Movie Review – Jobs

Well I was given another writing assignment, mainly cause I requested that I get the opportunity to write about this first generation Steve Jobs movie that Hollywood practically tripped over themselves to make first.  So I got the chance to see and review Jobs, the Ashton Kutcher movie in which he plays Kelso Jobs or Steve Jobs…whatever.  This ladies and gentlemen, is why you always wait for the second gen models of Apple products to come out.  It lets the next model get all those nasty flaws and bugs out of the system.

Check out my full review over at Lost In Reviews and I will update with our podcast over this and many more movies.

Enjoy!

What’s sad is that this movie falls into the trappings that are the hallmark of Apple’s products.  It’s big, grandiose, a flashy veneer, and like any Apple product, there will be a second gen model that is better than the original.  Jobs is too ambitious in what it wants to be, but it also isn’t sure what it truly wants to be either.  Director Joshua Michael Stern tackles the life of Steve Jobs, who is played by Ashton Kutcher, and tries to cover the entirety of Steve’s time starting and running Apple, to his ousting in the mid 80’s and his heralded return a decade later.  This monolithic time span doesn’t allow for any real growth, just a series of scenes centered around Apple launch products that showcase Jobs as this rebellious asshole who has a vision that no one else can fathom, often leading the viewer down this path of either canonizing him or demonizing him.

Click here for the full review.

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Movie of the Day – 13 Assassins

Takashi Miike is a lot of things, well actually one thing and that is the visceral director of some of the most insane and disturbing films to come out of the era of V-cinema and Japanese filmmaking.  A man who puts to film some depraved things like Visitor Q, Izo, Dead or Alive and Ichi The Killer.  If you have never seen any of his films, they are hard to watch but there is no denying the sheer boundaries that have been pushed by his filmmaking.  Titillating and thought provoking, his films have a unique style that I admire as a fan of film.  But seeing him take on more complicated projections and properties is something that can only lead to a certain cinematic style that Miike can bring.  Tackling a remake of the 1963 film of the same name is a tall order, but there is no denying that his intensity will be carefully transposed on the film that plays fast with a loose historical affiliation and one of the most intense third acts in film history.

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Movie of the Day – Synecdoche, New York

Often times during my quest to take in all that is cinema, there are a few times in which I find myself have to retread over previously seen territory.  It’s usually for a number of reason that I re-watch movies, the most obvious is just because I rather enjoy a particular film.  Sometimes it is because a certain film just picks me up after a long day at work or when I need to hear something rather humorous in the background.  Then there are the films that I re-watch because I have to, not because I wasn’t attentive enough the first time around, but for the sole reason that it demands a second watch.

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Movie of the Day – The Grey

Man I have been slacking on my duties, but with a new writing gig, podcast work and generally do more work, I sometimes neglect my blogging duties.  I decided to whip my ass into shape with a movie that basically gave me a nerd boner as far as trailers were able to do for my expectations in an upcoming movie.  The Grey (or The Gray for those that don’t differentiate the spelling of it) was one of those movies that presented an intense looking movie in which Liam Neeson goes into the wilderness and fights the wildlife there.  I mean who the fuck didn’t want to witness that sort of badassery on screen?  Well damn the movie studios for making a misleading trailer, but to my surprise the final product is one of the gloomiest and harrowing stories about coping with the inevitability of death and a journey of survival.  Plus more Liam Neeson being a badass.

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Movie of the Day – No Retreat, No Surrender

I talked about Arnold’s first movie role in Hercules in New York, a movie that had the Austrian body builder and future catchphrase maker horribly act his way through a movie that would be considered lower than z-movie grade status.  Now I get to talk a little about the first film of Jean Cluade Van Damme’s career, well one that didn’t have him billed as Gay Karate Man in Monaco Forever, and one in which he has to be typecast as a jump kick, leg split doing, Eastern bloc bad guy who decimates his foes with perfectly sculpted hair.  This is a pretty fucking kick ass movie with a special appearance by Bruce Lee!!!!…..not really.

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Movie of the Day – Doctor Butcher M.D.

I am certain that visiting this M.D. is not going to be covered by my insurance.  I think being use in an experiment to prolong my lifespan would be considered more cosmetic surgery than anything else, which is a shame cause Doctor Butcher does have some convincing evidence that would lead me to believe that one could live a hundred years longer than intended.  Plus his bedside manner seems rough at first, but that is just apprehension from patients being used for illegal experiments, you’ll get over it once you go under the knife.

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Movie of the Day – Three The Hard Way

Ladies, you are all going to have to control yourselves as I realize that the leading men in today’s post are pure machismo.  I mean you got Jim Brown, former football star and Fireball from The Running Man, Jim Kelly who rocked it in Enter The Dragon and Fred Williamson who was the star of Boss Nigger, which is fucking amazing.  These gentlemen of the blaxploitation film era all teamed up for what could be considered The Expendables cast of the mid 70s.  Get ready for Three The Hard Way.

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Movie of the Day – Predator 2

Yeah, I concede that trading Arnold for Glover isn’t the most exciting thing in the world, but at least he wasn’t getting too old for this shit.  The shit being predator hunting, cause instead of being stuck in the jungle with a bunch of sweaty, burly men, The Predator takes in the sights of Los Angeles this time around.  I guess they kept trying to connect the movie to the first with saying now it’s an urban jungle instead of an actual jungle, but whatever.  People who were going to see this movie didn’t give a shit about the setting, just that they can see some awesome predator action.  This movie certainly delivers that.

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Movie of the Day – WarGames

I have never wanted to be a hacker more in my life until I watched WarGames for the first time.  I spend some time playing computer games, but I have never stumbled onto a military server in which I engage in a game called Global Thermonuclear War with an AI named W.O.R.P.  Apparently Matthew Broderick was a gifted hacker in the 80s with Ferris Bueller changing his absences and then that one movie with the monkeys training for space.  He was, for the brief time in my life, my idol…that was until I saw Bullitt and I wanted to be Steve McQueen.

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Movie of the Day – Stunt Rock

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Stunt Rock!

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