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What is the first image that comes to mind when you hear the name John Waters? Well, apart from that The. (If you have never seen or heard of the 1972 film Pink Flamingoswell, then you’re missing out.) You’re probably thinking of the pink satin dress with the cockroach figure that Ricki Lake wore in the 1988 film Hairsprayor the heartthrob Johnny Depp, who cried a single, perfect tear in the 1990s crybaby. However, a lesser known but still impressive achievement of the underground filmmaker over the years is that he is one of our country’s best critics.

That’s right, the self-proclaimed “Prince of Puke” actually has great taste in movies and regularly shares his list of his 10 favorite films of a given year. Last year, Waters announced the controversial surrealist comedy Beau is scared as the best of the year, with Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer and the Pedro Almodóvar Western Strange way of life and secure places on his coveted list.

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The year 2024 is only five months old, but Waters has already picked his favorite of the year… well, so far at least: Love lies bleedingIn an interview with Mashable, the director said that “as harrowing as it is tender, as horny as it is horrifying, Love lies bleeding is one of the best films of 2024.”

The crime thriller starring Kristen Stewart hit theaters in early March to rave reviews but only moderate box office returns. It is now available on VOD. Waters has hit the mark before, but he has also missed the mark. I hated Beau is scaredand I still think it deserves a place on the list of worst movies of 2023.

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I watched Love lies bleedingand I agree about Puke Prince – it’s a first-rate film that’s fun and worth reflecting on after watching. Stewart gives a career-best performance as Lou, a gym manager who finds an unexpected lover in aspiring bodybuilder Jackie. In films like this, however, love comes with trouble, and it comes in the form of JJ, Lou’s sleazy brother-in-law, who draws the two women into a web of lies, infidelity and murder.

And that’s all I’m going to reveal about the plot. The less you know, the better, because one of Love lies bleedingThe greatest pleasure is watching director Rose Glass skillfully build suspense, romance and drama from a plot that is both simple and complicated. The ending is a gonzo delight, at once absurd and perfectly logical, and you will be wondering what it all means days, weeks and months later. Now TheIt’s a good movie.

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But don’t take my word for it; take Waters’s enthusiastic recommendation as well. He knows a thing or two about great movies, having made a few himself, and he sees a bit of genius in this nifty little film set in the American desert. If you’re a fan of crime thrillers like Blood Simple, or just a fan of good movies in general, check out Love lies bleeding Now.

Love lies bleeding is available to rent or buy on Amazon Prime Video.

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