Future opposition researchers will have a field day with anyone who writes about Penny Lane’s documentary Hail Satan?. So I might as well lean into it and say – here goes nothing – I was shocked to learn how much I agreed with the Satanic Temple. Not as a religion, to clarify, but as a political movement. Like probably far too many people, I reflexively scoffed and laughed off the antics of the Satanic Temple when seeing their name mentioned in a headline. But as an organization devoted to holding America’s feet to the fire on honoring the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause, which maintains that the government is not to enact policies or laws that show favoritism towards a single religion, the group makes many a savvy maneuver.
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Those who worship at the throne of Satan are deemed evil by a majority of the population. But what if their ideas aren’t any less radical than those who practice Christianity or other God-worshiping religions? The new documentary Hail Satan? shines a light on those who identify with the frequently persecuted religion known as Satanism and are treated like outcasts. And you might not view them in the same light when it’s all over. Watch the Hail Satan trailer below to see for yourself. Read More »
Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we talk goat testicles, bask in the glory of a scruffy looking Tim Roth, fantasize about a life outside the fabric store, go down the thunder road of gore and violence with the peeps behind V/H/S, and catch up with Paul Verhoeven.
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