theaters in the coming months....

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Vince Vaughn On Reteam With Mel Gibson In ‘Dragged Across Concrete’ – Venice

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Vince Vaughn On Reteam With Mel Gibson In ‘Dragged Across Concrete’ – Venice
Vince Vaughn is back at the Venice Film Festival this year with a second-in-a-row starring role in a gritty crime thriller by Bone Tomahawk writer/director S. Craig Zahler. Last year, they were here for Brawl In Cell Block 99 and today will present Dragged Across Concrete out of competition. The film marks another reteam, this one with Mel Gibson who also stars and who previously directed Vaughn in 2016’s triumphant Hacksaw Ridge, which too made its debut on the Lido.

Dragged Across Concrete was well-received at its press screenings this morning and at an afternoon press conference. It pairs Vaughn and Gibson as cop partners who’ve put away enough criminals to fill two wings of a state penitentiary but don’t play enough politics to be rewarded on the job. When they’re suspended after video of an excessively forceful arrest turns up on the 7 o’clock news,
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Review: ‘Kusama: Infinity’ Conventionally Captures a Groundbreaking Artist

When making a documentary chronicling the life and work of an iconic artist it is necessary and downright vital to interrogate why their art struck a chord in the first place. It is not acceptable to present things in a matter of fact way that is no different from reading about their life on Wikipedia. The genre of documentary filmmaking often settles for what is expected instead of bursting the formula of “interview-clip-interview” wide open, making for a sameness that is only disrupted in the differentiation in subject material–but the subjects need better, more daring treatment. This is especially the case if we are talking about an artist as revolutionary and vast as Yayoi Kusama.

Director Heather Lenz’s Kusama—Infinity settles for the typical construction one finds in most documentaries. There’s plenty of archival footage, arranged chronologically, interspersed with interviews here and there stressing the importance of
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The Casual Cinecast Revisits 2001: A Space Odyssey on its 50th Anniversary!

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Stanley Kubrick's wholly original sci-fi opera, 2001: A Space Odyssey, has been re-released on its 50th Anniversary! The Casual Cinecast revisits the film on the big screen! 

If you don't know by now (then you should listen to The Casual Cinecast more), the show starts out with the What's On Our Minds segment where the guys talk about what film and television they've been watching for the past week! Mike checked out the Rachel McAdams and Rachel Weisz starring drama Disobedience. Justin followed his love of the Jackass franchise into the bizarre film that is Action Point which stars Johnny Knoxville and Chris Pontius, plus binged the new Amazon Prime series All or Nothing: Manchester City which follows the English Premiere League soccer (football) team for an entire season. Chris got around to watching American Animals starring Evan Peters and Ann Dowd, directed by Bart Layton. He also binged
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Mike Leigh on ‘Peterloo’: ‘It’s About Voices Being Heard’

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Mike Leigh on ‘Peterloo’: ‘It’s About Voices Being Heard’
Historical epics can defeat the very best auteurs. Stanley Kubrick was thwarted by “Napoleon.” Sergio Leone fell at “Leningrad.” Yet Britain’s Mike Leigh delivered “Peterloo” just five years after his Cannes hit “Mr. Turner.” The subject is a political demonstration that took place in Manchester, England, in the fall of 1819, when armed troops attacked a civilian crowd of more than 60,000 people who had gathered in St Peter’s Field to call for parliamentary reform.

You might imagine that this was a long-gestating project for the 75-year-old, but that seems not to be the case. “It vaguely occurred to me [to do it] quite a long time ago,” he muses, “but then I forgot all about it. But the interesting thing is that I, and a bunch of people who grew up in the north, in Manchester, really didn’t know about it. It’s Manchester’s best-kept secret, for some reason that’s very,
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