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.

Month: December, 2012

Miriam Bale: Top 10 Films of 2012

Miriam Bale: Top 10 Films of 2012 (as published by Fandor’s Keyframe blog)

  1. Kuichisan – Maiko Endo
  2. Holy Motors – Leos Carax
  3. The Turin Horse – Bela Tarr
  4. Moonrise Kingdom – Wes Anderson
  5. Life and Freaky Times of Uncle Luke – Jillian Mayer
  6. Cosmopolis – David Cronenberg
  7. Sun Don’t Shine – Amy Seimetz
  8. Bernie – Richard Linklater
  9. Almayer’s Folly – Chantal Akerman
  10. The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye – Marie Losier

Roger Ebert: 20 Best Movies of 2012

Flight

Roger Ebert: 20 Best Movies of 2012 (as published by The Chicago Sun-Times, alphabetically)

  • Arbitrage – Nicholas Jarecki
  • Argo – Ben Affleck
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild – Benh Zeitlin
  • End of Watch – David Ayer
  • Flight – Robert Zemeckis [pictured]
  • Life of Pi – Ang Lee
  • Lincoln – Stephen Spielberg
  • Oslo, August 31st – Joachim Trier
  • The Sessions – Ben Lewin
  • A Simple Life – Ann Hui

Grand Jury Prizes (alphabetical)

  • The Central Park Five – Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, and David McMahon
  • The Impossible – Juan Antonio Bayona
  • In the Family – Patrick Wang
  • Last Ride – Glendyn Ivin
  • A Late Quartet – Yaron Zilberman
  • The Master – Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory – Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky
  • Rampart – Oren Moverman
  • Searching for Sugar Man – Malik Bendjelloul
  • West of Memphis – Amy Berg

Sean Burns: Top 10 Films of 2012

Moonrise-Kingdom

Sean Burns: Top 10 Films of 2012 (as published by Philadelphia Weekly)

  1. Moonrise Kingdom – Wes Anderson
  2. Lincoln – Stephen Spielberg
  3. Zero Dark Thirty – Kathryn Bigelow
  4. Killer Joe – William Friedkin
  5. Oslo, August 31st – Joachim Trier
  6. Cosmopolis – David Cronenberg
  7. Holy Motors – Leos Carax
  8. The Master – Paul Thomas Anderson
  9. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia – Nuri Bilge Ceylan
  10. This Is Not a Film – Jafar Panahi & Mojtaba Mirtahmasb

Resident Advisor: Top 50 Tracks of 2012

Andres - New for U

Resident Advisor: Top 50 Tracks of 2012

  1. Andrés – “New For U”
  2. Todd Terje – “Inspector Norse”
  3. Joy O – “Ellipsis”
  4. Blawan – “Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage?”
  5. Pachanga Boys – “Time”
  6. Julio Bashmore – “Au Seve”
  7. John Talabot feat. Pional – “So Will Be Now”
  8. Burial – “Kindred”
  9. Huxley – “Let It Go”
  10. Anthony Naples – “Mad Disrespect”
  11. Objekt – “Cactus”
  12. Joy Orbison & Boddika – “Mercy”
  13. Factory Floor – “Two Different Ways” (Perc Remix)
  14. Barnt – “Geffen”
  15. MMM – “Meets Tshetsha Boys”
  16. Head High – “Rave” (Dirt Mix)
  17. Storm Queen – “Let’s Make Mistakes”
  18. TNGHT – “Higher Ground”
  19. Jai Paul – “Jasmine”
  20. Jessie Ware – “Running” (Disclosure remix)
  21. Ry & Frank Wiedemann – “Howling” (Ame Remix)
  22. Joe – “Studio Power On”
  23. Moodymann – “Why Do U Feel”
  24. Matthew Dekay & Lee Burridge – “Fur Die Liebe”
  25. WK7 – “Do It Yourself”
  26. Tuff City Kids – “Begger”
  27. Ben Pearce – “What I Might Do”
  28. Joy Orbison & Boddika – “Swims”
  29. Jeremih feat. Natasha Mosley – “Fuck U All the Time”
  30. I:Cube – “Transpiration”
  31. Kowton – “Des Bisous”
  32. Dusky – “Flo Jam”
  33. Trevino – “Backtracking”
  34. The White Lamp – “It’s You” (Ron Basejam Remix)
  35. Bicep – “$tripper”
  36. Geeman – “Bang’t”
  37. Hot Natured – “Benediction”
  38. Vatican Shadow – “Cairo Is a Haunted City”
  39. Pearson Sound – “Untitled”
  40. Levon Vincent – “Speck’s Jam”
  41. Moomin – “Don’t Fly When It’s Foggy”
  42. MPIA3 – “Ely”
  43. Fracture – “Get Busy”
  44. DJ Qu – “Times Like This”
  45. Untold – “Motion the Dance”
  46. Daniel Avery – “Taste”
  47. Jam City – “How We Relate to the Body”
  48. Dub Phizix & Skeptical – “Run It Like the President”
  49. Bookworms – “African Rhythms”
  50. Phase – “Binary Opposition” (Process 1)

Matt Prigge: Top 10 Films of 2012

It's-Such-a-Beautiful-Day
Copyright (c) 2012 Don Hertzfeldt

Matt Prigge: Top 10 Films of 2012 (as published by Philadelphia Weekly)

  1. It’s Such a Beautiful Day – Don Hertzfeldt
  2. The Comedy – Rick Alverson
  3. Cosmopolis – David Cronenberg
  4. Moonrise Kingdom – Wes Anderson
  5. The Loneliest Planet – Julia Loktev
  6. The Deep Blue Sea – Terence Davies
  7. The Grey – Joe Carnahan
  8. Damsels in Distress – Whit Stillman
  9. This Is Not a Film – Jafar Panahi & Mojtaba Mirtahmasb
  10. Holy Motors – Leos Carax

Michael Phillips: 20 Best Movies of 2012

Zero Dark Thirty

Michael Phillips: 20 Best Movies of 2012 (as published by The Chicago Tribune)

  1. Zero Dark Thirty – Kathryn Bigelow
  2. Lincoln – Steven Spielberg
  3. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia – Nuri Bilge Ceylan
  4. The Master – Paul Thomas Anderson
  5. Amour – Michael Haneke
  6. Chico & Rita – Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal
  7. The Color Wheel – Alex Ross Perry
  8. Searching for Sugar Man – Malik Bendjelloul
  9. Flight – Robert Zemeckis
  10. Moonrise Kingdom – Wes Anderson

Nos. 11-20 (in alphabetical order)

  • Argo – Ben Affleck
  • The Deep Blue Sea – Terence Davies
  • The Five-Year Engagement – Nicholas Stoller
  • Footnote – Joseph Cedar
  • Magic Mike – Steven Soderbergh
  • Oslo, August 31st – Joachim Trier
  • Holy Motors – Leos Carax
  • The Queen of Versailles – Lauren Greenfield
  • The Sessions – Ben Lewin
  • Silver Linings Playbook – David O. Russell

Empire: 20 Best Films of 2012

The-Avengers

Empire Magazine: 20 Best Films of 2012

  1. The Avengers – Joss Whedon
  2. Argo – Ben Affleck
  3. The Dark Knight Rises – Christopher Nolan
  4. Skyfall – Sam Mendes
  5. Beasts Of The Southern Wild – Benh Zeitlin
  6. Sightseers – Ben Wheatley
  7. Moonrise Kingdom – Wes Anderson
  8. The Raid: Redemption – Gareth Evans
  9. Headhunters – Morten Tyldum
  10. Rust & Bone – Jacques Audiard
  11. Life of Pi – Ang Lee
  12. Chronicle – Josh Trank
  13. Holy Motors – Leos Carax
  14. Looper – Rian Johnson
  15. The Descendants – Alexander Payne
  16. The Imposter – Bart Layton
  17. Magic Mike – Stephen Soderbergh
  18. Young Adult – Jason Reitman
  19. Amour – Michael Haneke
  20. The Hunt – Thomas Vinterberg

Sasha Frere-Jones: 40 Best Albums of 2012

Metz - Metz

Sasha Frere-Jones of The New Yorker: 40 Best Albums of 2012 (listed chronologically, exceptional albums marked with asterisks) [see also 2013]

  • Rick Ross – Rich Forever
  • Heems – Nehru Jackets
  • Demdike Stare – Elemental: I-IV
  • Sleigh Bells – Reign of Terror
  • E-40 – The Block Brochure
  • * Sun Araw, MGG & Congos – Icon Give Thank
  • * Actress – R.I.P.
  • Death Grips – The Money Store
  • Kool A.D. – Fifty-One
  • Shackleton – Music For The Quiet Hour / The Drawbar Organ EPs
  • * Killer Mike – R.A.P. Music
  • El-P – Cancer For Cure
  • Swans – We Rose From Your Bed With The Sun In Our Head
  • * Neneh Cherry & The Thing – The Cherry Thing
  • * Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel…
  • Christian Fennesz – Aun soundtrack
  • * Frank Ocean – channel ORANGE
  • * Mungolian Jetset – Mungodelics
  • * Swans – The Seer
  • Cat Power – Sun
  • Deadbeat – Eight
  • Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin – Live
  • * METZ – METZ
  • Godspeed You! Black Emperor – ‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
  • Peace – The World Is Too Much With Us
  • * Daphni – Jiaolong
  • Tussle – Tempest
  • Jamey Johnson – Living for a Song: Tribute to Hank Cochran
  • Andy Stott – Luxury Problems
  • * Old Apparatus – 4 EPs (Derren, Harem, Alfur, Realise)
  • * Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d. city
  • Tayor Swift – Red
  • Karriem Riggins – Alone Together
  • * Christiaan Virant – Fistful of Buddha
  • Various – Get Lost V (mixed by Acid Pauli)
  • Neneh Cherry & The Thing – The Cherry Thing Remixes
  • Lana Del Rey – Paradise
  • * Brian Eno – Lux
  • Moon Wiring Club – Today Bread, Tomorrow Secrets
  • Scott Walker – Bish Bosch

AllMusic: 50 Best Albums of 2012

Grimes - Visions

AllMusic: 50 Best Albums of 2012

  1. Grimes – Visions
  2. Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
  3. Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do
  4. Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d city
  5. Miguel – Kaleidoscope Dream
  6. Flying Lotus – Until the Quiet Comes
  7. Torche – Harmonicraft
  8. Jessie Ware – Devotion
  9. David Byrne & St. Vincent – Love This Giant
  10. Carly Rae Jepsen – Kiss
  11. Deerhoof – Breakup Song
  12. Dwight Yoakam – 3 Pears
  13. Tame Impala – Lonerism
  14. Robert Glasper Experiment – Black Radio
  15. Killer Mike – R.A.P. Music
  16. Donald Fagen – Sunken Condos
  17. Matthew Dear – Beams
  18. Death Grips – The Money Store
  19. Dan Deacon – America
  20. THEESatisfaction – Awe Naturale
  21. Lightships – Electric Cables
  22. Beach House – Bloom
  23. Beachwood Sparks – The Tarnished Gold
  24. Karriem Riggins – Alone Together
  25. Christian Scott – Christian aTunde Adjuah
  26. Converge – All We Love We Leave Behind
  27. Breakbot – By Your Side
  28. Chromatics – Kill for Love
  29. fun. – Some Nights
  30. Hot Chip – In Our Heads
  31. Cat Power – Sun
  32. The xx – Coexist
  33. Elle Varner – Perfectly Imperfect
  34. Redd Kross – Researching The Blues
  35. Jamey Johnson – Living For a Song. A Tribute To Hank Cochran
  36. Jack White – Blunderbuss
  37. Santigold – Master Of My Make-Believe
  38. Grizzly Bear – Shields
  39. Smashing Pumpkins – Oceania
  40. Kelly Hogan – I Like To Keep Myself In Pain
  41. Off! – Off!
  42. Bobby Womack – The Bravest Man in the Universe
  43. Swans – The Seer
  44. Bat for Lashes – The Haunted Man
  45. The Temper Trap – The Temper Trap
  46. Gravenhurst – The Ghost in Daylight
  47. Bob Mould – Silver Age
  48. The Walkmen – Heaven
  49. Blut Aus Nord – 777: Cosmosophy
  50. Bill Fay – Life is People

Kitty Empire: 10 Best Pop Albums of 2012

Dirty Three - Toward the Low Sun

Kitty Empire: 10 Best Pop Albums of 2012 (as published by The Observer, in no particular order)

  • The xx – Coexist
  • Dirty Three – Toward the Low Sun
  • The 2 Bears – Be Strong
  • Sharon Van Etten – Tramp
  • Bruce Springsteen – Wrecking Ball
  • Leonard Cohen – Old Ideas
  • Jack White – Blunderbuss
  • Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
  • Plan B – Ill Manors
  • Grizzly Bear – Shields