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The Revenant

My last film for the 2015 Jeebus Awards goes to a film that was on my most anticipated of the year, The Revenant! Directed by Alejandro G. Inarritu, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter, and Domhnall Gleeson. I was very disappointed when I found out I had to wait until January 8th to see this film. Living in Dallas is hindering my movie reviews. However, it was worth the wait guys. Will this be the film that finally gets Leo the Oscar? I think so, I’d even put money on it.

The Revenant tells the true story of Hugh Glass(DiCaprio), a hunter with a crew on a mission for pelts in the wilderness, who was attacked by a bear, and left for dead by the man who supposed to bury him, John Fitzgerald(Hardy). Glass tracks his way across the wilderness, injured, on the verge of death, all in hopes to avenge his son’s death caused by Fitzgerald.

This film is incredible. First off, the acting. Every single star is incredible. I have no doubt about Leo taking home a statue, finally. And Hardy, at the very least, a nomination. These two were at the top of their game this go round, as they really normally are. The only negatives come from Hardy at times falling back on his go to voice. But that’s not anything that takes away from the film.

Now even though I firmly believe Leo will be taking home the Oscar for best actor this year, the true wonder and amazement, and for lack of a better word, star, of the film is the light. What’s that you say? The light? What are you talking about BC? Well in case you do not know, visionary director Alejandro G. Inarritu, who brought us last year’s iconic Birdman, gives us another iconic vision. He used nearly all natural light while filming The Revenant. If they didn’t get the right take in the short amount of time the sun was perfect, then that’s that, we shall wait for the next day. The cinematography is truly breathtaking and awe-inspiring. You are fully immersed in this incredible vision he has painted us. By using the natural light, and seeing what they did, it’s no wonder Tom Hardy had to drop out of Suicide Squad. And while I would’ve liked to see him back in a DC property, he made the right choice.

My only negatives are truly nitpicking. Leo’s character seems to be impervious to the frostbite, and heals rather quickly. While the fight he puts up to survive is gritty and intense, and real, he becomes rather nibble for a man in bear attack. And an attack that is gruesome and violent in its own right. While the use of natural light was beautiful and effective, a few scenes by firelight do not produce enough light to truly film. This is where Alejandro had to use a few lighting techniques and since they are in contrast to the majority of natural light, they stand out. As well the film can drag a little; this is not the high voltage revenge thriller you might expect it to be. It is a true character piece. And while that did not really bother me, I can see it bothering some.

All in all it was an incredible film. One that needs to be seen on the big screen. So go make it a double feature weekend, catch Star Wars again, followed by The Revenant, because the Revenant gets a score of 4.5 with .5 bonus for the beautiful cinematography and amazing shots and score. That gives us a Jeebus Score of 5.0. And what say you Jackass Nation? What is your favorite Leo performance? Are you excited for The Revenant? And don’t forget to Tweet me your favorite film of 2015 vote for Viewer’s Choice at the Jeebus awards with the Hashtag #JeebusViewersChoice. It is what it is!

The Jeebus Score explained

The Jeebus score is out of a possible 6 points. Films are giving a max of 1 point each for Acting, Entertainment, and Casting, and a max of .5 for Dialog, Cinematography, and Direction. There is also a possible bonus up to .5. Any film between 2.5 and 4 is considered a good film. 4-5 is a great film. Anything over 5 is an incredibly amazing film. To get a perfect score of 6 a film will pretty much have to be The Empire Strikes Back or The Godfather.

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Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs stars Ashton Kutcher as the title character, wait, no, that’s not right, that was 2013. Steve Jobs is the 2015 version of the film! While Kutcher did a phenomenal job (pun intended) portraying the mind behind Apple, he did not have the amazing team that this film has behind it. Steve Jobs stars Michael Fassbender, Magneto himself, as Steve Jobs, with Kate Winslet, Jeff Daniels, and Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak in a film directed by Danny Boyle and written by Aaron Sorkin. Like I said, Kutcher didn’t have the team.

This film was plagued by all sorts of setbacks. Going into pre-production with David Fincher set to direct, and Christian Bale to play jobs, it hit its first set back with Fincher leaving. Then Bale decided to pass on the project. Boyle came in and wanted DiCaprio to star. Who eventually passed. Bale came back and accepted the role, then left the project months later. With Jessica Chastain, Ike Barinholtz, and Scarlett Johansson all vying for roles they all eventually dropped and passed. Sony then dropped the project all together and Universal picked it up with started negotiations with Natalie Portman to join the project. She then passed. Eventually its current cast was set and production was finally underway. I never thought the film was coming.

But now it is here, and by here I mean limited release here. It is only playing in I think 2 theaters here in Dallas. Last weekend it was just 4, 2 in New York and 2 in LA. So we have a little wider release this week, and then a full wide release will hit theaters October 23.

Question is, is did all the drama affect the movie? How is it? Well in going to tell you. Unlike its Kutcher counterpart that selected random event throughout Steve Jobs’ life, this film focuses on 3 events. 3 separate days. The days leading up to his 3 biggest announcements, and all the drama and planning that went on behind the scenes.

First off, yes, it is freaking amazing. At first I was bothered by Magneto playing Jobs. Because I did not see Jobs. I saw Fassbender. Almost with a little mixture of Robert Downey Jr. in there. I know, weird. But that’s all I could focus on. But as the film plays out, Fassbender begins to disappear. You get over it, and you can see Steve Jobs. In the performance. The character becomes too much to ignore and you forget about the actor, and you see a character. Not necessarily the person, but you see the character. And it is astonishing. This is another performance I would chalk up to the Best actor category. Not a winner, but a nominee.

Everyone else is incredible in their roles. Honestly, even though I knew it was Kate Winslet, She was immediately gone into the part. And Seth Rogen is little bit of his normal self, mixed in with a great performance. But the second nominee for this film is of course Jeff Daniels. Between the Martian and Steve Jobs that guy better take home the damn supporting actor statue. True story.

The way it is filmed is a work of art in and of itself. Danny Boyle perfectly adapts Sorkin’s script. Especially filming act 1 in 16 MM, Act 2 in 35 MM, and Act 3 in digital. As Jobs brings out the next evolution of technology, the film grows with you. It may sound like a gimmick, but it works in this instance perfectly. And Sorkin is at his best with this script. This is a walk and talk, dialog heavy film. And it flushes out every single character beautifully.

The only real negatives on the film would be the neatness that a few things get wrapped up. But in a film adaption that is going to happen. Especially with a project like this. But it still leaves the door open that maybe not everything is tied up perfectly, but perhaps settled for the time being.

Steve Jobs can become his own genre of film. While Jobs itself was not fantastic, it was entertaining for Kutchers performance. And now, this film is a remarkable top tier film. I’m giving it a Jeebus score of 4.2. Go out; go see it next week when it goes wide. But what say you Jackass Nation? Are you an Apple User? Did you enjoy Jobs? Are you excited for this film? Sound off in the comments below, and remember, it is what it is.

The Jeebus Score explained

The Jeebus score is out of a possible 6 points. Films are giving a max of 1 point each for Acting, Entertainment, and Casting, and a max of .5 for Dialog, Cinematography, and Direction. There is also a possible bonus up to .5. Any film between 2.5 and 4 is considered a good film. 4-5 is a great film. Anything over 5 is an incredibly amazing film. To get a perfect score of 6 a film will pretty much have to be The Empire Strikes Back or The Godfather.