Director John Waters' Funky Picks for the Best Films of 2009
Hearing the name John Waters, you should already expect this list to be quite eccentric, and that's exactly why I'm featuring it. We'll be seeing plenty of the big Oscar on all kinds of best of lists, so why not feature a few films that you probably haven't heard of or never saw? Waters posted his complete list on artforum.com (thanks to Anne Thompson for the link) with explanations for every film. For example, on why he included Whatever Works: "Gerontophilia never seemed so appealing. This time, Woody goes a little gay and lives to tell about it with lovely, comic success. I am so mad I don’t have this director’s career." Read on for his list!
John Waters' Best of 2009:
1. Import/Export (dir. Ulrich Seidl)
2. Antichrist (dir. Lars von Trier)
3. In the Loop (dir. Armando Iannucci)
4. World's Greatest Dad (dir. Bobcat Goldthwait)
5. Brüno (dir. Larry Charles)
6. Lorna's Silence (dir. Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne)
7. Broken Embraces (dir. Pedro Almodóvar)
8. The Baader Meinhof Complex (dir. Uli Edel)
9. Whatever Works (dir. Woody Allen)
10. The Headless Woman (dir. Lucrecia Martel)
My other favorite explanation is for Brüno. Waters states: "Don't listen to the critics—it's better than Borat. Imagine a hetero teen couple in a mall on a first date somewhere in Middle America watching Sacha Baron Cohen pantomime every known gay male sex act, ending in a joyous 'facial.' Sometimes audiences get what they deserve." Ha! If you're wondering what Import/Export is, it's a 2007 film directed by Austrian filmmaker Ulrich Seidl about the "miserable lives of Ukrainian immigrants in Vienna." It just opened in New York this summer, even though it played at Cannes in 2007. Odd choice for #1, but that's why I love Waters.