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The Vine

The Tomato Nation advice column addresses your questions on etiquette, grammar, romance, and pet misbehavior. Ask The Readers about books or fashion today!

ODR11 Ill-Advised Double Feature: Blue Valentine and 127 Hours
January 27, 2011 · 22 Comments
ODR11 Ill-Advised Double Feature: <I>Blue Valentine</I> and <I>127 Hours</I>

Death Race 45, Sarah 11; 1 of 24 categories completed
When "Blue Valentine" ended, I knew [Derek] Cianfrance had directed his actors, but I wasn't sure he'd done the hard work of writing (he's the cowriter).
Without …

The Vine: January 26, 2011
January 26, 2011 · 19 Comments
The Vine: January 26, 2011

Dear Sarah and Tomato Nation,
It's Green here, saying a big thank-you to all of you for your fantastic suggestions and very kind invitations for our U.S. road (and air) trip. I had the most amazing …

Alice In Wonderland
January 25, 2011 · 23 Comments
<I>Alice In Wonderland</I>

I'd never have seen Alice In Wonderland of my own accord. I like Tim Burton a lot and I enjoy everyone in the cast, but the source material has always annoyed me; even as a …

Bradelor! DUN!: And Ah Love It
January 25, 2011 · 15 Comments
Bradelor! DUN!: And Ah Love It

Sars: Michello!
Miss Alli: Oh my GOD, seriously. SHE IS INSANE.
Sars: I had a few moments last night where I thought, fleetingly, that her whole shtick is a giant put-on. Because who can actually act like …

Oscars 2011 Death Race
January 25, 2011 · 47 Comments
Oscars 2011 Death Race

Welcome to The Tomato Nation Oscars 2011 Death Race! In case you missed last year's iteration, the ODR is exactly what it sounds like: I try to watch every single Oscar nominee before the ceremonies …

Oscars 2011 Death Race Preview: Shutter Island
January 24, 2011 · 21 Comments
Oscars 2011 Death Race Preview: <I>Shutter Island</I>

It's tempting to blow Shutter Island off with a "there's no there there," but there's a there. It takes the script about an hour too long to arrive at, is the issue, and the story …

The Vine: January 21, 2011
January 21, 2011 · 40 Comments
The Vine: January 21, 2011

Dear Vineyarders,
I have a question about a movie or TV series I once saw. Before I describe it, let me announce a trigger warning for those sensitive about sexual assault.

The Vine: January 19, 2011
January 19, 2011 · 56 Comments
The Vine: January 19, 2011

This is not REALLY a cat-peeing-outside-the-box question, it's more of a theoretical question based on that circumstance.
The backstory: I gave my boyfriend a kitten 4 1/2 years ago, it was cute and squeaky and my …

Bradelor! DUN!: Little Buddies
January 18, 2011 · 4 Comments
Bradelor! DUN!: Little Buddies

Sars: Bachello again.
Miss Alli: Bachello!
Sars: I'd just like to say right up front here that I kind of got a little for-real crush on Brad when he called that marshmallow "little buddy."
Alli: I was watching …

TN Read-Along #7: A People's History Discussion Thread
January 18, 2011 · 22 Comments
TN Read-Along #7: <I>A People's History</I> Discussion Thread

William James, the Harvard philosopher, wrote a letter to the Boston Transcript about "the cold pot of grease of McKinley's cant at the recent Boston banquet" and said the Philippine operation "reeked of the infernal …