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John Waters picks his top ten favourite films of 2019


As the end of the years draws to a close, acclaimed filmmaker, director, writer, actor and artist John Waters has offered his annual cinematic ranking.

Waters, who made a name for himself as a counterculture director in the 1970s with films such as Pink Flamingos and Female Trouble, went on to have huge critical and commercial success with Hairspray a decade later and continued his run of form into the 1990s with Cry-BabySerial Mom and more.

While Waters’ artistic contribution to modern cinema has a lasting legacy, the director has often regarded himself as a cinephile in his own right and for the second year running he has offered his breaking of the past 12 months in film with his top ten list.

Breaking down his list to Art Forum, Waters included Todd Phillips’ recent box office smash Joker in at number 10, stating: “Irresponsible? Maybe. Dangerous? We’ll see. The first big-budget Hollywood movie to gleefully inspire anarchy. Bravo, Todd Phillips! Only you could get away with it.”

Elsewhere, Waters describes Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood as a “real crowd-pleaser that deserves every bit of its critical and financial success” before describing it as both “shocking and terribly funny.”

There’s mentions for Joanna Hogg, Fatih Akin, Bruno Dumont and more. See the full list, below.

John Waters’ top ten favourite films of 2019:

10. Joker – Todd Phillips
9. The Souvenir – Joanna Hogg
8. The Golden Glove – Fatih Akin
7. Pain & Glory – Pedro Almodóvar
6. Hail Satan? – Penny Lane
5. Amazing Grace – Alan Elliott
4. Border – Ali Abbasi
3. Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood – Quentin Tarantino
2. Joan Of Arc – Bruno Dumont
1. Climax – Gaspar Noé

When discussing Gaspar Noé’s brilliant film Climax, Waters noted: “The best movie of the year gives new meaning to the term ‘bad trip‘. Frenzied dance numbers combined with LSD, mental breakdowns, and childhood trauma turn this nutcase drama into The Red Shoes meets Hallucination Generation.

“Freak out, baby, freak out!”

See the rest of Waters’ explanations over at Art Forum.