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TWELVE O'CLOCK HIGH
(HENRY KING, 1949)
NOT RATED
2 HOURS 12 MINUTES
Good WW2 flick.
Been watching a lot, even have a couple more... I know i need to fill in comments

sawwy

Was looking forward to 711 ocean drive on TCM as a noir not on DVD and was dissapointed but Rogue Cop which came on before it was unexpectedly great..

The Sand Pebbles (1966)


Pi is the debut film that was heralded at Sundance and many other film festivals in 1999 and began the career of Darren Aronofsky. Nothing about this film is standard or normal

The story is of a loner paranoid, socially inept mathematician trying to find a "key" to understanding the universe around him through math. His search is for an elusive 216 digit number which promises to unlock the secrets of the stock market and other mysteries.

Shot for approximately $60,000, this film is a remarkable achievement. The combination of its low budget and impact bring to mind "Detour" from the film noir genre. Aronfosky can only hope it is remembered in that vein. It is one of those film experiences that linger with you long after you leave the theatre. I believe it can be interpreted in many ways and that different people will come to different thoughts or have different "awakenings" after its viewing. The film, to me, doesn't pretend to offer any answers or explanations, but wants to the viewer to come up with them on his or her own

Here is one man's opinion
(not necessarily what I think , just what i felt as I watched)

Max was searching for answers , for an explanation to everything. Different options come up through the different characters who either try to cash in on or use his revelations. There are no keys ... Max seemed to me to be becoming more and more of a machine and less "human" throughout the movie. The rote pattern of him medicating himself was robotic. Max's headaches could be taken as him "crashing" just like Euclid. I found it ironic that he kept referencing "personal notes" and they were so impersonal, like dictating into a journal , that he had to remember to be human or "personal" Max was shutting out all people in his life (Sol, Lenny , the girl next door , etc) but you can't do that. We all need friends.. He began to think of Euclid as his friend even talking to it and wishing it "Happy Birthday"

His discovery of the spiral paralleled his spiraling discent into madness. The camera even follows him around in a circular pattern, the drill works in a circular pattern. The pieces on the go board are circular. Max is running around in circles trying to find an answer and misses the enjoyment in life. He started by looking into the sun and was blinded , there are some things that are bigger than us and we are not meant to understand and they deprive us from enjoying the day to day things and the people around us. If we try too hard to search for answers, we will get a headache. One must come to one's own contented place and not look to find a key to God or happiness

When he decided he didnt want to know all the answers (burning the number) and not having the ability to answer Jenna's math problems. To just look in the sky at the tree and see it for what it is and not look for any patterns or answers, he smiled for the first time and the headaches were a distant thought

Any thoughts?

this is a movie which can generate good insight and discussion, but lets all respect each others thoughts. As I said, I think people can see many many different things in this movie and id love to hear insights from you all

Was it a "Chip" on his head that he drilled out... and what was up with the drill...
Sol's fishes.. always comparing them to Max, Max in fishbowl of math? and needs to break out? prisoner? as Max was Siberian prisoner (mentioned in commentary - marks on his hands)

what role do you think the Hassidic Jews play, just a vehicle to make the "number" an ulitmate key to "God" and make it even more ominous ? or something else?

NObody has all the answers - Lancet Percey is only 86% accurate even with the Meng mega chip

This is the first movie in a while that i got on Netflix that I might end up buying as I could definitely see myself watching again

Sol Robeson: Hold on. You have to slow down. you're losing it. You have to take a breath. Listen to yourself. You're connecting a computer bug I had with a computer bug you might have had and some religous hogwash. You want to find the number 216 in the world , you will find it everywhere. 216 steps from the a mere street corner to your front door, 216 seconds you spend riding on the elevator. When your mind becomes obsessed with anything you will filter everything else out and find that thing everywhere.
Sol robeson: That is the truth of our world Max. It can't be easily summed up with math


Promise to fill in some of the comments on recent viewings soon, but wanted to make sure I logged in the names of movies at least
12 O'Clock High is a war masterpiece starring Gregory Peck in a suberb role as the general who motivates a group of uninspired soldiers and makes them win important aereal battles against Germany in 1942. Peck portrays a hard general but with a very interesting human side. The real battles of the last part of the movie are exceptional and significant.
just an down right great movie
**** (out of four)

Exciting and thoughtful war movie with the always great Gregory Peck as General Savage, the commander of the 8th air force during Worl War II.

Nice Oscar winning performance from Dean Jagger. Wonderfully shot and executed by director Henry King.
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