Fantasia Film Festival: ‘We Are What We Are’, ‘The Revenant’ and ‘Human Centipede’

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Fantasia, North America’s biggest and best genre film festival, is a unique experience. Nowhere else can you hold your wife’s hand through a lighthearted J-punk romantic romp in the afternoon, and spend the night jerking off to Josef Mengele’s version of scat porn. Tonight, Sordid Cinema brings you one of many tastes of Fantasia’s delicacies, as we take a look at critically acclaimed Mexican cannibal movie We Are What We Are, undead stoner comedy The Revenant, and the notoriously twisted Human Centipede (First Sequence).



dEUS – Theme From Turnpike
Mogwai – Hunted by a Freak
Sleep Station – Come Back Again
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Cannibal’s Hymn

  1. […] We Are What We Are […]

  2. […] Written and directed by Jorge Michel Grau, the Mexican film We Are What We Are (SOMOS LO QUE HAY) debuted at Cannes this year and concerns a mother and her three teen children who are cannibals, and have to figure out how to fend for themselves after the death of the father, who had previously always provided for them. The film remains on my top 10 movies of 2010 still. Listen to our review from the Sordid Cinema podcast episode #13. […]

  3. Anonymous says

    That was me who said he liked the ending and how I loved the fact that the movie continued to surprise. I am right again. Simon is wrong again. :p

  4. walkerp says

    Just finished listening to the show (via the podcast). Really great stuff. A nice blend of solid analysis with multiple perspectives and bits of humour from time to time (the running out of semen crack about centipede made me laugh out loud). I look forward to future episodes.

    As far as the ending for The Revenant, it was an important element in pushing me from liking the film to loving it. It’s not that it was so brilliant in and of itself, but that it pushed the movie far beyond the narrative strictures that you usually get with this kind of premise (a group of friends whose relationship gets tested and then ripped apart by some kind of supernatural element). Usually these movies end with the friendship falling apart. This movie went way beyond that and when we got to the scene in the lab, I was thoroughly WTF? I love it when I have no idea where a movie is going and all too often with horror movies, you do know. With Revenant, I did not. And as one of you said, it does take the movie full circle.

    I suspect the critique of the ending come from people with a bit too much screenwriting experience and or training, because it doesn’t fit in nicely with what went on before. As the director said, he felt that he had to take the premise to its logical extreme and that’s what geeks like me love to see in the movies.

    1. Simon says

      Thanks for the feedback, walkerp. I assure you that any ep where Al makes an appearance feautes at least one semen gag.

      1. Al says

        Better than that time I made you gag on semen, right Simon? Ha!

        1. Simon says

          I see what you did there.

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