The Joker & The Lighthouse

Both of these films were very important and very anticipated for me.

Both were very confronting and disturbing.

The Joker faced mental illness ‘head on’ and I’m not even sure I want to see it again….a bit like ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’…another confronting film, but also brilliant.

I saw the lighthouse today….and after the film I asked the man sitting next to me what he thought of the film. He said: it was the second most disliked film he has ever seen. He also said: the psychotic-ness was particularly bad.

….and afterwards I remembered the joker was also rather psychotic.


Three of the things about the lighthouse are: It’s filmed in 1.19:1 ratio, using black and white film, and the actors rarely blinked. The non-blinking was very noticeable and made the film so much more intense.

The rampant alcohol consumption also reflected my past alcoholism….and I could really relate to the madness and mayhem.

With both films… If I was acting in the roles, I would be permanently scared, both emotionally and mentally….so hats off to these amazing actors which I know and love. The lighthouse was a bit like David Lynch, meets Lars Von Trier, meets Ingmar Bergman.

The soundtrack was absolutely brilliant.

Both films had me wondering….are films becoming more disturbing or not?