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Pi Movie Review

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Pi is a first film and Darren Aronofsky worked hard on it and even received a Best Director award at 1998's Sundance Film Festival. But if you've ever gone out with a genius with a touching belief in the infallibility of mathematics and science, you may have the less-than-touching belief that, when it comes to listening to him discuss the objects of his compulsive obsessions, a little goes a long way. Sean Gullette is the obsessive-compulsive Max Cohen, who goes daft and weird in his pursuit of impenetrable imponderables. Pi is only 85 minutes long, the same as A Brief History of Time, but it feels longer. For those who like this sort of thing, there won't be enough hours in the day to watch it. Already a cult movie.

1998 (R) 85m/B Sean Gullette, Mark Margolis, Ben Shenkman, Pamela Hart, Stephen Perlman, Samia Shoaib; D: Darren Aronofsky; W: Darren Aronofsky; C: Matthew Libatique; M: Clint Mansell. Independent Spirit Awards ‘99: First Screenplay; Sundance Film Festival ‘98: Best Director (Aronofsky); Nominations: Independent Spirit Awards ‘99: Best First Feature. VHS, DVD

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