The Circle (2017; James Ponsoldt) – Dare Daniel Podcast Episode 9
On this week’s episode of the Dare Daniel podcast, social media warrior Corky McDonnell and “woke bro” Daniel Barnes get to the bottom of this so-called Internet with their review of James Ponsoldt’s The Circle.
Starring Emma Watson, Tom Hanks and John Boyega as employees at a cult-like tech company, the irrationally paranoid The Circle examines essential 21st-century privacy issues with all the depth of a Facebook debate.
Daniel and Corky put down their damn phones just long enough to discuss antler chandeliers (#chantlers), Luddite typewriter enthusiasts and the moral ambiguity of kayakers.
U.S. theatrical release date: April 28, 2017
Domestic box office: $20 million (production budget: $18 million)
Critic scores: 15 on Rotten Tomatoes; 43 on Metacritic
This week’s craft beer: New Glory Brewing’s Zwickel Me Timbers Helles Lager (5.4% ABV)
IMDB synopsis: “A woman lands a dream job at a powerful tech company called the Circle, only to uncover an agenda that will affect the lives of all of humanity.”
This week’s referenced movies: How to Be a Latin Lover; Beauty and the Beast; The Spectacular Now; The End of the Tour; Baahubali 2: The Conclusion; California Typewriter; The Snowman; Boyhood; The Monster Squad; Footloose; xXx; A Clockwork Orange; 1984
Ratings for The Circle: Daniel – Dare; Corky – Double Dare