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, 2016

Michael Sicinski: Top 10 Films of 2016

Cemetery of Splendour - Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Michael Sicinski: Top 10 Films of 2016 (limited to “poll-eligible” films)

  1. Cemetery of Splendour – Apichatpong Weerasethakul
  2. Aquarius – Kleber Mendonça Filho
  3. Toni Erdmann – Maren Ade
  4. Homo sapiens – Nikolaus Geyrhalter
  5. Right Now, Wrong Then – Hong Sang-soo
  6. Cameraperson – Kirsten Johnson
  7. The Love Witch – Anna Biller
  8. The Fits – Anna Rose Holmer
  9. Moonlight – Barry Jenkins
  10. Love & Friendship – Whit Stillman

Slant: 25 Best TV Shows of 2016

Slant Magazine: 25 Best TV Shows of 2016

  1. Atlanta
  2. The Americans
  3. BoJack Horseman
  4. The Girlfriend Experience
  5. Silicon Valley
  6. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  7. Horace and Pete
  8. Better Call Saul
  9. Transparent
  10. The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
  11. High Maintenance
  12. Black Mirror
  13. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
  14. Girls
  15. American Crime
  16. The Night Of
  17. Broad City
  18. Easy
  19. South Park
  20. American Horror Story: Roanoke
  21. Jane the Virgin
  22. Bob’s Burgers
  23. Insecure
  24. Happy Valley
  25. Orange Is the New Black

Shelly Kraicer: 12 Best Films of 2016

Shelly Kraicer: 12 Best Films of 2016

  • The Dreamed Path – Angela Schanelec
  • The Summer is Gone – Zhang Dalei
  • Small Talk – Huang Hui-chen [pictured]
  • Kaili Blues – Bi Gan
  • People That Are Not Me – Hadas Ben Aroya
  • The Wasted Times – Cheng Er
  • By the Time It Gets Dark – Anocha Suwichakornpong
  • Crosscurrent – Yang Chao
  • Toni Erdmann – Maren Ade
  • Singularity – Albert Serra
  • Lemonade – Beyoncé Knowles Carter and Kahlil Joseph with Jonas Åkerlund, Melina Matsoukas, Dikayl Rimmasch, Mark Romanek and Tod Tourso
  • Sieranevada – Cristi Puiu

Library Journal: 5 Best Poetry Books of 2016

House of Lords and Commons - Ishion Hutchinson

Library Journal: 5 Best Poetry Books of 2016

  1. House of Lords and Commons – Ishion Hutchinson
  2. Olio – Tyehimba Jess
  3. Incidents of Travel in Poetry: New and Selected Poems – Frank Lima
  4. ShallCross – C.D. Wright
  5. Night Sky With Exit Wounds – Ocean Vuong

Library Journal: 10 Best Books of 2016

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City - Matthew Desmond

Library Journal: 10 Best Books of 2016

  1. Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City – Matthew Desmond
  2. In the Darkroom – Susan Faludi
  3. The Nix – Nathan Hill
  4. To the Bright Edge of the World: A Novel – Eowyn Ivey
  5. The Gene: An Intimate History – Siddhartha Mukherjee
  6. Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America – Patrick Phillips
  7. While the City Slept: A Love Lost to Violence and a Young Man’s Descent into Madness – Eli Sanders
  8. American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst – Jeffrey Toobin
  9. All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation – Rebecca Traister
  10. The Underground Railroad – Colson Whitehead

Dana Stevens: Top 15 Movies of 2016

The Edge of Seventeen - Kelly Fremon Craig

Dana Stevens: Top 15 Movies of 2016 (as published by Slate)

1-10, in chronological order

  • Krisha – Trey Edward Shults
  • Notfilm – Ross Lipman
  • Love & Friendship – Whit Stillman
  • Certain Women – Kelly Reichardt
  • Moonlight – Barry Jenkins
  • Manchester by the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan
  • The Edge of Seventeen – Kelly Fremon Craig [pictured]
  • La La Land – Damien Chazelle
  • Neruda – Pablo Larraín
  • Toni Erdmann – Maren Ade

11-15 Runners-Up, in alphabetical order

  • Finding Dory – Andrew Stanton
  • The Fits – Anna Rose Holmer
  • Hell or High Water – David Mackenzie
  • I Am Not Your Negro – Raoul Peck
  • Silence – Martin Scorsese

Michael Phillips: 20 Best Movies of 2016

Moonlight - Barry Jenkins

Michael Phillips: 20 Best Movies of 2016 (as published by The Chicago Tribune)

  1. Moonlight – Barry Jenkins
  2. La La Land – Damien Chazelle
  3. Manchester by the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan
  4. Toni Erdmann – Maren Ade
  5. O.J.: Made in America – Ezra Edelman
  6. Krisha – Trey Edward Shults
  7. The Witch – Robert Eggers
  8. Hell or High Water – David Mackenzie
  9. Don’t Think Twice – Mike Birbiglia
  10. The Fits – Anna Rose Holmer

11-20 Alphabetically

  • Certain Women – Kelly Reichardt
  • Fences – Denzel Washington
  • The Handmaiden – Park Chan-wook
  • The Illinois Parables – Deborah Stratman
  • The Invitation – Karyn Kusama
  • Little Men – Ira Sachs
  • Love & Friendship – Whit Stillman
  • The Lobster – Yorgos Lanthimos
  • Pete’s Dragon – David Lowery
  • Queen of Katwe – Mira Nair

Drowned in Sound: 16 Favourite Albums of 2016

Drowned in Sound: 16 Favourite Albums of 2016

  1. David Bowie – Blackstar
  2. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree
  3. The 1975 – I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It
  4. Anohni – Hopelessness
  5. Amber Arcades – Fading Lines
  6. Preoccupations – Preoccupations
  7. Angel Olsen – My Woman
  8. Frank Ocean – Blonde
  9. Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
  10. Suede – Night Thoughts
  11. Jenny Hval – Blood Bitch
  12. Beyoncé – Lemonade
  13. School of Seven Bells – SVIIB
  14. Kate Tempest – Let Them Eat Chaos
  15. Danny Brown – Atrocity Exhibition
  16. Martha – Blisters In the Pit of My Heart

Steve Erickson: 20 Best Films of 2016

Toni Erdmann - Maren Ade

Steve Erickson: 20 Best Films of 2016 (as published by Gay City News)

  1. Toni Erdmann – Maren Ade
  2. Moonlight – Barry Jenkins
  3. No Home Movie – Chantal Akerman
  4. ‘Til Madness Do Us Part – Wang Bing
  5. Right Now, Wrong Then – Hong Sang-soo
  6. Certain Women – Kelly Reichardt
  7. Elle – Paul Verhoeven
  8. Things to Come – Mia Hansen-Løve
  9. I Am Not Your Negro – Raoul Peck
  10. The Mermaid – Stephen Chow

Runners-up (alphabetically)

  • 10 Cloverfield Lane – Dan Trachtenberg
  • 13th – Ava DuVernay
  • Arrival – Denis Villeneuve
  • The Handmaiden – Park Chan-wook
  • Little Men – Ira Sachs
  • The Lobster – Yorgos Lanthimos
  • Neither Heaven Nor Earth – Clément Cogitore
  • Notfilm – Ross Lipman
  • Pervert Park – Frida and Lasse Barkfors
  • The Witness – James D. Solomon

Magnet: Top 25 Albums of 2016

Magnet Magazine: Top 25 Albums of 2016

  1. Lucy Dacus – No Burden
  2. David Bowie – Blackstar
  3. case/lang/veirs – case/lang/veirs
  4. William Tyler – Modern Country
  5. Goat – Requiem
  6. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree
  7. Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Denial
  8. Lucinda Williams – The Ghosts of Highway 20
  9. Beach Slang – A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings
  10. Dinosaur Jr. – Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not
  11. Drive-By Truckers – American Band
  12. Mitski – Puberty 2
  13. Cass McCombs – Mangy Love
  14. Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
  15. Angel Olsen – My Woman
  16. The Avalanches – Wildflower
  17. Bon Iver – 22, A Million
  18. Parquet Courts – Human Performance
  19. Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam – I Had A Dream That You Were Mine
  20. Bob Mould – Patch the Sky
  21. Wilco – Schmilco
  22. Nada Surf – You Know Who You Are
  23. Bird of Youth – Get Off
  24. Anohni – Hopelessness
  25. Flock of Dimes – If You See Me, Say Yes