Year-End Lists

Notable, browsable lists of the year's best music, movies, books, and TV shows. End-of-year lists are fingerprints; aggregate statistics are smudges. Therefore, no tallies. Follow the link for each list to see essential commentary from its authors, at the source.

Peter Labuza: 15 Favorite Films of 2016

Peter Labuza: 15 Favorite Films of 2016 (as posted to Letterboxd and discussed on The Cinephiliacs)

  1. Cameraperson – Kirsten Johnson
  2. O.J.: Made in America – Ezra Edelman
  3. Toni Erdmann – Maren Ade
  4. Mountains May Depart – Jia Zhang-ke
  5. Creepy – Kiyoshi Kurosawa
  6. Kill Zone 2 – Soi Cheang
  7. Love & Friendship – Whit Stillman
  8. Sixty Six – Lewis Klahr
  9. Certain Women – Kelly Reichardt
  10. Allied – Robert Zemeckis
  11. Sully – Clint Eastwood
  12. Hell or High Water – David Mackenzie
  13. Sunset Song – Terence Davies
  14. 20th Century Women – Mike Mills
  15. On Football – Sergio Oksman

Keith Uhlich: 15 Favorite Films of 2016

Keith Uhlich: 15 Best Movies of 2016 (as published at his site and discussed on The Cinephiliacs)

  1. Justin Timberlake + the Tennessee Kids – Jonathan Demme
  2. A Quiet Passion – Terence Davies
  3. Knight of Cups – Terrence Malick
  4. [tie] The Neon Demon – Nicolas Winding Refn
  5. The Lost City of Z – James Gray
  6. Ten Mornings, Ten Evenings and One Horizon – Tomonari Nishikawa
  7. The Girlfriend Experience (TV series) – Lodge Kerrigan and Amy Seimetz
  8. The BFG – Steven Spielberg
  9. [tie] Silence – Martin Scorsese
  10. 31 – Rob Zombie
  11. [tie] Moonlight – Barry Jenkins
  12. Certain Women – Kelly Reichardt
  13. [tie] Things to Come – Mia Hansen-Løve
  14. Nocturama – Bertrand Bonello
  15. [tie] The X-Files: Episode “Babylon” – Chris Carter

Tiny Mix Tapes: 51 Favorite Music Releases of 2016

Babyfather - BBF Hosted By DJ Escrow

Tiny Mix Tapes: 51 Favorite Music Releases of 2016

  1. Babyfather – “BBF” Hosted By DJ Escrow
  2. Lolina – Live In Paris
  3. Kanye West – The Life of Pablo
  4. Arca – Entrañas
  5. Frank Ocean – Blonde
  6. [tie] Frank Ocean – Endless
  7. Jenny Hval – Blood Bitch
  8. James Ferraro – Human Story 3
  9. Charli XCX – Vroom Vroom
  10. Danny Brown – Atrocity Exhibition
  11. Elysia Crampton – Dissolution of The Sovereign: A Time Slide Into The Future (Or: A Non-Abled Offender’s Exercise in Jurisprudence)
  12. Yves Tumor – Serpent Music
  13. Lil Yachty – Lil Boat
  14. Young Thug – Jeffery
  15. Rihanna – Anti
  16. Jessy Lanza – Oh No
  17. Foodman – Ez Minzoku
  18. Dedekind Cut – $uccessor
  19. Kero Kero Bonito – Bonito Generation
  20. Elysia Crampton – Elysia Crampton Presents: Demon City
  21. Jeremih – Late Nights: The Album
  22. Princess Nokia – 1992
  23. DJWWWW – Arigato
  24. Solange – A Seat at the Table
  25. serpentwithfeet – blisters
  26. Puce Mary – The Spiral
  27. Noname – Telefone
  28. Tim Hecker – Love Streams
  29. Macula Dog – Why Do You Look Like Your Dog?
  30. David Bowie – Blackstar
  31. Crying – Beyond the Fleeting Gales
  32. Andy Stott – Too Many Voices
  33. Beyoncé – Lemonade
  34. Autechre – elseq 1-5
  35. death’s dynamic shroud.wmv – Classroom Sexxtape
  36. The Caretaker – Everywhere at the End of Time
  37. Future – Evol
  38. The Savage Young Taterbug – Shadow of Marlboro Man
  39. YTAMO – Mi Wo
  40. Julianna Barwick – Will
  41. Klein – ONLY
  42. Anohni – Hopelessness
  43. DJ Coquelin & MC Cloarec – JE M’EN TAPE
  44. Mitski – Puberty 2
  45. Huerco S – For Those of You Who Have Never (And Also Those Who Have)
  46. Oren Ambarchi – Hubris
  47. Angel Olsen – MY WOMAN
  48. Amnesia Scanner – AS
  49. KA – Honor Killed the Samurai
  50. Sean McCann – Music for Public Ensemble
  51. N-Prolenta – A Love Story 4 @Deezius, Neo, Chuk, E, Milkleaves, Angel, Isis, + Every1else…. And Most of All My Damn Self

San Francisco Chronicle: Top 10 Books of 2016

San Francisco Chronicle: Top 10 Books of 2016

Fiction

  • Barkskins – Annie Proulx
  • Imagine Me Gone – Adam Haslett
  • The Past – Tessa Hadley
  • The Sport of Kings – C.E. Morgan
  • The Underground Railroad – Colson Whitehead

Nonfiction

  • Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right – Jane Mayer
  • Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City – Matthew Desmond
  • How to Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS – David France
  • Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets – Svetlana Alexievich
  • Truevine: Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother’s Quest: A True Story of the Jim Crow South – Beth Macy

E. Ce Miller: 12 Best Poetry Collections of 2016

E. Ce Miller: 12 Best Poetry Collections of 2016 (as published by Bustle)

  • Look – Solmaz Sharif
  • Night Sky With Exit Wounds – Ocean Vuong
  • Measures of Expatriation – Vahni Capildeo
  • The Performance of Becoming Human – Daniel Borzutzky
  • Falling Awake – Alice Oswald
  • Let Them Eat Chaos – Kate Tempest
  • Bestiary – Donika Kelly
  • American Anger: An Evidentiary – H.L. Hix
  • Rapture – Sjohnna McCray
  • Sunshine – Melissa Lee-Houghton
  • Violet Energy Ingots – Hoa Nguyen
  • The Remedies – Katharine Towers

Nictate: Top 11 Films of 2016

Cameraperson - Kirsten Johnson

Nictate: Top 11 Films of 2016 (as posted to Letterboxd)

  1. Cameraperson – Kirsten Johnson
  2. The Lobster – Yorgos Lanthimos
  3. Certain Women – Kelly Reichardt
  4. Things to Come – Mia Hansen-Løve
  5. Knight of Cups – Terrence Malick
  6. A Bigger Splash – Luca Guadagnino
  7. Moonlight – Barry Jenkins
  8. Café Society – Woody Allen
  9. Manchester by the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan
  10. The Handmaiden – Park Chan-wook
  11. Elle – Paul Verhoeven

David Wiegand: 12 Best TV Shows of 2016

David Wiegand: 12 Best TV Shows of 2016, as published by the San Francisco Chronicle

  1. Atlanta
  2. The Night Of
  3. This Is Us
  4. The OA
  5. Westworld
  6. Stranger Things
  7. Speechless
  8. [tie] The Good Place
  9. Insecure
  10. Lady Dynamite
  11. [tie] One Mississippi
  12. The Crown

Brian Darr: Top Ten Feature Films of 2016

Cameraperson - Kirsten Johnson

Brian Darr: Top Ten Feature Films of 2016, as submitted to the Senses of Cinema poll. See also his list of undistributed and first-screened-in-San Francisco films and a list of 19 short films.

  1. Cameraperson – Kirsten Johnson
  2. Moonlight – Barry Jenkins
  3. No Home Movie – Chantal Akerman
  4. The Shallows – Jaume Collet-Serra
  5. The Salesman – Asghar Farhadi
  6. The Love Witch – Anna Biller
  7. Things to Come – Mia Hansen-Løve
  8. Elle – Paul Verhoeven
  9. Silence – Martin Scorsese
  10. Nuts! – Penny Lane

Reverse Shot: 12 Best Movies of 2016

Reverse Shot: 12 Best Movies of 2016

  1. No Home Movie – Chantal Akerman
  2. Toni Erdmann – Maren Ade
  3. Cemetery of Splendor – Apichatpong Weerasethakul
  4. Cameraperson – Kirsten Johnson
  5. Aquarius – Kleber Mendonça Filho
  6. Moonlight – Barry Jenkins
  7. Right Now, Wrong Then – Hong Sang-soo
  8. [tie] Sunset Song – Terence Davies
  9. Silence – Martin Scorsese
  10. Certain Women – Kelly Reichardt
  11. [tie] Knight of Cups – Terrence Malick
  12. The Illinois Parables – Deborah Stratman

Kate Tuttle: 20 Best Nonfiction Books of 2016

Kate Tuttle: 20 Best Nonfiction Books of 2016 (as published by The Boston Globe)

  • All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation – Rebecca Traister
  • At the Existentialist Café: Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails – Sarah Bakewell
  • Black Elk: The Life of an American Visionary – Joe Jackson
  • Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America – Patrick Phillips
  • Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy – Heather Ann Thompson
  • Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City – Matthew Desmond
  • Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck – Adam Cohen
  • Kill ‘Em and Leave: Searching for James Brown and the American Soul – James McBride
  • Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies – Ross King
  • Moscow Nights: The Van Cliburn Story-How One Man and His Piano Transformed the Cold War – Nigel Cliff
  • On Trails: An Exploration – Robert Moor
  • One of These Things First – Steven Gaines
  • Pit Bull: The Battle over an American Icon – Bronwen Dickey
  • Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life – Ruth Franklin
  • The Song Poet: A Memoir of My Father – Kao Kalia Yang
  • Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America – Ibram X. Kendi
  • Time Travel: A History – James Gleick
  • Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy – Cathy O’Neil
  • White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide – Carol Anderson
  • Writing to Save a Life: The Louis Till File – John Edgar Wideman