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Max Cohen, a young genius at math, has built a supercomputer in his Manhattan apartment with six locks on the door. Ever since he stared at the sun at 6, he has had terrible headaches and a growing paranoia, which seems not unwarranted as various parties learn of his attempts to compute the key to all existence. Hasidic Jews fascinated by the Kabbalah and numerology want to work with him, and Wall Street investment bankers try to buy him out when it develops that he supports himself by computing the best investments to make in the stock market. Pressure builds on all sides as well as internally as Max heads for a big crackup. This 1998 indie film directed by Darren Aronofsky, written by the director and star, has a jittery and intense feel with a riveting black-and-white visual style. Made for only $60,000 compiled of $100 contributions from the filmmakers' families and friends, it's a marvel of creativity and edgy storytelling.
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The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus

Max(Gullette) is a mathmatician with a theory. Within the N.Y. stock exchange there is a pattern. Soon after he's approached by the leaders of the Jewish religion & U.S. government....they're watching him hoping to get the pattern from him before he realizes the true meaning of it. The answer is right infront of his eyes but will he "see it?" Can Max accept it or will he drive himself insane in the process?
The answers we seek are not always what we want to find but there is no disputing the facts or is there? What good would it be if you had the keys to the Universe, but were not happy? After this strange rollercoaster ride is over Max will have found a new respect for life, in all its simplicity. Life is beautiful or at least I would hope so... it will change your life if you open up and let it.
The review of this Movie prepared by a Level 1 Blue Jay scholar

Pi , the movie, is a champion of the chaos theory. The film starts with a computer scientist trying to find order in the stock market. Through his search he finds that 3.14 or pi has more to do with life then we imagined. He struggles with his own reoccurring headaches that cause strange behavior. In the end the audience is left to decide for themselves. Its a great movie.
The review of this Movie prepared by Kelly Alleman

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999 Inner struggle or disability    -   Yes Struggle with    -   special abilities    -   (General) search for meaning/identity Job/Profession/Poverty Story?    -   Yes Job:    -   scientist/inventor Brain/Body not working?    -   mental illness

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Jewish Unusual characteristics:    -   Super genius    -   Physically sick


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York Misc setting    -   moving train    -   sewers/subways    -   bar

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing

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