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A Circle’s Past Perfection is a Modern Imperfection

“When and how should technology be utilized? How much personal information is too much information? Have we crossed the line of no return? Has the human race finally come full circle with its development, innovation and necessity for information technology?”
–“Technology Coming Full Circle?” on Jimmy’s Daily Planet from December 7, 2016

The excerpt above is from a Jimmy’s Daily Planet blog post from December 7, 2016 that was inspired by the first trailer for the movie The Circle that stars Tom Hanks, Emma Watson and John Boyega. Given the ever-increasing dependency (and apparent willingness) on the part of advanced societies to insert technology into seemingly every aspect of our daily lives, the questions above are left wanting at a somewhat alarming rate and moment in time. And The Circle aims to not only cover, but actually answer these critically important inquiries with truths we may not be prepared to discover.

Adapted from the 2013 novel by Dave Eggers with the same title, the two cinematic trailers for The Circle confirm I’m not the only person who fears that innovators (and some fans/consumers) of new technological advancements have possibly never seen any films or read any books related to science-fiction or robots or the rise of machines. I’ve been saying for many years that we’ve been (as shocking as it reads) “big brothering” ourselves. Truly incredible, isn’t it?

Ladies and gentlemen, there’s even a popular CBS show called “Big Brother” that involves recording people interacting in a surveillance house. And it’s a hit show.

It must be stated that many (possibly countless when all of recorded history is concerned) technological inventions can and have greatly propelled us forward to better places. Absolutely no argument there. We need innovative technology to help us. “Help us” are the key words here. However, these select (and amazing, in some respects) advancements do not provide blanket approval for every single new innovation that presents a new camera and form of surveillance. The second trailer for The Circle, released just hours ago online, will present this modern dilemma with, hopefully, consequential introspection.

“Some people simply view a circle as full and some people simply view a circle as empty.

Time will tell for this cinematic Circle.”
–“Technology Coming Full Circle?” on Jimmy’s Daily Planet from December 7, 2016

Let’s see if the second trailer adds clarity for the cinematic destiny of The Circle.

The theatrical release date for The Circle is April 28, 2017. Until then, good luck trying to find all the cameras.

Hint: There may be too many to count…

This Beauty Will Be a Box Office Beast

Can real actors live up to…an animation?

That has been the question for why Disney is even attempting to bring back the wondrous tale of Beauty and the Beast that many (if not all) could easily argue defiantly marked its zenith of fanfare and adoration way back in 1991. And a legitimate query it is. The early ’90s  animated movie by Walt Disney Pictures is not only one of the greatest animations in cinematic history, but one of the most treasured movies in cinematic history.

Put frankly: There is more to lose from a (mostly) live-action revamp than there is to gain.

And yet, the trailers and specialized posters for the 2017 version of Beauty and the Beast continue to pass the test of anxiously curious fans…and then some.

With the final and most comprehensive look to date, Walt Disney Pictures has just released its newest trailer for the film that will remind us why Emma Watson’s portrayal of Belle may be reason enough for this live-action rendition of a beloved classic.

Will 2017s Beauty and the Beast meet the extraordinarily high standard of the 1991 timeless classic Beauty and the Beast? Audiences will discover the answer starting March 17th.

Whatever the verdict, this just might be the closest (and best) attempt to bring some of the animated magic to life beyond the brilliantly colorful pen strokes of the ’90s.

Technology Coming Full Circle?

There are rare movies that speak deftly to an entire generation and one of those such films may be upon us.

‘Tis the season (or week) for movie trailers?

In less than a week, three new movie trailers have been released that not only feature great casts, but intriguing storylines. The most intellectually curious may be The Circle. Starring Tom Hanks, Belle Emma Watson and John Boyega from The Force Awakens, the story seems to be literally centered in an advanced facility, while metaphorically set within the big questions surrounding societal and individual use of information technology being pondered by very different generations of people.

When and how should technology be utilized? How much personal information is too much information? Have we crossed the line of no return? Has the human race finally come full circle with its development, innovation and necessity for information technology?

See for yourself.

Perhaps the most critically important question regarding The Circle is whether or not the story and characters will take audiences to the next-level of this ongoing, life-altering debate?

Some people simply view a circle as full and some people simply view a circle as empty.

Time will tell for this cinematic Circle. 

Happy Monday!

Disney’s timing is impeccable.

People are in need of some unifying good news and Emma Watson and Co. may have a remedy that sparks our imaginations and pulls our heart strings in the best ways. Ladies and gentlemen, there was a movie trailer that was released just this morning and it’s one you’ll want to see…

The 1991 animated masterpiece Beauty and the Beast from Disney remains one of the greatest movies ever made. An incredible feat not only for an animated film, but one courtesy of Disney. When news broke of a live-action version, skepticism immediately followed. The room for error was, potentially, too great to risk the legacy and feel of the original. However, when Emma Watson was cast as Belle, people’s confidence skyrocketed.

For good reason.

And Emma Watson, along with the featured cast, director, set designers, producers, etc., seem to have created something bordering on amazing.

Have an Uplifting Week!