There are two movies coming out later this week that I am keen to see. One is called Steve Jobs. I bought a Time Inc special issue simply called Steve Jobs and subtitled The Genius Who Changed Our World. (If you follow my blog, you probably realize I’m a big fan of these Time Inc special issues; this is another great one.) In this book there are lots of photos, background and behind the scenes info, and some speculation about what made Steve Jobs tick. Very interesting content.
Jobs is described as a tyrant whose “ferocity toward his employees is the stuff of legends”; but while the “perfection of the tools he made suggested a deep empathy with others, [he] also [had] a kind of aggression toward them: he would make things so perfect that we could not refuse them”.
Jobs was featured on the cover of Time Magazine no less than 8 times because every few years he was “able to revolutionize new industries . . . with stunning regularity — computers, then movies, then music, then phones”. There is no doubt he was a genius. Perhaps his most stunning achievement was obtaining a $150 million investment from Microsoft, his archrival, in 1997.
From creating a successful ipad when two decades of previous tablets had fallen flat, to obsessing about the off-colour of the 2nd “o” in Google’s logo and offering to fix it, to his purchase of Pixar and its production of the amazingly successful Toy Story created totally on the computer, Jobs was the genius quick to recognize what other people had when they had no idea of what to do with it. He had a knack for keeping incredibly talented people on his staff despite his autocratic micromanagement of his company. After reading this magazine (which I’m still gleaning neat tidbits from after two weeks of browsing), I’m excited to see what the movie has to offer.
The second movie I’m looking forward to seeing is Remember starring two actors who are possibly the best of all time: Christopher Plummer and Martin Landau. With Remembrance Day coming soon, this is a timely release and sounds like an extremely dramatic portrayal of an elderly survivor of Auschwitz, suffering from dementia, who sets out to track down the Nazi who killed his family. It sounds like it will be excellent. You can check out the trailer here:
Another movie I watched on Netflix this week is called Remembrance (2011), and it was also excellent. I had never seen it before and found it to be an interesting look at two survivors of the Nazi camps, who each thought the other had been killed. Thirty years later, Hannah sees an interview on TV with a survivor — Tomasz — her lover who had risked his life to help her escape and for whom she had been mourning all these years. There are flashbacks to the story of their relationship in a prison camp, their escape, how they became separated, and what happened to each of them afterwards. Based on a true story, this is only one of many movies about the courage and hope that helped people survive dreadful conditions and treatment, with death hanging over them every day. I found the ending a little bit startling but overall very interesting. * * * *