Meat at the Movies: Tom Hanks Rails Against Technology in ‘The Circle’
So there's only a couple of movies opening up this weekend and I guess the big one would be The Circle, a new suspense thriller that you've probably seen a ton of trailers for. It's got a phenomenal cast that includes Tom Hanks, Emma Watson, John Boyega from Star Wars, Patton Oswalt, it actually also has Bill Paxton in his final performance. And the director, James Ponsoldt, has really made a name for himself in the independent film world with some great movies like The Spectacular Now and The End of the Tour, so I was really looking forward to this one. In the movie, Emma Watson is hired by a powerful tech and social media company run by Tom Hanks, where she gets involved in some kind of experiment that starts to push the boundaries of privacy, ethics, and personal freedoms. It's a topical and potentially interesting premise, but reviews are starting to come in and they are almost entirely bad. It seems like it's so focused on being a lecture about the dangers of technology that it forgets to have a story. You're probably better off staying home and watching Black Mirror on Netflix, which is a show that pretty much does the same thing but is super intense and awesome.
Then there's a new comedy out called How To Be A Latin Lover, which is directed by Ken Marino, a comedian I really like who was in Wet Hot American Summer, Party Down, and Childrens Hospital. It stars people like Salma Hayak, Rob Lowe, Kristen Bell, and Raquel Welch and the movie's about an aging gigolo who has to move back in with his sister and his attempts to seduce a wealthy grandmother. There really aren't many reviews for this yet because it wasn't screened for critics, which is not a good sign, but it looks like something Adam Sandler or Rob Schneider would have made 15 years ago. Plus it's rated PG-13, which seems tame for what's supposedly a sex comedy
So alas, there's not too much out this week, but there's some great stuff out there that you can catch up on, plus next week we've got Guardians of the Galaxy to look forward to, and I'm hearing great things about that. Until then though, we'll Meat at the Movies.