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Film Club 21 – Brendon Gibbens

Film Club, From the World January 14, 2021January 19th, 2021

It’s been a little while since we checked in with Brendon Gibbens.

Last time we spoke he was revelling in the California sun, living the pro surfer dream. But since his adopted home is on the brink of implosion, we decided to check in with Cape Town’s finest to make sure he wasn’t caught up in the midst of a civil war.

Rest assured ladies and gents, we can confirm all is well with Beeg, like most of us he’s laying low, keeping himself distracted with movies.

Here’s a few recommendations from the man himself to help take our mind off things during these strange times.

1) Inglorious Bastards, Quentin Tarantino, 2009
The acting is brilliant and every character is great. The start of the basement scene (The Village of Nadine) is my favourite. I think it’s hilarious when Lt. Archie Hicox (Michael Fassbender) mentions to Lt. Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) that Sgt. Hugo Stiglitz isn’t “the loquacious type”. It’s such trivial comment but resonates with me for some reason.

2) The Lighthouse, Robert Eggers, 2019

I watched The Witch (2015) and followed it up with The Lighthouse. Robert Eggers directed both films, and they’re terrifying! The Lighthouse was particularly enjoyable because of the incredible cinematography. The plot is excellent but convoluted and left me questioning everything. It’s a movie that I want to watch several times.

3) Gangs of New York, Martin Scorsese, 2002

I enjoyed There Will Be Blood (2007), so watching Gangs of New York was very satisfying. Daniel Day-Lewis’ acting as Bill ‘The Butcher’ is phenomenal! His character is bold and violent, which makes for an anxious and thrilling viewing experience. The film is set in New York in the mid-1800s and is essentially about xenophobia, which is still an issue worldwide today.

4) Parasite, Bong Joon Ho, 2019

This is another film that will put you on the edge of your seat. It has comedic elements, but it’s a twisted story that is rife with manipulation and deceit.

5) Party Monster, Fenton Bailey & Randy Barbato, 2013

Party Monster is silly, weird and will lighten the mood after watching the previous four films that I mentioned. It’s just bizarre.

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