John Waters' Best Films of 2014 List

by Kat George

John Waters is a kooky guy, but one of impeccable taste (you know, when he's not making Divine eat poop). The legendary filmmaker's Best Films of 2014 list for Art Forum, therefore, is flawless. So flawless, in fact, that there are some movies on this list which I hadn't even heard of, but that upon doing a little bit of research, I realized I was truly missing out on. All praise the inimitable Mr. Waters for drawing these to my/our attention. Forget the Oscar-bait-y, Hollywood heartstring-pulling epics that usually make lists like this; John Waters has gone for quality of filmmaking over biggest budget and most high profile cast. Which saddeningly can only be described as "refreshing."

The list is as follows:

1. Maps To The Stars (David Cronenberg)

2. Charlie Victor Romeo (Robert Berger, Patrick Daniels, and Karlyn Michelson)

3. The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq (Guillaume Nicloux)

4. The Smell Of Us (Larry Clark)

5. Gloria (Sebastián Lelio)

6. Who Took Johnny (David Beilinson, Michael Galinsky, and Suki Hawley)

7. Li'l Quinquin (Bruno Dumont)

8. Nymphomaniac: Volume I and Volume II (Lars von Trier)

9. Violette (Martin Provost)

10. The Films of Joanna Hogg (Unrelated [2007]; Archipelago [2010]; and Exhibition [2013])

Of course Nymphomaniac was on there. It wouldn't be a proper John Waters list without it. You can check out the full list complete with Waters' commentary over at Art Forum.