VIDEO: Pi (1998)

Stretching the definition of “mystery”, Full of Questions looks at the first feature film from director Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream, Black Swan, The Fountain). In a complex plot involving a lot of shaky-cam and hip-hop montages, Max Cohen (Sean Gulette) works to discover a number and uncover the truth about why the people he encounters would kill to get it.

Seizure Warning: A note from the reviewer: I know about the audio problems and am still working on fixing them for future videos.

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  • MichaelANovelli

    Be sure to stick around for the end credits, y’all!  😉

    • Mike

      Well saw the video. Excelent job. Almost as head spinning and intriging as the movie itself. However, I don’t get the point of the end credits.?

      • Misinformed

        The point is that MichaelANovelli will be releasing a new video soon it sounds like.  I think it was also a reference to FullOfQuestions having killed him vampirically in the Renegado’s Halloween review, so he got revenge on her by driving her silly-drilly.

        • MichaelANovelli

          Couldn’t have put it better myself!  🙂

    • Thomas Stockel

       Welcome back, Mendo.  We missed you. 🙂

      • MichaelANovelli

        Good to be back!  A new Hack Attack should hopefully be up by next week!

  • Heeeey!!! Math is awesome! And so is calculus :3

    That said, the movie does look challenging and interesting, I may give it a look!

    • FullofQuestions1

      You should take a look at it. 

      And no, calculus is evil and needs to die slowly and painfully!

  • Carlostrivas

    so ignorance is bliss?

  • TheScottCSmith

    Thought provoking review.  I’ve heard a lot about “Pi” over the years, but have never gotten around to seeing it.  I’m a little reluctant as the film does appear to scream “THIS IS MY FIRST FILM AND IT’S SERIOUS BUSINESS.”  Perhaps I shouldn’t let that get in the way…

    • Cristiona

      I think it’s worth seeing; it’s a really good film.

  • Mike

    Also, FOQ what was the other score you mentioned by Clint Mansell. I couldn’t quite make it out.

    • FullofQuestions1

      Lux Aeterna aka the soundtrack for Requiem for a Dream. This is an embarassing confession, but just hearing that soundtrack makes me tear up a little.

      •  No need for embarrassment. Music is only doing it’s job when it evokes emotion.

        Also – Do you think that the writers on LOST were fans of this movie, and worked The Numbers into the series as an homage?

        • FullofQuestions1

          I’m not a big enough fan of either one to say.

  • Misinformed

    You have a very endearing spirit, Full of Questions.   Even when practicing trepanation.

    • FullofQuestions1


  • Thomas Stockel

    Great review!  I agree with Jerry in that I might have to actually sit down and watch this movie.

  • Muthsarah

    I saw this movie like twelve years ago, and it’s stuck with me ever since.  It’s weird enough that you’re not going to confuse it with anything else, and its repetitive qualities (not a negative) and its very similar plot go a long way to help the viewer grasp what’s going on.  It’s nice that, for all the talk of numbers, they bother to explain almost everything using basic language.  Other than that, it’s a basic conspiracy story.  It strikes a good balance of oddity and familiarity; I suspect that only the only thing keeping it from being approachable to a general audience is the low-budget look and black and white.  If you have any interest at all in low-budget-films-made-good (like Clerks), it’s well worth checking out.  If nothing else, you can tell people about it afterwards, and see how long it takes before their eyes glaze over. :p

    Oh, and keep going through PreCalc; it’ll be over quickly.  I remember hating it, and actually enjoying Calculus more, since while it’s more abstract, it uses a whole new skill set that makes it seem fresh and new.  Almost like learning a new language, and immediately using it to solve apparently unsolvable mysteries.  If you’re into that kinda stuff, I mean….

    P.S. Don’t half-ass geometry/trig.  That will NEVER go away.

    • FullofQuestions1

      You’re right, when you take away all the weirdness, it is just a basic conspiracy story. But I think that what makes it work is the weirdness, which is very much in your face, but hey, that’s how Aranofsky works.

      I did try talking about it to people (I sort of bounce jokes and analyses off of friends before I write them to see what works and what doesn’t); my talking about this one drove them especially crazy.

      And thanks for the moral support on precalc- it’s been tough going, but I’ve managed to scrape a decent enough grade that I could get into at least one of my reach schools.

  • Sofie Liv

    Well Yulia, actually it’s fully possible to survive drilling your own head and surviving, any numbers of thing could happen it could make you retarded, paralyze some or all of your body, permantly destroy any of your senses, kill motor skills.. but you can survive. Also there’s been several profesional circus acts doing this, or rather, hammered nails into their head whom found the exact spot where you can do it without suffer any consequences what-so ever, it can be done and it’s possible.

    That’s also why comitting suicidie with a gun you should always stick it in your mouth and point up-wards never shoot on the side of your head, because if you do it in the mouth, you are sure to die, if you do it on the side if your head you could end up surviving but be paralyzed for the rest of your life. HURRAH!

    and now we got that dumb information out of the way, great review! i really enjoyed your analyzing of it.

    It really is a running theme in all of Aronofskys movie that the search for perfection is the destruction of human beings.. seriously, that’s what all his movies is about. Some-body searching for some-thing, goes for it without compromise weather it’s a boxing title, to dance a dance correctly, to get happiness or just fit down in a red dress.. and they are all destroyed.. so erh, I guess what he is trying to say is that we should all chill.

    • Hitchmeister

       I knew a guy who’s father tried to commit suicide by sticking gun in his mouth and shooting himself. In his case the bullet managed to deflect off his dentures and out through the bridge of his nose. Left him very much alive, albeit with a messed up face and severe depression from not even being able to kill himself successfully. Now, the lesson may be to take out you dentures first, or maybe killing yourself is a lot harder than most people realize.

      • Sofie Liv

         Or it’s not hard enough.. in my humble opinion.

      •  Suicide is just *puts on sunglasses* a shot in the dark.

  • Cristiona

    Aww… seems my comment got et.  Ah well.  Um… good review, good movie, nice phrenology joke (although I think it was sitting further back than constructiveness).

    • FullofQuestions1

      *Hands over the chocolate chip cookie*.

      Thanks for the comment. And yes, it may well have been farther back.

  • Delawheredad

    Good review, 

    Pi is a thought provoking movie. The reason that it is called Pi is because the protagonist finds the same 126 digit number  that is part of the  endless sequence in Pi  in other places like Wall Street stock numbers  and structures of the universe. Being able to predict where that number will turn up would revolutionize stock trading. the fields of science and mathematics. Not to mention the religious repercussions  as it would essentially be the name of God in traditions both inside and outside of Judaism . It IS almost too much information for one individual to be privy to.  It is akin to being the only person who knows when the universe ends. What would you do with that knowledge? would anyone WANT that knowledge?

     And Yes you can survive drilling into your brain. Its not recommended but. like everything, there are some folks who swear by the concept.