There comes a point in your moviegoing life where you look at the screen and then you look at the world and you ask ‘What is going on?’ You want the movies to show you the chaos and mess and risk and failure that are normal for a lot of us. Generally the movies hide all of that.
Standing beneath the white light of an Apple store is like standing on a Stanley Kubrick movie set. His ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ predicted Jobs and a future where technology was our friend. Kubrick of course didn’t like what he saw. And occasionally I have my doubts.
Sidney Poitier became a star in part by helping black and white Americans negotiate their new relationship in the post-Civil Rights era.
In movies there are some things the French do that Americans are increasingly incapable of doing. One is honoring the complexities of youth. It’s a quiet difficult undertaking requiring subtlety in a filmmaker and perception and patience from us.
Computers are scary. They’re nightmares to fix lose our stuff and on occasion they crash producing the blue screen of death. Steve Jobs knew this. He knew that computers were bulky and hernia-inducing and Darth Vader black. He understood the value of declarative design.