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Having treated the man who put life online — Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg — screenwriter Aaron Sorkin now turns his attention to the man who put it into the machine. (Not for nothing is the Apple co-founder so desperate to have the Mac say "Hello" at its unveiling.) Once again, the result is not a biopic, but an opportunity for Sorkin to use a famous person as fodder for a fiction about a man who uses technology to make up for his inability to deal with life in general and people in particular. The Social Network's Zuckerberg longed for social status and an understanding girlfriend; Steve Jobs' Jobs wants "end-to-end control," something he was denied from the very beginning, plus the freedom to never look back. Sorkin and his word-winging are the point here: the walk-and-talks and occasional flashbacks aside, director Danny Boyle has a highly structured backstage play on his hands, and it doesn't give him much room to move. And while Michael Fassbender gives Jobs an air of icy assurance in his peer-to-peer dealings, he can't quite sell the constant shifts in his relationship with daughter Lisa. Or rather, Sorkin can't. With Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, and Bill Pullman. (2015) — Matthew Lickona

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What a superdome full of Apple fanboys don't want to acknowledge is that Jobs didn't invent the Mac (he was busy working on the "Lisa" computer that bombed). According to Wikipedia: "The Macintosh project was begun in 1979 by Jef Raskin." Many other people were major players, including Andy Hertzfeld, who is in the movie. Jobs came in late, and tweaked a few things. Jobs really wasn't a nice guy; he was frankly an egomaniacal, arrogant, insensitive, self-centered horse's patoot. Sorkin realized that from reading the biography, so decided to make that the film's focus. Good idea, as there's been too much hero-worshipping about the guy over the years. Jobs and Trump would probably have gotten along, as they share similar, flawed personalities, and both took credit for things they didn't do. P.S. In an earlier biography of Jobs (before his comeback), employees complained about how bad he smelled (as he didn't think much of personal hygiene or laundered clothes).

Oct. 15, 2015

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