Getting the JOBS done
“You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows,” but these days, a guide through the seemingly endless flurry of pop culture
offerings is just what we need. With that in mind, here is what’s on the radar screen in TV, music and film for the coming week.
— Chris Lackner BIG RELEASE: Jobs; Paranoia ( Aug. 16) BIG PICTURE: Jobs is the story of how the late Steve Jobs went from being a cocksure, long- haired hippy — and college dropout — to a cocksure inventor, visionary and tech mogul. Simultaneously, it’s the story of how Ashton Kutcher went from being the “guy from the ’ 70s sitcom and Punk’d that you always kind of wanted to punch in the face” to “that guy who replaced Charlie Sheen you kind of wanted to punch in the face” to “that guy who could potentially get an Oscar nod.” This drama tells the story of how the late Jobs built an empire, lost an empire, regained an empire — and
then basically took over the world ( like a modern- day Napoleon... only with less bloodshed). Meanwhile, Paranoia centres on two fictional Jobs wannabes — rival, villainous tech moguls played with everything but the villainous “mwahahahas” by Gary Oldman and Harrison Ford. Liam Hemsworth enters their corporate war as the brilliant, blue- collar computer genius who gets entangled in ambition, corporate espionage and Amber Heard ( it’s like Jobs’ biography if reimagined by the writers of Wall Street and Good Will Hunting). FORECAST: Steve built Apple in his garage. You used your garage for get- ting stoned, practising with your high school band — and housing your beer fridge. Steve wins. Ashton Kutcher is engaged to Mila Kunis; Liam Hemsworth is engaged to Miley Cyrus. Kutcher wins. ( I’m no bookie, but it can only add up to a victory for Jobs the movie). HONOURABLE MENTION: Kick- Ass 2 ( Aug. 16). The sequel to the ultra- violent, satirical 2010 romp about “real- world” superheroes reunites its young cast members, Chloe Moretz and Christopher Mintz- Plasse. This time Canadian funnyman Jim Carrey is added to their spandex- clad world. Alrighty then.