John Waters' favorite 10 films for 2017 include: 'Baby Driver,' 'Tom of Finland,' and 'Wonder Wheel'

At the end of each year, "filth elder" John Waters shares his top 10 favorite films in Artforum magazine.

Here is his top picks for 2017: 1. Baby Driver (Edgar Wright): 2. I, Olga Hepnarová (Petr Kazda & Tomáš Weinreb); 3. The Strange Ones (Christopher Radcliff & Lauren Wolkstein); 4. Nocturama (Bertrand Bonello); 5. Wonderstruck (Todd Haynes); 6. Graduation (Christian Mungiu); 7. The Wizard of Lies (Barry Levinson); 8. Lady Macbeth (William Oldroyd); 9. Wonder Wheel (Woody Allen); 10. Tom of Finland (Dome Karukoski)

Be sure to check out the full article to read his thoughts on each film. For example, here is what he had to say about Baby Driver:

The best movie of the year is a popcorn thriller, an art film, and a gearhead classic that grossed over $100 million. It deserved to! Watching the star turn of Ansel Elgort was like seeing John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever for the first time.

The filmmaker is currently touring the U.S. for A John Waters Christmas, his spoken-word holiday show.

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John Waters talks about Oakland punk-fest Burger Boogaloo

In case you haven't heard, there's a big punk music festival happening in Oakland, California this upcoming holiday weekend. It's called Burger Boogaloo and our highest-ranking "filth elder," Mr. John Waters himself, is emceeing it for the third year in a row. Burger Boogaloo is a popular event 'round these parts and this year will be no exception, as Iggy Pop headlines, along with the Buzzcocks and X.

In a recent interview with Jeremy Tarr of Fodor's Travel, Mr. Waters shared his thoughts about the event. Here's what he said about seeing punks in the audience:

"It's punks of all ages. It's from nouveau punks to punk nostalgia, which is pretty great to watch... Some of them I see are older. You never thought punks could be oldies but badies – not oldies but goodies. It's just exciting to see a grandmother pogo dancing as much as it is to see a 14-year-old kid being a punk for the first time. "

And his familiarity with the musicians in the 2017 lineup:

"Some of them I've never heard of and I don't know. That's what I like so much … But, I know John Doe and X. I've known Iggy for years. Iggy was in my movies. I've become friends with Shannon [Shaw, lead singer of Shannon and the Clams] and that gang. I am a fan really... Though, I think probably being the oldest person there – I don't know – how old is Iggy? I don't know who's older.
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Cabaret with the “Pope of Trash” John Waters in Providence, RI (Sat. 10/24)

Tomorrow (Saturday 10/24), Providence, Rhode Island's experimental art space AS220 celebrates its 30th anniversary with a cabaret gala starring the Pope of Trash himself, filmmaker and author John Waters! The evening event starting at 6pm at Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel features musicians, comics, performance artists, food, drink, and all kinds of hijinks. Get there early as my dear old friend and inspiration Gloria Gardenburger (aka Michael Dates) is hosting the red carpet!

AS220 30th Anniversary Cabaret

Below, the trailer for John Waters' "This Filthy World":

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