“The Circle” Podcast Movie Review

Tom Hanks and Emma Watson in The Circle

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 scores15 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 LoverBeauty and the BeastThe Spectacular Now; The End of the TourBaahubali 2: The ConclusionCalifornia TypewriterThe Snowman; BoyhoodThe Monster SquadFootloosexXxA Clockwork Orange1984

Ratings for The CircleDaniel – Dare; Corky – Double Dare


Original theatrical trailer for The Circle

Chantler Bing to Emma Watson: “I can’t do this.”

Emma Watson and Tom Hanks

Social media manhunt

Dirt bike explosion jumps in xXx

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