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Battle Royale - Two Disc Special Edition [DVD] [20&hellip <b>DVD</b> ~ Tatsuya Fujiwara
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Effortless film-making, 13 Mar 2004
When I first heard about this film I thought it sounded like a cool idea, if a little cliched these days, but after reading reviews all I expected was a pointless and purely escapist gore-fest. Though this is probably true to a certain extent, it doesn't really feel like a gory movie. There is a great deal of violence and death, but this is never really dwealt upon. People die, there names flash up on the screen, and we move on. Very little of the violent scenes are really gratuitous: there are only two characters who could really be seen as representing the mindless killing that we might expect from a film like this. One, however, we learn is not so much revelling in murder, as doing so to… Read more
Nausea (Penguin Modern Classics) by Jean-Paul Sartre
Nausea (Penguin Modern Classics) by Jean-Paul Sartre
66 of 74 people found the following review helpful
I can see how it might be easy for someone to dislike this book: its central concern is the main character's inability to act, which for some might go against the very point of writing a story. But Sartre's genius comes in being able to highlight the many different sides to a seemingly simple problem.
This was (I think) Satrte's first published work of fiction, and really its an exposition not of his ability to handle multiple stories and different narrative styles, but of the philosophical ideals which he went on to write in Being and Nothingness. If you can't tolerate existentialism in its rawest form, its probably not worth trying to enjoy this book.
The story is essentially… Read more

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