Aaron Sorkin has literally never written anything I didn’t like, nay, love. I just finished his play, The Farnsworth Invention, about the battle between Philo T. Pharnsworth and David Sarnoff about who would patent the television first. Really fascinating read. One of Sorkin’s best abilities as a writer is to take a fantastically huge and complex mound of information and boil it down into a bite-sized hunk. Charlie Wilson’s War was a near-500 page book and the movie is a little over 90 minutes. The substance was absolutely conveyed, and if you’ve never read or watched CWW, you’ll understand a lot more about the current world situation and how the Law of Unintended Consequences ended up leading us to 9/11.
Steve Jobs is an enigmatic, flawed, undeniable genius. Michael Fassbender is one of the best actors without an Oscar. From what I’ve seen (and the trailers have been very sparse on substance), Jobs could get a biopic for the ages and Fassbender could stake an early claim on this year’s Best Actor. Steve Jobs opens against stiff competition in Pan and Robert Zemeckis’ The Walk on October 9th.