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OSCARS DEATH RACE: HELL AND BACK AGAIN

Sgt. Nathan Harris took a gunshot in the hip during an ambush in Afghanistan in 2009. "Hell and Back Again" tells you this without delay; Harris, back on U.S. soil and trying to rehab his way back to active duty, takes care of telling everyone else, compulsively -- Wal-Mart greeters, prospective landlords, fellow Marines. He can't help it. His shattered leg has become his world, and his medications send him spinning away from other topics despite himself.
  • By Sarah D. Bunting
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  • January 30, 2012 2:48 AM
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OSCARS DEATH RACE: A CAT IN PARIS

At first I couldn't understand how "A Cat In Paris" had nabbed an Animated Feature nomination with animation this crude. In fact, at first I couldn't understand "A Cat In Paris" period. For reasons that don't bear explaining, I watched it without subtitles, and my French doesn't go much farther than cheeses, swears, and synonyms for "hurry up."
  • By Sarah D. Bunting
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  • January 29, 2012 4:04 AM
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OSCARS DEATH RACE: A BETTER LIFE

I wanted to love a movie that, in the first five minutes, had a teenage girl march up to a schoolmate and get right in his face all, "Give my boyfriend his money back or I'm-a have you killed." Ruthie (Chelsea Rendon) has gangster uncles, and she doesn't give a shit.
  • By Sarah D. Bunting
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  • January 27, 2012 4:15 AM
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OSCARS DEATH RACE: WARRIOR

"Warrior" is a lot of stories -- which is unfortunate, because it should have picked just one of them, or two, and we've seen pretty much all of them before regardless. Tommy Conlon (Tom Hardy and his splendiferous saddle of neck muscles that has its own post office), a veteran whose departure from the armed forces is initially somewhat mysterious, returns to his hometown of Pittsburgh, looking to get back into mixed-martial arts. He's also looking to confront his estranged father and former coach, Paddy (Nick Nolte), about the crappy childhood he had to endure before Paddy got sober.
  • By Sarah D. Bunting
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  • January 26, 2012 8:33 AM
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OSCARS DEATH RACE 2012: The adventure begins . . .

Hello, and welcome to the Oscars Death Race. I'm Sarah D. Bunting, the head rodeo clown at Tomato Nation; the Oscars Death Race is pretty much what it sounds like, a quixotic attempt to watch every single nominee in the Academy-Awards categories that appear on the broadcast. Why do I do this to myself? Well, the intellectual-glamour answer is that it's important for me as a writer, a storyteller, a citizen of filmmaking culture to testify to all of the work presented, good or bad. And I do believe that it's critical for someone, anyone to give a damn, or try to, about the lesser-lauded categories like Sound Editing and Live-Action Short.
  • By Sarah D. Bunting
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  • January 25, 2012 12:14 PM
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