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  1. Kirk Tsai

    2013 Film List (Reviews, Discussion, Tracking)

    Tracking solely 2013 new releases. Seen: 1 Broken City - **1/2
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    2012 Film List (Reviews, Discussion, Tracking)

    Seen: 47 Haywire - *** Man on a Ledge - **1/2 The Secret World of Arrietty - *** Safe House - *** The Lorax - ** The Hunger Games - *** Wrath of the Titans - * The Raid: Redemption - ***1/2 21 Jump Street - **1/2 The Avengers - **1/2 The Dictator - *** Dark Shadows - ** Prometheus - ***1/2...
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    Our Top 10 Movies of 2011 -- Time To Throw Down!

    A preliminary list. I probably saw the least amount of movies in 2011 since joining HTF, and especially lacked in the foreign films department. 2011 movies seen: 62 1. Tree of Life 2. Hugo 3. Contagion 4. The Artist 5. Drive 6. Win Win 7. Warrior 8. The Descendants 9. The Debt 10. The Adventures...
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    The King's Speech - quick review

    I noticed the stylistic choice of shooting closeups that Patrick and Chad mentioned too. I agree that it was disorienting, or maybe that's too strong a word, more noticeable let's say, at the beginning of the movie. At some point in the movie, I started to not notice it as much. I don't know...
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    Our Top 10 Movies of 2010 -- Time To Throw Down!

    Last count of 2010 films seen: 72 1. The Secret in Their Eyes 2. Toy Story 3 3. Shutter Island 4. The Social Network 5. Inception 6. The Next Three Days 7. Black Swan 8. A Prophet 9. The Kids Are All Right 10. The Town Most want to see, but haven't yet: Blue...
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    2011 Film List (Reviews, Discussion, Tracking)

    Seen: 66 Sanctum (3D) - **1/2 Unknown - ** The Adjustment Bureau - *** No Strings Attached - **1/2 Hall Pass - *** Drive Angry - * Ip Man 2 - **1/2 Rango - *** Source Code - *** Limitless - ** The Lincoln Lawyer - *** Hanna - *** The Conspirators - ** Rio - ***...
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    Time to Smash Down! 2000s decade Top Thirty Lists

    My list could probably only be based off of my memory and rethinking of the movies. I have not rewatched most of these movies in the past year. It's entirely possible, for example, that I would once again prefer Batman Begins to The Dark Knight if I saw them back to back now, as I did when I...
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    2010 Film List (Reviews, Discussion, Tracking)

    I intend to list only 2010 releases. 2010 films seen: 72 Daybreakers - ** The Book of Eli - ** Valentine's Day - *1/2 The Ghost Writer - *** 14 Swords (2010 Asian) - * Monga (2010 Asian) - ***1/2 The Warlords - ***1/2 Cop Out - ** Shutter Island - ***1/2 The Wolfman - *1/2...
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    Time to Throw Down! 2009 Top Ten Lists

    2009 films seen: 84 Last updated: 12/31/09 1. Goodbye Solo 2. Inglorious Basterds 3. Ponyo 4. The Hurt Locker 5. The Cove 6. The Fantastic Mr. Fox 7. Avatar 8. A Serious Man 9. Sugar 10. Up
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    Your fave films of '09?

    Is this the 2009 "time to throw down?" So far I've seen 83 2009 films. 1. Goodbye Solo 2. Inglorious Basterds 3. Ponyo 4. The Hurt Locker 5. The Cove 6. The Fantastic Mr. Fox 7. Avatar 8. A Serious Man 9. Sugar 10. Up Haven't seen yet: Broken Embraces, Bright Star, In the Loop...
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    *** Official THE FANTASTIC MR. FOX Discussion Thread

    I agree with Patrick's positive review, and might have liked it even more than him! The bad guys in this movie are a hoot. Cameron, I never got that feeling while watching the movie. I did not like Tennenbaums or Life Aquatic very much, so it's a surprise how much I enjoyed Wes Anderson's...
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    *** Official RED CLIFF Discussion Thread

    I have only seen Part 1 of the two Asian theatrical releases, so my comment is limited to that part. The rental DVD I got in Taiwan for part 2 was abused too much for me to finish the movie. I thought Part 1 was close to a disaster. Of course I am familiar with this material, but I don't...
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    BIRTH: What music used in the famous Opera scene with Nicole Kidmnan?

    Look like it's the Prelude to Act I. See the links above. The person who hosted the Birth clip thought it was from the legendary Solti and Vienna Philharmonic recording. I quite liked this movie, and thought this scene was pretty effective. It seems like Desplat writes a waltz for every...
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    HTF Fantasy Basketball

    Here we go again: http://basketball.fantasysports.yahoo.com/nba/register/joinprivateleague_league_select?.scrumb= League ID#: 189002 Password: 2010
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    *** Official PONYO Discussion Thread

    Dave, the father figure feels somewhat like like a misdirection, no? If this was a more conventional movie, I would say he is being set up as the "good motive, extremist, turn into bad guy" role early in the film. But it turns out he is not so extreme as to want the planet's destruction, and...