It’s always fun to find out what movies inspire our favorite filmmakers, particularly when the Scorseses and Wes Andersons and the like point us away from the traditional canon and towards movies that are a little more obscure and unsung. In that spirit, the new book The Best Film You’ve Never Seen finds writer Robert K. Elder talking to 35 directors about their favorite overlooked, lost, or critically savaged films. Here’s a brief peek at what Flavorwire favorites like John Waters, Edgar Wright, Guillermo del Toro, and Richard Linklater recommended.
The director: John Waters
His credits: Hairspray, Cry-Baby, Polyester
Film of choice: Boom! (1968)
Why: “It’s, in a way, really, really good. But at the same time, it’s so terrible; I’m confused all the time. I don’t know which it is. I love to be confused, artistically. I love to be in on the joke, and I’m not sure if there is one.”