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Pi (1998) – Her Review September 10, 2006

Posted by Eury in Movies, Sci-Fi, Thriller.

NUMB3RS - We all use math everyday

Dir. Darren Aronofsky
Starring Sean Gullette, Mark Margolis

Max is a brilliant mathematician that believes that the everything in the universe has an underlying order, be it the immensity of the spirals of the galaxies or the infinitesimal patterns found in our very own DNA. Because the stock market chucks out so many numbers every day, Max uses it to test his theory. He could care less about becoming rich… he is simply obsessed (and practically possessed) and needs to find the answer.

In his search for the answer, he comes across a 216 digit number that seems to be the portal to some universal truth, but the number dies on his computer almost as soon as he sees it.

Besides being plagued by trying to find the universal code for everything that exists, Max, after looking at the sun when he was a child, has such tremendously painful migraines, that the shakes and sweats he gets are only the beginning. He must take a truckload of medication to even control the pain . They are so painful that he often hallucinates and becomes very paranoid. Throughout the film there are people seemingly out to get him, following him. We see these people through his eyes and we have a hard time figuring out … are they real? or are they part of his crazy schizophrenic delusions?

This movie impressed me in several ways. Lets start with the black and whiteness of the movie. This is not your regular b/w film. It’s very constrasty and grainy. It is quite jarring and with bright flashes of light. It helps immerse us into Max’s brain and makes us feel like we are seeing through his eyes. Then there is the music. I’m not an expert but this type of electronic music seemed so perfectly fitted to the experience we are having. How better to bring us into Max’s world where has built a home-made super-computer which he uses to conglomerate all the equations that he has revolving in his brain. The computer is like him…. the closer he gets to the answer, the more the headaches and panic make him crash just like his comp does when it seemingly cannot deal with the ultimate answer to all life. There is also the effect of the music being thrown from one ear to the other.. it makes us feel very off-balance and wary. The combination with the fidgety camera made me feel very much in his shoes.

The more Max searches for the answer, the harsher his migraines become… but it’s an addiction; he can’t help himself and we can see why… we are just as intrigued and want to find out too.

Clever, bold and edgy, Pi is an amazing piece of work.

This is Her review, you can read His review here

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π (1998) – His Review September 10, 2006

Posted by Jinx in Movies, Sci-Fi, Thriller.
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Bye bye, miss American Pi

Dir. Darren Aronofsky

Starring Sean Gullette, Mark Margolis, Ben Shenkman etc.

A guerilla mathematician (not really, but I thought the concept was cool) goes deeper and deeper into psychosis as he struggles with finding the ultimate question, and the answer to it.

Well, that’s the bottom-line of Darren Aronofsky’s “Pi” anyway, but quite simplified. Math-mad Max (Gullette) starts out fairly sane, as he tries to find a pattern in the global stock market using a homemade super computer. After his computer crashes during one of his scheduled calculations things get weirder. Max finds odd coincidences not only between life and math, but between his own past and present.

For those of you who enjoy the TV-show Numb3rs, it should come as no surprise that math and science can be a trigger for storytelling. Another comparison would be Discovery Channel documentaries, that often succeed in making a heavy topic accessible. Pi takes it one step further, and actually manages to make the topic scary as heck. The grainy black-and-white photography, the repetitive voice-over, and the excellent dark electronic music score all combine to make you experience Max’s journey for yourself. It works so well even after a second viewing, that I began to see spooky patterns in the google-search I did for how to write “π”. And wouldn’t you know it – seconds later the browser crashed.

Coincidence? I think not.

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My Little Pony: The Princess Promenade (2006) – His Review August 15, 2006

Posted by Jinx in Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Movies.

Possibly the best live-action adaptaion of an animated series everDir. Victor Dal Chele
Starring Janyse Jaud, Tabitha St. Germain, Britt McKillip etc.,
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With many classic book, game, and comics franchises becoming grand cinema nowadays, it’s hard to keep up. One such many probably have missed is My Little Pony: The Princess Promenade, which is now available on DVD. It is an animated feature, but it’s really hard to tell – the level to which the artists take the classic technicolor pony artwork is beyond real.

We follow the lives and endeavours of a group of charismatic characters, all ponies, who struggle to find individuality and purpose in a time of great distress. In the mystical realm of Ponyville, dark forces threaten the future of the summer festival “The Princess Promenade”, as Wysteria suddenly and unwillingly finds herself occupying the the long since empty throne – as princess. It is up to a most unlikely creature, tiny Zipzee, to call her sisters to arms against the evil of bad color coordination.

This film borrows cues from many recent phenomena, but it is more than the sum of it’s parts. You will find the luscious cinematography of Hong Kong epic fantasy present in almost every outdoor frame, there are enough clever catchphrases to choke Adam Sandler, and the freestyle handheld camera moves bring Robert Rodriguez to mind. At some points, I should warn you, the combination of vivid colors and motion is dizzying. Like many blockbuster ensemble pieces there are enough characters here to give everyone someone to identify with, especially if you like planting flowers, adore the color pink, or say “darling” a lot.

There’s little more to add without spoiling too much of the movie, but I can add that on the DVD you not only get this movie – you also get a bonus movie which delves deeper into the backgrounds and mindsets of our main protagonists. Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter fans: see miss it at your own peril! And besides, this movie has more ponies than all of those movies combined!

This is His review, you can read Her review here

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My Little Pony: The Princess Promenade (2006) – Her Review August 15, 2006

Posted by Eury in Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Movies.
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They Shoot Horses Don't They? or is that my tongue stuck in my cheek? Dir. Victor Dal Chele

Starring Janyse Jaud, Tabitha St. Germain, Britt McKillip etc.,

Rarely does a movie come along that leaves me practically speechless. This is one such movie. What can I say? My jaw almost dropped on the floor to see so many pretty ponies with long flowing hair all in one movie.

It’s so full of everything you could ever desire:

Sing with me now

Raindrops on roses and flowing manes on ponies
Pink fluffy clouds and purple spiked dragons
Pretty pink flowers on lovely green leaves
These are a few of my favorite things.

Cream colored ponies and blue, purple and green ones
lavender, yellow and don’t forget peach ones
All of them dancing and some wearing wings
These are a few of my favorite things

Pansies and posies and cotton candy kisses
To match tiaras for newly-made princesses
Sunshine and sparkles and of course rainbows too
These will become all your favorites too

When I’m feeling low
When it’s raining
When I’m feeling sad
I simply remember the Princess Promenade
And then I don’t “feel” so bad

I pretty much think that says it all. I am not going to give you any spoilers, this movie has to be seen to be believed. Only thing that could have made this better would have more ponies, oh… and maybe they could have made it a tad more colorful. How this went directly to DVD is beyond comprehension.

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