On this week’s Face Off, the eight artists remaining are faced with two monstrous challenges! Read my Recap, with tons of pictures, at Resdesign Revolution, Up Now at This Link!
If you’ve read Cormac McCarthy’s chilling, post-apocalyptic novel, The Road, or seen the movie based on the book, you will surely recall the scene where The Man and The Boy come upon an abandoned farmhouse in which they hope to seek shelter, only to discover that its basement is occupied by unfortunate survivors who’ve been unwittingly captured and trapped there to await, let’s just say for the sake of avoiding spoilers, a ‘fate worse than death.’ Now, take that scene, dial back the ‘grisly-mind-numbing-horror’ factor by about sixty percent, turn it into an “Old West-style” stand off and expand to 84 minutes and you have the basic plot of The Day, a new action/drama opening nationwide this Wednesday, August 29th.
The directorial debut of Doug Aarniokoski, The Day features a talented cast including Shawn Ashmore (X-Men trilogy), Shannyn Sossamon (Wrist Cutters: A Love Story), Dominic Monaghan (Lord of The Rings) and Ashley Bell (The Last Exorcism). It is the terrific acting performances and the unique character revelations within the limited scope of plot that elevate The Day beyond a rote doomsday retread best left to ‘rental’ status to a taught thriller worth experiencing in the theater.
Shot to great effect in a muted palate of grays and browns with only select flashback scenes appearing in color, The Day covers a 24-hour period in the lives of five people (two women, three men, probably in their late twenties) who are approximately ten years into life after an unnamed apocalyptic event. Daily life for these individuals centers on maintaining a near-constant state of vigilance necessary to avoid deadly encounters with that faction of humanity which has resorted to cannibalism in order to survive. With one member of their group gravely ill, bad weather looming and nightfall approaching, the group retreat to an empty farmhouse, but their hoped for safe haven turns out to be a trap set by those who would view them only as “meat.” As the small group band together and prepare to fight for survival against an unknown number of attackers, questions of loyalty and hidden agendas surface that blur the lines between just what separates the good guys from the bad guys. You’ll be kept guessing right up until the final shot.
Shannyn Sossamon is a very appealing actress and she is quite good in the role of Shannon, a woman struggling to maintain her humanity in the face of unrelenting loss and horror. The stand out performance here however is that of Ashley Bell as Mary; a newcomer to the group whose reticence and flinty exterior mask a tightly-capped well of emotion and fury. Bell’s Mary provides the fulcrum on which the entire plot flips and Bell proves herself to be a formidable action hero. She is a star to watch, for sure. While there is extreme crazy violence in the film, the lack of blood red on the color spectrum helps to mitigate the gore factor, while a few instances of truly original, brutal combat–level violence evoke great cathartic release for the audience. And that’s never a bad thing. For fans of The Walking Dead, Road Warrior and The Cabin in The Woods, The Day is highly recommended.
The Worley Gig Gives The Day 4 out of 5 Stars
You know how Sweet and Salty taste combinations in the snack realm are kind of trending, as they say, right now? I’m down with that, but I also think that when you add a little crunch action to the sweet and salty flavor sensation, you truly reach for the sublime. The Praim Group, who recently introduced the Andy Warhol Chocolate Bar have seemingly all the bases covered with their new chocolate bar called Edamame Crunch. The Edamame Crunch Bars are made with dry roasted edamame (immature soybeans in the pod) and a touch of sea salt blended with either Dark or Milk Chocolate. I’ve already eaten half of one of the Milk Chocolate bars while watching AMC’s Walking Dead Marathon and I will confess that this is the creamiest, most indulgent chocolate I have eaten in bar form. Plus, the crunchy edamame and tiny flecks of sea salt take this snack experience to a whole other level. It makes me wonder what Chocolate-covered wasabi peas might taste like (Mmm…wasabi peas). Maybe Praim Group will invent that next! The 3.5 ounce all-natural, Kosher, dark and milk chocolate Edamame Crunch Bars are now available for purchase at just $2.95 per bar wherever fine chocolate is sold, or directly from the Praim Group website at This Link!
Just last month, I finally rented the first season of The Walking Dead from Netflix so I could see what everyone I know has been raving about — and I wasn’t disappointed! This series is the coolest Zombie program since Dead Set (which nobody but me even saw)! Season 2 isn’t on DVD yet, but fortunately I’ll be catching up this weekend (July 7th & 8th) since AMC is having a Walking Dead Season 3 Preview Weekend! If you need to leave the house at all, get ready to set your DVRs to AMC on Saturday, July 7th and Sunday, July 8th beginning at 11:30AM/10:30c each day!
The two-day programming event will feature a marathon of all 19 episodes from the series’ critically acclaimed first two seasons, culminating with a live prime time special, Talking Dead on Sunday at 9/8c. The one-time-only airing of Talking Dead, hosted by Chris Hardwick (Nerdist), will be followed by a never-before-seen black and white version of The Walking Dead pilot episode at 10/9c. The special version of the series’ first episode was created specifically for fans of The Walking Dead, as it holds true to the original black and white comic book, written by Robert Kirkman.
Ian Anderson, singer for Jethro Tull, master flutist and mysterious pixie-man creature was born on this day, August 10th, in 1947! Jethro Tull sure was one of my very favorite bands when I was a teenager. Favorite Jethro Tull albums: Songs from the Wood and War Child. Favorite Jethro Tull Songs: “Teacher,” “Nothing Is Easy” and “Living In The Past,” which is basically my theme song. Happy Birthday, Ian!