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October 31, 2016
‘Ouija: Origin of Evil’ has good moments BY FREDERICK LIN Editorial Editor
In the wake of Halloween, there is usually always a new horror film released to the public to satiate their need for a good scare. Unfortunately the prequel, Ouija: Origin of Evil, is slightly better than it’s original story, but not enough to drag it away from the problems which ultimately dragged down the former. Directed by Mike Flanagan, Ouija: Origin of Evil shows a drastic improvement over its predecessor, despite its role as a prequel. The setting is based off of the legend of Doris in the original movie, revealing the origin story of how Doris came to become the main antagonist in the first place. Widower Alice Zander is a fortune teller, and her two daughters, Paulina and Doris, occasionally help her from time to time in her area of work. Sometime later, after Paulina makes a suggestion, Alice procures a Ouija board as an extra addition
for her séances. However, after Doris uses the Ouija board alone, strange paranormal events start to occur in the house, some of which start to transform Doris into something else… Ouija: Origin of Evil shows much more progress than its predecessor, as it doesn’t casually throw out jumpscares left and right, like how Ouija did. Instead, Flanagan utilizes specific times when scares are to be put into use in order to heighten the reaction from the viewers. The film itself doesn’t overemphasize only horror, and makes room for much more character development, giving an insight to the real personality of each character. Paulina is shown to be the complete opposite from her mentally twisted persona in the first film; rather, she is the one person in the entire movie who doesn’t support anything paranormal. In addition, we get to see that Doris isn’t necessarily evil, rather she was involuntarily forced into the role. The plot of the story is actually interesting, featuring a perfect puzzle piece
to the original Ouija’s plot. Viewers are left to guess what is going to happen in the next scene, and events which they predict almost always never come to be. Unfortunately, while it started off strong, the film starts to lose much of its momentum near the end. Due to the fact that it is a prequel, Ouija: Origin of Evil was ultimately forced to follow canon events from the first film, and portrayed said events way too quickly. The final action scene could be said to be on the same level of likeness to the original Ouija. Even though it may have a forced ending, Ouija: Origin of Evil was an improvement over its predecessor. With actual elements other than a survival horror genre, and an actual successful attempt at creating an original plot, this movie may be one of the first of Hasbro films to be considered as “good” by its critics. Overall, the only reason why this movie received a slightly lesser score than it should have is due to the story itself. I give this movie an 8/10.
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DC Extended Universe films stink and here is why: BY BRIAN BAGORIO AND ETHAN RIM
Sports and Entertainment Editor and Staff Writer
What once was a pioneer of the superhero genre has been reduced to a cinematic universe of wasted potential. DC launched their expanded universe with 2013’s Man of Steel. Since then, the DC Extended Universe has continued at a downward spiral. The success of the Dark Trilogy greatly influenced DC. Man of Steel was the first film of their extended universe. Like the trilogy, the film was a dark retelling of a beloved superhero. The success of this film, combined with the success of Marvel’s cinematic universe, prompted Warner Bros. to begin plans for the DCEU. Then came Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice. This film should have been an obvious success, but even with Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and the Flash all in the same picture, it managed to disappoint. It was all action and no character. Christopher Nolan was meticulous to develop Batman’s inner struggles in the Dark Knight Trilogy. On the other hand, BvS did not bother to thoroughly develop the new Batman or Wonder Woman as characters, nor did it even care to mention Batman’s no killing rule. Suicide Squad was released last summer. Unlike BvS
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influences from Marvel’s Deadpool and Guardians of the Galaxy while still trying to use the darker, gritty tone from Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy. It added so many characters which DC hoped to establish into their universe that they failed to develop all of them thoroughly. Despite their potential, DC is still struggling to establish their cinematic universe. The problem lies with their patience. They are rushing to catch up with Marvel, causing them to focus less on creating characters which audi ences can care about while Marvel waited years to
thoroughly establish major characters. This is the reason the MCU is so successful as opposed to the DCEU. Marvel’s first superhero film for the MCU was the Iron Man in 2008, but it was not until 2013 when they assembled their heroes in one film. DC assembled a bunch of heroes in BvS but failed to develop them enough. They did the same thing in Suicide Squad for their villains. They also took too much influence from the Dark Knight trilogy. The three films had a darker tone compared to pre vious Batman films but due to Nolan’s complex yet thorough development of the newer Batman, they succeeded. DC kept this style in their films, until Guardians of the Galaxy and Deadpool proved successful for Marvel. They tried to adopt the humor into their film Suicide Squad, causing the biggest flaw of that film. It did not know what it was trying to be. It wanted to be funny and lighthearted, but also dark and gritty. Not every single superhero film has to be as dark as The Dark Knight. Characters as iconic as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and the Joker all deserve better than what the DCEU has offered. Let’s just hope that the films can eventually serve justice to this league of heroes and villains.
WALKING DEAD NEW SEASON: STRATEGIC OR UNNECESSARY? BY KEVIN LEE Staff Writer
WARNING: Spoilers ahead. The season premiere of “The Walking Dead” season seven began with the group in trouble. However, the audience knew that due to the cliffhanger in season 6, the group would suffer major casualties. The blood on Negan’s bat foreshadowed the demise of at least one major character. The episode was suspenseful and a masterpiece in keeping the audience in wonder who had died at the hands of Negan and his Saviors. Negan played a role in making the audience wonder as his characteristics were depicted as unpredictable, psychopathic, and manipulative. Rick was the clear leader and his people would listen to him no matter what, therefore, the audience saw Negan beginning to try to make Rick into his servant. The symbolism in the episode was strong as Negan gave Rick a possible chance to kill him with an ax. However, Negan’s psychopathic and manipulative nature is revealed as Rick had no hope of killing Negan in the first place. Rick has let his guard down from the previous
seasons and while his character development has been developing his morals, Rick had become less careful in his plans. This allowed Negan to be able to catch Rick off-guard and take his people hostage. This episode was full of flashbacks that kept the watchers wondering who died as all of Rick’s memories of his people came to him early in flashbacks. In the middle of the story, it is revealed who was actually killed by Negan. This was controversial in many ways as the characters who were captured were all fan favorites. The writers were strategic in their move to exterminate more main characters, as “The Walking Dead” has been a show where no character is safe. However, many fans are angry due to Glenn and Abraham being killed. However, major losses were expected and due to the need of character development of Rick, who is now less careful, the writers planned the execution brilliantly. Furthermore, it seems that Rick has lost some of the respect as a leader that he had when Rick’s group saw him desperate and his spirit broken. Rick was almost forced into cutting off his own son’s arm and his group saw that Rick had to listen to Negan.
Photo courtesy of amc.com Hopefully, this helps to de velop Rick into a better leader as well as the audience watching how Rick earns the respect back. All in all, this episode was a suspenseful masterpiece that executed the plot by flashbacks and the nature of the characters are seen developing the story as it continues.