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July 31st, 2008, 03:08 PM   #1
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Yet another (?) movie thread

Since I'm pretty green here, I don't know if there are a lot of movie threads, but I searched a little and didn't find much. I would like to ask if anyone else has seen the movie ?(pi)? I think this movie fuels the thrill I get around large numerical computation. Even though the Ming Mecca would probably pale in comparison with any $150 Intel from newegg today, that elusive quest for faster/bigger computation is still alive in the movie.

Another math-related movie that has inspired me in the past is October Sky. 21 is fun but a little silly.

So I guess generally what movies employing the rarely popular plot element of mathematics are actually good?

Sorry if this is a little incoherent, its pretty late in Poland right now.

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I've always wanted to watch Pi but I couldn't find it in any video club and I'm not into buying movies (definitely not), so ...
I liked October Sky, but unfortunately I can't remember of any mathematics in it (that's about that guy who won the science fair and went on to become an astronaut or something, right ?).
I watched 21 on my flight from Paris to Shanghai last month, and I believe that this movie was inspired from a true story (I read about a professor (from MIT ?) winning a lot of money at blackjack with the help of some of his students; this was in the news like 1 year ago).
I also remember Cube (where it takes the girl minutes to find out that this huge even number is ... composite).
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Proof is pretty good, as is a Beautiful Mind, but they're about mathematicians, not about math. TV-wise, NUMB3RS isn't bad and depends heavily upon mathematics.
Even lighter is Good Will Hunting, which is a good movie even if not actually about math or mathematicians.
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Sorry for posting again, but I more hit me-

Rainman, Contact, and Flatland (how horrible and delightful all at the same time)
Copenhagen, Fermat's Last Tango (which is funny but unknown), Straw Dogs (fantastic, but violent at times)
Stand and Deliver, Antonia's Line, and of course a Brief History of Time

and for the plug- I would recommend the book Godel, Escher, Bach as well
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Oh dear! I was talking to a colleague about this and he added more, some that I had never heard of-

23, Colossus: The Forbin Project, The Code Conspiracy (he assures me it is good)
Hypercube (or Cube Squared, apparently depending on the year), P.S. and Sneakers
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I guess my main argument with NUMB3RS is that it always seems to be about statistics. Not that there's anything wrong with stats. Just not my thing. Maybe this is not quite true. I haven't actually watched it since I started college, so maybe I would have a different perspective on it now. Does anyone else think it seems like a lot of statistics?
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Numb3rs is not very popular in France, but from the few episodes I have watched I tend to agree that there's a lot of pseudo-statistics involved (which is rather logical, since they try to extrapolate behaviours from past data samples). I kind of liked the few installments I watched, even though I am not too crazy about this series.
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