Steve Jobs (2015)

Steve Jobs
synopsis

Witness the founder of Apple like never before. Steve Jobs paints an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at the epicenter of the digital revolution, backstage in the final minutes before three iconic product launches. Directed by Academy Award® winner Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire), written by Academy Award® winner Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network) and starring Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen and Jeff Daniels.

~ Official Movie Website

review

I did not appreciate the scenario depicted in the synopsis above. I saw an exposé of a very selfish, self-involved man at the epicenter of the digital revolution.

The fact that he denied his daughter and insinuated the mother was a slut was just the beginning of the characterization of Steve Jobs, whom I had don’t know personally and certainly did not fawn over like all the other Appleheads. I think human behavior is more important than commercial success and Steve Jobs was a complete failure as a human being.

As for the movie, I am not surprised it did not do well. Too much dialogue and a plot that is actually a biography of a very self-centered man; dare I say an homage to such an arrogant person. The only reason I watched it was because days earlier, I had heard acclaim for the performances of Kate and Michael. Perhaps they did turn in above-caliber performances, as this movie confirmed my disdain for Steve.

And being rigorously honest, having seen Fassbender in full-frontal nudity in another film, my lust got the better of me.

Waste of time and money.

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The Martian (2015)

The Martian

synopsis

During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney’s safe return. Based on a best-selling novel, and helmed by master director Ridley Scott, THE MARTIAN features a star studded cast that includes Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Pena, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Donald Glover.

~ 20th Century Fox

review

Much better than I expected and a contributing factor to my liking of this movie were shirtless scenes of Mr. Matt Damon. I also appreciated the humor of his character, which from my perspective, was kind of in-your-face; especially when it came to dealing with the bureaucratic NASA.

The scariest part of this movie for me was when the astronauts are floating in space. I noticed in this movie that they didn’t even use tethers, which did not seem appropriate, but certainly doubled the suspense factor. You couldn’t pay me enough to go into space!

Interesting and good story.