By Phantasm66 ยท 23 replies
Apr 6, 2002
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    You don't have to be a math whiz to appreciate the heady notions Darren Aronofsky tosses

    around in his homemade debut film, "Pi." The movie, made for just $20,000, offers a brash

    horror-comic variation on a familiar type, the paranoid wild-eyed genius who is so obsessed

    with proving a theory that he goes mad. Before he's finished experimenting on his home

    computer (named Euclid, of course), Maximillian Cohen (Sean Gullette), the film's central

    character, has shaved his head in order to plug his computer into a specific area of his



  2. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 5,734   +8


    Aronofsky elected to shoot the film in black-and-white, which lends a dream-like

    atmosphere to all of the proceedings. p transports us to a world that is like yet unlike our

    own, and, in its mysterious familiarity, is eerie, intense, and compelling. Reality is a

    fragile commodity, but, because the script is well-written and the central character is

    strongly developed, it's not hard to suspend disbelief. As the movie draws to a conclusion,

    it perhaps becomes a little too ambitious in trying to unify all the great questions of

    existence. At that point, p slides with only limited success into an exploration of

    metaphysics and spirituality.


  3. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 5,734   +8

    My new Hypothesis: If we're built from Spirals while living in a giant Spiral, then is it

    possible that everything we put our hands to is infused with the Spiral?"

    -- Max Cohen in the motion picture Pi

    Chaos Theory can be generally defined as the study of forever-changing complex

    systems. Discovered by a meteorologist in 1960, chaos theory contends that complex and

    unpredictable results will occur in systems that are sensitive to small changes in their

    initial conditions. The most common example of this, known as the "Butterfly Effect," states

    that the flapping of a butterfly's wings in China could cause tiny atmospheric changes which

    over a period of time could effect weather patterns in New York.



    You guys HAVE to watch this!!!!!

  4. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 5,734   +8

    I find it so fantastic that your DNA might be in the same shape as your galaxy, the Milky Way......

    Perhaps, in other galaxies, the shape of their DNA is the same shape as those other, odd shaped galaxies.....
  5. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 5,734   +8

    Perhaps the whole universe is just the DNA of some ANT crawling across some floor......
  6. svtcobra

    svtcobra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 761

    Alright, this is my new favorite thread!!!

    Pi the movie is one of my favorite flicks.. Phantasm where do you find all this stuff and what makes you post it? Is it the power of Pi?

    Are you hoping that someone is going to see your posts and provide you with the answers that would help you find a greater meaning of life?
  7. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 5,734   +8

    The answer is a number..... ;)
  8. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 5,734   +8

    I have had a migraine .

    Since then, my doctor put me on an experimental drug for 6 months, every day I felt sick and dizzy and wanted to throw up......

    But I have not had a migraine since....

    The last one I had, I felt like someone had got 2 white hot needles and thrust them into both of the pupils of my eyes......

    Seering, intense agony that lasted for about 9 hours....

    I have not had one in about ten years now...

    I live in (almost) constant fear that I shall have another one....

    Sometimes it seems to start and then drug inside me makes it stop....
  9. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 5,734   +8

    Our galaxy, the Milky Way....

  10. svtcobra

    svtcobra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 761

    Are you sure your not talking about yourself here?
  11. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 5,734   +8

    yes.... that's just an aside. watching "Pi" got me to thinking about when I had a migraine....
  12. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 5,734   +8

  13. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    A friend of mine has the movie on VHS. Maybe I'll borrow it someday..
  14. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    This is interesting.. Ever since I was a young lad, I wondered about how things seem to revolve around each other...

    Electrons could be to atoms as planets are to stars. We may all coexist inside a single pixel in someone's intergalactic-sized, Compaq.

    Now that's SCARY.
  15. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,730   +379

    So Phantasm, can I take a wild stab in the dark as say that you like this movie quite a lot?.... ;)
  16. ToRN

    ToRN TS Rookie Posts: 156

    Saw it before you and was quite impressed also. Did you know the music was arranged by Ken Ishi? You can hear some of his tunes in it also.
  17. Spliffmeister

    Spliffmeister TechSpot Paladin Posts: 508

    although i dont know much about greek mathematicians, I thought that Archemedes was the greatest living teacher of mathematics.

    " Generally regarded as the greatest mathematician and scientist of antiquity and one of the three greatest mathematicians of all time (together with Isaac Newton (English 1643-1727) and Carl Friedrich Gauss (German 1777-1855)). "

    I also saw an interesting documentary about him and his work on UK TV about a month ago. Apparently there are some writings of his which have only recently been discovered, which when deciphered will bring a whole new light onto the way we look at maths....
  18. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 5,734   +8

    Well, not as much as "The Empire Strikes Back" ,etc, but its a film that I do like quite a bit and I thought would, judging on some of its themes, be appealing to the computer heads here at 3DS.
  19. DaveSylvia

    DaveSylvia TS Rookie Posts: 107

  20. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    Just got the DVD today. Watched it. Wow.
  21. Demiurg

    Demiurg TS Rookie Posts: 85

    Cool posts Phantasm - not only interesting but beautifully done as well (you're perfecting the art of layout in this format.:D)

    Never heard of the movie, but now I just must see it.
  22. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 5,734   +8

    I hope you all watched this great movie....
  23. ss1

    ss1 TS Rookie Posts: 94

    No I haven't seen this movie but I do plan to buy it (Hopefully) before I go home when I finish my First Semester Year 2 at Uni :).

  24. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    I just watched the movie a week or so ago, and forgot to reply to this thread, but here it is.

    The movie was very strange, but I enjoyed it thouroughly. It was well done for a homemade movie on a small budget. The concepts in it were amazing, just knowing that there are people out there like that is incredible.

    I would recommend watching if you like computers or math in general.

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