Snapshots - #37: It, Breathe, Mark Felt – The Man Who Brought Down the White House

It (2017), (♦♦♦♦): Four inseparable friends in middle school bond with other three newcomers. They all have in common that they are bullied by the same people. Over the course of one summer they'll fend off bullies and face a centuries-old demon in the form of a clown, named Pennywise, whom has been disappearing kids and terrorizing the town of Derry, Maine, every twenty-seven years since the town was founded.
Based on Stephen King's novel of the same title, It is a movie with a smart script and a sympathetic ensemble of nerds that deliver light humor, and deep thrills. It doesn't hurt that each and every character has his or her own arc, thus one gets to know their motivations and fears before Pennywise enters head on into the picture.
In a nod to 1980s movie classics such as The Goonies, and the Brat Pack ensemble, the newest adaptation of It takes place at the end of that decade, when it seems, at least from the Hollywood perspective, that every kid harbored a genius insi…

Jobs (♦♦♦♦)

In 1977, Steve Jobs together with Steve Wozniak launched the first Apple computer to the market. As the company grew, so did Apple’s problems since Steve’s ego managed to alienate his former contributors and his new employees. As his dreams of making Apple stand out from the competition, Steve began to see his role in the company he founded diminished until he was voted off from it by the Board of Directors. After several years and many corporate woes, Steve Jobs was brought back to the company he founded to steer it in the right direction.

Jobs lets the human being behind Steve Jobs, the Apple founder, shine, and we get to see creativity and a genius in the making. His irreverence was both annoying and endearing. Rather than finding the man disagreeable, I found him blunt, and his brain possibly beyond the wavelength of the normal, square box thinker. Jobs did justice to an original thinker who proved that it’s not by making things better but by doing them differently that we ultimately succeed.

Initially I thought that Steve Wozniak, Jobs contributor, was the brain behind Apple computer. But if the movie paints an accurate depiction of events (do they ever?!) then Jobs was the man who saw potential in Wozniak’s invention; he saw potential usage of the personal computer for the common man. That I say take a giant leap of imagination and that’s what made the man unique.

I have to acknowledge that Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs was a bold choice since he is not known for serious roles. Even in the goofy movies we so often see Kutcher star in, I generally dislike him. Certainly, he proved in Jobs that the trust was not unfounded; he pulled it off amazingly. Kutcher nailed down Jobs’ mannerisms and was so inspiring that I believed I was watching Jobs himself making history. He may not win awards for this role because there are possibly more noteworthy movies to be nominated this season, but if Kutcher manages to keep himself on this path, no doubt he may become Oscar material.

In summary, Jobs pays homage to a man from our times who managed to conceive products that have changed the way we live. He wasn’t always nice and certainly didn’t play by the rules, but he lived with no regrets and changed the world in the process.