Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine
Steve Jobs was released to great critical reception thanks to screenwriter Aaron Sorkin's unique ability to portray three different times during the brilliant but flawed Apple co-founder's life. To quote Sorkin: "I knew what I didn't want to do, and that was a biopic." The movie plays out like a captivating Shakespearean play, heavy on the drama, and Sorkin admits that many of the interactions are completely contrived. Renowned, and apparently incredibly busy documentarian Alex Gibney also decided to show the darker side of the tech icon in his film Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, which was released just a few months before. In it, Gibney dives deep into both Jobs's personal and work relationships, taking a hard-nosed analytical approach. The doc also tackles grander subjects, like what Jobs and his company has meant to the landscape of technology, and even civilization. It's important to note that neither Apple, nor Jobs' widow, Laurene Powell Jobs, were involved with either of the projects.