Get­ting the JOBS done

SundayXtra - - OPINION -

“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

Strike Back

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.

Valerie June

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