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John Waters' Top 10 Films of 2018...

It's that time of the year when Mr Waters shares his top ten films...not as 'eclectic' as usual...but, there are a couple of absolute howlers!

 

Jeannette

JEANNETTE: THE CHILDHOOD OF JOAN OF ARC

Bruno Dumont

An insanely radical heavy-metal grade-school religious pageant that is sung in French from beginning to end. The actors themselves seem like they might burst out laughing, but this is no joke. It’s the best movie of the year. You’ll hate it.

American Animals

AMERICAN ANIMALS

Bart Layton

A true-crime story with a brilliant ensemble cast and the real-life culprits and victims edited in, commenting throughout on the action. Adolescent group madness is a beautiful thing to watch.

 

Nico 1988

NICO, 1988

Susanna Nicchiarelli

A small, sad, fearless biopic that asks the question: “Is junkie dignity possible?” The answer is no. Trine Dyrholm as our heroin-loving heroine plunges headfirst into the despair of showbiz with fierce determination.

Mom And Dad

MOM AND DAD

Brian Taylor

A surprisingly scary, well-shot, pitch-black comedy about the day all parents in the United States decide to kill their own children. A laff riot!

Blindspotting

BLINDSPOTTING

Carlos López Estrada

You’ll squirm. You’ll identify. You’ll choke on your own gentrified excuses. The smartest and funniest film about race and class in a long, long time.


The Green Fog6

THE GREEN FOG

Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, and Galen Johnson

An avant-garde ode to San Francisco, the most cinematic of cities, told entirely through clips of films shot there but with all the dialogue cut out so the parts of the movies that originally didn’t matter now do. Abstractly clever, strangely compelling, and just about perfect.

Custody

CUSTODY

Xavier Legrand

Divorce, jealousy, misogyny, and physical abuse, topped off with psychological damage to children: This feel-bad movie of the year is so beautifully acted that it made me feel happy, happy, happy!

Sollers Point

SOLLERS POINT

Matthew Porterfield

Can a heterosexual director worship his male lead on film just as much as Paul Morrissey obviously did Joe Dallesandro in Trash? Sure looks that way. McCaul Lombardi is a blazing star in this small-scale but beautiful drama about a young parolee’s struggle to reenter lower-middle-class life in Baltimore.

Let It Fall

LET IT FALL: LOS ANGELES 1982–1992

John Ridley

A superb documentary about the Rodney King riots that first makes you hate cops, then white people, then racist African Americans, then racist Korean people, and then yourself for forgetting all the details of this tragedy. I cried.

Permanent Green Light10 

PERMANENT GREEN LIGHT

Dennis Cooper, Zac Farley

A slow, quiet, sexual cinematic poem on mopey teenage beauties who love making bombs and wish they could explode themselves.