This subject fits After Hours I suppose, but really most of the HTFers I speak with hang out here in Movies like I do and might likely not see this posting otherwise. I just wanted to say that I have been away from HTF for the most part over the last 3 weeks because my father was very ill due to smokers emphysema. On Jan 2 he passed away after I basically invoked his living will the day before. He had a very unfortunate turn for the worse on the 29th when his kidney's began to fail and a serious lung infection developed which led to a 3 system failure and a zero chance of survival diagnosis. Just 2 weeks before he seemed likely to be out by Xmas to give you some idea of how quickly this turned. He was 66. I'm not really asking for best wishes or pity, though I know many of you would gladly offer it. It has been painful but we were somewhat prepared for it and so we are getting through it. I've been through it before with a friend's death when I was 19 so I know to take it day by day and keep moving forward, it's just a matter of staying strong and doing so. It has made for a pretty lousy holiday season though I'm fortunate to have a great support group of family and friends and we have enjoyed our time together while dealing with this. Plus, my dad's attitude would have been to stay happy and not to dwell on it. Sadly he was unable to see ROTK which I had planned to do with him during Xmas. However he went to M&C:FWotW with me at Thanksgiving and loved it which makes for a very good memory tied to a very good film. Anyway, I will still be trying to catch up with the Oscar films and will be back on a more regular basis once some of this stuff gets taken care of. Talk to all of you soon. - Seth PS - I have to give the obvious advice to quit smoking if you currently do. Seeing firsthand how it destroyed his life the last few years, and especially the suffering over the last couple of weeks, would probably be enough to convince anyone to quit.