The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Various individual critics and critics’ circles. These are the people the American public trusts to pick the best movies of the year. But here at Flavorpill, there’s one cinephile whose taste we value over all others: John Waters. So it’s good news for us that Artforum has asked the Pope of Trash for a rundown of his favorite films of 2012.
Terence Davies’ Deep Blue Sea tops Waters’ list; he writes, “The agony and passion of obsessive love and a broken heart are so well wrought here that you’ll wish you were suicidal over someone who didn’t love you back.” As this entry suggests, it’s a fairly dark top ten — “Misery is really in this year.” who also favored Michael Haneke’s Amour, the first two films in Ulrich Seidl’s Paradise trilogy, and Craig Zobel’s pitch-black Compliance. Visit Artforum for Waters’ entire, wittily annotated list (which does include a few more uplifting entries).