This month, COMET TV, which streams free sci-fi and horror movies and television shows, is offering a bunch of new selections in movies and television series, including Tank Girl, Earth Girls Are Easy, Leviathan, Meteor Man, and much more. There’s also a Martian Holiday Movie Marathon on Christmas Day, as well some rarities in their Saturday afternoon “Cult Theater” block.
Check out the programming guide for new offerings for December 2017 here below.
More than any other year this decade, 2015 had a sufficient amount of prestigious films that had distinct narratives about women being considerably perplexed and troubled with their particular situations. Perusing the films on my list, I started to realize that a vast number of them contained women longing to attain an ideal, a passion, or a faint semblance of hope that the future can and will be brighter. From all over the globe these individuals sought love and respect only to encounter threatening obstacles, some that could be overcome and others that could barely be comprehended, let alone endured.
The atmosphere that Harley found herself in in Heaven Knows What was beyond volatile and dangerous, but it didn’t prohibit her from dreaming of a better existence for herself and her lover. A lethal assassin is summoned back to her homeland to carry out a murder but is unable to do so due to her growing consciousness in The Assassin. Two women who fall spellbindingly in love in Carol each possess desires to create a lasting bond with each other despite society’s unbending morality. Looking to move up in the ranks of the FBI and make a name for herself, Kate unquestionably steps too far out of her comfort zone where she quickly meets the most ruthless of men in Sicario. And the women of Mad Max: Fury Road are acquainted with an impossible to comprehend evil but are willing to go through an unrelenting gauntlet to attain their ideal.
2015 has sucked in almost every way for me and for a lot of people that I know, too. You could say it was full of Trials and Tribulation (that’ll be funny AFTER you see the top of my list). Fortunately, we were gifted a litany of top-shelf metal albums to get us through it without losing our minds. The following are the top 20 metal records that I subjected my children to while driving them all over L.A. I have to admit that there was so much great stuff this year that I sort of cheated here by including a very extensive “honorable mentions” category for all of the other albums that might have made the list had the year ended when they came out. All of them are excellent efforts that I know I’ll be listening to for years to come.
Check out the list and let me know what you think in the comments below because if I know metalheads (and believe me, I do) you’ll all have some very strong opinions about your own likes and dislikes. The best thing about other people’s year-end “best of” list is that I always discover a few absolute gems that got past me during the year. Last year, you, the readers, even turned me on to Ne Obliviscaris and Solstafir, two amazing bands that I was unfamiliar with and whose albums should have been on my list. It is my hope that no matter what your opinion of my personal list is, that it will inspire you to check out some artists or records that you haven’t yet discovered. Who knows, maybe you’ll find your new favorite metal band contained herein.
Have a wonderful holiday season and rest up, because 2016 promises to be another pummeling year in extreme music. And be sure to stay tuned here at GoD because you know we’ll be doing our very best to keep you informed about all of it.
Leviathan Blu-ray l DVD
Directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev
Starring: Aleksey Serebryakov, Elena Lyadova, Vladimir Vdovichenkov, Roman Madyanov, Sergey Pokhodaev
Theatrical Release: December 31, 2014
Blu-Ray Release: May 19, 2015
The unforgiving yet majestic landscapes of Russia’s Kola Peninsula, with the Barents Sea’s incessant raging waters and skeletal remnants of a whale washed up on the stony shore, is an ideal location for a film to take place that is loosely based on the Old Testament story from the Book of Job. Ideal because it seems like a hopeless place forgotten by God and unaltered by time; one that eternally damns its inhabitants until they finally surrender due to them being subjected to incredibly bleak circumstances.
In only his fourth feature film, director Andrey Zvyagintsev (who directed 2012’s superb film, Elena) maintains such a stark, dense environment in Leviathan, never once slackening his grip on a particular family and their friends as they attempt to combat the Russian government and their implacably corrupt politics. The results are profound and finally devastating as his narrative is sprawling, covering instances of despair, hope, tragedy, and comedy. The topics are heavy and easily appeal to critics and awards voters alike. The film received a limited release last year so it could secure a nomination for Best Foreign film at last year’s Academy Awards. It has made a wider release in 2015, making it easily one of the best films out this year.
Leviathan Scar Sighted CD | MP3
Profound Lore Records
Release date: March 3, 2015
I am probably the last person on the planet to offer up a review of the new Leviathan album Scar Sighted. This was by design. You see, I needed to spend some time with this record to convince myself that it was actually possible for this album to be even greater than the hurricane of hype that proceeded it. I wanted to make sure that my opinion wasn’t being influenced by the barrage of glowing reviews and the fact that it seemed everyone in the U.S. black metal scene and beyond were absolutely abuzz about its greatness. So, after I got a chance to sit down with the record upon it’s release back on March 3rd, I was left completely speechless and wondering if my love of Leviathan coupled with all of that anticipation was just causing a wave of momentary euphoria. So I decided to spend some quality time with Scar Sighted and judge its staying power after a few weeks and, boy, am I glad that I did.