Create an account


Thread Rating:
  • 0 Vote(s) - 0 Average
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
AppleInsider - The best films about Apple to watch while stuck at home

#1
The best films about Apple to watch while stuck at home

From the very funny to the occasionally accurate, there are some excellent movies for Apple fans to catch up on during our self-isolation.

Left: Noah Wyle as Steve Jobs. Right: Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs. Center: Steve Jobs himself.

Left: Noah Wyle as Steve Jobs. Right: Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs. Center: Steve Jobs himself.

If there is a movie or feature-length documentary about Apple that is entirely, completely accurate, then still someone depicted will say it isn’t. There’s a lot of ego involved in the history of Apple, but then that’s part of why there is so much drama in it. Maybe you could make a drama out of any company’s history, but it has to be a very special corporation before anyone would watch it.

Since movie makers are as aware of the interest in Apple as anyone else, though, there are a lot —a lot —of very poor documentary films attempting to catch your eye. We watched so you don’t have to: here are the movies about Apple that are more than worth your time.

Dramas about Apple


Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs biography is a very long wasted opportunity, but it did give us one excellent thing. That book was the start for Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs movie and —bear with us for a second —that is easily the best drama about Apple to date.

No, really, it is. The trouble with biopics is that they either have to chart a whole life, or they pick one big incident in it. Sorkin chose instead to portray Jobs through concentrating on three of his most famous keynote speeches.

[embedded content]

To do it, he did contrive to have incidents happen around those events which in reality took much longer. And he did leave out details, he does skip over people. Plus there’s a famous scene in the film where Jobs shouts at Andy Hertzfeld that the universe was made in seven days. “Well,” replies Hertzfeld, “someday you’ll have to tell us how you did it.”

That never happened. But we know it didn’t because Sorkin has been upfront about how and why he wrote what he did. And in his Masterclass series about writing, he explains that this scene came about because he asked Hertzfeld what Steve Jobs would say in that scene. It’s genuine, personal insight —not a Hollywood invention.

Speaking in Masterclass about his partly related film, The Social Network (2010), Sorkin explains that he will never portray someone doing something they didn’t or wouldn’t. And he reveals that there are people who wouldn’t speak to Walter Isaacson who did to him.

Watch Steve Jobs, the movie, for how it captures the man few of us knew, and the whole world of Apple that has meant so much to us all.

And then, if you can track it down, watch “Pirates of Silicon Valley.” Screenwriter and director Martyn Burke had a background in documentaries, but this is a drama and if it’s very of its time, it has at least one very big merit. Noah Wyle is startling good as a young Steve Jobs in it.

So good that Steve Jobs, who shunned Burke after it, hired Wyle to portray him at Macworld in 1999.

[embedded content]

According to Wyle, Steve Jobs took him shopping before the presentation and bought him jeans, round glasses, and a turtleneck sweater.

“The first few rows [of the Macworld audience], I think, could obviously tell it wasn’t him, but most others didn’t know at all,” said Wyle. “And there was this growing ripple of laughter throughout the auditorium when people got what was happening. I honestly had had no idea what to expect: I thought the whole thing might be an ambush — that he’d get me to his event and that what he said we were going to do in fact wasn’t what we were going to do, and I would somehow be humiliated. But he stayed on script and was very kind to me.”

Pirates of Silicon Valley and Steve Jobs are the two key dramas about Apple, but for capturing how the industry was in the early days, do watch the TV series Halt and Catch Fire. It’s more about PCs, but even those of us who lived and worked through this time couldn’t have expected that a drama about it would be this good —and this accurate.

[embedded content]

Films about the Apple community


  • Macheads (2009) available to rent or buy at Amazon
  • Welcome to Macintosh (2008) currently available to stream through Amazon Prime US

These are two documentary films that came out close on each other’s heels and are both about us, people who use and, frankly, love Apple. It’s not as if we’re blind to its faults, but once you start using Apple gear, something does happen and you do get immersed in this community.

[embedded content]

Both of these documentaries have insight from people within Apple, and both of them have historical detail that’s interesting. Welcome to Macintosh has much more from Apple staff, but you can probably best gauge the differences between these movies by two quotes from them.

Welcome to Macintosh features quite sour ex-Apple people, including Jim Reekes. “People on the outside think that it’s like this wonderful world of Oz or Disney going on, and all of us are just all these brilliant, amazing, happy people,” says Reekes, “and it’s not, it’s like a sausage factory. You really don’t want to know how this stuff happens.”

Whereas Macheads includes an interview with an Apple user who explains just how much this ecosystem means to her. “I have never knowingly slept with a Windows user,” she says. “That would never ever happen.”

Considering that actually both films feature some quite dour people, the two are equally joyous. Even if you will recognize yourself in both of them.

Films about Apple and related products


It’s a curious thing that these two documentaries about topics that hugely overlap, came out so close together —and their subjects came out at the same time too. In reality, the Newton’s launch, and its failure, destroyed the work of rival General Magic, but these two movies are superb companion pieces.

They’re about the 1990s time in Apple’s history when it spun off a firm called General Magic which was, basically, inventing the future that we live in today. And when Apple CEO John Sculley, having had Apple spin off this new firm, simultaneously decided Apple should develop a product to destroy it.

[embedded content]

Sculley is interviewed in these films and you won’t come away fathoming why he did it. That’s one of the weaker parts of the General Magic documentary, in that it’s as hard to believe the people in that firm knew nothing of Newton, as it is that Sculley would do this. You’ll wish it delved more into what happened on this.

But otherwise, it and Love Notes to Newton are both utterly engrossing films that are ostensibly about products and companies, but are really about the people involved.

Films about the industry


  • Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview (2012) available to rent on iTunes, Amazon
  • Objectified (2009) available to rent on Amazon

Among the sea of Steve Jobs documentaries that were rushed out after his death in 2011, there is one that stands apart. Released in 2012, Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview, is a 70-minute interview with Steve Jobs that was filmed in 1995.

It was filmed for a documentary called Triumph of the Nerds, which is a short series by PBS and the UK’s Channel 4, about the development of the PC. That series is worth looking out for, but the Lost Interview is much more fascinating because it was filmed during the time Jobs was away from Apple.

Jobs is asked about this then-current project, NeXT, but he also reflects on the origins of Apple. It’s not his usual bluster about how great things are, it’s a more reflective piece where he displays that famous prescient awareness of what people need from technology.

[embedded content]

There’s a similar sense to how Jony Ive speaks in Gary Hustwit’s 2009 documentary about design, Objectified. Ive is filmed inside Apple and just as interesting as his thoughts about design and people, is his own body language as he cleans the screen of his own iPhone before showing it to us.

Ive is a major part of Objectified and so is one of his design heroes, Dieter Rams, who was later the sole subject of Hustwit’s 2018 documentary, Rams. At the time of writing, Rams is available to stream for free on Hustwit’s website where he’s been releasing one of his films every week during the coronavirus outbreak.

Whenever you can, do check out which of his documentary films is streaming, but also take a deep dive into all of the movies about Apple. The ones we’ve picked are tremendous examples of filmmaking, they are intensely dramatic —whether they’re dramas or documentaries —and they are all-absorbing.

Keep up with AppleInsider by downloading the AppleInsider app for iOS, and follow us on YouTube, Twitter @appleinsider and Facebook for live, late-breaking coverage. You can also check out our official Instagram account for exclusive photos.



https://www.sickgaming.net/blog/2020/04/...k-at-home/
Reply



Possibly Related Threads…
Thread Author Replies Views Last Post
  AppleInsider - Apple TV+ ‘Becoming You’ trailer debuts on YouTube xSicKxBot 0 5 10-26-2020, 05:23 PM
Last Post: xSicKxBot
  AppleInsider - Apple TV Remote app influenced Steve Jobs into making Siri Remote xSicKxBot 0 9 10-25-2020, 08:58 PM
Last Post: xSicKxBot
  AppleInsider - Apple may offer iPad Air shipment date during ‘Hi, Speed’ event xSicKxBot 0 19 10-10-2020, 05:19 PM
Last Post: xSicKxBot
  AppleInsider - Apple working on how to securely present electronic ID wirelessly xSicKxBot 0 26 10-08-2020, 06:07 PM
Last Post: xSicKxBot
  AppleInsider - Breaking down the Coalition for App Fairness’ issues with Apple xSicKxBot 0 34 10-05-2020, 07:17 PM
Last Post: xSicKxBot
  AppleInsider - Google Project Zero security researcher moves to Apple xSicKxBot 0 32 10-04-2020, 08:25 PM
Last Post: xSicKxBot
  AppleInsider - EU could force Apple to share user data with competitors xSicKxBot 0 41 10-01-2020, 03:55 PM
Last Post: xSicKxBot
  AppleInsider - How to buy Apple Watch faces in watchOS 7 xSicKxBot 0 48 09-25-2020, 07:51 PM
Last Post: xSicKxBot
  AppleInsider - Duelling mini LED suppliers could cut cost on display tech for Apple xSicKxBot 0 56 09-21-2020, 12:09 PM
Last Post: xSicKxBot
  AppleInsider - Apple AR research encompasses so much more than entertainment xSicKxBot 0 47 09-17-2020, 02:32 PM
Last Post: xSicKxBot

Forum Jump:

Become a Patron!
[-]
Upcoming Events

[-]
Latest Threads
(Indie Deal) Tropico 6, Assassin's Creed...
Last Post: xSicKxBot
Today 04:49 PM
» Replies: 0
» Views: 3
Xbox Wire - Xbox Insider Release Notes –...
Last Post: xSicKxBot
Today 04:44 PM
» Replies: 0
» Views: 1
News - Sony delays PS5 launch title Dest...
Last Post: xSicKxBot
Today 04:44 PM
» Replies: 0
» Views: 2
News - Another Halo Infinite Director Le...
Last Post: xSicKxBot
Today 11:35 AM
» Replies: 0
» Views: 4
News - An Exciting New Trailer For No Mo...
Last Post: xSicKxBot
Today 05:25 AM
» Replies: 0
» Views: 3
News - Tropico 6 Lands On Switch In The ...
Last Post: xSicKxBot
Today 05:25 AM
» Replies: 0
» Views: 4
News - Costco's Black Friday 2020 Ad Jus...
Last Post: xSicKxBot
Today 05:25 AM
» Replies: 0
» Views: 4
[Tut] Overriding in Python
Last Post: xSicKxBot
Today 04:49 AM
» Replies: 0
» Views: 4
(Indie Deal) ?FREE Dyna Bomb, Big Quiz E...
Last Post: xSicKxBot
Today 04:49 AM
» Replies: 0
» Views: 5
ODIN 2 Synthesizer VST
Last Post: xSicKxBot
Yesterday 11:24 PM
» Replies: 0
» Views: 5

[-]
Twitter

[-]
Sponsored
Get the Deal of the Week at RefurBees.com

Copyright © SickGaming.net 2012-2020