Movies of the week: Lee Daniels’ “The Butler” and Jobs

This week we are going to take a look into the lives of two very distinguished people with heavy influences in two very different worlds. In Lee Daniels’ latest motion picture, “The Butler,” Forest Whitaker leads a distinguished cast of actors with his portrayal of Cecil Gaines, an African-American butler in the residence of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue under the employment of eight different Commander-in-Chiefs, from Dwight Eisenhower to Lyndon B. Johnson, to John F. Kennedy to Richard Nixon. “The Butler” gives a glimpse into the life of Gaines’ family and his employment in the White House while spanning the countrywide changes to American society including the Vietnam War and the civil rights movement.

What am I expecting to see from “The Butler”?: I have been anticipating this movie for months because I believe this is about to become an Awards season contender. Lee Daniels has assembled an extraordinary cast led by Forest Whitaker, who could hear his name called when it comes to Best Actor categories in 2014, and Oprah Winfrey, who is of course one of the world’s most influential women. Daniels and screenwriter Danny Strong may have created a strong screenplay showcasing so many supporting actors such as John Cusack, Robin WIlliams, Liev Schreiber, Alan Rickman, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Vanessa Redgrave and Lenny Kravitz. I’m expecting this movie to be Oscar-worthy on every level.

Ashton Kutcher stars in the biopic “Jobs” as the innovative founder of Apple Computer. Steve Jobs. Director Joshua Michael Stern and screenwriter Matt Whitely narrows the focus on this film on the origins of Apple Computer and Steve Jobs’ tumultuous struggle to keep Apple and his creations afloat. The film also shines a light on the major figures involved in Apple such as Steve Wozniak, John Sculley, Arthur Rock and Daniel Kottke.

What am I expecting to see from” Jobs”: I’ve always been a PC guy who has always had a good idea who Steve Jobs was, so I’m hoping this becomes a decent history lesson. Ashton Kutcher looks like he is going to give one of the most serious performance in his career, in portraying one of the most iconic figures in the world of modern technology. The supporting cast including J.K. Simmons, Matthew Modine, Durmot Mulroney, Leslie Ann Warren and Josh Gad seems to be decent. I don’t have high expectations for “Jobs” because I’m not an Apple guy but if this can be moderately entertaining while somewhat educational, this movie could be valuable.


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