MY TWO CENTS: PI

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Sorry, it was the only pun I could think of.  Anyway, in this age of cheap computing power, we as a people thirst for the next generation of Fibonacci numbers to describe the inner workings of nature and the universe.  You get that here, sort of, at least the bleak underbelly of it, a tour of that sausage factory known as the mind of the mathematical genius.  Me, myself, I found it didn't quite live up to the hype.  Or perhaps I'm just jealous that I don't have a radical secular Jewish cabal chasing after me because something of mine might be the name of God.  The guy pops pills for his headaches; it's a low budget film so they probably used the same sequence over and over.  He also talks a lot about when he was six he stared at the sun for a real long time.  Kinda like the recurring joke from Fried Green Tomatoes about how the ducks had to fly the whole frozen pond away because their feet got stuck in it.  Actually, to my chagrin, I've done that myself.  Hmm!  Maybe we have more in common than we first realized!  And then, of course, there's the big finale which some of my friends enjoyed more than me, and then there's a subset of those friends who insist that such a thing could be done (successfully, and you'd live to maybe tell about it).  Then we got into discussions about how some ancient tribe used to put small holes in people's craniums so that the brain could breathe easier.  Well, I don't cotton to all of that!  On the other hand, there is the finale of Under Siege, and what happened to Tommy Lee Jones; at least he got in a good swipe or two at Seagal.  Anyway, in the final analysis, one viewing was enough but I'll maybe watch some of it on cable again.

Inter-movie motifs: Ritual pill popping, a series of four quick cuts as in Requiem for a Dream.  Take that, Spun!

Interesting facts about pi: To derive pi, you multiply 4 times the infinite series of 1 minus a third plus a fifth minus a seventh plus a ninth, etc.  [ 4 * (1 - 1/3 + 1/5 - 1/7 + 1/9 ... ) ]  Look up the Chudnovsky brothers for a real-life mathematical genius duo who did a Guinness world record-worthy search of pi's digits.

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-so sayeth the Movie Hooligan

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