Break on Through to the Number Side.
Reviewed by diocrash for Pi at 2011-10-02 16:28:05
And Spiengler said to Egon, "Do you remember that time you tried to drill a hole in your head".
Well this movie will explain why he tried.
Definitely a cult fav, but may be too much for a date flick.
Don't watch on mushrooms or any other intoxicant.
Intense, intelligent, illustrative
Reviewed by Juliska for Pi at 2011-04-13 21:14:27
Brilliant, artsy thriller that's not just about math but about madness borne of a genius's obsession with finding numeric patterns that could help unlock mysteries of the stock market and the Torah.
If you like Hitchcock, you might like Pi.
It gets R rating for language and graphic depictions of self-mutilation, not anything sexual.
"Jakob" (Robin Williams) is a Jew living in a Nazi-occupied Polish ghetto where the residents have lost all hope. One night, he is ordered to report to the officer in charge after being caught outside, allegedly after curfew. While he was in the office, waiting to be repremanded, he overhears a radio report about the advancing Russian troops.
When he returns to the neighborhood, he informs his friends what he had heard. However, as the news spread, his story transformed into something else. People began to believe he had a radio hidden in his home as his story began traveling through the grapevine.
This is simply a story of hope for those oppressed such as the Jews during the Nazi occupation so many decades ago. And it is done very well.
Let me say that this movie is not a happy story. Even the ending is shadowed by sadness, though it does have a touch of happiness.
Williams is very good in this film. He made his character compassionate to those in his neighborhood. As he told the stories, which were just stories to keep the Jews hopes up, you began to believe them just as much as those forced into the same situation as he was in the story. He was very believeable as he told his fictional news.
In fact, there were many good performances from the rest of the cast. You could actually feel the emotion from the entire cast. It was one of the most believeable performances from an entire cast that I've seen in a long time.
One thing you will notice is the lack of light, and color. You get lots of gray, black and white in clothing, as well as the walls (interior and exterior). This helps set the mood perfectly if you ask me. The only time I can recall any color was a shot of the Nazi flag.
There is also a lack of happy music in the film. There is one scene between Williams and the young girl (Hannah Taylor Gordon) that is short, but it is a happy scene with fun music.
Wardrobes are very accurate in this film. The Jews clothing look worn, and very dirty. They look as if they didn't wash their clothing in some time. The Nazi uniforms are also quite accurate in their appearance.
The violence is fairly mild in this film. There is a little blood, far less than you would expect. The Nazi soldiers use machine guns against the Jews, but there is little to no blood splatter as they are apparently struck.
There is also little to no action. Many of the scenes drag on, but many drag at an appropriate pace that works well.
To parents, I would suggest that you avoid this one if you have young children. If you have kids who are able to understand the plot, then watch it with them.
Very few caper films can reach the level of sophisticated intelligence that The Thomas Crown practically oozes in every scene. The movie is clever, witty, and features strong performances from Brosnan (as the titular thief) and Russo (as the cynical woman simultaneously trying to love and apprehend Crown). The two main actor's chemistry is great. The plot takes its time, to be sure, but is never uninteresting (and is, for the most part, exciting and involving).
Disagree with the Hound on this one....excellent flick
Reviewed by KHL for Stay at 2008-10-15 12:23:04
This is a 'multiple viewings' movie; having only seen it once, I am already wanting to see it again to pick up what I missed the first time around. Beautifully, artfully directed story about characters who don't seem to have a grip on what their own reality is. Kind of like Shyamalan, it's hard to describe much else, except to say that it's a stellar cast, riveting performances and mesmerizing to watch.