The Circle (2017) – Review

The Circle is a 2017 thriller movie written and directed by James Ponsoldt, starring Emma Watson (as Mae Holland), Tom Hanks (Eamon Bailey), John Boyega (Kalden) and Karen Gillan (Annie Allerton). This is the movie adaptation of the sci-fi novel The Circle by Dave Eggers, written in 2013.

The Circle introduces us to Mae Holland, a young girl employed in the call center of a water company.
Receiving a call from her friend Annie, she is given the opportunity to attend an interview at the huge technology and social media company The Circle.
Mae, excited, attends the interview. She conducts it brilliantly, and she is hired.
The company comes across as cutting-edge, with a friendly, youthful company culture. The buildings are organized like a campus, where you can participate in sports, group parties and more.
Mae’s work is constantly monitored and evaluated, with a very quick feedback.

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Brain on Fire (2016) – Review

Brain on Fire is a 2016 autobiographical drama movie directed and written by Irish director Gerard Barrett. The movie is based on Susannah Cahalan’s memoir Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness and stars Chloë Grace Moretz, Jenny Slate, Thomas Mann, Tyler Perry, Carrie-Anne Moss and Richard Armitage.

The movie begins with a brief flash forward that shows us Susannah in a catatonic, suffering state in a hospital bed.
The flash forward stops. Susannah is a reporter for The New York Post, engaged to Stephen. Her life seems to be going well: she is employed, has friends, and a boyfriend who loves her.
However, in the middle of her birthday party, she has a brief episode of spacing out. For a moment, a very brief moment, she loses track of reality. As brief as it is, Susannah doesn’t really pay attention to what happened.

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Burmese Days, George Orwell – Review

Burmese Days is a novel by George Orwell published in 1934 about the decline of British imperialism before the outbreak of World War II.

The story opens with the intrigue-filled scenario of U Po Kyin, a cunning and spoiled magistrate whose ultimate goal in life is to increase his power by joining the circle of the British. The only way to succeed is to discredit the only other possible candidate, Dr Veraswami, who is a friend of a British man called Flory, who works in Burma as a timber merchant.

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I Want to Eat Your Pancreas – Review

I want to eat your pancreas (君の膵臓をたべたい Kimi no Suizō o Tabetai?) is a 2018 anime movie directed by Shinichirō Ushijima, an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Yoru Sumino.
The story stars a young student, whose name we won’t know until the end of the movie, and Sakura Yamauchi, a classmate of his who is, apparently, very cheerful and sunny.
By chance, the boy finds Sakura’s secret diary, where he learns that she is suffering from a terrible pancreatic disease. Because of this, she has only a few months left to live.
However, the boy reacts with stoicism, not caring too much, and Sakura notices.

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