I have never been afraid to go do something in public alone, whether that’s go out to eat, attend a sports event, or go to a movie. In 2000 when working for KOKK, I received a free lifetime pass to the Huron Cinema 3 as a perk, and went to many movies alone. So when Lauren was away this past weekend, I decided to check out a movie that I had interest in seeing but she didn’t–the new Steve Jobs biopic titled Jobs. And I wanted to check out the newest, most hyped theater in our saturated “premium theater experience” market in Austin, the Alamo Drafthouse: Lakeline.
I chose my seat ahead of time online, a single secluded seat in the handicapped row so I wouldn’t wind up sitting next to a stranger. Well, that didn’t work out so well. I don’t mean to be rude, because I am the one who took the chance sitting in the handicapped aisle, but the individual wheeled up next to me in his wheelchair maybe shouldn’t have been at a movie. I don’t know what ailment he had, but he had toothpick-like arms and legs and all his extremities flailed wildly out-of-control the entire time; his head was cranked so he was staring right at me, not the screen. And he was making a lot of disturbing wailing noises. A man I guessed was his father was seated on the other side of him and a time or two he told his son to pay attention to the movie, but it was of no use… his arms and legs just continued to fly all over. And every time he just about calmed down, a waiter would CRASH into his wheelchair handlebars in the dark while delivering someone’s food or drink and he’d scream and it would start all over again. But, I did my best to tune this fellow out and tried to watch the movie.
I actually read the whole 1,000+ page Steve Jobs book by Walter Isaacson earlier this year and was enthralled with it. I couldn’t put it down for weeks. I have long been a Mac user, from my first iBook I bought with my graduation money to the MacBook Pro I use every day at the office today, and know the history of the company and Steve Jobs pretty well, I think. But let me forewarn you–if you are thinking of seeing this movie, I would reconsider. This is not the story of Steve Jobs, it’s the story of Apple, and a fairly inaccurate one at that. I won’t get into too much detail, but there is too much story to cram into just two hours. This might have worked as a miniseries. Ashton Kutcher highly resembled Steve Jobs physically, but I could never get past thinking “this is Ashton Kutcher pretending to be Steve Jobs.” So, basically, don’t waste your money.
Also this weekend, I had a chance to edit a video Lauren and I filmed a few weeks ago. We were going to try making popcorn on the stovetop and for some reason I imagined hilarity would ensue, so I had Lauren film it as if it were a cooking show. After putting this together, here’s the somewhat amusing result: