Watch: John Waters Picks the Best Movies of 2020

Thursday December 3, 2020

John Waters
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One Ten Best List that is worth checking out each year is that of John Waters, and his choices for 2020 arrive right in time to binge watch on this holiday weekend.

Baltimore Fishbowl, a website from Waters' hometown, posted his list on Friday, which is scheduled to be published on December 1 as an article for the journal and website Artform.

As is to be expected, Waters' list is like none other, embracing some titles that you will likely never turn up on the New York Times or Vanity Fair. Where else would you find films about serial killers obsessed with buttholes and fringe jackets? Or a horror movie about a homicidal gang that dresses in drag?

Below is Waters' list:

1. "Butt Boy" (Tyler Cornack)

"A jaw-dropping, deadpan, bowel-bonkers thriller about a heterosexual dad who after a routine visit to his proctologist becomes a serial killer and inhales his victims up his ass, I kid you not."


2. "Swallow" (Carlo Mirabella-Davis)

"This psychological horror film features an unhappily married woman who is driven to eat marbles, thumbtacks, batteries, and household knickknacks; shit them out; then wash and display these items like trophies in her own home."


3. "The Hunt" (Craig Zobel)

"A hilarious political-exploitation film that depicts a civil war between antifa and Proud Boy types that now seems almost prophetic."


4. "Why Don't You Just Die!" (Kirill Sokolov)

"A blood-drenched, seat-ripping, Tarantino-influenced Russian grindhouse family-revenge comedy that begs one to watch it with other stoned or drunk ticket buyers in a packed movie theater."


5. "The Audition" (Ina Weisse)

"This Ingmar Bergman-meets-Joanna Hogg melodrama of obsession, compulsion, and self destruction may end with a 'Bad Seed' twist, but its whip-smart screenplay, which shows that all classical musicians are indeed insane, will fill you with arty masochistic inner peace."


6. "Deerskin" (Quentin Dupieux)

"The fashion film of the year. A man becomes so fixated on a fringed jacket he finds in a thrift store that he sets out to kill every other person in the whole world who might dare to imitate his new signature look."


7. "The Human Voice" (Pedro Almodóvar)

"Tilda Swinton, celebrated, adored, and stalked by the camera in a thirty-minute dramaturgical, couture-driven, production designed emotional crack-up, is pure cinematic enjoyment."


8. "True History Of The Kelly Gang" (Justin Kurzel)

"A gory, insane, homoerotic, historical western featuring a gang of outlaw robbers who sometimes dress in drag just to fuck with the cops' heads."


9. "American Murder: The Family Next Door" (Jenny Popplewell)

"This doc has the visual goods to tell a hard-hitting true-crime story really well without cheesy reenactments, but what makes it even more powerful is how depressing it is for the viewer to discover the cute guy is the real killer."


10. Tie: "The Trial Of The Chicago 7" (Aaron Sorkin) and "Mangrove" (Steve McQueen) "Watch these two empowering real-life contempt-of-court docudramas together as a double feature. One goes back to 1969, when American white radicals actually had a sense of humor and used it as comic terrorism, and the other shows there was nothing funny about the West Indian immigrants who, a year later in the UK, refused to stop marching and kicked ass."




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