Preview, Netflix throws a couple of Oscar winners and Jonah Hill at “Maniac”

Netflix has rapidly evolved into a safe space for famous actors to dabble in TV — streaming series — and take acting risks without denting either their quote or their marketable screen personas (brands).

Think Jason Bateman’s dark “Ozark,” etc.

Thus, “Maniac,” with the New Jonah Hill as an institutionalized man living a rich fantasy life that includes Oscar winners Emma Stone and Sally Field, Gabriel Byrne and Justin Theroux, directed by Cary Fukunaga (“Sin Nombre,” “Beasts of No Nation”).

I try not to invest much time in series, in general, as there are only so many hours in the day and the feature film is, to me, the perfect storytelling art form — compact, efficient — while TV, “limited series” (and interconnected never-ending film series, for that matter) drag stories out in droplets, dribs and drabs, endless cliffhangers, wider and wider “universes” that are by their very nature, repetitive. Don’t get me started.

But this looks as if it’ll be worth a peek — Sept. 21.

 

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