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When director Danny Boyle and cinematographer Alwin H. Küchler set about visually translating the three distinctive acts of Aaron Sorkin’s “Steve Jobs” screenplay, the two artists embraced experimentation, as they have throughout their careers. To convey the idea that the computer pioneer propelled humanity toward the digital age, they decided to shoot each section in an equally distinctive format.
“The three parts feature the same six actors and the same (kind of) incidents — the 40 minutes before a (product) launch,” Boyle explains. “Structurally, that’s very formal and repetitive, and could be very boring.”
For the first act, which takes place in 1984 before the launch of the Macintosh, Boyle and Küchler decided to shoot in 16mm. This section of the story is “quite punkish,” Boyle says. “It’s got a youthful energy and drive. Jobs is maniacally driven as he tries to give birth to a creation story.”
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- Kristopher Tapley
Tell us how you really feel, Michael Fassbender. As the forthcoming Aaron Sorkin-penned film Steve Jobs continues to receive rave reviews, it seems that many have forgotten about the 2013 biopic Jobs, which starred Ashton Kutcher as the late Apple co-founder and was not well-received by critics. Fassbender, however, couldn't help but hilariously gloat over how much better his movie seems while promoting the Danny Boyle-directed flick at the New York Film Festival on Sunday. Asked how he prepared for the role, the 38-year-old Academy Award-nominated actor quipped, "I studied Ashton Kutcher." Touché, Fassy, touché. »
Danny Boyle's new film "Steve Jobs" examines the legacy of a technological pioneer at three distinct moments in his life. We glean that Jobs (played by Michael Fassbender) was both brilliant and unbearable, innovative and grim. Aaron Sorkin's script is suspensefully talky, sort of an angrier, more frustrated remix of his Oscar-winning "The Social Network." Sorkin's style is routinely imitated and parodied. "30 Rock" even invited him to lampoon his familiar walk-and-talks alongside Liz Lemon herself. But the most cutting bit of recent Sorkin satire came courtesy of Amy Schumer, whose "Inside Amy Schumer" sketch "The Foodroom" parodied the dialogue-based sturm und drang of Sorkin's HBO series "The Newsroom." In a harsh criticism of Sorkin's female characters like MacKenzie McHale (Emily Mortimer), a news producer who deals with the tempestuous star anchor Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels), Schumer deadpanned, "A woman's life is worth nothing unless she's making a great man greater. »
- Louis Virtel
To loosely paraphrase David Fincher, the mind of screenwriter Aaron Sorkin works in a rapid-fire bursts of multi-tiered levels, as if the author is juggling three contemporaneous conversations to your one, sometimes listening, always five moves ahead of where you are, but able to ping pong effortlessly between all subjects. Whether that’s an accurate depiction of how Apple groundbreaker Steve Jobs’ mind operated or not, it’s how Sorkin decides to portray the tyrannical computer pioneer in Universal’s thrilling drama, “Steve Jobs.” A deliriously quick-footed and orchestrally pitched character study, “Steve Jobs” is an ambitious, deeply captivating portrait of the high cost of genius. The Danny Boyle-directed “Steve Jobs” is a dazzling showcase of the brilliant, multi-layered, and rat-a-tat delivery of screenwriter Aaron Sorkin. For all its dimensions of an iconoclastic, trailblazing thinker and digital revolutionary, “Steve Jobs” is also a movie about fatherhood, absentee fathers, »
- Rodrigo Perez
Although it officially premiered at the Telluride Film Festival, the completed cut of Danny Boyle‘s immensely entertaining Steve Jobs screened at New York Film Festival this weekend. Gathering after the press screening, the director, Aaron Sorkin, Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Michael Stuhlbarg, and author Walter Isaacson gathered to discuss the making of the project and today we have the full talk.
We said in our review, “About halfway into the movie’s second act, itself around Steve Jobs’ halfway point, the convoluted, sometimes outright hackneyed pieces start forming a larger picture, one that, in structure, formal tempo, and Daniel Pemberton‘s Glass-aping score, is not at all unlike Paul Schrader’s Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters. Bit by bit, there’s an accumulation of signifiers that what’s being staged is less a by-the-book recounting of significant events than it is a full-blown trip through — and, »
- Jordan Raup
The evening before the memorial tribute to Albert Maysles and while Arnaud Desplechin, director of My Golden Days, was readying to give a talk at the Film Society of Lincoln Center Amphitheater, the Centerpiece Gala screening of Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs was about to take place, with Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels, Michael Stuhlbarg, Perla Haney-Jardine and Aaron Sorkin (who adapted Walter Isaacson's biography Steve Jobs) on stage at Alice Tully Hall.
New York Film Festival director Kent Jones said he was proud to present the movie: "This is a completely fresh, surprising way of looking at the life of an extremely complex figure. And it's a very exciting one, »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Steve Jobs was a corporate rock star with few equals.
He made Apple the most successful technology company in the world, but his influence went beyond balance sheets. The phones, computers and tablets he helped revolutionize gave him an outsized influence on people’s daily lives, making the public feel like it had a personal connection to the Apple co-founder. His tempestuous life and hard-driving persona are front and center in “Steve Jobs,” a warts-and-all biopic that had its North American premiere at the New York Film Festival on Saturday.
“He changed the way we all live,” said Michael Fassbender, who plays Jobs in a bravura performance that defies Oscar voters to look away. “He changed the way we communicate, changed the way we buy things, changed the way we listen to music.
“Instead of having technology just be a tool for us, it became more than that,” he added. »
- Brent Lang
Steve Jobs director Danny Boyle wasn't first director attached to the high-profile biopic about the late Apple co-founder. That was David Fincher, who exited the project amid a dispute over money and control. And Boyle — known for films like Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting and 127 Hours — has admitted that the Aaron Sorkin-scripted film is "so different" from the movies he's made before. Still, speaking to The Hollywood Reporter ahead of the New York Film Festival's centerpiece gala screening of Steve Jobs, the director explained that he was excited to accept the challenge of this movie. "Just the idea
- Hilary Lewis
Taken as a straight-faced, just-the-facts account of one great man’s amazing achievements, Steve Jobs is a bit daft. For as much as the structure of Danny Boyle and Aaron Sorkin‘s biopic — divided into three sections, each set backstage right before a product’s announcement (those being the Apple Lisa in 1984, the NeXTcube in 1988, and the iMac in 1998) — is receiving attention, that bit of pre-release hype, like all pre-release hype, should be questioned. To my mind, this is all a reductive bit of enthusiasm: what happens when anyone does anything different with the format, thus saving us from having to (gasp!) sit through “yet another biopic.” The reaction is premature, surely, but none too surprising. There’s a vocal and too-large section of viewers for whom the genre indicates that what they’re seeing — no matter the talent of its creators or the fascination that comes with its subject — is unquestionably an inferior product, »
- Nick Newman
Right from the outset, "Steve Jobs" sounds eerily familiar: it's an unflattering biographical drama written by Aaron Sorkin about a modern technological pioneer. In this case, he's exploring the personal and professional conflicts of late Apple CEO Steve Jobs, but that description also matches Sorkin's "The Social Network," which for a while in 2010 seemed to be on the march towards the Best Picture Oscar only to be tripped up at the finish line by "The King's Speech." Can "Steve Jobs" succeed where "Social Network" couldn't? -Break- Dish the Oscars with Hollywood insiders in our red-hot forums "The Social Network" told the story of Mark Zuckerberg, who created Facebook under hotly contested circumstances while attending Harvard. Did he invent Facebook himself? Did he steal the idea? Did he cheat his business partners? Jesse Eisenberg earned a Best Actor nomination for playing the arroga...' »
Read More: Telluride Review: Danny Boyle's 'Steve Jobs' is Like Its Subject — Flawed But Fascinating The 53rd New York Film Festival continued Saturday with a highly anticipated screening of "Steve Jobs," Danny Boyle and Aaron Sorkin's superbly acted and ingeniously structured drama about the eponymous Apple co-founder. Taking place behind the scenes at three major product launches -- Macintosh in 1984, NeXT in 1988 and the iMac in 1998 -- the film takes the oft-explored topic of an alienating genius and dissects it in a wholly unique and compelling way. Telling Jobs' story in such an unconventional structure was the big drawing card for Sorkin. Addressing members of the press alongside Boyle and his cast -- including Michael Fassbender, Seth Rogen and Kate Winslet, among others -- Sorkin remarked, "I knew what I didn't want to do and that was a biopic -- that would be the conventional, cradle-to-the-grave »
- Zack Sharf
3 (out of 4) “You can be decent and gifted at the same time!” That line of dialogue, written by Aaron Sorkin, could have been lifted from his film The Social Network to describe Mark Zuckerberg. Instead, a man named Steve Wozniak barks it to his former partner, Apple mastermind Steve Jobs, in a movie so whip-smart and engrossing that you won’t even think about checking that iPhone in the theater. (It premiered Oct. 3 at the 53rd annual New York Film Festival and will be released in [...] »
Aaron Sorkin thrives on the drama of those waiting in the wings. The trademark high-pressure patter of his dialogue is best spoken by backstage characters working down to the wire on something vital, whether it be broadcast news, the American government, or a tech revolution. That his rhythms are a natural fit for the story of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs is no surprise, because a major part of Jobs's legacy is transforming Apple's product launches into the kind of high-stakes event worthy of the Sorkin treatment.
Set behind-the-scenes at three different product launches over a 15 year span, Steve Jobs employs a rigid three-act structure for a skilful character study that's closer to Shakespearean melodrama than traditional biopic, directed with smart gusto by Danny Boyle.
"Steve Jobs, Danny Boyle’s scathing, scary, biographical portrait starring Michael Fassbender, may leave you with the creepy sensation that its subject has crawled inside your head and hijacked your mind," writes Stephen Holden in the New York Times. The film "has a voluble, fast-talking screenplay by Aaron Sorkin (working from Walter Isaacson’s 2011 biography), and focuses on three moments in Jobs’s life, each constructed around the rollout of different products: the Macintosh, in 1984; the NeXT cube, in 1988; and the iMac, in 1998. Kate Winslet plays Joanna Hoffman, his marketing guru; Seth Rogen his early partner, Steve Wozniak; and Jeff Daniels the Apple chief executive John Sculley, with whom Jobs had a stormy relationship." We've got more reviews, interviews and the trailer. » - David Hudson »
You can feel the brilliance of Aaron Sorkin just by sitting in a room with him! The Oscar-winning writer (.The Social Network.) is also very sweet and down-to-earth! I could not help but tell him that a movie about a genius (.Steve Jobs.) is made possible by two geniuses, he and director Danny Boyle.
In this interview, we talked about his interest in adapting Walter Isaacson.s book to write .Steve Jobs,. the film is simplistically beautiful just like an Apple product, the three-act structure of the film, the film is smart without telling you that it is, the film could work like a stage play, and his biggest takeaway about Steve Jobs the man.
I love, love, love Danny Boyle! The Oscar-winning director (.Slumdog Millionaire.) is down-to-earth, friendly, and just an all-around brilliant of a man! Wait .til you see .Steve Jobs!.
In this interview, we talked about Aaron Sorkin.s incredible script, the digital revolution, shooting in San Francisco, the rhythm of the movie, why he chose to rehearse before each act, and his favorite Apple product!
I.ve been a longtime fan of Kate Winslet so it was an honor to finally meet the Oscar-winning actress! I.ve loved her since 1994.s .Heavenly Creatures!. In .Steve Jobs,. Winslet disappears into the role of Joanna Hoffman, Apple.s head of marketing and Jobs. confidante. In this interview, we talked about the movie about a genius made by geniuses, working with Michael Fassbender, scriptwriter Aaron Sorkin, and director Danny Boyle. We also talked about the three-act structure of the movie, letting go of the character after shooting ended, and her character of Joanna Hoffman. Oh, and one more thing, what is her favorite Apple product?
Seth Rogen tests his dramatic skills playing Steve Wozniak in .Steve Jobs,. and you know what? He succeeded! He gets into the layers of Wozniak or Woz as he bears what.s known as Woz.s Crucifix . making Jobs give him and the Apple II development team credit for saving the computer company.
In this interview, we talked about his interest in making the film, what he thinks of Aaron Sorkin.s script, the film is simplistically beautiful, the line .I.m tired of being Ringo when everyone knows I.m John,. the other line about genius and kindness as being binaries, and his favorite Apple product.
It was such an honor to meet Jeff Daniels, and this awards season, he.s in both .The Martian. and .Steve Jobs.. In the biopic about the Apple genius, Daniels plays the role of John Sculley, a former CEO of Apple and infamously known as the man who fired Steve Jobs. There.s a lot of layers in the relationship between Jobs and Sculley that the movie revealed.
In this interview, Daniels talked about his attraction to making the movie, working with Aaron Sorkin again after their fantastic .The Newsroom,. the actors chose not to impersonate the real-life characters, meeting the real-life Sculley, his takeaway of Steve Jobs the human being, his new album .Days Like These,. and his favorite Apple product!
Katherine Waterston is refreshingly honest! When I sat down with her for this interview, she revealed that she hasn.t seen .Steve Jobs. yet! Boy, is she in for a treat! The film is simply.brilliant! Waterston plays the on-again/off-again girlfriend of Jobs named Chrisann Brennan. She is also the mother of Jobs. daughter Lisa.
In this interview, we talked about her initial reaction to reading Aaron Sorkin.s script, her main attraction to making the film, how she researched the role, and working with Michael Fassbender who stars as Steve Jobs.
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