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Looks like comedy to beat in 2017...
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The book was atrocious. Like bad-YA bad. I finished it just to see if ithr ending would actually be as bad as I thought it was. It succeeded in being even worse than I predicted.
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I should have known it was based on a YA novel. 

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Why are all these people I like in something that looks so bad?!

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The book was atrocious. Like bad-YA bad. I finished it just to see if ithr ending would actually be as bad as I thought it was. It succeeded in being even worse than I predicted.

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I should have known it was based on a YA novel. 

I love Dave Eggers, and the idea is interesting, but this novel is a giant pile of shit. I, too, finished it just to see how of the rails it would go. It isn't a YA novel; it just feels like one. It wants to be a techno thriller, but he can't maintain tension in the novel and there is a bull shit mystery which is clearly telegraphed from way out. Its meowmeowbeanz, corporate big brother, body cams, and a Google cult, wrapped into a boring shell as we watch our protagonist get more and more computer monitors to handle the volume of social media posting she has to do. Emma Watson, you poor fool, what have you signed up for?
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here for evil hanx tho

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Why is Emma Watson suddenly in everything?

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I love Dave Eggers, and the idea is interesting, but this novel is a giant pile of shit. I, too, finished it just to see how of the rails it would go. It isn't a YA novel; it just feels like one. It wants to be a techno thriller, but he can't maintain tension in the novel and there is a bull shit mystery which is clearly telegraphed from way out. Its meowmeowbeanz, corporate big brother, body cams, and a Google cult, wrapped into a boring shell as we watch our protagonist get more and more computer monitors to handle the volume of social media posting she has to do.
YES
post #9 of 28
Yeah, this booked sucks bad.
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evil hanx tho

post #11 of 28
cloud atlas had some wonderful evil hanks
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cloud atlas had some wonderful evil hanks

 

didn't see it
too long

had that bnat stank on it

post #13 of 28

https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_circle_2017

 

Yup.  Seems about right.

 

Watson and Hanks have more money than they will ever need, so I guess they joined this because the material spoke to them?

post #14 of 28
Hanks has now starred in two adaptations of Dave Egger's books and they've both flopped.

Don't do a third Hanks!
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I do not like Three Eggers & Hanks

 

I do not like them, Sam I Am

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didn't see it
too long

had that bnat stank on it

 

You're missing out. Cloud Atlas is wonderful. 

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You're missing out. Cloud Atlas is wonderful. 

 

it's still got bnat stank on it. maybe next year. 

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What?  You don't watch movies if they showed at BNAT?  That's kind of weird.

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it's still got bnat stank on it. maybe next year. 

 

It's one third amazing, one third ok, one sixth terrible, and one sixth unintelligible and infuriating.

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What?  You don't watch movies if they showed at BNAT?  That's kind of weird.

 

Hahah, no, I do! But I do find myself oddly overly critical of movies that got a rapturous reception from BNAT whenever they played, simply because I think BNAT is bad for movies. 

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Well I'm not going to argue that too much.  I kind of have the same reaction with Fantastic Fest.  Not that I think it's bad for movies, but more that every year people come out proclaiming some movie they just saw to be the most amazing thing ever, totally redefining the genre, blah blah blah.  Three months later Magnet throws it on Netflix, it's totally passable, but in the end utterly forgettable.  But yeah, same thing happens at BNAT.  Yeah, occasionally you get an OLDBOY, but man, I'll never forget sitting there while Frank Darabont's fucking horrid "The Majestic" was getting a standing ovation.  I thought I was in bizarro land.   Maybe it's some sort of AUSTIN geek thing.

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I always find it weird when you read folks went bananas at those things for some movie they were only shown 30 minutes of.

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I always find it weird when you read folks went bananas at those things for some movie they were only shown 30 minutes of.

 

But they were right about LOGAN at least.

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Well I'm not going to argue that too much.  I kind of have the same reaction with Fantastic Fest.  Not that I think it's bad for movies, but more that every year people come out proclaiming some movie they just saw to be the most amazing thing ever, totally redefining the genre, blah blah blah.  Three months later Magnet throws it on Netflix, it's totally passable, but in the end utterly forgettable.  But yeah, same thing happens at BNAT.  Yeah, occasionally you get an OLDBOY, but man, I'll never forget sitting there while Frank Darabont's fucking horrid "The Majestic" was getting a standing ovation.  I thought I was in bizarro land.   Maybe it's some sort of AUSTIN geek thing.

 

I grade my expectations on a curve for anything that basically comes out of that BNAT/Drafthouse/FF scene. If it's disappointing, then I'm not surprised. If it's great (THE WITCH), then I'm pleasantly overjoyed. 

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I always find it weird when you read folks went bananas at those things for some movie they were only shown 30 minutes of.

God, I'm glad I quit going before that nonsense started.  

post #26 of 28

Bringing it back to the topic, he other day someone on my Facebook feed who I trust linked to an review he wrote for The Circle when the book came out a few years ago.  He loved it and went on about how scary it was. I went out that afternoon after work and bought it (all the libraries were out).  The next day I click on this thread and everyone is talking about how the book is a pile of shit.  Well fuck.  I wish I would have clicked on this thread before I bought the book!  Well, it looks like I will make up my own mind.  I paid for the damn thing, I'm going to read it.

post #27 of 28
I like Eggers. I really do, but both here and Hologram for the King, I felt he only delivered part of a great story. The setup for the Circle is good, but It falls apart hard. Hopefully the movie can fix it.
post #28 of 28

Just caught this on Netflix (where I found out it's an original Netflix production).

 

The cast is solid. Everyone put in fine performances (the boy from boyhood is in it, which I didn't know going in) but John Boyega is wasted (not in it enough), along with Patton Oswalt (who's not given much to do).

 

Hanks, Karen Gillen and Bill Paxton were the standouts for me. Emma Watson was very good also but her character starts out well drawn but soon her choices make no sense at all.

 

The premise is very timely and the first act does sets things up quite nicely. A few solid scenes. I found it was entertaining enough for the first half before it loses steam. There's not enough going on beyond the premise to keep the momentum going.

 

The film sets up these always-on cameras and never really explores the possibilities in any interesting or truly terrifying ways (unlike your typical Black Mirror episode).

 

The direction and editing was solid and it reminded me a lot of of The Social Network except it had a certain iPhone commercial quality to it.

 

The dialogue was okay but the story fell apart towards act three. I honestly think they missed the whole last reel. The whole movie just ends and it ends on a weird note at that -- I guess they were going for a Black Mirror thing but it felt rushed and like I missed out on an actual ending. This could be down to Watson's character; they just didn't know how to wrap things up. I've never read the book, so I don't know if they're being faithful (Eggers did adapt the screenplay alongsid the director).

 

If it's on your Netflix, you could definitely do worse.

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