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: January, 2013

Frontier Psychiatrist: Top 50 Albums of 2012

Frank Ocean - Channel Orange

Frontier Psychiatrist: Top 50 Albums of 2012

  1. Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
  2. 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
  3. Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d city
  4. Ty Segall – Slaughterhouse
  5. [tie] Ty Segall – Twins
  6. Cloud Nothings – Attack on Memory
  7. Grizzly Bear – Shields
  8. Sharon Van Etten – Tramp
  9. Flying Lotus – Until the Quiet Comes
  10. Tame Impala – Lonerism
  11. Dirty Projectors – Swing Lo Magellan
  12. Andrew Bird – Hands of Glory
  13. [tie] Andrew Bird – Break It Yourself
  14. Animal Collective – Centipede Hz
  15. Killer Mike – R.A.P. Music
  16. The Men – Open Your Heart
  17. Liars – WIXIW
  18. Spiritualized – Sweet Heart, Sweet Light
  19. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
  20. Swans – The Seer
  21. Schoolboy Q – Habits & Contradictions
  22. Twin Shadow – Confess
  23. Action Bronson & Party Supplies – Blue Chips
  24. Punch Brothers – Who’s Feeling Young Now?
  25. Japandroids – Celebration Rock
  26. Lower Dens – Nootropics
  27. Grimes – Visions
  28. Lana del Rey – Born to Die
  29. Dan Deacon – America
  30. Anaïs Mitchell – Young Man in America
  31. Chromatics – Kill for Love
  32. Jessie Ware – Devotion
  33. A.C. Newman – Shut Down the Streets
  34. Sufjan Stevens – Silver & Gold
  35. Ed Schrader’s Music Beat – Jazz Mind
  36. High on Fire – De Vermis Mysteriis
  37. BBU – bell hooks
  38. Titus Andronicus – Local Business
  39. Spider Bags – Shake My Head
  40. The Menzingers – On The Impossible Past
  41. Django Django – Django Django
  42. Miguel – Kaleidoscope Dream
  43. The xx – Coexist
  44. Dr. John – Locked Down
  45. Purity Ring – Shrines
  46. Miike Snow – Happy To You
  47. Daughn Gibson – All Hell
  48. El-P – Cancer 4 Cure
  49. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Mature Themes
  50. Thee Oh Sees – Putrifiers II
  51. Andy Stott – Luxury Problems
  52. Netherfriends – Middle America

Michael Robbins: 7 Best Small-Press Poetry Books of 2012

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Michael Robbins: 7 Best Small-Press Poetry Books of 2012 (as published by The Chicago Tribune)

  • Fragile Acts – Allan Peterson
  • Thunderbird – Dorothea Lasky
  • I Am Your Slave Now Do What I Say – Anthony Madrid
  • Snowflake / different streets – Eileen Myles
  • Balloon Pop Outlaw Black – Patricia Lockwood
  • Meat Heart – Melissa Broder
  • Madame X – Darcie Dennigan

Frontier Psychiatrist: Top 18 Poetry Books of 2012

The Collected Writings of Joe Brainard

Frontier Psychiatrist: Top 18 Poetry Books of 2012

  1. The Collected Writings of Joe Brainard – Joe Brainard
  2. A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon: New (Soma)tics – CAConrad
  3. Bean Spasms – Ted Berrigan & Ron Padgett
  4. Enduring Freedom – Laura Mullen
  5. Snowflake / different streets – Eileen Myles
  6. Flowering Mall – Brandon Brown
  7. how to survive a hotel fire – Angela Veronica Wong
  8. The Emily Dicknson Reader: An English-to-English Translation of Emily Dickinson’s Complete Poems – Paul Legault
  9. Partyknife – Dan Magers
  10. Sonics in Warholia – Megan Volpert

Honorable Mentions

  • Victory – Ben Kopel
  • A Real Time of It – Sally Delehant
  • cloudfang :: cakedirt – Daniela Olszewska
  • As Long as Trees Last – Hoa Nguyen
  • The Invention of Glass – Emmanuel Hocquard (translated by Cole Swenson and Rod Smith)
  • Hider Roser – Ben Mirov
  • Desiring Map – Megan Kaminski
  • Vital Pursuits – Evan Glasson

Coldfront: Top 40 Poetry Books of 2012

Engine-Empire

Coldfront: Top 40 Poetry Books of 2012

  1. Engine Empire: Poems – Cathy Park Hong
  2. Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys: Poems – D.A. Powell
  3. Snowflake / different streets – Eileen Myles
  4. Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah – Patricia Smith
  5. Our Andromeda – Brenda Shaughnessy
  6. To Keep Love Blurry – Craig Morgan Teicher
  7. Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations – David Ferry
  8. Nice Weather – Frederick Seidel
  9. Further Adventures in Monochrome – John Yau
  10. Your Invitation to a Modest Breakfast – Hannah Gamble
  11. Bright Brave Phenomena – Amanda Nadelberg
  12. me and Nina – Monica A. Hand
  13. Balloon Pop Outlaw Black – Patricia Lockwood
  14. Gravesend – Cole Swensen
  15. Slow Lightning – Eduardo C. Corral
  16. Meme – Susan Wheeler
  17. Partyknife – Dan Magers
  18. A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon: New (Soma)tics – CAConrad
  19. If I Should Say I Have Hope – Lynn Melnick
  20. Thunderbird – Dorothea Lasky
  21. The Glimmering Room – Cynthia Cruz
  22. ROTC Kills – John Koethe
  23. Grand & Arsenal – Kerri Webster
  24. Sermons and Lectures Both Blank and Relentless – Matt Hart
  25. China Cowboy – Kim Gek Lin Short
  26. Fjords, Vol. 1 – Zachary Schomburg
  27. Vanitas, Rough – Lisa Russ Spaar
  28. Mother Was a Tragic Girl – Sandra Simonds
  29. Exit, Civilian – Idra Novey
  30. The Fact of the Matter – Sally Keith
  31. Madame X – Darcie Dennigan
  32. Victory – Ben Kopel
  33. The Ground – Rowan Ricardo Phillips
  34. Quick Question – John Ashbery
  35. Robinson Alone – Kathleen Rooney
  36. Charms Against Lightning – James Arthur
  37. how to survive a hotel fire – Angela Veronica Wong
  38. The Game of Boxes – Catherine Barnett
  39. Hider Roser – Ben Mirov
  40. I Live in a Hut – S.E. Smith

Publishers Weekly: 5 Best Poetry Books of 2012

Collected-Poems-of-Lucille-Clifton

Publishers Weekly: 5 Best Poetry Books of 2012

  1. The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton 1965-2010 – Lucille Clifton
  2. Slow Lightning – Eduardo C. Corral
  3. Place – Jorie Graham
  4. Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys: Poems – D.A. Powell
  5. Animal Eye – Paisley Rekdal

Jonathan Rosenbaum: Top 10 Films of 2012

The-Turin-Horse

Jonathan Rosenbaum: Top 10 Films of 2012 (as submitted to the Indiewire poll)

  1. The Turin Horse – Béla Tarr
  2. The Forgotten Space – Allan Sekula and Noël Burch
  3. Bernie – Richard Linklater
  4. The Hunter – Rafi Pitts
  5. The Kid with a Bike – Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  6. Unforgivable – André Téchiné
  7. Holy Motors – Leos Carax
  8. Moonrise Kingdom – Wes Anderson
  9. The Deep Blue Sea – Terence Davies
  10. Gerhard Richter Painting – Corinna Belz

As Submitted to the Village Voice Poll

  1. The Turin Horse – Béla Tarr
  2. Bernie – Richard Linklater
  3. The Forgotten Space – Allan Sekula and Noël Burch
  4. The Kid with a Bike – Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  5. Far from Afghanistan – John Gianvito, Travis Wilkerson, Jon Jost, Minda Martin, and Soon-Mi Yoo
  6. Holy Motors – Leos Carax
  7. Unforgivable – André Téchiné
  8. Moonrise Kingdom – Wes Anderson
  9. Keyhole – Guy Maddin
  10. The Deep Blue Sea – Terence Davies

David Thomson: 5 Best Movies of 2012

Amour - Michael Haneke

David Thomson: 5 Best Movies of 2012 (as extracted from his review of Amour in The New Republic)

  1. Amour – Michael Haneke

Also Suggested

  • The Loneliest Planet – Julia Loktev
  • Lincoln – Steven Spielberg
  • Dream of a Life – Carol Morley
  • Oslo, August 31st – Joachim Trier

Jaime Christley: 15 Favorite Films of 2012

The-Unspeakable-Act

Jaime Christley: 15 Favorite Films of 2012

  1. The Unspeakable Act – Dan Sallitt
  2. Like Someone in Love – Abbas Kiarostami
  3. Moonrise Kingdom – Wes Anderson
  4. Flight – Robert Zemeckis
  5. Apologize [video] – Louis C.K.
  6. Looper – Rian Johnson
  7. Resident Evil: Retribution – Paul W.S. Anderson
  8. Passion – Brian De Palma
  9. Not Fade Away – David Chase
  10. Cloud Atlas – Lana & Andy Wachowski and Tom Tykwer
  11. You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet – Alain Resnais
  12. Prometheus – Ridley Scott
  13. The Last Time I Saw Macao – João Pedro Rodrigues and João Rui Guerra da Mata
  14. No – Pablo Larraín
  15. Django Unchained – Quentin Tarantino

Steven D. Greydanus: Top 30 Films of 2012

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Steven D. Greydanus: Top 30 Films of 2012 (as published by The National Catholic Register)

10 Films that Stood Out

  1. The Kid with a Bike – Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  2. Barbara – Christian Petzold
  3. Argo – Ben Affleck
  4. The Avengers – Joss Whedon
  5. The Secret World of Arrietty – Hiromasa Yonebayashi
  6. Lincoln – Steven Spielberg
  7. Damsels In Distress – Whit Stillman
  8. Planet of Snail – Yi Seung-jun
  9. I Wish – Hirokazu Koreeda
  10. Anna Karenina – Joe Wright

10 Runners-Up (in alphabetical order)

  • Beasts of the Southern Wild – Benh Zeitlin
  • Brave – Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman
  • The Dark Knight Rises – Christopher Nolan
  • Elena – Andrey Zvyagintsev
  • Jiro Dreams of Sushi – David Gelb
  • Les Misérables – Tom Hooper
  • Moonrise Kingdom – Wes Anderson
  • The Queen of Versailles – Lauren Greenfield
  • Skyfall – Sam Mendes
  • Zero Dark Thirty – Kathryn Bigelow

Honorable Mention

  • Arbitrage – Nicholas Jarecki
  • A Cat in Paris – Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol
  • First Position – Bess Kargman
  • For Greater Glory – Dean Wright
  • Frankenweenie – Tim Burton
  • The Impossible – Juan Antonio Bayona
  • Monsieur Lazhar – Philippe Falardeua
  • The Pirates! Band of Misfits – Peter Lord and Jeff Newitt
  • Ruby Sparks – Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris
  • The Turin Horse – Béla Tarr

Michael Sicinski: Top 12 Films of 2012

Holy Motors

Michael Sicinski: Top 12 Films of 2012 (limited to “poll-eligible” films)

  1. Holy Motors – Leos Carax
  2. Almayer’s Folly – Chantal Akerman
  3. Elena – Andrey Zvyagintsev
  4. Moonrise Kingdom – Wes Anderson
  5. Keyhole – Guy Maddin
  6. This is Not a Film – Jafar Panahi & Mojtaba Mirtahmasb
  7. Keep the Lights On – Ira Sachs
  8. Two Years at Sea – Ben Rivers
  9. Let the Bullets Fly – Jiang Wen
  10. The Day He Arrives – Hong Sang-soo
  11. [tie] In Another Country – Hong Sang-soo
  12. [tie] Oki’s Movie – Hong Sang-soo