They then compare their favourite films of 2018: how many crossovers and surprises lie within their lists? (23:03)
Then, Cassandra takes us through the works of her filmmaker of the month, Lars Von Trier. The Danish director is best known for brutal, challenging works like Breaking the Waves, Dancer in the Dark, Dogville, Antichrist, Melancholia and Nymphomaniac. He’s a controversial, divisive figure equally loved and hated by film fans across the world. So is Von Trier a provocateur who prefers shock tactics to sincerity, or a misunderstood maestro with something to say? (30:07)
Want to become an instant expert in our filmmaker of the month without committing yourself to an entire filmography? Then you need the Hell Is For Hyphenates Cheat Sheet: we program you a double feature that will not only make for a great evening's viewing, but will bring you suitably up-to-speed before our next episode landsâ€¦
Substitutions: If you can't get or have already seen Breaking the Waves, seek out Dancer in the Dark (2000). The bleakest musical you'll ever see feels is the third part of Von Trier's Golden Heart Trilogy, because the man is more obsessed with thematic trilogies than Krzysztof KieÅ›lowski. If you can't get or have already seen Melancholia, get your hands on Antichrist (2009). This story of grief, depression, and the insidious side of nature will make you want to scissor off your private parts faster than you can intone â€œCHAOS REIGNSâ€.
The Hidden Gem: Want to see something off the beaten path, a title rarely mentioned when people talk about the films of Lars Von Trier? Then you should track down Medea (1988). Von Trier made this adaptation for television, and it's as close as you'll see to a filmmaker origin story happening in real time. Tackling literature's ur-woman scorned - as well as the profoundly grim shock of the plot twists - pretty much laid out the path Von Trier would follow for the bulk of his films.
The next episode of Hell Is For Hyphenates, featuring Cassandra Magrath talking the films of Lars Von Trier, will be released on 31 December 2018.
Author and reviewer Myke Bartlett helps us see out 2011, talking the best and worst of December’s releases, comparing lists of the best films of the year, and diving into the imaginative and colourful filmography of director Terry Gilliam.