Top 10 season is officially here, care of the one and only John Waters — who has placed everything from Disney’s “Cinderella” to Xavier Dolan’s “Tom at the Farm” on what is probably the most entertaining top 10 list you’ll read this month.
1 HELMUT BERGER, ACTOR (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.
The rules of documentary access are permanently fractured here when our
featured attraction takes off all his clothes on camera, masturbates,
and actually ejaculates. The Damned, indeed.
2 CINDERELLA (Kenneth Branagh) Yes, you heard me, Cinderella. I fucking love this Disney film.
3 THE FORBIDDEN ROOM (Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson) The most insanely inventive, hilariously funny faux-silent movie of all time, with sound design that should win the Oscar.
4 TOM AT THE FARM (Xavier Dolan)
A Genet-like love story between a smart-ass hipster and his dead
boyfriend’s domineering and dangerously closeted brother who once ripped
the mouth off of a man who cruised his sibling. I thought it was sexy.
5 MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (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 (Todd Haynes) Maybe the only way to be
transgressive these days is to be shockingly tasteful. This Lana
Turner–meets–Audrey Hepburn lipstick-lesbian melodrama is so
old-fashioned I felt like I was one year old after watching it. That’s
7 THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL (Marielle Heller)
A powerful, realistic, and amazingly well-acted comedy about sex
between adults and teens that isn’t creepy but authentic, ballsy, and
8 TANGERINE (Sean Baker)
Last Exit to Los Angeles. A beautifully shot underground transgender
adventure story that’s worth seeing for the scary extras alone.
9 FLY COLT FLY: LEGEND OF THE BAREFOOT BANDIT (Adam Gray and Andrew Gray)
A true-crime documentary that moves like the thief in the night the
teenage “Barefoot Bandit” really was. Using animation, news footage, and
realistic reenactments (you even get to see him wiggle his toes), Fly Colt Fly will make you understand why this plane-stealing kid became a national folk hero.
10 LOVE (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