Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) – Spoiler Review

I promised that I would do a detailed and spoilery review of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, so this is it. If you haven’t seen the movie, stay away from this review as far as possible.
Before I begin, I’m gonna get it out of my chest that this movie is suffering from what I would call “Internet Extremism”. The critics when given too much power when they judge something on the internet went way too far with their reviews, and with that influencing a huge amount of fans and audience to be overly and unreasonably harsh on the movie. I personally have read a lot of critiques on what make the movie bad, and while some of them are fair, a lot of professional reviewers from the press (rottentomatoes, imbd, metacritics, etc) gave the movie the absolutely questionable score of 1/10 or 1/5, together with words like “mess”, “garbage”, “trash”, etc. I’m gonna go ahead and say up front that if you have even a tiny amount of respect for the craft of cinema itself, or if you’re actually a serious and professional critic with just a little knowledge of movie making, you’ll realize and appreciate all the great things that Zack Snyder achieved with this movie, even if you don’t like it. Because cinematically speaking, the movie has done some fantastic work which I’ll mention.

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Zootopia (2016)

The year is only beginning, but I can already make a prediction about the Oscar next year in the animation category. Disney is gonna win again, and it doesn’t matter how good Kubo might be (even if Kubo is better), Zootopia will definitely win. That’s just how the Oscar works. But this time, it’s gonna deserve it totally. I have a feeling that Disney has been quietly sneaking up right behind Pixar in terms of substance in their cinematic storytelling, and Zootopia is their secret weapon to blow everyone’s mind of how good they could be. Disney is now the new Pixar, and if Pixar is not careful, they’re gonna be left behind, especially when LAIKA is so strong and consistent with their films every year.

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Winter Soldier and Captain America, inspired by the movie. It’s really surprising that the film is doing great both with the critiques and in the box office. I really loved it, and expecting to watch it again soon.

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Review: Iron Man 3

Iron Man 3 (2013) – 9/10


Phim hay nhất trong toàn bộ 3 phần của Iron Man, phim hay nhất trong hệ thống phim Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), chỉ ngay sau The Avengers năm ngoái.

Nếu như series Batman của Nolan được làm theo cách kéo mọi thứ xuống thành gần nhất với hiện thực, biến tất cả những nhân vật có tính chất fantasy comic book của Batman thành người thường hết và chỉ có vũ khí duy nhất là trí tuệ – thì trong mắt mình hệ thống phim của MCU nằm ở ranh giới giữa truyện tranh gốc và sự thực tế. Iron Man 3 nằm trong số những phim nghiêng nhiều về hướng hiện thực hơn là những điều fantasy bay bổng tưng bừng như Avengers hay Thor, và đối với mình, nó đã thành công trong việc xử lý những nhân vật có tính chất fantasy từ truyện tranh, biến nó thành nhân vật phù hợp hơn với bối cảnh của Iron Man trong phiên bản điện ảnh theo một cái cách rất riêng, thông minh và cực kỳ thú vị.

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Short Film: Face Off

*On Vimeo*

This is my final for my class MPT 105 – Cinematic Story Telling at the Academy of Art University, Fall 2012.

Written, directed, camera, and edited by me – Ha Huy Hoang “Splendid River”

Starring my house mates: Nguyen Phuoc Thien, Phan Thanh Duy
and the random man with his little boy.

With the help of instructor: Richard Cascio

Music: “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” original soundtrack
“The sunset shot” – Hans Zimmer (Rango OST)
“It’s a metaphor” – Hans Zimmer (Rango OST)

Sound effects:
bune88 – Youtube
MalitaArmy – Youtube

This film was made solely for educational purpose, non-commercial use.

Ha Huy Hoang “Splendid River”