Movies that are slightly off.
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.
Darren Aronofsky's feature film debut presents the now reputed auteur experimenting with various aspects of filmmaking to carve out his own distinct identity & contains all the elements that are now well associated with his works, be it the theme of obsession, biblical motifs, inventive use of camera angles, heavy use of montages, isolated characters or surreal structure.
Pi (π) tells the story of Max; a brilliant mathematician, who believes there are patterns everywhere in universe & tries to find the same in stock markets to determine its rise n fall on the basis of his calculations. But his increasing obsession with numbers ultimately results in his self-destruction when he's driven to the brink of madness by the people who are after…
"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…
A claustrophobic, paranoid migraine of a movie. Pi's an impressive debut for Aronofsky who makes an odd premise strangely compelling. The limited budget works in its favour and the lead is convincingly committed. If the run time had been longer I may have become agitated with the constant kinetic visuals/overbearing sound but on the whole I found Pi to be an interesting, if confusing little oddity of a watch.
You have to hand it to Aronofsky, the man has a talent for making fascinating films about subjects that generally bore me: maths, heroin, Rachel Weisz, wrestling, ballet and the bible. Bravo!
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!!!
Jesus! I forgot how fucked up intense this movie gets!
When I first saw this in college a few years after it came out, I remember it being unlike anything I'd ever seen before. Watching it again now it still holds up to that. Sure it absolutely feels like a feature debut (which of course it is) but this is a movie that makes it's mark in every way, and sticks with you more than 99% of what's out there.
And seriously, how great is that coffee shop Jewish guy?...."MAX! Hey!"
My fourth film by Darren Aronofsky.
A really good concept that doesn't really work as a film. I think it would do better as a novel.
Regardless, it helped launched Aronofsky's career, so I'm glad it exists.
It's been many years since I've watched this, and I absolutely adore this movie. Maybe it's because I have affinity for movies about hermits that are scored by Clint Mansell, or that I have a fetish for high-contrast black and white photography, or that I think Jewish mysticism is cool shit. For some reason I appreciate this movie more now than I ever did previously. Aronofsky's first three movies have been definitive points in my film-buffery. Not so much with his later stuff. I liked that Noah's Ark movie just fine.
Film #24/Task #18
A film directed by an AFI Alumni.
Aronofsky's debut feature film. It's a crazy movie. I was in it, I was out of it, it is certainly a wild ride. I thoroughly enjoyed it and now I've seen all of Aronofsky's feature films. I don't think it's quite as good as Requiem, Black Swan, or The Wrestler, but it's still a great film.
Sean Gullette holds everything together on screen.
A surreal and bizarre tale of mathematics and obsession with a great rough and ready aesthetic.
Only having seen Aronofsky's Noah, which I disliked profoundly, I was surprised to have really enjoyed this film. The inventive, almost music-video-esque camerawork in this film makes it best viewed on a TV screen, rather than a cinema screen. The lead does an excellent job of exuding paranoia, while every shot and every line of dialogue seems perfectly calculated. Despite the isolation of the protagonist, the supporting cast do an excellent job. I only wish there was a little more the third act - it had the legs to go on just a little longer.
Film #13 of the April 2016 Scavenger Hunt
21. A film with a budget under $1 million (adjusting for inflation)
"When I was a little kid, my mother told me not to stare into the sun. So once, when I was six, I did."
What is life? What is the universe? What makes one a genius?
These are the questions Darren Aronofsky's Pi explores in this highly bizarre, highly surreal, but also highly gripping and smart debut film. Stylistically closer to Requiem for a Dream rather than his latest flicks, Pi deals with obsession (a trademark of its director), as Sean Gullette's paranoid character, mathematician Maximillian Cohen, searches for a pattern in the universe through numbers.
Pi is creative filmmaking…
JFD Memorial film challenge
27. A movie that should only be watched first thing in the morning
Pretty crazy how math was invented by the greeting card companies
A eerie and compelling surrealist thriller that's both smart and terrifying.
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Great 60-90 min films (for those days when you just don't have the energy to watch a 3 hour masterpiece)
Doesn't the title of the list explain it well enough? This is a list of hight quality "short" films. Easy…