All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
There will be no order, only chaos
The debut film from Darren Aronofsky in which a mathematical genius Maximilian Cohen discovers a link in the connection between numbers and reality and thus believes he can predict the future.
Is he really insane or just insane enough to make the discovery of a lifetime! Watch the film and decide for yourself!
Intriguing premise to say the very least! An exceptionally clever film done on a wing and a prayer! And it paid off!
"When your mind becomes obsessed with anything, you will filter everything else out and find that thing everywhere."
Darren Aronofsky's first feature film, Pi, was a unique and experimental movie that cemented his status as an auteur director. Even in his latest big budget film, Noah, his unique and creative voice shined through. Just like his characters, Aronofsky seems obsessed with discovering what drives them. His films are a psychological character study in which he delves deep into their minds in order to try to discover what leads them to their self destructive behavior. In the surface, Pi may sound like a boring film dealing with math and numbers, but Aronofsky sucks you in from the beginning with his very…
Aronofsky's award-winning first full-length feature takes us deep into the mind of a pill-popping, paranoid mathematical genius, Maximillian Cohen (Sean Gullette), who is searching for a number pattern that can explain and predict stock market fluctuations. His work is coveted not only by greedy corporate interests but also by religious scholars, who believe the pattern may be the key to the lost Hebrew name of God.
I especially enjoyed the scenes of playing I-go with professor Sol Robeson (Mark Margolis), the only person Max trusts enough to confide in. But Max's hallucinatory spiral into madness doesn't allow him to linger very long in the "normal" world. He is made blind by his obsession, just as he was temporarily blinded as…
''11:15, restate my assumptions: 1. Mathematics is the language of nature. 2. Everything around us can be represented and understood through numbers. 3. If you graph these numbers, patterns emerge. Therefore: There are patterns everywhere in nature.''
Darren Aronofsky's bold and striking debut is one I had not visited in many moons. It's a film with a pulse, a film with a vision, a film with a mission, and that was to call out a brave new modern Auteur with much to offer. He has since this debut delivered another four masterworks that while all different from each other, reflect his unique voice.
Maximillian Cohen is a mathematical genius who believes he can unlock the secrets of existence by determining…
This movie is as disturbing as they come. A deep and intricate analysis into the life of a mathematics genius who gets so obsessed with his obsession of numbers that his god given gift is turned slowly into a man made curse. Sean Gullete beautifully exhibits the intense paranoia and the addictive nature of the character. Aronofsky and Clint Mansell at their very best!!!
Darren Aronofsky’s Pi is a well crafted and very accurately disciplined debut which strikingly portrays the ill-fated attempts of a man who uses all his talents and capabilities to find an answer for one of the simplest yet most byzantine questions in the history of mankind, the seemingly unanswerable question: What is the meaning life?
Max is not an ordinary person. He is a math genius, he has devoted his life to numbers, without them his life is meaningless, he sees in everything as a series of numbers, everything is made of numbers even the nature and the universe, there are numerical patterns everywhere to be found. At first he is trying to unlock the mystery behind…
People that are good at math are scary.
I borrowed a DVD of Pi from my friend junior year of highschool. After nine years, I decided it was time to watch it. I have a bad habit of "knowing I need to see something" but avoiding it even though I know I will like it. I am even a fan of Aronofsky so I am not sure what held me back. It was fun to watch just to see his earlier work and origins.
What most people cite as their main criticism, I cite as my main praise. For his first movie, Darren shot for the stars. From both a story and style perspective, he was very ambitious. Does everything work perfectly? No, but damn close. Closer than…
Throughout the film you seem to understand Sean Gullette’s “illness” or is somewhat special since he has establish to search for a key number that will unlock the universal patterns, and succeeds. The more you watch the film you tend to feel down towards the protagonist. It’s only until the end when Sean Gullette is smiling and you happen to smile with him, especially what he has been through.
I did notice somewhat similar parallels to this film and Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan, The character Sean Gullettte is happy in the beginning of the film, or at least the audience thinks so. In Black Swan the character Nina Sayers is also somewhat happy, throughout the films the characters go through…
Darren's got this knack for making obsession-themed movies that I like, but I wasn't really that enthralled by this one. However, as this was his first full length movie, I can't dock too much from him. The main things I didn't like was that he split screen time between the religious/historical side plot and money hungry Wall Street side plot. He should've committed to one because by the end I felt that it wasn't as crisp as it could've been. Also, I know what the ultimate point of the lady neighbor was (or at least I think I do) but I think it wasn't done as well as it could've been.
Most of the movie is pretty tight until the last 15 minutes or so when it gets crazy (in ways that both Black Swan and Requiem do) so if anything this makes me see how Darren has progressed as a filmmaker.
"There will be no order. Only chaos."
Pi is writer/director Darren Aronofsky’s startlingly chaotic and inspirational unveiling into feature filmmaking. Made on a paltry $60,000 budget, Aronofsky’s impressive and compelling psychological thriller centres on the brilliant but increasingly paranoid Max (Sean Gullette - outstanding). The reclusive Max hypothesises that everything in the universe can be understood through numbers. Devoting the entirety of his life to mathematics, he believes that he is on the cusp of discovering the hidden numerical patterns in the stock market.
Prone to violent panic attacks and seizures, Max is warned by his mentor Sol (Mark Margolis) about the consequences of his fanatical behaviours. Ignoring said advice, Max inadvertently uncovers a 216-digit sequence by which the meaning…
Aronofsky's debut lays work in depicting a man's fall into the madness of finding patterns in everything he sees. The black and white shots, claustrophobic settings, repetitive scenes who ultimately depict a maddening routine (the same technique depicted in the later Requiem For a Dream), all contribute to the mathematical schizophrenic setting the character has delved into. While it is definitely not a masterpiece, it is recommended to any mathematician or someone who enjoys Aronofsky's later work.
Yeah, so why has it taken me 16 years to see this?
So far, one of the brightest editions that I've ever seen. Six stars.
What directorial debut from Darren Aronofsky this is!
Filmed in over-exposed whites & dirty, grainy blacks the viewing is as uncomfortable to watch as the performance of the mental breakdown of Maximillian Cohen, the paranoid mathematician played by Sean Gullette.
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