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.

Dan Sallitt: Favorite Films of 2017

Dan Sallitt: Favorite Films of 2017, of those “that played at least one week in Manhattan for the first time in 2017, in approximate order of preference”

  1. Staying Vertical – Alain Guiraudie
  2. The Unknown Girl – Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
  3. Mister Universo – Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel
  4. How Heavy This Hammer – Kazik Radwanski
  5. Downsizing – Alexander Payne
  6. i hate myself :) – Joanna Arnow
  7. Hermia & Helena – Matías Piñeiro
  8. The Wedding Plan – Rama Burshtein
  9. Marjorie Prime – Michael Almereyda
  10. Slack Bay – Bruno Dumont
  11. Paulina – Santiago Mitre
  12. A Ghost Story – David Lowery

Alex Balk: Favorite Books of 2017

Priestdaddy - Patricia Lockwood

Alex Balk: Favorite Books of 2017 (as published by The Awl)

  • Priestdaddy – Patricia Lockwood
  • Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness – Peter Godfrey-Smith
  • Shrinking Violets: The Secret Life of Shyness – Joe Moran
  • O Sing unto the Lord: A History of English Church Music – Andrew Gant
  • The Secret Life of the American Musical: How Broadway Shows Are Built – Jack Viertel
  • Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe – Kapka Kassabova
  • No Friends but the Mountains: Dispatches from the World’s Violent Highlands – Judith Matloff
  • Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How It Changed the World – Laura Spinney
  • Asia’s Reckoning: China, Japan, and the Fate of U.S. Power in the Pacific Century – Richard McGregor
  • The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia – Masha Gessen
  • Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities – Bettany Hughes
  • The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads – Tim Wu
  • Admissions: Life as a Brain Surgeon – Henry Marsh
  • Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst – Robert M. Sapolsky
  • Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment – Robert Wright
  • Beyond the Self: Conversations between Buddhism and Neuroscience – Matthieu Ricard and Wolf Singer
  • My Favorite Thing Is Monsters – Emil Ferris
  • Hostage – Guy Delisle
  • Fear City: New York’s Fiscal Crisis and the Rise of Austerity Politics – Kim Phillips-Fein
  • Uncommon People: The Rise and Fall of The Rock Stars – David Hepworth
  • The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir – Thi Bui
  • Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News – Kevin Young
  • The Illustrated Dust Jacket, 1920-1970 – Martin Salisbury
  • Peach – Emma Glass
  • Red Winter – Anneli Furmark
  • Victorious Century: The United Kingdom, 1800-1906 – David Cannadine
  • God Save Texas: A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State – Lawrence Wright
  • Dancing Bears: True Stories of People Nostalgic for Life Under Tyranny – Witold Szablowski
  • Amiable with Big Teeth – Claude McKay

Raisa Bruner: Top 10 Albums of 2017

Ctrl - SZA

Raisa Bruner: Top 10 Albums of 2017 (as published by Time)

  1. SZA – Ctrl
  2. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
  3. Perfume Genius – No Shape
  4. Khalid – American Teen
  5. Lorde – Melodrama
  6. Harry Styles – Harry Styles
  7. Kesha – Rainbow
  8. The xx – I See You
  9. Taylor Swift – reputation
  10. LCD Soundsystem – american dream

Honorable Mentions

  • JAY-Z – 4:44
  • Kelly Clarkson – Meaning of Life
  • Ed Sheeran – ÷
  • Bruno Mars – 24K Magic
  • Demi Lovato – Tell Me You Love Me

Peter Labuza: Favorite Films of 2017

Peter Labuza: Favorite Films of 2017 (as discussed on The Cinephiliacs)

  1. Twin Peaks: The Return – David Lynch
  2. Ex Libris: New York Public Library – Frederick Wiseman
  3. Rat Film – Theo Anthony
  4. Good Time – Ben Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  5. The Work – Jairus McLeary and Gethin Aldous
  6. [tie] Nathan for You: Finding Frances – Nathan Fielder

Keith Uhlich: Favorite Films of 2017

Keith Uhlich: Favorite Films of 2017 (as discussed on The Cinephiliacs)

  1. Twin Peaks: The Return – David Lynch
  2. Song to Song – Terrence Malick
  3. First Reformed – Paul Schrader
  4. Call Me by Your Name – Luca Guadagnino
  5. [tie] BPM (Beats Per Minute) – Robin Campillo
  6. Mosaic – Steven Soderbergh

Daniel Kasman: Top 20 Films of 2017

On the Beach at Night Alone - Hong Sang-soo

Daniel Kasman: Top 20 Films of 2017, as submitted to the annual Senses of Cinema World Poll, limited to films that were “new in cinemas.” See also his lists of older films and films not yet released.

  • On the Beach at Night Alone – Hong Sang-soo
  • Brawl in Cell Block 99 – S. Craig Zahler
  • The Challenge – Yuri Ancarani
  • Ex Libris: New York Public Library – Frederick Wiseman
  • Get Out – Jordan Peele
  • Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back – Tsui Hark
  • In This Corner of the World – Sunao Katabuchi
  • The Lost City of Z – James Gray
  • The Death of Louis XIV – Albert Serra
  • Our Time Will Come – Ann Hui
  • Nocturama – Bertrand Bonello
  • Personal Shopper – Olivier Assayas
  • Princess Cyd – Stephen Cone
  • A Quiet Passion – Terence Davies
  • Rat Film – Theo Anthony
  • Resident Evil: The Final Chapter – Paul W.S. Anderson
  • Song to Song – Terrence Malick
  • Split – M. Night Shyamalan
  • Ta’ang – Wang Bing
  • Tempestad – Tatiana Huezo

Brian Darr: Top Ten Feature Films of 2017

Wet Woman in the Wind - Akihiko Shiota

Brian Darr: Top Ten Feature Films of 2017 of commercial US releases, as submitted to the annual Senses of Cinema World Poll, listed alphabetically by original-language title.

See also his “Top Five features undistributed in the USA and first screened in San Francisco in 2017,” “Top Twenty single-channel film and video works of less than feature length,” and “Top ten expanded cinema presentations of 2017.”

  • Graduation – Cristian Mungiu
  • By the Time It Gets Dark – Anocha Suwichakornpong
  • Dunkirk – Christopher Nolan
  • Ex Libris: New York Public Library – Frederick Wiseman
  • Good Time – Ben Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  • Wet Woman in the Wind – Akihiko Shiota
  • Kedi – Ceyda Torun
  • Lady Bird – Greta Gerwig
  • Nocturama – Bertrand Bonello
  • Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present – Tyler Hubby

Jim Fusilli: Best Albums of 2017

Hot Thoughts - Spoon

Jim Fusilli: Best Albums of 2017 (as published by The Wall Street Journal)

  • Spoon – Hot Thoughts
  • Ryan Adams – Prisoner
  • Lee Ann Womack – The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone
  • Grizzly Bear – Painted Ruins
  • Thievery Corporation – The Temple of I & I
  • Oddisee – The Iceberg
  • Jlin – Black Origami
  • Moses Sumney – Aromanticism
  • The xx – I See You
  • Slowdive – Slowdive
  • Beth Ditto – Fake Sugar
  • Elder – Reflections of a Floating World

David Wiegand: 10 Best TV Shows of 2017

David Wiegand: 10 Best TV Shows of 2017, as published by the San Francisco Chronicle. This year it “includes only shows that premiered in 2017.”

  • The Long Road Home
  • The Handmaid’s Tale
  • The Deuce
  • I Love Dick
  • Ozark
  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • The Vietnam War
  • GLOW
  • Legion
  • One Day at a Time

Scout Tafoya: Favorite Films of 2017

Phantom Thread - Paul Thomas Anderson

Scout Tafoya: Favorite Films of 2017, with a capsule review of each one

  1. Phantom Thread – Paul Thomas Anderson
  2. Twin Peaks: The Return – David Lynch
  3. Lady Bird – Greta Gerwig
  4. The Rider – Chloé Zhao
  5. Zama – Lucrecia Martel
  6. A Cure for Wellness – Gore Verbinski
  7. Call Me by Your Name – Luca Guadagnino
  8. The Young Karl Marx – Raoul Peck
  9. Éternité – Tran Anh Hung
  10. Contemporary Color – Bill Ross IV and Turner Ross
  11. Behemoth – Zhao Liang
  12. My Happy Family – Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Groß
  13. Wormwood – Errol Morris
  14. Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey – Terrence Malick
  15. [tie] Song to Song – Terrence Malick
  16. Faces Places – Agnès Varda and JR
  17. Alias Grace – Mary Harron
  18. Coco – Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina
  19. Beach Rats – Eliza Hittman
  20. The Rape of Recy Taylor – Nancy Buirski
  21. Marjorie Prime – Michael Almereyda
  22. Tour de Pharmacy – Jake Szymanski
  23. Sleep Has Her House – Scott Barley
  24. Dawson City: Frozen Time – Bill Morrison
  25. Mimosas – Oliver Laxe
  26. Slack Bay – Bruno Dumont
  27. I Called Him Morgan – Kasper Collin
  28. The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) – Noah Baumbach
  29. Let the Sunshine In – Claire Denis
  30. The Untamed – Amat Escalante
  31. Good Luck – Ben Russell
  32. In the Fade – Fatih Akin
  33. Blade of the Immortal – Takashi Miike
  34. Stronger – David Gordon Green
  35. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Martin McDonagh
  36. Pilgrimage – Brendan Muldowney
  37. The Beguiled – Sofia Coppola
  38. Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992 – John Ridley
  39. Lady Macbeth – William Oldroyd
  40. Operation Avalanche – Matt Johnson
  41. On the Beach at Night Alone – Hong Sang-soo
  42. Loveless – Andrey Zvyagintsev
  43. Endless Poetry – Alejandro Jodorowsky
  44. Dark Night – Tim Sutton
  45. The Other Side of Hope – Aki Kaurismäki
  46. Whose Streets? – Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis
  47. Strong Island – Yance Ford
  48. Good Time – Ben Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  49. Landline – Gillian Robespierre
  50. The Square – Ruben Östlund
  51. Split – M. Night Shyamalan
  52. Hello Destroyer – Kevan Funk
  53. Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer – Joseph Cedar
  54. Afterimage – Andrzej Wajda
  55. Godless – Scott Frank
  56. Guerrilla – John Ridley and Sam Miller
  57. Ex Libris: New York Public Library – Frederick Wiseman
  58. Princess Cyd – Stephen Cone
  59. Thelma – Joachim Trier
  60. Jungle – Greg McLean
  61. Before We Vanish – Kiyoshi Kurosawa
  62. Wasteland No.1 – Ardent, Verdant – Jodie Mack
  63. BPM (Beats Per Minute) – Robin Campillo
  64. The Labyrinth – Bram Ruiter
  65. See You Yesterday – Stefon Bristol
  66. Alien: Covenant – Ridley Scott
  67. The Salesman – Asghar Farhadi
  68. The Assignment – Walter Hill
  69. Top of the Lake: China Girl – Jane Campion and Ariel Kleiman
  70. Berlin Syndrome – Cate Shortland
  71. Ismael’s Ghosts – Arnaud Desplechin
  72. T2 Trainspotting – Danny Boyle
  73. Lucky – John Carroll Lynch
  74. Paint It Black – Amber Tamblyn
  75. Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Rian Johnson
  76. Gunpowder – J Blakeson
  77. It – Andy Muschietti
  78. All the Money in the World – Ridley Scott
  79. The Big Sick – Michael Showalter
  80. Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold – Griffin Dunne
  81. Logan – James Mangold
  82. Get Out – Jordan Peele
  83. Logan Lucky – Steven Soderbergh
  84. Wind River – Taylor Sheridan
  85. Patton Oswalt: Annihilation – Bobcat Goldthwait
  86. The Wall – Doug Liman
  87. Horace Tapscott: Musical Griot – Barbara McCullough
  88. Professor Marston and the Wonder Women – Angela Robinson
  89. Nathan for You: Finding Frances – Nathan Fielder
  90. Girls Trip – Malcolm D. Lee
  91. Okja – Bong Joon-ho
  92. American Fable – Anne Hamilton
  93. Paris 05:59: Théo & Hugo – Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau
  94. Kojo – Michael Fequiere
  95. The Event – Sergei Loznitsa
  96. Pumpkin Movie – Sophy Romvari
  97. [tie] It’s Him – Sophy Romvari
  98. The Daughter – Simon Stone
  99. The Great Wall – Zhang Yimou
  100. First They Killed My Father – Angelina Jolie
  101. Annabelle: Creation – David F. Sandberg
  102. The Commune – Thomas Vinterberg