John Waters' Top 10 of 2013 Includes 'Spring Breakers' & 'After Tiller'

December 2, 2013
Source: ArtForum

John Waters' Top 10 - Spring Breakers

"Bikini's and big booties - that's what it's all about." It's December which means we're already getting to that time of year when Top 10 lists arrive, and one of the first up is John Waters, the eccentric filmmaker (of Pink Flamingos, Polyester, Hairspray) who always has unique choices on his year end list, and this year is no exception. The list comes from ArtForum (via MCN) and includes a number of documentaries along with a number of odd picks for his favorite films. And yes, #1 is Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers, which he describes as "the best sexploitation film of the year." This is definitely going to rile up some folks. Read on!

Waters includes a short one/two-sentence explanation with each pick, so head to ArtForum to read all of his thoughts on his Top 10 of 2013. I've included a few of the quotes below for some of the films that really need the reference included. Without further ado, here are John Waters' Top 10 Films of 2013:

1. Spring Breakers (dir. Harmony Korine) "The best sexploitation film of the year has Disney tween starlets hilariously undulating, snorting cocaine, and going to jail in bikinis. What more could a serious filmgoer possibly want?"
2. Camille Claudel 1915 (dir. Bruno Dumont)
3. Abuse of Weakness (dir. Catherine Breillat)
4. Hors Satan (dir. Bruno Dumont)
5. After Tiller (dirs. Martha Shane & Lana Wilson) "The brave documentary that asks the question, Which of the four doctors who still perform late-term abortions in America do you like best? Me? I’d pick the more matronly one from Albuquerque."
6. Hannah Arendt (dir. Margarethe von Trotta)
7. Beyond the Hills (dir. Cristian Mungiu) "If you thought Mother Joan of the Angels was the best arty Catholic movie about exorcism, think again. The supposedly demonized young girl is not possessed—she just wants to be a lesbian!"
8. Blue Jasmine (dir. Woody Allen)
9. Blackfish (dir. Gabriela Cowperthwaite) "A whale snuff-film documentary that’ll make you root for the kidnapped killer mammal and wish he had eaten alive Sea World’s evil owners."
10. I'm So Excited! (dir. Pedro Almodóvar)

What do you make of Waters' Top 10 list? How many of these has anyone else even seen? I've watched at least three of them, but that's about it. The rest I haven't even seen, a couple I haven't even heard of, and a few others I'm familiar with but aren't really in my personal wheelhouse. That said, he has certainly made some very peculiar choices this time around. Spring Breakers is his #1? That's just crazy! But I'll accept it. I'm also ecstatic to see him mention After Tiller, one of the best docs I've seen this year. And I'm intrigued by his decision to include the films Blue Jasmine, Beyond the Hills and Hors Satan. I love featuring his list of Top 10 because there's nothing like it and it always features films you may not have heard of. Thoughts?

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Sounds a lot more interesting than Tarantino's list. Probably better films too.

DavideCoppola on Dec 2, 2013


Waters would love SPRING BREAKERS. Haha.

DAVIDPD on Dec 2, 2013


Not bad.

Carpola on Dec 2, 2013


Thanks for this! The best part has always been his descriptions. Gotta love John Waters, the man's a nut.

Andrew DiDonato on Dec 2, 2013


Good list. Seen six of these myself, luckily. And Spring Breakers being #1 isn't so nuts -- that is one of 2013's best films and will be remembered in years to come. The Cahiers list is also pretty interesting.

childerolandusa on Dec 2, 2013


Spring Breakers was a horrendous atrocity. Terrible acting, no depth or direction, and the worst B roll I've ever seen. And the B roll accounts for about 70% of the movie! Frankly, I'm disappointed in you Mr. Waters. The rest of the list is spot on, After Tiller was an incredibly necessary, very well done documentary. Could've done without Blue Jasmine though, Woody Allen is simply too damn predictable.

Brittanytigi on Dec 31, 2013

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