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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!

February 6, 2011 · 14 Comments

Death Race 34, Sarah 22; 2 of 24 categories completed
Your brother is dead. A creature like the one in the garden tore him apart. On the one hand, he made a huge mistake, venturing out …

Animal Kingdom
February 5, 2011 · 17 Comments
<I>Animal Kingdom</I>

Death Race 35, Sarah 21; 2 of 24 categories completed
This is a brilliant piece of storytelling, right here. For all the rending of garments I do about the ODR forcing me to watch shite like …

The Vine: February 4, 2011
February 4, 2011 · 29 Comments
The Vine: February 4, 2011

I’m getting married this spring in Vegas to my favorite person in the world! Yay!
I’m a pretty laid-back bride, having done this once before in another life, so we’re just looking for the wedding to …

February 4, 2011 · 33 Comments

Death Race 36, Sarah 20; 2 of 24 categories completed
I dreaded it. Two and a half hours…about dreams? Didn’t Robin Williams already do this? Didn’t Leonardo DiCaprio, for that matter? And does stupid Juno have …

February 3, 2011 · 9 Comments

Death Race 37, Sarah 19; 1 of 24 categories completed
GasLand, a doc about the dangers posed to the national water supply by hydro-fracturing (“fracking”), gets off to a precious, over-edited start, and Josh Fox’s grating …

The Vine: February 2, 2011
February 2, 2011 · 12 Comments
The Vine: February 2, 2011

Hi! I’m an American teaching English in Russia, and I frequently field difficult questions from my students. I can almost always find a good answer for them, but this one is giving me issues:
Why do …

Bradelor! DUN!: Hallowed Malls
February 1, 2011 · 7 Comments
Bradelor! DUN!: Hallowed Malls

In today’s installment of Bradelor! DUN!, Miss Alli and I have sync-ing issues; Emily has NASCAR issues; Chris Harrison has sensitivity and disingenuity issues; and Lisa’s hair has the same issues it always does…for the …

Black Swan
January 31, 2011 · 31 Comments
<I>Black Swan</I>

Death Race 38, Sarah 18; 1 of 24 categories completed
I didn’t know what to make of Black Swan during the movie, and I still don’t. It’s laughably obvious, ambiguous, sentimental, frustrating, dark, sharply observed, and …

January 31, 2011 · 13 Comments

Death Race 38, Sarah 18; 1 of 24 categories completed
I may be remembering this incorrectly, but I believe I saw the trailer for Unstoppable while watching The Town with the Couch Baron. Everyone else in …

How To Train Your Dragon
January 31, 2011 · 24 Comments
<I>How To Train Your Dragon</I>

Death Race 38, Sarah 18; 1 of 24 categories completed
We decided to side with it early on, when we heard Jay Baruchel’s voice, and after the “…Astrid [choir of angels / slo-mo]” moment, but all …