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What Jovie From the Movie “Elf” Taught Me About Courage and Leadership

Posted in Film, Music, Opinions, Videos with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 25, 2016 by Ian Pham

zooey-deschanel-in-elfImage via Fanpop

This is going to be a bit of a stretch, but I’ll give it a shot anyways.

First off, if you haven’t seen the movie “Elf,” there are going to be some spoilers ahead. Secondly, if you haven’t seen the movie “Elf,” you should do yourself a favor and check it out ASAP. Chances are high (basically 100%) that some channel on TV is playing it right now, as we speak, as I type this article, and then actually right now, as you read this article. It’s an incredible movie, full of laughs and whimsy and Will Ferrell being Will Ferrell at his comedic best.

I won’t give too much of the movie away, but there is one scene in the film where Buddy the Elf’s (Ferrell) love interest Jovie (played by Zooey Deschanel) steps up on a carriage and sings in front of a mob of people in Central Park. Her purpose in doing this is to bring up New York’s Christmas spirit so that Santa, Buddy, and the reindeers can follow through with their mission to save Christmas. It’s a zany, lighthearted, and adorable film that will surely either cheer you up or make your day even brighter than it already is.

Here’s the scene I am talking about. Give it a watch, and I will follow up with the discussion shortly after. But, before you press play, remember: SPOILERS are contained in the clip.

Pretty cute, right?

I won’t get too deep into the politics that I usually talk about, but I do want to point out this simple message that I received from this adorable movie: It only takes one brave voice to make something happen. It only takes one voice to start a change.

If you read this site often, you already know where I’m going with this.

And yes, I know it’s not as easy as I’m making it sound right now. Singing a song in the middle of Saigon or Hanoi won’t make the communist regime fall just like that. It’ll take more than a song to bring down the totalitarian communist dictatorship and bring freedom to Vietnam.

However, what I want to say is that if you are someone who has something to say to the communists in Vietnam, then go for it. It may not be as simple as singing a song to raise Christmas spirit for Santa’s sleigh, but, and I’m talking real life now, if you have a message that you believe people need to hear, if you want to speak out against the communists, then use your voice to break the silence.

Zooey Deschanel’s scene in “Elf” is just a lighthearted musical number in a fun comedy movie, but to me, it is a beautiful illustration of the idea that, with just one brave voice, something extraordinary can happen. One person with the courage to step up, speak up, and be the guiding light that leads a movement to accomplish something incredible and magical. In “Elf,” this incredible thing is saving Christmas, in our real world, it is saving Vietnam from Communism, and bringing freedom, democracy, and human rights to Vietnam.

In this real life scenario, Vietnam is our Christmas, and Jovie, that voice that breaks the silence, is a person we have not met yet, but is definitely out there somewhere.

To the Jovie of Vietnam, if you’re reading this, the world is waiting for you. Raise your voice, take a chance, and make something incredible happen. You can do it. Believe in yourself.

Well, that’s my motivational speech this Christmas.

Hopefully you’re all doing well, and, while I may not always have the time to write on here as much as I want to, my thoughts are always with you, and with Vietnam. I wish I got paid to write on here, but hey, you can’t get everything you ask for. Still, though, a guy can dream, right?

Merry Christmas, everybody. Happy Holidays, and have a Happy New Year!

See you in 2017.

Ian Pham.

Here is the Movie Trailer for “Ride The Thunder: A Vietnam War Story of Victory & Betrayal”

Posted in Film, Modern History, Politics, Videos with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 14, 2015 by Ian Pham

Here is the trailer for the new major motion picture, “Ride The Thunder: A Vietnam War Story of Victory and Betrayal,” produced and directed by Fred Koster, and executive produced by Richard Botkin.

So, what do ya think? Pretty incredible, right?

Ride The Thunder Movie PosterOfficial movie poster via Ride The Thunder Movie

Here is the synopsis, according to the official website:

“Ride The Thunder” is the true heroic story of a friendship between American Military Legend, John Ripley and Vietnamese Hero, Le Ba Binh. The storyline follows their fight together against the communists during the Vietnam War and then the ensuing aftermath of the fall of Vietnam as Ripley goes home to a divided America and Binh is imprisoned in a communist re-education camp.

Since the movie’s limited release, “Ride The Thunder” has trumped its big-name Hollywood competitors in respective theaters, ranking #1 in America for box office ticket sales during its opening weekend. The movie is continuing to expand to theaters across the United States.

Fred Koster, the film’s producer and director, explains the coming challenges for the film:

“It’s exciting to see the movie expanding across the United States but we know that as an independent film we have challenges ahead in promoting to a wide national audience on a limited marketing budget.  It is simple, where we market well we do great, where we don’t market well we struggle.  People will only come to see our film if they know about it.”

There you have it, the continued success of the film depends on our support. Tell your friends, tell your family members, and let others know about the movie through social media (Facebook, Twitter, and whatever other social network doohickeys you crazy kids are using these days). Most importantly, make some plans to go see the film when it comes to your area. You can demand it in your area here, let the producers know to come to your town!

Above, in this article, is the official movie poster for “Ride The Thunder.” Download it at the official website.

I absolutely can’t wait to see this movie.

Trailer for “Lý Công Uẩn: The Road to Thăng Long Citadel”

Posted in Film, Politics, Videos with tags , on October 20, 2010 by Ian Pham

Here is the trailer for the upcoming motion picture Lý Công Uẩn: Đường tới thành Thăng Long (Lý Công Uẩn: The Road to Thăng Long Citdel).  Notice the absence of anything even remotely Vietnamese in this movie, except for maybe the language.  The clothing is Chinese, the architecture is Chinese, and almost everything else is Chinese.  If you have ever seen a Chinese historical drama, you would know exactly what I mean.

I am not criticizing the quality of the movie, because this is obviously a big budget production.  It looks like both Hanoi and Beijing, mostly Beijing, are sinking enormous effort into this movie ($100 billion Vietnamese).  They can’t expect to brainwash the population with cheap production values, can they?

Here is the trailer for Lý Công Uẩn: The Road to Thăng Long Citadel.  It is in Vietnamese, so don’t worry if you don’t understand.

Enjoy!

Chinese Directors for a Vietnamese Movie

Posted in Film, Politics with tags , on October 18, 2010 by Ian Pham

Currently in development is a motion picture/television series based on the life of Lý Công Uẩn (aka Lý Thái Tổ), the first emperor of Vietnam’s Lý Dynasty.  The title of the film is Lý Công Uẩn: Đường tới thành Thăng Long (Lý Công Uẩn: The Road to Thang Long Citadel).  The producers of the movie will be the Communists in Vietnam, but for some odd, disturbing reason, the directors of the movie will be from China.  Somehow, the artistic content of the film will be entirely controlled by the Chinese Communists and not the people of Vietnam.

According to Taipei Times and Daily Vietnam News, Emperor Lý Thái Tổ will be dawning Chinese garments, reigning in a Chinese style palace, and surrounded by Chinese officials.  The film will also be shot in Zhejiang Province, China, employing numerous Chinese actors and extras.  It’s not hard to tell what is happening here, the Chinese are trying to make Lý Thái Tổ look like a Chinese person.  Not only that, but they are also trying to repaint the appearance of Vietnam, changing every aspect of the country into resembling a Chinese entity.  The Beijing government has taken full artistic control of this movie, planning to distort the history and mislead the less-informed into believing that our forefathers were descendants of the Chinese.

What I find really troubling is how the government in Hanoi is allowing this to happen.  Don’t they understand what the Chinese Communists are doing to the history of our nation?  Lý Công Uẩn is one of the most important figures in Vietnamese history, founding the Lý Dynasty, establishing the city of Thăng Long (medieval Hanoi), and leading the country into an era of great prosperity.  China is re-writing the history of our nation and desecrating the integrity of one of our proudest historical figures.  If you have been paying attention to the points I’ve been making throughout, you will know that such blatant fabrications on the Chinese end is nothing new.  This is historical distortion at its worst.  Hopefully someone smartens up and brings an end to this problem.  If not, the people of Vietnam will make it right.