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John Waters’ Top 10 of 2015

John Waters' Top 10 of 2015

Of all the Top 10 lists that come out each year, John Waters’ Artforum list is one of the best. For proof, look no farther than his Nos. 1 and 2: “Helmut Berger, Actor,” an obscure documentary in which the onetime Visconti regular masturbates to climax on camera, and “Cinderella,” Kenneth Branagh’s live-action remake of the Disney classic. (There may be no better summation of Waters’ aesthetic than his explanation for the former: “Maybe the best motion picture of the year is also the worst?”) From there down, Waters touched on numerous critical favorites, from “Max Max: Fury Road” to “Carol” to “Tangerine,” and adds another documentary “Fly Colt Fly,” whose focus on a juvenile delinquent no doubt accounts for it being near to Waters’ heart. Notwithstanding its across-the-board raves, few critics have described “Carol” with as much humor and incisiveness as Waters does here: “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 almost reborn.”

John Waters’ Top 10 of 2015

1. “Helmut Berger, Actor” (Andreas Horvath)

2. “Cinderella” (Kenneth Branagh)

3. “The Forbidden Room” (Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson)

4. “Tom at the Farm” (Xavier Dolan)

5. “Mad Max: Fury Road” (George Miller)

6. “Carol” (Todd Haynes)

7. “The Diary of a Teenage Girl” (Marielle Heller)

8. “Tangerine” (Sean Baker)

9. “Fly Colt Fly: Legend of the Barefoot Bandit” (Adam Gray and Andrew Gray)

10. “Love” (Gaspar Noé)

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