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Doc or Sorkinization? Which will be the better Steve Jobs movie?

Technically Incorrect: Will it be the documentary, whose first trailer was just released? Or will it be the Aaron Sorkin version, which, it was announced Monday, will be the centerpiece of the New York Film Festival?

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


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The documentary? Or the Sorkinization? Movieclips Film Festivals & Indie Films/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

You have to have an opinion about this.

Otherwise, how can you possibly claim to be a visionary who's changing with the world with your brand new app?

In the left corner, we have the Aaron Sorkin-penned movie, imaginatively titled "Steve Jobs." This is to distinguish it from the Ashton Kutcher movie from 2013 titled "Jobs."

In the right corner, we have the Alex Gibney documentary titled: "Steve Jobs: The Man In The Machine." This is to distinguish it from the 2011 documentary titled: "Steve Jobs: One Last Thing."

Yes, there will be a test at the end of this article.

The first trailer for Gibney's opus was released on Friday. It may, to some, seem rather familiar. The hope for originality lies less in its rote adulation, but in stories of the other side of the great man.

Gibney won an Oscar for "Taxi To The Dark Side," the story of an innocent taxi driver in Afghanistan who suffered unspeakable brutality. What might his talents bring to an area that is, frankly, so well trodden as is the life of Steve Jobs? The trailer gives little away.

The problem -- at least for me -- in the Sorkinization's trailer is that I struggle to cope with Michael Fassbinder as Steve Jobs. He just doesn't look or sound like him. In those two minutes, at least.

Both films will clearly show conflicting sides of Jobs. Both will trade on tension as well as uplift. Which one is likely to make you feel more? That's often my criterion for movies.

For Gibney, the challenge is surely to feel fresh. For the Sorkinization (directed by Danny Boyle), the challenge is to simply be a great movie, one in which you forget who's playing the roles and you bathe in the characters and the action.

Some people clearly think the Sorkinization might be very good. It was announced on Monday that it's to be the centerpiece for the New York Film Festival, which runs from September 25 to October 11. The Gibney movie is released September 4.

Whose vision will be more lasting? Why do I always think that fiction is more lasting than fact?

Oh, yes. Because fiction always seems to hold more truth.