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, 2016

Michael Phillips: 10 Best Movies of 2015

Spotlight - Tom McCarthy

Michael Phillips: 10 Best Movies of 2015 (as published by The Chicago Tribune)

  1. Spotlight – Tom McCarthy
  2. Anomalisa – Charlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson
  3. Love & Mercy – Bill Pohlad
  4. The Diary of a Teenage Girl – Marielle Heller
  5. Son of Saul – László Nemes
  6. Carol – Todd Haynes
  7. Beasts of No Nation – Cary Joji Fukunaga
  8. Creed – Ryan Coogler
  9. Heart of a Dog – Laurie Anderson
  10. Tangerine – Sean Baker

Diffuser: 50 Best Albums of 2015

Diffuser: 50 Best Albums of 2015

  1. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell
  2. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
  3. Grimes – Art Angels
  4. Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear
  5. Tame Impala – Currents
  6. Sleater-Kinney – No Cities To Love
  7. Destroyer – Poison Season
  8. Ryan Adams – 1989
  9. Beach House – Depression Cherry
  10. Jason Isbell – Something More Than Free
  11. Blur – The Magic Whip
  12. Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
  13. Panda Bear – Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper
  14. Björk – Vulnicura
  15. Titus Andronicus – The Most Lamentable Tragedy
  16. Joanna Newsom – Divers
  17. Deafheaven – New Bermuda
  18. Jamie xx – In Colour
  19. Oneohtrix Point Never – Garden of Delete
  20. Wilco – Star Wars
  21. Natalie Prass – Natalie Prass
  22. Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment – Surf
  23. My Morning Jacket – The Waterfall
  24. Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color
  25. Deerhunter – Fading Frontier
  26. Punch Brothers – The Phosphorescent Blues
  27. Lower Dens – Escape From Evil
  28. Faith No More – Sol Invictus
  29. Mount Eerie – Sauna
  30. Torres – Sprinter
  31. Mew – + –
  32. Baroness – Purple
  33. FIDLAR – Too
  34. The Mountain Goats – Beat the Champ
  35. Florence + The Machine – How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
  36. Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Style
  37. Laura Marling – Short Movie
  38. Wavves – V
  39. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love
  40. Lana Del Rey – Honeymoon
  41. Ratatat – Magnifique
  42. Muse – Drones
  43. Chvrches – Every Open Eye
  44. Speedy Ortiz – Foil Deer
  45. Kurt Vile – B’lieve I’m Goin Down…
  46. Beach House – Thank Your Lucky Stars
  47. The Decemberists – What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World
  48. METZ – II
  49. Mumford & Sons – Wilder Mind
  50. The Arcs – Yours, Dreamily

Nick Schager: 10 Best Films of 2015

Nick Schager: 10 Best Films of 2015, as published by Variety and submitted to the Village Voice poll

  1. Mad Max: Fury Road – George Miller
  2. The Look of Silence – Joshua Oppenheimer
  3. Phoenix – Christian Petzold
  4. Brooklyn – John Crowley
  5. The Assassin – Hou Hsiao-Hsien
  6. Hard to Be a God – Aleksey German
  7. Spotlight – Tom McCarthy
  8. Slow West – John Maclean
  9. James White – Josh Mond
  10. Bone Tomahawk – S. Craig Zahler

Elizabeth Lund: 5 Best Poetry Collections of 2015

Elizabeth Lund: 5 Best Poetry Collections of 2015 (as published by The Washington Post)

  • Application for Release from the Dream – Tony Hoagland
  • The Emperor of Water Clocks – Yusef Komunyakaa
  • Heaven – Rowan Ricardo Phillips
  • Notes on the Assemblage – Juan Felipe Herrera
  • Scattered at Sea – Amy Gerstler

Brain Pickings: 15 Best Books of 2015

Brain Pickings: 15 Best Books of 2015. (This general list of books is filed under 2015 Books instead of 2015 Poetry, but it includes a few books that are by or about poets.)

  1. On the Move: A Life – Oliver Sacks
  2. H Is for Hawk – Helen Macdonald
  3. Consolations: The Solace, Nourishment and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words – David Whyte
  4. M Train – Patti Smith
  5. The Light of the World: A Memoir – Elizabeth Alexander
  6. Ongoingness: The End of a Diary – Sarah Manguso
  7. Felicity: Poems – Mary Oliver
  8. The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer – Sydney Padua
  9. Rising Strong – Brené Brown
  10. Enormous Smallness: A Story of E. E. Cummings – Matthew Burgess
  11. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear – Elizabeth Gilbert
  12. Negroland: A Memoir – Margo Jefferson
  13. Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs: The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe – Lisa Randall
  14. Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not to Have Kids – Meghan Daum
  15. Hurry Up and Wait – Maira Kalman and Daniel Handler

Nictate: 15 Favorite Films of 2015

Clouds of Sils Maria - Olivier Assayas

Nictate: 15 Favorite Films of 2015 (as posted to Letterboxd)

  1. Clouds of Sils Maria – Olivier Assayas
  2. Phoenix – Christian Petzold
  3. The Mend – John Magary
  4. Mad Max: Fury Road – George Miller
  5. Amour fou – Jessica Hausner
  6. Irrational Man – Woody Allen
  7. Mustang – Deniz Gamze Ergüven
  8. Results – Andrew Bujalski
  9. If You Don’t, I Will – Sophie Fillières
  10. Tangerine – Sean Baker
  11. Appropriate Behavior – Desiree Akhavan
  12. Fort Tilden – Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers
  13. Chi-Raq – Spike Lee
  14. 45 Years – Andrew Haigh
  15. The Thoughts That Once We Had – Thom Andersen

Paste: 50 Best Movies of 2015

Paste Magazine: 50 Best Movies of 2015

  1. Chi-Raq – Spike Lee
  2. Cartel Land – Matthew Heineman
  3. The Tribe – Miroslav Slaboshpitsky
  4. White God – Kornél Mundruczó
  5. Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem – Ronit Elkabetz and Shlomi Elkabetz
  6. The End of the Tour – James Ponsoldt
  7. Anomalisa – Charlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson
  8. Time Out of Mind – Oren Moverman
  9. Mad Max: Fury Road – George Miller
  10. Mistress America – Noah Baumbach
  11. Experimenter – Michael Almereyda
  12. Eden – Mia Hansen-Løve
  13. Phoenix – Christian Petzold
  14. Heart of a Dog – Laurie Anderson
  15. Iris – Albert Maysles
  16. The Hateful Eight – Quentin Tarantino
  17. Love & Mercy – Bill Pohlad
  18. Janis: Little Girl Blue – Amy Berg
  19. The Assassin – Hou Hsiao-Hsien
  20. Mississippi Grind – Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden
  21. Seymour: An Introduction – Ethan Hawke
  22. Son of Saul – László Nemes
  23. Inside Out – Pete Docter
  24. Western – Bill Ross
  25. Hard to Be a God – Aleksey German
  26. James White – Josh Mond
  27. Spotlight – Tom McCarthy
  28. Ex Machina – Alex Garland
  29. Amy – Asif Kapadia
  30. Star Wars: The Force Awakens – J.J. Abrams
  31. I’ll See You in My Dreams – Brett Haley
  32. Beasts of No Nation – Cary Joji Fukunaga
  33. Room – Lenny Abrahamson
  34. The Mend – John Magary
  35. Brand: A Second Coming – Ondi Timoner
  36. It Follows – David Robert Mitchell
  37. While We’re Young – Noah Baumbach
  38. (T)ERROR – Lyric R. Cabral and David Felix Sutcliffe
  39. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation – Christopher McQuarrie
  40. The Big Short – Adam McKay
  41. Listen to Me Marlon – Stevan Riley
  42. Timbuktu – Abderrahmane Sissako
  43. ’71 – Yann Demange
  44. Trainwreck – Judd Apatow
  45. Sicario – Denis Villeneuve
  46. The Revenant – Alejandro González Iñárritu
  47. The New Girlfriend – François Ozon
  48. Results – Andrew Bujalski
  49. Dope – Rick Famuyiwa
  50. Tangerine – Sean Baker

Dennis Cooper: 31 Favorite Albums of 2015

Hide before Dinner - F Ingers

Dennis Cooper: 31 Favorite Albums of 2015 (“in no order”)

  • F Ingers – Hide before Dinner
  • Sunn O))) – Kannon
  • Oneohtrix Point Never – Garden of Delete
  • Chelsea Wolfe – Abyss
  • Helena Hauff – Discreet Desires
  • Dalglish – Oidhche
  • RSS Boys – Hddn
  • Death Grips – The Powers That B
  • Blanck Mass – Dumb Flesh
  • Locrian – Infinite Dissolution
  • Years of Abuse – The Social Order
  • Alex G – Beach Music
  • Deerhunter – Fading Frontier
  • Wire – Wire
  • John Wiese – Deviate From Balance
  • Sauna Youth – Distractions
  • Prurient – Frozen Niagara Falls
  • Deafheaven – New Bermuda
  • Ricked Wicky – King Heavy Metal
  • The Inward Circles – Belated Movements for an Unsanctioned Exhumation August 1st 1984
  • Thomas Brinkmann – What You Hear (Is What You Hear)
  • Secret Circuit – Cosmic Vibrations
  • Holly Herndon – Platform
  • William Basinski – Cascade
  • Container – LP
  • Thee Oh Sees – Mutilator Defeated At Last
  • Loke Rahbek & Puce Mary – The Female Form
  • Dr. Yen Lo – Days With Dr. Yen Lo
  • Robert Pollard – Faulty Superheroes
  • Katie Dey – asdfasdf
  • Shit & Shine – 54 Synth-Brass, 38 Metal Guitar, 65 Cathedral