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Felipa’s Flicks: ‘Steve Jobs’ well done thanks to Boyle, Sorkin, and Fassbender

He was a maniacal genius. He was revered as the greatest innovator of this generation. Steve Jobs and his unbelievable life has been the subject of books, a documentary and even a film (with an unlikely star Ashton Kutcher) since his death in 2011.  Now two other geniuses have taken his life to the screen in the frenetic way that Steve Jobs clearly lived.

This new film – simply called “Steve Jobs” – is  directed by Danny Boyle, who brought  Facebook to life with the screenplay for  ” The Social Network,” and this time Aaron Sorkin working the screenplay. The story deals with Jobs and his creation of Macintosh computers and the origins of that insignia that we all live by: the Apple.

Jobs is perfectly portrayed by Michael Fassbender, who delivers nothing less than stellar performances in all of his movies. He captures the essence of this man, who can choreograph almost anything and turn it into gold.

His working partner Steve Wozniak, is played by Seth Rogen, superbly cast as the sidekick,  who from the beginning,  not just dreams, but creates the tools to make these computers come to life. Kate Winslet is also brilliantly cast as the marketing representative Joanna Hoffman, who never leaves Jobs’ side, and that is a good thing. He constantly needs a “spin doctor.”

The film is complicated and gritty and takes you through his three big computer revolutions including the iMac.  Jobs is larger than life but his hunger for power and alienating those around him who work to help him is the underlying theme here.

There is a moment when Steve Wozniak says to him “What do You Do?” as Wozniack  is clearly the man with the technical know how, whereby Jobs responds, ” Musicians play their instruments. I play the Orchestra.”

His back story is simply his desire to rule the world with these Apple creations. He is asked to leave Apple once, only to return with a vengeance.

An ex-girlfriend and daughter shows the human side and extraordinarily cold side to his demeanor. Jobs was married with children, but that part of his life is not part of this film, which makes for even more interesting character development, which is clearly what Sorkin and Danny Boyle are looking to do.

The film is very good, but again, very hectic and frenetic, much the way that Jobs worked it. Every scene moves quickly and does keep you at the edge of your seat. I think “The Social Network,” may have been a better film overall, but the characters and the gritty reality make you realize how all of this new generation’s history is very much a part of our lives.

We have to turn our phones off to enjoy a movie. I kept mine off after watching this film, as it makes you realize what life was like before this intense energy of “in your face” technology.

Felipa’s Flicks: A look at Depp’s ‘Black Mass’

While the leaves begin to change colors and the temperatures drop a bit, Hollywood offerings tend to heat up. This is the very beginning of the Awards season, and Johnny Depp’s new film “Black Mass,” comes out of the starting gate and maintains speed and finishes with a big win!
Before discussing the incredible performances, here is a bit of back story. The film takes place in 1970’s South Boston, where the streets are filled with crime and Italian and Irish mobsters seem to be consistently going “mano-a-mano,” in search of turf.
© 2015 Warner Bros. Ent. All Rights Reserved.
© 2015 Warner Bros. Ent. All Rights Reserved.

James “Whitey” Bulger is the most notorious of mobsters with incredible connections as his brother Bill, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, is a Massachusetts  Senator, and his childhood friend John Connally, played by Joel Edgerton, is an FBI operative, looking for ways to fight crime with the help of “Whitey.”

The true story unfolds with reminders of such films as “The Departed,” and “Good Fellas,” whereby you become completely entrenched in the story and have to find yourself backing off before you feel emotions for the characters, who are mostly not good guys.
“Black Mass,” is  directed by Scott Cooper, who is brilliant behind the camera on so many different, levels ( and directed such films as ” Crazy Heart,” with Jeff Bridges), and it has been quite some time since I’ve seen such delicate direction in a film that is an incredible rollercoaster of emotion and crime. He captures every nuance of the 1970’s beautifully.
Everyone is talking about Johnny Depp, and now it’s my turn. His performance is flawless, and without seeing anything else this year, he must be forgiven for career missteps and the Pirate stereotypes, because he is a brilliant actor.

First of all, he undergoes such a physical transformation where one almost cannot recognize him. He is balding with a blond receding

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© 2015 Warner Bros. Ent. All Rights Reserved.

hairline with blue eyes and  is paunchy, and he carries it off as if it is “all him!”  Depp is powerful and gritty and believable, and there is a scene in a restaurant, ( no spoiler alert), whereby his performance is simply stunning and leaves you trembling. This film takes him “out of the box.”

His co-stars are equally compelling, including the amazing portrayal of the Senator by Benedict Cumberbatch, and Joel Edgerton ( who I had to look up on iMDB), who is brilliant as John Connally, the FBI official working to get Whitey to become not so much an informant, but a guide to the Italian Mafia. His performance is simply perfect.
The timeline, the story, the performances and all make this film one that you will not forget. “Black Mass,” will be on everyone’s list come awards time. I know it will be on mine!
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