John Waters Reveals His Always-Eclectic List of Top 10 Films of 2015

December 1, 2015
Source: ArtForum

John Waters Top 10

It's time! With the end of the year approaching, everyone starts to reveal their own Top 10 best of the year lists. One of our favorite lists that kicks off this time is from filmmaker John Waters' - his Top 10 favorite films from this year. In 2015, Waters has chosen yet another eclectic mix of films, including Mad Max: Fury Road, Tangerine, Xavier Dolan's Tom at the Farm, Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella (really!), and The Diary of a Teenage Girl, among some other oddball picks. A few years back his top film was Spring Breakers, and last year it was Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars. I always like hearing about Waters' favorites because he has such unique taste and his comments are fun to read. I'm glad he loved Mad Max as much as everyone else.

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 2015. I've included a few of his comments in quotes below for some of the films where he said some interesting things. Without further ado, here are Waters' Top 10 Films of 2015:

1. Helmut Berger, Actor (dir. Andreas Horvath) "Maybe the best motion picture of the year is also the worst? One-time dreamboat movie star and lover of Visconti, Helmut Berger, now seventy-one and sometimes looking like Marguerite Duras, rants and raves in his ramshackle apartment while the maid dishes the dirt about his sad life."
2. Cinderella (dir. Kenneth Branagh) "Yes, you heard me, Cinderella. I fucking love this Disney film."
3. The Forbidden Room (dir. Guy Maddin & Evan Johnson)
4. Tom at the Farm (dir. Xavier Dolan)
5. Mad Max: Fury Road (dir. George Miller) "Big-budget tentpole movies can be art, too, and this ultimate nonstop demolition derby is downright insane from the moment it takes off."
6. Carol (dir. Todd Haynes)
7. The Diary of a Teenage Girl (dir. Marielle Heller) "A powerful, realistic, and amazingly well-acted comedy about sex between adults and teens that isn’t creepy but authentic, ballsy, and totally unpredictable."
8. Tangerine (dir. Sean Baker)
9. Fly Colt Fly: The Legend of the Barefoot Bandit (dir. Adam Gray & Andrew Gray)
10. Love (dir. Gaspar Noé) "The first Official Selection of the Cannes Film Festival to show hard-core heterosexual rimming—in 3-D, no less. Thank God for Gaspar Noé."

What do you make of Waters' Top 10 list? How many of these has anyone else even seen? I've never heard of the first one, and I didn't even know anyone had made a documentary about the Barefoot Bandit. The rest of them are interesting picks. I really love The Diary of a Teenage Girl, and Mad Max of course; it's great to see Carol, Tom at the Farm, Tangerine and Cinderella on there. The rest are his own unique favorites and I can understand why he likes them, but not everyone else will. I'm not a big fan of The Forbidden Room, too wacky for me, but some will enjoy it. The only other one I still want to see is Fly Colt Fly, which he describes as a "true-crime documentary that moves like the thief in the night the teenage 'Barefoot Bandit' really was."

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I guess John's not waiting for Star Wars....

TheOct8pus on Dec 1, 2015


Dunno, 3PO's pretty camp...

eurogibbon on Dec 1, 2015


Gaspar Noe could be the new John Waters in terms of tough to watch experimental shock film.

Snowmanfloza on Dec 1, 2015


I love cinderella too

DavideCoppola on Dec 1, 2015


Damn! I got to get to work! I admittedly have only seen about half of these films. I did enjoy THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL more than I was expecting to considering the title alone.

DAVIDPD on Dec 1, 2015


Thank God or Gaspar Noé indeed.

Jonathan on Dec 1, 2015


That's funny, I just watched Cinderella on a whim yesterday. It was ok. Haven't seen any other than Mad Max

David Diaz on Dec 2, 2015

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