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John Waters’ Top 10 2006

By Mike Everleth ⋅ December 5, 2006

John Waters on a talk show circa 1984

John Waters, the godfather of underground film (well, one of them), gives his list of Top 10 movies of 2006 to the magazine ArtForum. I’ve only seen one of the films he’s chosen — his number one — and that was just the other week on On Demand cable.

I enjoyed United 93, but don’t totally share his enthusiasm and, I dunno, is “enjoy” the proper word here? I don’t want to rip-off ArtForum, so I’ll reprint his top 3 and you can go read his rest here, if you’re so inclined.

1 United 93 (Paul Greengrass) The best movie in the last five years. No cheap shots in this one! I have friends who would watch a snuff film, yet they refuse to see this great action picture—I don’t get why.

2 Jackass Number Two (Jeff Tremaine) Playing on more than three thousand screens, Jackass 2 was the number-one-grossing movie in America on its opening weekend — and the male stars eat shit and drink horse semen for real. They’re nude a lot, too. If this isn’t cultural terrorism, I don’t know what is.

3 The Last King of Scotland (Kevin Macdonald) Forest Whitaker tops the performance of Joseph Olita in 1981’s Rise and Fall of Idi Amin, one of my all-time favorite trash masterpieces.

The ArtForum article also has the Top 10 films from Barbara London of the Museum of Modern Art. Her #3 is directed by Seth Price, the same Seth Price of American Graffity fame:

3 Digital Video Effect: “Editions” (Seth Price) Sampling his own limited-edition media work, which is itself composed of snippets of images grabbed from the Web and from other artists’ videos, Price wittily questions the meaning of originality and collectibility in a “modestly” priced, roiling ten-minute video that should last through the ages.

I won’t be doing a “Best of” list myself on the Underground Film Journal, but I will be picking another “Movie of the Year” like I did way back in 2002. I’m pretty sure what I’m picking already, but I’m holding off on publishing that post in case I see something that blows me away in the next two weeks or so. Doubtful, but possible.

h/t GreenCine Daily