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, 2014

Cokemachineglow: 10 Albums We Loved Most in 2014

Thirst 48 - Boogie

Cokemachineglow assembles a variety of ways to find some of the music their staff loved most this year. Below are the albums labeled “Unison” — representing the staff as a whole — but browse also their “Harmony” of individual voices.

  • Shabazz Palaces – Lese Majesty
  • FKA twigs – LP1
  • Sharon Van Etten – Are We There
  • Hundred Waters – The Moon Rang Like a Bell
  • Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 2
  • Boogie – Thirst 48
  • Swans – To Be Kind
  • Flying Lotus – You’re Dead!
  • Adult Jazz – Gist Is
  • Ian William Craig – A Turn Of Breath

Darren Hughes: 10 Favorite Films of 2014

The Immigrant

Darren Hughes: 10 Favorite Films of 2014 (as published at his site, Long Pauses, where he also has lists of favorite unreleased films, experimental shorts, and discoveries)

  1. The Immigrant – James Gray
  2. The Strange Little Cat – Ramon Zürcher
  3. Jealousy – Philippe Garrel
  4. What Now? Remind Me – Joaquim Pinto
  5. Norte, the End of History – Lav Diaz
  6. Goodbye to Language 3D – Jean-Luc Godard
  7. Night Moves – Kelly Reichardt
  8. Stray Dogs – Tsai Ming-liang
  9. The Last of the Unjust – Claude Lanzmann
  10. Closed Curtain – Kambuzia Partovi and Jafar Panahi

Complex: 50 Best Albums of 2014

Run the Jewels 2

Complex: 50 Best Albums of 2014

  1. Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 2
  2. YG – My Krazy Life
  3. Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence
  4. J. Cole – 2014 Forest Hills Drive
  5. D’Angelo – Black Messiah
  6. Travi$ Scott – Days Before Rodeo
  7. Ariana Grande – My Everything
  8. Taylor Swift – 1989
  9. Caribou – Our Love
  10. FKA twigs – LP1
  11. Popcaan – Where We Come From
  12. Rich Gang – Tha Tour Part 1
  13. Vince Staples – Hell Can Wait
  14. Nicki Minaj – The Pinkprint
  15. Azealia Banks – Broke With Expensive Taste
  16. Boosie Badazz – Life After Deathrow
  17. Trey Songz – Trigga
  18. Jeremih & Shlohmo – No More
  19. Jeezy – Seen It All: The Autobiography
  20. Perfume Genius – Too Bright
  21. Gangsta Boo & Beatking – Underground Cassette Tap Music
  22. St. Vincent – St. Vincent
  23. Big K.R.I.T. – Cadillactica
  24. Sam Smith – In the Lonely Hour
  25. ScHoolboy Q – Oxymoron
  26. Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness
  27. Jessie Ware – Tough Love
  28. Kehlani – Cloud 19
  29. Ty Dolla $ign – Sign Language
  30. Isaiah Rashad – Cilvia Demo
  31. PARTYNEXTDOOR – PARTYNEXTDOOR TWO
  32. Charli XCX – SUCKER
  33. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Piñata
  34. Lecrae – Anomaly
  35. Ed Sheeran – X
  36. Lykke Li – I Never Learn
  37. Pharrell Williams – GIRL
  38. Cozz – Cozz & Effect
  39. A$AP Ferg – Ferg Forever
  40. Real Estate – Atlas
  41. Lucki Eck$ – Body High
  42. Migos – No Label II
  43. Arca – Xen
  44. Omarion – Sex Playlist
  45. Logic – Under Pressure
  46. King Louie – Tony
  47. various artists – Shady XV
  48. Tinashe – Aquarius
  49. Low Pros – EP 1
  50. Riff Raff – Neon Icon

Steve Erickson: 20 Best Films of 2014

Boyhood

Steve Erickson: 20 Best Films of 2014 (as published by Gay City News)

  1. Boyhood – Richard Linklater
  2. What Now? Remind Me – Joaquim Pinto
  3. Night Moves – Kelly Reichardt
  4. Actress – Robert Greene
  5. Stray Dogs – Tsai Ming-liang
  6. The King of Escape – Alain Guiraudie
  7. Goodbye to Language 3D – Jean-Luc Godard
  8. The Immigrant – James Gray
  9. Nightcrawler – Dan Gilroy
  10. Selma – Ava DuVernay

Runners-up (alphabetically)

  • The Babadook – Jennifer Kent
  • Beyond the Lights – Gina Prince-Bythewood
  • The Dog – Allison Berg, Frank Keraudren
  • John Wick – Chad Stahelski
  • The Naked Room – Nuria Ibañez
  • National Gallery – Frederick Wiseman
  • Two Days, One Night – Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  • Under the Skin – Jonathan Glazer
  • Vic + Flo Saw a Bear – Denis Côté
  • We Are Mari Pepa – Samuel Kishi Leopo

Brian Darr: 10 Best Feature Films of 2014

Goodbye to Language - Jean-Luc Godard

Brian Darr: 10 Best Feature Films of 2014 (as published by Fandor’s Keyframe blog). See also this list of documentaries.

  1. Goodbye to Language 3D – Jean-Luc Godard
  2. Citizenfour – Laura Poitras
  3. Interstellar – Christopher Nolan
  4. Vic + Flo Saw a Bear – Denis Côté
  5. The Immigrant – James Gray
  6. Abuse of Weakness – Catherine Breillat
  7. The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson
  8. The Dance of Reality – Alejandro Jodorowsky
  9. MANAKAMANA – Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez
  10. Stray Dogs – Tsai Ming-liang

Pretty Much Amazing: 60 Best Albums of 2014

Beyoncé

Pretty Much Amazing: 60 Best Albums of 2014

  1. Beyoncé – Beyoncé
  2. The War on Drugs – Lost in the Dream
  3. St. Vincent – St. Vincent
  4. Sun Kil Moon – Benji
  5. Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 2
  6. FKA twigs – LP1
  7. Perfume Genius – Too Bright
  8. Swans – To Be Kind
  9. Aphex Twin – Syro
  10. Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence
  11. Sharon Van Etten – Are We There
  12. Flying Lotus – You’re Dead!
  13. Spoon – They Want My Soul
  14. Mac DeMarco – Salad Days
  15. Todd Terje – It’s Album Time
  16. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Piñata
  17. Taylor Swift – 1989
  18. Shabazz Palaces – Lese Majesty
  19. Iceage – Plowing Into the Field of Love
  20. Wild Beasts – Present Tense
  21. Future Islands – Singles
  22. Cloud Nothings – Here and Nowhere Else
  23. Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness
  24. Tune-Yards – Nikki Nack
  25. Mr Twin Sister – Mr Twin Sister
  26. The Antlers – Familiars
  27. Ty Segall – Manipulator
  28. Ought – More Than Any Other Day
  29. Neneh Cherry – Blank Project
  30. Beck – Morning Phase
  31. Strand of Oaks – HEAL
  32. Owen Pallett – In Conflict
  33. Ben Frost – A U R O R A
  34. How to Dress Well – “What Is This Heart?”
  35. Parquet Courts – Sunbathing Animal
  36. Grouper – Ruins
  37. Caribou – Our Love
  38. Azealia Banks – Broke With Expensive Taste
  39. BADBADNOTGOOD – III
  40. Against Me! – Transgender Dysphoria Blues
  41. Röyksopp & Robyn – Do It Again
  42. White Lung – Deep Fantasy
  43. Real Estate – Atlas
  44. Hundred Waters – The Moon Rang Like a Bell
  45. Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra – Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light on Everything
  46. Shamir – Northtown – EP
  47. The New Pornographers – Brill Bruisers
  48. – No Mythologies to Follow
  49. Ariel Pink – Pom Pom
  50. Sia – 1000 Forms of Fear
  51. RATKING – So It Goes
  52. Liars – Mess
  53. YG – My Krazy Life
  54. Perfect Pussy – Say Yes To Love
  55. Death from Above 1979 – The Physical World
  56. Ariana Grande – My Everything
  57. Lykke Li – I Never Learn
  58. Trust – Joyland
  59. Chromeo – White Women
  60. ScHoolboy Q – Oxymoron

Wesley Morris: Top 30 Movies of 2014

Norte, the End of History

Wesley Morris: Top 30 Movies of 2014 (as published by Grantland)

  1. Norte, the End of History – Lav Diaz
  2. Selma – Ava DuVernay
  3. Citizenfour – Laura Poitras
  4. Land Ho! – Martha Stephens & Aaron Katz
  5. Inherent Vice – Paul Thomas Anderson
  6. Edge of Tomorrow – Doug Liman
  7. Whiplash – Damien Chazelle
  8. The Babadook – Jennifer Kent
  9. Nymphomaniac – Lars von Trier
  10. Stranger by the Lake – Alain Guiraudie

20 more that easily could be one of the 10

  • Actress – Robert Greene
  • Birdman – Alejandro G. Iñárritu
  • Bird People – Pascale Ferran
  • Boyhood – Richard Linklater
  • Dear White People – Justin Simien
  • The Double – Richard Ayoade
  • Ida – Pawel Pawlikowski
  • The Last of the Unjust – Claude Lanzmann
  • Love is Strange – Ira Sachs
  • MANAKAMANA – Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez
  • Mr. Turner – Mike Leigh
  • National Gallery – Frederick Wiseman
  • Non-Stop – Jaume Collet-Serra
  • The Overnighters – Jesse Moss
  • Pride – Matthew Warchus
  • The Raid 2 – Gareth Evans
  • Snowpiercer – Bong Joon-ho
  • Two Days, One Night – Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  • Under the Skin – Jonathan Glazer
  • Wild – Jean-Marc Vallée

Michael Phillips: 30 Best Movies of 2014

Boyhood

Michael Phillips: 30 Best Movies of 2014 (as published by The Chicago Tribune)

  1. Boyhood – Richard Linklater
  2. The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson
  3. Winter Sleep – Nuri Bilge Ceylan
  4. Whiplash – Damien Chazelle
  5. The Lego Movie – Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
  6. Listen Up Philip – Alex Ross Perry
  7. Force Majeure – Ruben Östlund
  8. Mr. Turner – Mike Leigh
  9. Dear White People – Justin Simien
  10. Heaven Knows What – Josh & Benny Safdie

Nos. 11-30 (in alphabetical order)

  • The Babadook – Jennifer Kent
  • Black Box – Stephen Cone
  • Finding Vivian Maier – John Maloof & Charlie Siskel
  • Frank – Lenny Abrahamson
  • Get on Up – Tate Taylor
  • Goodbye to Language 3D – Jean-Luc Godard
  • Ida – Pawel Pawlikowski
  • Inherent Vice – Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Le Week-End – Roger Michell
  • Life Itself – Steve James
  • Love is Strange – Ira Sachs
  • Low Down – Jeff Preiss
  • The Missing Picture – Rithy Panh
  • National Gallery – Frederick Wiseman
  • Obvious Child – Gillian Robespierre
  • The Overnighters – Jesse Moss
  • Selma – Ava DuVernay
  • Snowpiercer – Bong Joon-ho
  • The Tribe – Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy
  • Under the Skin – Jonathan Glazer

Dana Stevens: Top 20 Movies of 2014

The Missing Picture - Rithy Panh

Dana Stevens: Top 20 Movies of 2014 (as published by Slate)

Top Ten, in alphabetical order

  • The Babadook – Jennifer Kent
  • Boyhood – Richard Linklater
  • Force Majeure – Ruben Östlund
  • Gone Girl – David Fincher
  • Ida – Pawel Pawlikowski
  • The Lego Movie – Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
  • Mr. Turner – Mike Leigh
  • The Missing Picture – Rithy Panh
  • Selma – Ava DuVernay
  • We Are the Best! – Lukas Moodysson

10 Runners-Up (alphabetically)

  • Blue Ruin – Jeremy Saulnier
  • Child’s Pose – Calin Peter Netzer
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson
  • Happy Valley – Amir Bar-Lev
  • Life Itself – Steve James
  • Locke – Steven Knight
  • Night Moves – Kelly Reichardt
  • Obvious Child – Gillian Robespierre
  • Only Lovers Left Alive – Jim Jarmusch
  • Snowpiercer – Bong Joon-ho

Andrew O’Hehir: 21 Best Movies of 2014

Boyhood

Andrew O’Hehir: 21 Best Movies of 2014 (as published by Salon)

  1. Boyhood – Richard Linklater
  2. Leviathan – Andrey Zvyagintsev
  3. Inherent Vice – Paul Thomas Anderson
  4. Winter Sleep – Nuri Bilge Ceylan
  5. The Homesman – Tommy Lee Jones
  6. Under the Skin – Jonathan Glazer
  7. Snowpiercer – Bong Joon-ho
  8. The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson
  9. The Immigrant – James Gray
  10. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night – Ana Lily Amirpour
  11. 20,000 Days On Earth – Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard

Honorable Mention (in alphabetical order)

  • Birdman – Alejandro G. Iñárritu
  • Citizenfour – Laura Poitras
  • Concerning Violence – Göran Olsson
  • Force Majeure – Ruben Östlund
  • Goodbye to Language 3D – Jean-Luc Godard
  • Love is Strange – Ira Sachs
  • Mr. Turner – Mike Leigh
  • The Overnighters – Jesse Moss
  • Selma – Ava DuVernay
  • Whiplash – Damien Chazelle