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Cinema Junkie Episode 181: 'The Lighthouse' And 'Jojo Rabbit'

Stephen Merchant (center) plays a Nazi in Takia Waititi's new anti-hate satire "Jojo Rabbit."
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Stephen Merchant (center) plays a Nazi in Takia Waititi's new anti-hate satire "Jojo Rabbit."

Director Robert Eggers and actor Stephen Merchant talk about their new releases

Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe star in Robert Eggers' new film "The Lighthouse."
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Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe star in Robert Eggers' new film "The Lighthouse."
Two films that will make my ten best list are arriving in theaters: "The Lighthouse" and "Jojo Rabbit" so I'm thrilled to be able to highlight both films with interviews. I speak with filmmaker Robert Eggers (who previously directed "The Witch") about his new film "The Lighthouse" starring Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson and set in an 1890s remote New England lighthouse. And then I talk with actor Stephen Merchant who enlightens us about how to tackle playing a Nazi for laughs in Takia Waititi's anti-hate satire "Jojo Rabbit."

Filmmaker Robert Eggers kept his new film "The Lighthouse" tightly under wraps while it was being made but now that it’s been released he’s opening up about the film set in a 1890s New England lighthouse.

The film stars Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson as keepers of a lighthouse on a remote rock of an island and examines how they slowly lose their grasp on reality.

Eggers described the film as "rusty, crusty, musty, dusty" and you can feel all that texture in his film. He spoke with me about his meticulous sense of craft. I am sorry that I did not have time to ask him about whether he has a particular fear of animals because this film has a seagull that gives Black Phillip (a goat) from "The Witch" a run for his money as the creepiest animal on film.

Stephen Merchant plays a Nazi officer named Deertz in Waititi’s new anti-hate satire "Jojo Rabbit."

Although Merchant only acts in this film, he is a writer and director in his own right and was one of the creative forces behind the British sitcom "The Office." He offers insight in how you tackle playing a Nazi and talks about doing political comedy in a time of real world absurdity.