Wade is off for the week, so Kevin gets Dave Canfield of Screen Anarchy and Mindframe(s) to help him plumb the depths of two complex films: Claire Denis’s sci-fi experiment High Life and Penny Lane’s documentary about the Satanic Temple, Hail, Satan? Denis’s film is her first foray into genre fiction, but it’s anything but straightforward, evoking themes surrounding scientific ethics, the value of human life, and mortality. Lane’s documentary deals with even thornier issues, especially for Christian viewers, as it delves into the practices, beliefs, and political priorities of the Satanic Temple and its self-professed Satanists.

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