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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.
''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…
"When I was a a little kid, my mother told me not to stare into the sun. So, once when I was six, I did."
A psychological mind-bender that feels loosely related to the likes of Persona and Eraserhead. Black & white, psychologically disturbing, and utterly perplexing. Math is everywhere, but in Pi, it's literally EVERYWHERE. A dense meditation on mathematics and obsession, as well as patterns that may or may not populate our very being. Raises a lot of questions, and it leaves the viewer scratching their head (which isn't a bad thing). It will certainly take a few more viewings to grasp what the film was entirely attempting to say; but the disturbing content will keep me at bay…
It's only fitting that Hasidic Judaism is a major plot point, because Pi is as neurotic a film as they come (I can say that, I'm a Jew, okay?)
Especially considering its $60,000 budget, Pi is an incredible piece of filmmaking. Sure, it's got plenty of issues. The acting, though it does the trick for the most part, is one-dimensional and unconvincing. It's only a tiny bit confusing, some better writing wouldn't hurt. And if we're being honest here, the paranoid genius descent-into-madness thing is a little overdone. Yet somehow, Aronofsky's fresh and fascinating take on the whole thing elevates it to a genuinely harrowing cinematic experience. His utilization of camera movement is measured and precise even when it pretends…
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 the Stock Market…
Whoa, now here's a debut anyone would be proud of. It's got the obvious touches of amateur production, but Aronofsky displays an impressive ambition and thematic scope that just commands respect. It's tough to make a gripping thriller from number theory, yet that's exactly what we have here. Weird, wonderful, transfixing, and terrifying, it brings to mind the works of, among others, Lynch and Cronenberg, the strange surrealism and body horror aspects scattered throughout among the finest things on display, contributing a disquieting eeriness that's invaluable to making it quite so engrossing. Performances waver, plot gets too heavy in the final moments, certain angles really don't work, but I was enjoying it too much to care.
A few years later, Pi experienced mitosis and became Memento and Primer. It wasn't prefect cell division though, because the obsession with the Divine fell out.
A tale of a descent into madness. Not this close to watching "The Tenant". In the field of four walls- paranoia, an early Aronofsky isn't going to stand inspection next to prime Polanski. Maybe people are out to get you, but that doesn't mean you aren't going crazy anyway. The steady beat of the drum that Polanski sets up is difficult to make one's own. Aronofsky however injects an intense amount of energy into this film the way any new director should; making up for a lack of finesse with some impressive jagged edges.
This is a high explosive mixture. It doesn't surprise me that the director saw the light and handed over writing duties in later films, because there's…
As much as I love Darren Aronofsky (the man, the myth, the legend) I kept putting off watching his first movie. It just looked so dense and serious and film student-y. But I finally took the plunge and really dug it. You can tell he hadn’t found his feet as a director yet, but there are some amazing scenes and moments that hint about something special at work. The visual near the end where he uses a power drill… God damn that was disgusting/amazing/horrific. It’s a shame when the lead actor has to get angry and shout though, cause he doesn’t quite pull it off.
what sort of dude makes a rad thriller about number theory as his debut feature? aronofsky does. he does an amazing job of depicting the tight rope between insanity and genius. and even when your obsession pushes you to breaking point in a desperate search for some sort of true meaning, is it really worth it? what if the meaning you sought twists and pollutes what you once thought was pure? maybe understanding is overrated, and faith in chaos makes the most sense.
I may be 15 years late but I reckon this Aronofsky chap is somebody worth watching. One of the most impressive debut films, reminiscent of Lynch, Boyle, Nolan and also fresh and unique.
I'm not sure whether to give this film a Better than Juno seal or not. Darren Aronfsky's Pi is a pointless film that revels in it's own simplicity. There is no plot or is there? Actually no, there isn't. This is just another disappointing artsy fartsy film with no point to exist. It tries to confuse you with all the math mumbo-jumbo, but fails. It's not "haunting" or "groundbreaking". It's just boring and very somber. Almost too somber to be exact. Pi is just one of those types of films. It believes it's so high and mighty when in reality it isn't. It's pretentious attitude lies within the fact that there is no plot and it's math is very very…
Figuring out Pi would be a feat comparable to figuring out pi.
Darren Aronofsky's strange, uncompromising debut had me appropriately perplexed - I mean come on, what do you expect from a film called Pi? My confusion aside, I was very interested in the protagonist's struggle, and watching his journey into a mix of enlightenment and madness is unlike anything I've ever seen before.
What I took away from the film is that we should all enjoy life for what it is, and not look too hard for all the answers.
A bit perplexing, but something about it just clicks. Clint Mansell and Darren Aronofsky are a great team when it comes to creating complex, multi-layered films featuring a real sense of flow. The use of black-and-white works to the film's advantage and Sean Gullette brings Max, an already interesting character, right to life.
This film feels like Eraserhead meets Serial Experiments Lain. The Black and White is really abrasive in this movie, it doesn't feel like it just got filmed in black and white it adds to the creepiness of the film itself. This is one of these films that is going to require another watch, I think Aronofsky has created something incredibly brilliant but one watch would not do this film justice.
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- My Neighbor Totoro
- Grave of the Fireflies
- Final Cut - Ladies & Gentlemen
- For All Mankind
Great 60-90 min films (for those days when you just don't have the energy to watch a 3 hour masterpiece)
Don't the title of the list explain it well enough? This is a list of 200+ quality "short" films. Easy…
- Donnie Darko
- Morvern Callar
- Irma Vep
- Miami Blues
- Babe: Pig in the City
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