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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.

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The Interview

The Interview, Because ‘Murica!

The movie that has nearly started World War III, The Interview. There was a pretty big question on whether or not this film would even be released. After a terroristic threat, most theaters had decided not to show the film. Then Sony decided not to release it. Less than 48 hours later. The internet broke with both outrage and support for Sony’s decision. Days later it was announced that a few theaters would get the film to run on Christmas Day. A day later, it was released that the film would be released XBOX Live, YouTube, and a few other OnDemand Medias. I for one was excited. Had it not been released on OnDemand I would have been at the closest theater on Christmas Day to watch, however I chose to BUY not RENT, bought it on XBOX One, I support America. I chose XBOX over going to the theater because this is an option, while I have a few other films to see I figured it’s smartest to get this one done at home so I can see something else to review for all of my loyal readers. Both of you. But enough of that’s, let’s get into it!

The Interview! The newest outing of James Franco and Seth Rogen is here and it is one that I have been excited for. I watched the first initial trailer, and chose not to watch anymore after because of my excitement. The film is directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, and stars Rogen, James Franco, Randall Park, and Lizzy Caplan. It follows celebrity gossip journalist Dave Skylark (Franco) and his producer Aaron Rapopart (Rogen). Tired of being the lowest level of journalism Rapopart secure an interview with the supreme leader of North Korea Kim Jong-un (Park). Excited for their career they are approached by the C.I.A. to take out Kim Jung-un during their interview.

The film is pretty fun and entertaining. Is it a great film, no, is it funny yes. Rogen and Franco have such great comedic timing and chemistry, they are always fun to watch. Franco is on his game, especially during the beginning of the film. Arguably his best work. While it is the same roles for Rogen and Franco, they continue to work so well, because I like I said before, the chemistry. Honestly the entire cast is really good. Where you know what you are getting from Rogen and Franco, Park as Kim Jung-un is a lot fun to watch, definitely the shining star of the film. Caplan is also very well cast in her smaller role.

The laughs are there but they can be few and far in between. A lot of cliché humor is used, and the average fart jokes. Not as much of their normal weed crazy jokes. The laugh factor is definitely not as high as their This is the End or Pineapple Express, yet still better than some of the comedies this year. The story could have used a little less on the focus of Kim Jung-un and more on the spy aspect of Rogen and Franco. The Un storyline with his relationship with Franco is funny, but not as funny as it could’ve been.

All in all, all though World War III may come out it, The Interview is worth your time, if not for the laughs, then for the support of America. The support that we don’t bow to anyone, and we will watch whatever parody or satire film we want. I’m scoring this one 4.2 with a .5 bonus because ‘Murica, and Eminem, giving us a JEEBUS score of 4.7, a Good time at theater, er on XBOX.