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TRON: Legacy
January 29, 2011 – 3:02 PM | 17 Comments
<I>TRON: Legacy</I>

Death Race 42, Sarah 14; 1 of 24 categories completed
You can't come at a movie like TRON: Legacy with qualitative adjectives — or at least I can't. I've never seen the original in its entirety, …

Salt
January 28, 2011 – 3:25 PM | 21 Comments
<I>Salt</I>

Death Race 43, Sarah 13; 1 of 24 categories completed
Altogether satisfying! Salt reminds me of one of my favorite movies, The Fugitive: the action is exciting, the contrivances and twists seem deft instead of obtrusive, …

Restrepo
January 27, 2011 – 9:58 PM | 8 Comments
<I>Restrepo</I>

Death Race 44, Sarah 12; 1 of 24 categories completed
A solid documentary, but not groundbreaking, with one exception. It's one of the few artistic documents of war, for lack of a better term, that shows …

ODR11 Ill-Advised Double Feature: Blue Valentine and 127 Hours
January 27, 2011 – 11:05 AM | 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 …

Alice In Wonderland
January 25, 2011 – 11:10 PM | 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 …

Oscars 2011 Death Race
January 25, 2011 – 11:22 AM | 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 – 11:05 AM | 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 …

Oscars 2011 Death Race Preview: The Social Network
January 11, 2011 – 2:48 PM | 12 Comments
Oscars 2011 Death Race Preview: <I>The Social Network</I>

You're not an asshole, Mark. You're just trying so HARD to be.
That presumed attempt to make Mark Zuckerberg marginally more likable to the audience is one of the few feet Aaron Sorkin's The Social Network …

Oscars 2011 Death Race Preview: The Fighter and A Film Unfinished
January 6, 2011 – 10:08 AM | 8 Comments
Oscars 2011 Death Race Preview: <I>The Fighter</I> and <I>A Film Unfinished</I>

Discovered after the war, the unfinished work, with no soundtrack, quickly became a resource for historians seeking an authentic record, despite its elaborate propagandistic construction. The later discovery of a long-missing reel complicated earlier readings, …