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Michael Nyman & Damon Albarn – “End Titles”
To say that Ravenous defies genre would be putting it lightly. Antonia Bird’s 1999 anomaly has it all: the Wendigo myth inserted into an isolated Mexican-American War setting, both implicit and explicit cannibalism, stoner David Arquette, Guy Pierce ralphing at the sight of a piece of bloody-as-hell steak, and a superbly menacing Robert Carlyle. In between the movie’s sight gags and Pierce’s literal gags, it’s hard to make heads or tails of categorization here; not that that’s ever been a bad thing. As ambivalent as this movie is, Michael Nyman and Damon Albarn – the latter of Britpop powerhouse Blur – crafted musical accompaniment as emotionally unsure to boot. “End Titles” begins with an atonal banjo looped to a sinister metronome, but before long, a keyboard joins in along with a lilting string section to make things go from grim to not-so-bad.