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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!

The Illusionist
February 15, 2011 · 4 Comments
<I>The Illusionist</I>

Sarah 30, Death Race 26; 14 of 24 categories completed
I sobbed through the last five minutes of The Illusionist. The word "melancholy" features prominently in nearly every review I've read of the movie, but something …

Squared Up: You're Doing A Heck Of A Job There, Tannie
February 14, 2011 · 26 Comments
Squared Up: You're Doing A Heck Of A Job There, Tannie

Spring training, will you be my valentine?
Pitchers and catchers report
A couple days ago, reader Jenn fired an "eeeeee!" across the bow via email, all excited that baseball is back.
Yesterday, a certain pocket-sized Stupidhead who's getting …

Waste Land
February 13, 2011 · One Comment
<em>Waste Land</em>

Sarah 29, Death Race 27 (YEAH THAT'S RIGHT); 13 of 24 categories completed
Joe R put it best in a series of tweets last night after we'd seen it, so I'll just quote him:

Rabbit Hole
February 12, 2011 · 3 Comments
<I>Rabbit Hole</I>

Death Race 28, Sarah 28 (woo!); 13 of 24 categories completed (Woo II: Bride of Woo!)

…I didn't hate it, but it isn't very good. It's competent, but the script makes maybe one fresh choice, and …

The Vine: February 11, 2011
February 11, 2011 · 60 Comments
The Vine: February 11, 2011

Do you have any good party games for grownups? I'm turning 30 next month (March 5th! Yay Saturday birthday!) and wanted to mark the occasion by throwing myself a little shindig (I also didn't want …

Iron Man 2
February 11, 2011 · 20 Comments
<I>Iron Man 2</I>

Death Race 29, Sarah 27; 12 of 24 categories completed
I didn't get around to watching the first one before seeing this one, so I can't compare them, but the sequel is a bit too long …

Bradelor! DUN!: Not That Un-Bored
February 10, 2011 · No Comment
Bradelor! DUN!: Not That Un-Bored

We apologize for our tardiness in bringing you this week's episode of Bradelor! DUN! We're busy people…who, if we may speak frankly, didn't have much to say about the latest Michelle-nanigans. Because what can you …

February 10, 2011 · 10 Comments

Death Race 30, Sarah 26; 12 of 24 categories completed
Iñárritu is a tough case. I don't know if he'd put it like this, but he lets the story decide where it's going; he has elements, …

The King's Speech
February 9, 2011 · 31 Comments
<em>The King's Speech</em>

Death Race 31, Sarah 25; 11 (!) of 24 categories completed
What a triumph of casting The King's Speech is. Everyone looks perfect for his or her part — especially Guy Pearce as the abdicant, Eve …

The Vine: February 9, 2011
February 9, 2011 · 43 Comments
The Vine: February 9, 2011

Dear Sars,
I'm wondering about the limits of gift etiquette, and I'd be really interested in your view, since I know your gift manners are exemplary.
I have an older sister. The thing about her is that …