PRINT December 2000


John Waters


1. Dancer in the Dark (Lars von Trier) The most hilariously moving, “feel-insane” movie of the year.

2. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (Joel Coen) The jaw-dropping all-singing, all-dancing Ku Klux Klan—Busby Berkeley number is a real beaut.

3. L’Humanité (Bruno Dumont) The endless saga of a simpleton cop so desperate to feel emotion that he spies on the sex life of his lusty neighbors and smells and kisses his crime suspects during interrogations.

4. American Psycho (Mary Harron) A chain-saw movie for the elite; the funniest American comedy of the year.

5. The Idiots (Lars von Trier) A Dogma 95 comedy about a bunch of Danish yuppies who join a Manson-like cult of assholes and liberate themselves by acting like retards in public (“spazzing”).

6. Water Drops on Burning Rocks (Francois Ozon) A fake Fassbinder movie directed by my new favorite French auteur. Screenplay necrophilia never seemed so cinematically correct.

7. The Virgin Suicides (Sofia Coppola) Who would have predicted Sofia Coppola could bring to mind Cocteau’s Les Parents terribles?

8. Criminal Lovers (Francois Ozon) Ozon again. A Leopold-and-Loeb-meet-Hansel-and-Gretel fairy tale about a bitchy teen ingenue and her naive boyfriend who are imprisoned by a horny, gay, cannibalistic ogre.

9. Pink Narcissus ( James Bidgood, 1971/99) Actor-model Bobby Kendall’s ass; as beautiful and timeless as The Wizard of Oz.

10. Eva ( Joseph Losey, 1961) The best rereleased failed art film of the decade. Jeanne Moreau chain-smokes and listens to Billie Holiday records while humiliating her lover in glorious black and white.