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  • The Bit Player

    The Bit Player

    ★★★★

    It is a daunting task to portray a man of the calibre of a Claude Shannon in a movie of merely ~90 minutes. To be honest, I think it is an impossible task, there is just so much more to say about this great man than could be conveyed in such a short time.

    But even so, "The Bit Player" manages to give some insight into both the influential mathematical ideas as well as the playful character of Claude Shannon.…

  • Genius

    Genius

    ★★★

    "Genius" tries quite a lot and has some really promising ideas and characters. But to me, it only works out partially. Some aspects of the presentation (not only, but in particular the acting of Jude Law) seem to me a bit over the top and this breaks some of the immersion for me. That's the main reason for why I unfortunately cannot recommend this movie without reservations.

    But I want to emphasize that I really like one of the main…

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  • Secrets of the Surface: The Mathematical Vision of Maryam Mirzakhani

    Secrets of the Surface: The Mathematical Vision of Maryam Mirzakhani

    ★★★★

    This is a really inspiring documentary about one of the great mathematicians of our time. Its most impressive feat is, in my opinion, to not only portray Maryam Mirzakhani as a mathematical genius and prodigy, but to show that behind her success also lies a lot of hard work fueled by deep passion for her subject. She is portrayed as a role model who overcame many challenges and as an inspiration to (both male and female) aspiring mathematicians, and rightly…

  • Black Swan

    Black Swan

    ★★★★

    I am deeply disturbed by "Black Swan". From a technical perspective, this is a great movie. The acting is absolutely on point, the music is very well chosen and the camera work perfectly conveys the atmosphere.
    However, I honestly suffered while watching this movie. Several scenes are really painful to watch, either because of physical or psychical pain inflicted on the characters or even just because of the starved look of the actresses portraying ballerinas. And the story also hurts…