A Small Tribute to a Visionary Giant – RIP Steve Jobs

Earlier today, the world lost a great man. Much like when 9/11 happened, you’re likely going to remember when you first heard of his passing. Right now you’re probably listening to your iPod, reading this very news on your iPad, calling somebody on your iPhone, watching a Pixar movie over the weekend, or typing away on your iBook/iMac… So whether or not you’re an Apple junkie, chances are Steve Jobs’ creations have impacted your life in one way or another.

Apple’s Board of Directors issued this statement…

“Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.”

Not many people deserve that last statement being spoken about them, but I do believe it is absolutely true of Steve Jobs. I’ve been a Mac user for as long as I remember and when Pixar came out with Toy Story in 1995, I’ve been a fan of their films ever since. Even though I’ve never met him, his death somehow hit me on a personal level. Though both my hubby and I knew his days were numbered, it didn’t lessen the impact of the news that he’s finally succumbed to pancreatic cancer at such a young age of 56.

I saw a bunch of tweets on Steve Jobs who’s trending all night, but this one from Twitter CEO himself said it best I think [confession: before this I had no idea who Twitter’s CEO was] …

“Once in a rare while, somebody comes along who doesn’t just raise the bar, they create an entirely new standard of measurement.”

I had planned on watching a movie tonight, as I’ve got The Beaver from Netflix from days ago. But after hearing this, I knew I won’t be able to concentrate on anything else. So for this small tribute to our generations greatest visionary leader, I thought it’d be great to highlight some clips/commercials related to the companies he helped built, Pixar and Apple.

Though I’ve made my Top Five Pixar Characters post, if someone asked me what’s my fave Pixar movies, I’ll be stumped. It’s really hard to choose as I like a bunch of them in a different way, except for Cars which I still haven’t seen. So I might as well post this awesome Pixar tribute video that I posted a while ago, it’s just so well-done that it’s worth seeing time and time again.

Apple is the first company to film a commercial in a full blown cinematic style. Ad agency Chiat/Day worked with Hollywood director Ridley Scott to create the 60-second ad titled 1984 that aired only once during the Superbowl. This is the 2004 re-edited version as the woman is now sporting an iPod 😀

This is one of the many celebrities Mac commercials. The stark white background and whimsical dialog has since been copied so many times over by other companies, but Apple really was the one that made it hip… just like everything else.

I LOVE this Think Different ad… the black and white clips of iconic personas and the excellently-written narration by Richard Dreyfuss show that Apple don’t just know how to make great products, they know how to market them, too. I think they should re-edit this commercial and add Steve Jobs in it. Don’t you agree?

Now this one isn’t wholly spectacular or significant, I just got a kick out of seeing one of the earlier personal computers. Look at how beige and boxy Mac was, ahah, but look it’s got a mouse! Oh and Kevin Costner looked so hot back then 😀

A Steve Jobs Biopic?

Hollywood is now gearing up to make a Steve Jobs biopic (as Deadline reported) Yes, there’s Pirates Of Silicon Valley with Noah Wylie playing him, but it’s more about Microsoft & Apple. I’m sure there’ll be another one in the works that would focus more about the chronicle of his life. I actually just learned not too long ago that he’s apparently adopted and his biological father is of Syrian descent… but that’s just the tip of the iceberg of this man’s fascinating life story. I kind of thought Ashton Kutcher resembles a young Steve Jobs but by no means do I think he should portray him. Not sure who’d be good though, any suggestions?

Well, what you think about Steve Jobs and his passing? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

Five for the Fifth – 5 Questions for The 5th of October

Happy Fifth of October, everyone!

I’m always excited about the fifth of the month as I get to post this monthly feature where I get to post five random news item/observation/trailer, etc. and then turn it over to you to share your take on that given topic. You can see the previous five-for-the-fifth posts here.

So here we go …

  • It’s October which means it’s horror movie month for a lot of people. Well, as most of you already know, horror isn’t my cup of tea so FlixChatter will remain horror-free all month long. With that said, there are a couple of horror movies that I do appreciate and perhaps don’t even mind watching again, such as 28 Days Later and The Sixth Sense (weird that both have numbers in them. Now tell me, what’s the best and/or scariest horror flick you’ve ever seen?
  • I haven’t blogged about any superhero stuff in a while so today’s as good a time as any. Check out this photo of Russell Crowe as Jor-El (that’s Superman’s dad in case you didn’t know) on the set of Man of Steel in Vancouver.

    It’s ‘Lord of the rings meets Merlin meets Game of thrones meets Robin hood,’ says one commenter on Superherohype. Don’t forget Thor! 😀 I actually think it looks pretty cool, it’s certainly more rugged and imaginative than the white neon-y thing that Marlon Brando wore in the first Superman. This one makes Jor-El look like a Medieval warrior than a Kryptonian scientist though. What do you think folks? Are you liking the costume and/or casting of Man of Steel so far?
  • The adrenaline-junkie that is Tom Cruise is seen hanging down from a ridiculously high skyscraper in this IMAX poster on the zillionth Mission Impossible movie.

    It’s a pretty cool-looking poster IMO, though it kinda makes me dizzy as I have just a touch of vertigo. I know my friend and FC guest-blogger Ted looooves watching movies at IMAX theaters, but I personally get a headache watching action-packed scenes on those giant, surround screen. My question to you is two-fold… do you like watching movies on those IMAX giant screen? If so, what’s the latest film you saw there?
  • This past weekend, two of the top three box office winners were animal-themed movies: Dolphin Tale and Lion King 3D. Seems like there is no shortage in this sub-genre as later this month, the Shrek character spin-off Puss in the Boots will hit theaters. If I were to name my three favorite animal-themed flicks, I’d probably go with The Lion King, Finding Nemo and if we’re counting documentaries, March of the Penguins. What’s your favorite animal-themed movie?
  • Yesterday was supposed to be Charlton Heston’s 88th birthday. The iconic Hollywood legend has done 129 projects in his lifetime, including TV, voice-over work, etc. since his first ever film in 1941. He often plays larger-than-life characters such as Moses in The Ten Commandments and a Jewish prince in Ben-Hur. I’m hoping to get the BD box set of the latter that’s just been released. The reviews have been as stellar as the masterpiece itself. Man that chariot scene’s got to look spectacular on Blu-ray!

    So what’s your favorite Charlton Heston role?

Well, that’s it for this month’s Five for the Fifth. Now, please pick a question out of the five above or better yet, do ‘em all!