The rot­ten ap­ple

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Steve Jobs Direc­tor: Danny Boyle Star­ring: Michael Fass­ben­der, Kate Winslet Here’s a fun fact about the late Ap­ple co-founder and tech icon Steve Jobs: when his first child, Lisa, was born, Jobs told her mother, Chrisann Bren­nan, that he was not the fa­ther. Des­per­ate, and on state so­cial sup­port, Chrisann had to get a court or­der to force Jobs to get a pa­ter­nity test, which proved that he was in­deed the fa­ther. The court or­dered Jobs to pay main­te­nance of $500 a month. At that time, Jobs was worth $200 mil­lion (R3 bil­lion at the cur­rent ex­change rate).

The fact that Jobs was, by all ac­counts, a jerk is some­thing that many Ap­ple en­thu­si­asts seem to for­get when they’re spew­ing their love for the man. When he died in Oc­to­ber 2011, much of the world went into mourn­ing. And, yes, he helped de­velop good-look­ing per­sonal com­put­ers, phones and dig­i­tal mu­sic play­ers, but by no means was he a nice man.

In Steve Jobs, di­rec­tor Danny Boyle has man­aged to cap­ture the di­chotomy of the man, and Michael Fass­ben­der is bril­liant in this biopic as the sin­gle-minded in­di­vid­ual who didn’t mind tram­pling on peo­ple to get to the top.

I loved this movie, but it didn’t make me love the man it’s about. Watch it for an in­sight into suc­cess, power and ego.

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