365 Movies By Day Reviews of Movies I Watch that I Feel Like Writing About

27Oct/152

Steve Jobs (2015)

The much anticipated Steve Jobs exists so much as a single entity that we may forget that the 2013 Ashton Kutcher Jobs movie ever existed. Steve Jobs has been a much bigger hit with critics (85% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes verses 27% rotten) as well as with audiences (the 2015 movie earned more than half of what the 2013  movie grossed in its first week alone). While neither Kutcher nor Michael Fassbender (Shame, 12 Years a Slave) look anything like the actual former CEO of Apple, Fassbender is a much more credible dramatic actor than Kutcher ever will be. That is reason enough to give Steve Jobs the nod over Jobs if you are debating which one to watch. This will not be a comparison review between the two movies as I have not seen Kutcher's Jobs and I have no desire to see it. For whatever reason, I wasn't looking as forward to the Fassbender vehicle as I thought I would have been and it turns out that trepidation was justified. This was a very average movie that I can only recommend with the caveat that, while you might like it, you aren't going to like it as much as you were hoping to like it.

8Apr/110

127 Hours (2010)

After seeing an episode of Animal Planet's I Shouldn't Be Alive a few years ago that showed the story of Aron Ralston, the adventure seeker who got his arm pinned between a boulder and a rock wall and the central figure in Danny Boyle's 2010 127 Hours, I figured that the only way that the movie would really be able to have an affect on me was if there was a masterful lead acting performance, some stylish directing by Boyle, or, in the most likely scenario, a combination of both of these. As you will read below, that was exactly what happened.