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Ouija: Origin of Evil is a Better Treat for Fans of this Franchise

3 Nov

ouija_two_xxlg-jpegBy Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

The game is hardly over with the prequel Ouija: Origin of Evil. A few more tales can be spelled out but just how long interest remains depends on the desire of players wanting to toy with fate.

This latest movie is better than the first (I reviewed it here) mostly because of the setting. The late 60’s was a time where plenty of geopolitical terrors were lurking about. The aspects of historical rife made it so; the ongoing Vietnam War was on the minds of some politicians, the Berlin Crisis of 1961 and the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 began the year. The end of this decade was rife with uncertainty as the future looked grim.

People were looking for answers; some turned to spirit contact for messages in what the future may hold. Alice Zander (Elizabeth Reaser) offered her skills as a medium (when she really had none) to give solace to those concerned about the world at large. Most of her clients wanted council because of the passing of a loved one. However, most of her séances were faked. The deception is known by her daughters Doris (effectively played with creepy finesse by Lulu Wilson), the youngest, and Paulina “Lina” (Annalise Basso), the eldest as they sometimes help mom out. However, when the Hasbro game is introduced and Alice decides to use it in her own game of deception, the supernatural forces lurking in her home are awakened!

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You’re Not Gonna Trip the Light, Captain Fantastic

30 Jul

captain_fantastic_ver3By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

People who have followed the Canadian Court case of David and Collet Stephans, an Alberta couple accused of not giving their 19 month-old son the necessary medical treatment before his death as a result of bacterial meningitis, will know The couple believed in alternative medicine. Viewers may find an eerie semblance to what the story Captain Fantastic offers.

The real life case made the news early this year when the sentence was finally passed and fortunately, the fictional take travels down a different route. Ben (excellently played by Viggo Mortensen) and Leslie Cash (Trin Miller) are believers of a different social norm. They want their children to know how to work with the natural world like the First Nations people (or Druids in Europe) than be slaves to an order. Whether that be by nationality or spiritual point of view, the narrative is thought-provoking.

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