The Circle

The Circle

DVD - 2017
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When Mae is hired to work for the world's largest and most powerful tech and social media company, she sees it as an opportunity. As she rises through the ranks, she is encouraged by the company's founder, Eamon Bailey, to engage in a groundbreaking experiment that pushes the boundaries of privacy, ethics and ultimately her personal freedom. Her participation in the experiment, and every decision she makes begin to affect the lives and future of her friends, family and that of humanity.
Publisher: [California] : Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, ©2017.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (110 min.),sound, color ;,12 cm.

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PDBurt
Feb 12, 2020

A good movie if you're into internet/cell/government transparency. I liked how loving and connected the girl/young woman was with her parents. Maybe that's what saves us all from becoming walking computers. Tom Hanks was So good, once again, in this role. What a great actor. This film would appeal to a younger audience-like late teens, twenties and early thirty somethings. Interesting views of a college atmosphere.

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Normwil
Feb 12, 2020

Kept our interest, worth watching

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iloveseaotters
Nov 26, 2019

I don't really know what to make of this movie. It started out interesting and for for a while I was kind of jealous of Mae and her new job. But it quickly became weird and got worse from there. Just really creepy in a "big brother" kind of way. Tom Hanks' role was interesting and he was almost kind of a "bad guy " in a sense.
I wouldn't have bothered with a movie like this were it not for Tom Hanks in the main role. I'm a little curious about the book but I hope that it doesn't end the way the movie did. I'm still trying to figure out what happened at the end because it was very unsatisfying.

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geraldtsang
Nov 18, 2019

It is a pretty boring movie although Tom Hanks is good as usual

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Cyrano111
Nov 12, 2019

Worst movie I've seen since Invasion of the Killer Tomatoes!

Super boring and really bad. Lots of overacting. Almost two hours of my time wasted.

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kaytatmain
Jul 02, 2019

The concept would be good and fix a lot of issues, and protect the kids, but if data is used to hurt it can be deadly!

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lendmeyourears2017
Jun 02, 2019

This book opens as a very motivated young woman (Mae) gets the chance of a lifetime – a dream job in a prestigious high tech firm working with her good friend (Annie). Mae becomes star truck by the technological advances generated by The Circle’s teams and desires to be an integral part of it. She meets many tech friendly and luddite types, applying her own interpretation of their reactions to The Circle’s progressive plans. This book is science fiction that is quickly becoming science fact.

The reader, Dion Graham, has a vocal quality and tone that gives a real sense of intimacy to the listener. He fluctuates from near whispering at times to strident urgency. He also captures the various characters vocal inflection so the dialog is easy to follow as he reads.

As the listener, my attention was riveted waiting for the other metaphorical shoe to drop at each turn of the plot. The author drops juicy teasing tidbits throughout the story which prompted me to speculate how these will be knit together later in the story. He grows the suspense slowly and from many directions. This book is well written and worth the listen. This book really got into my head when I went back to employing my own social media habits, making me rethink the ramifications of my activities on the internet. This book was written well before the recent Facebook kerfuffle but much of what happens in the book is what was in the Senate hearings - yikes. Take this audio book along on your summer driving trips. I won’t give it away, but the ending gave me chills.

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booksmile
Apr 11, 2019

An introvert's horror.

Odd pacing and hard to understand character motivations and a dark ending. And so many excited people cheering for all the horrific things. Some of the horror came straight from historic corporate culture instead of anything to do with tech/social media, like expecting employees to give up their weekends/evenings to attend social things with coworkers/clients and if they don't give up that free time they are seen as bad employees, ugh...

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deweylana1
Nov 04, 2018

This movie was fun to watch. It is a bit simplistic so that’s why I rate it 4/5. However it does make me think about Transparency vs Privacy. For example, where and to what extent do we want total transparency in our society? What about the balance of transparency/privacy for Government vs Individual? Would we trust Public officials more if there is total transparency as portrayed in this movie? The movie poses an interesting and seemingly radical proposal to ponder. How long before this movie becomes reality?

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jimg2000
Nov 08, 2017

Only 3 mundane quotes in IMDb now. Here are a few more:
We're not gonna become Amish, Mom. I... When someone dies in a plane crash, you don't abandon planes, you make them safer.
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Secrets are what make crimes possible. We behave worse when we're not accountable. I was my worst self because I didn't think anyone was watching.
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The Party Rank:
This is what participation is all about, bringing you, lifting you up. Thus, your participation window. I can't believe you've been here this long without being on the main social feed. You're about to have your world rocked. ... Oh, forgot one more thing. This is your participation rank. Party rank for short. Some people here call it the popularity rank, but it's not really that.
It's just an algorithm-generated number that takes into account all your activity in the inner circle.

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jimg2000
Nov 08, 2017

Theme song Private Eyes performed by Lenachka lyrics:
Watching you
Watching you
I see you, you see me
Watch you blowin' the lines
When you're making a scene
Oh, girl, you've got to know
What my head overlooks
The senses will show to my heart
When it's watching for lies
You can't escape my
Private Eyes
They're watching you
They see your every move
Private Eyes
They're watching you
They're watching your every move
They're watching you
They're watching you
They're watching you
They're watching you
They're watching you
They're watching you
They're watching you
I see you, you see me
I see you, you see me
Private Eyes
They're watching you
They see your every move
Private Eyes
They're watching you
They're watching your every move
They're watching, you
They're watching you
They're watching you
Watching you
Watching you
They're watching
Watching you
Watching you
They're watching, you

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jimg2000
Nov 08, 2017

Lyrics to ending song Simple Gifts - Jónsi:

'Tis the gift to be simple
'Tis the gift to be free
'Tis the gift to come down
Where we ought to be
And when we find ourselves
In the place just right
To bow and to bend
We shan't be
Ashamed
To turn, turn
Will be our delight
To bow and to bend
We shan't be
Ashamed
To turn, turn
Will be our delight
To bow and to bend
We shan't be
Ashamed
To turn, turn
Will be our delight
To bow and to bend
We shan't be
Ashamed
To turn, turn
Will be our delight
'Tis the gift to be simple
'Tis the gift to be free
'Tis the gift to come down
Where we ought to be
And when we find ourselves
In the place just right

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jimg2000
Nov 08, 2017

Social peer Pressure:

I just haven't had time yet for extracurricular stuff.
-Wow. That's so interesting you put it that way. We actually see your profile
and the activity on it as integral to your participation here. This is how your coworkers, even the ones on the other side of campus, know who you are.
Communication certainly isn't extracurricular, right?
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It's all connected. But you've had a blip or two when it comes to meshing with the community, like your absence at several weekend or evening events. Which are, of course, optional.
- I'm sorry?
Let's start with this weekend. You left campus at 11:42 p.m. on Friday and got back 8:46 a.m., Monday.
-Was there work on the weekend?
Oh, no, no! I didn't... I'm sorry. Oh, so sweet. There wasn't mandatory work
on the weekend. This isn't like a clock in, clock out type place, thank God!
But, you know, there were thousands of people here participating in a hundred different activities. ...

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