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, 2017

David Hudson: Top Ten Films of 2017

A Ghost Story - David Lowery

David Hudson: Top Ten Films of 2017 (as published by Criterion’s The Daily)

  1. A Ghost Story – David Lowery
  2. Western – Valeska Grisebach
  3. Good Time – Ben Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  4. Get Out – Jordan Peele
  5. Let the Sunshine In – Claire Denis
  6. Untitled – Michael Glawogger and Monika Willi
  7. The Day After – Hong Sang-soo
  8. Call Me by Your Name – Luca Guadagnino
  9. The Florida Project – Sean Baker
  10. The Rider – Chloé Zhao

Honorable Mentions

  • My Happy Family – Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Groß
  • The Other Side of Hope – Aki Kaurismäki
  • Lucky – John Carroll Lynch
  • Ana, mon amour – Cãlin Peter Netzer
  • Dunkirk – Christopher Nolan
  • Self-Criticism of a Bourgeois Dog – Julian Radlmaier
  • You Were Never Really Here – Lynne Ramsay
  • Casting – Nicolas Wackerbarth
  • Loveless – Andrey Zvyagintsev

Jordan Hoffman: Top Ten Films of 2017

Jordan Hoffman: Top Ten Films of 2017 (as posted to Twitter)

  1. The Florida Project – Sean Baker
  2. Dawson City: Frozen Time – Bill Morrison
  3. Call Me by Your Name – Luca Guadagnino
  4. mother! – Darren Aronofsky
  5. Long Strange Trip – Amir Bar-Lev
  6. I Called Him Morgan – Kasper Collin
  7. Foxtrot – Samuel Maoz
  8. Raw – Julia Ducournau
  9. Graduation – Cristian Mungiu
  10. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets – Luc Besson

Sophy Romvari: Top Ten Films of 2017

A Quiet Passion - Terence Davies

Sophy Romvari: Top Ten Films of 2017 (as submitted to the annual collection of lists curated by Toronto Film Review)

  1. A Quiet Passion – Terence Davies
  2. The Florida Project – Sean Baker
  3. Song to Song – Terrence Malick
  4. The Rider – Chloé Zhao
  5. Call Me by Your Name – Luca Guadagnino
  6. Milla – Valérie Massadian
  7. First Reformed – Paul Schrader
  8. Manic – Kalina Bertin
  9. Twin Peaks: The Return – David Lynch
  10. Fail to Appear – Antoine Bourges

Honourable Mentions

  • Princess Cyd – Stephen Cone
  • Maison du bonheur – Sofia Bohdanowicz
  • Western – Valeska Grisebach
  • PROTOTYPE – Blake Williams
  • Lover for a Day – Philippe Garrel

Blake Williams: Top 20 Films of 2017

Twin Peaks: The Return - David Lynch

Blake Williams: Top 20 Films of 2017 (as submitted to the annual collection of lists curated by Toronto Film Review)

  1. Twin Peaks: The Return – David Lynch
  2. Delphi Falls – Mary Helena Clark
  3. Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc – Bruno Dumont
  4. Mrs. Hyde – Serge Bozon
  5. Rose Gold – Sara Cwynar
  6. Call Me by Your Name – Luca Guadagnino
  7. Onward Lossless Follows – Michael Robinson
  8. Strangely Ordinary This Devotion – Dani Leventhal and Sheilah Wilson
  9. Big Little Lies – Jean-Marc Vallée
  10. The Wandering Soap Opera – Raoul Ruiz and Valeria Sarmiento
  11. Turtles Are Always Home – Rawane Nassif
  12. Nathan for You: Finding Frances – Nathan Fielder
  13. Faces Places – Agnès Varda and JR
  14. Pumpkin Movie – Sophy Romvari
  15. 24 Frames – Abbas Kiarostami
  16. Pixillation – Anne Charlotte Robertson
  17. Once There Was Brazilia – Adirley Queirós
  18. Idizwadidiz – Isiah Medina
  19. Scaffold – Kazik Radwanski
  20. R-15 – Kevin Jerome Everson

Paste: 50 Best Movies of 2017

Paste Magazine: 50 Best Movies of 2017

  1. Get Out – Jordan Peele
  2. Dunkirk – Christopher Nolan
  3. Lady Bird – Greta Gerwig
  4. Blade Runner 2049 – Denis Villeneuve
  5. A Ghost Story – David Lowery
  6. The Florida Project – Sean Baker
  7. Phantom Thread – Paul Thomas Anderson
  8. Call Me by Your Name – Luca Guadagnino
  9. Raw – Julia Ducournau
  10. The Shape of Water – Guillermo del Toro
  11. Okja – Bong Joon-ho
  12. Personal Shopper – Olivier Assayas
  13. It Comes at Night – Trey Edward Shults
  14. Good Time – Ben Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  15. Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Rian Johnson
  16. The Lost City of Z – James Gray
  17. Thor: Ragnarok – Taika Waititi
  18. mother! – Darren Aronofsky
  19. Wonder Woman – Patty Jenkins
  20. Baby Driver – Edgar Wright
  21. The Killing of a Sacred Deer – Yorgos Lanthimos
  22. Logan – James Mangold
  23. Colossal – Nacho Vigalondo
  24. Graduation – Cristian Mungiu
  25. The Disaster Artist – James Franco
  26. I, Tonya – Craig Gillespie
  27. It – Andy Muschietti
  28. Loveless – Andrey Zvyagintsev
  29. Spider-Man: Homecoming – Jon Watts
  30. War for the Planet of the Apes – Matt Reeves
  31. A Dark Song – Liam Gavin
  32. John Wick: Chapter 2 – Chad Stahelski
  33. Girls Trip – Malcolm D. Lee
  34. Faces Places – Agnès Varda and JR
  35. The Ornithologist – João Pedro Rodrigues
  36. Whose Streets? – Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis
  37. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Martin McDonagh
  38. BPM (Beats Per Minute) – Robin Campillo
  39. Columbus – Kogonada
  40. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – James Gunn
  41. My Happy Family – Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Groß
  42. The Post – Steven Spielberg
  43. Casting JonBenet – Kitty Green
  44. Professor Marston and the Wonder Women – Angela Robinson
  45. Marjorie Prime – Michael Almereyda
  46. The Lure – Agnieszka Smoczynska
  47. Nocturama – Bertrand Bonello
  48. Brawl in Cell Block 99 – S. Craig Zahler
  49. After the Storm – Hirokazu Kore-eda
  50. A Cure for Wellness – Gore Verbinski

Under the Radar: Top 100 Albums of 2017

Under the Radar: Top 100 Albums of 2017

  1. The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding
  2. Julien Baker – Turn Out the Lights
  3. St. Vincent – MASSEDUCTION
  4. Slowdive – Slowdive
  5. Wolf Alice – Visions of a Life
  6. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
  7. The National – Sleep Well Beast
  8. Grizzly Bear – Painted Ruins
  9. Father John Misty – Pure Comedy
  10. Japanese Breakfast – Soft Sounds from Another Planet
  11. Broken Social Scene – Hug of Thunder
  12. LCD Soundsystem – american dream
  13. Spoon – Hot Thoughts
  14. The Horrors – V
  15. Charlotte Gainsbourg – Rest
  16. Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile – Lotta Sea Lice
  17. Fleet Foxes – Crack-Up
  18. Perfume Genius – No Shape
  19. Mount Eerie – A Crow Looked at Me
  20. Alvvays – Antisocialites
  21. Big Thief – Capacity
  22. Rose Elinor Dougall – Stellular
  23. Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly & James McAlister – Planetarium
  24. Moses Sumney – Aromanticism
  25. Jay Som – Everybody Works
  26. Wolf Parade – Cry Cry Cry
  27. Foxygen – Hang
  28. King Krule – The OOZ
  29. Kelly Lee Owens – Kelly Lee Owens
  30. Feist – Pleasure
  31. Björk – Utopia
  32. Fever Ray – Plunge
  33. Future Islands – The Far Field
  34. Elbow – Little Fictions
  35. Yumi Zouma – Willowbank
  36. Algiers – The Underside of Power
  37. Jens Lekman – Life Will See You Now
  38. Girl Ray – Earl Grey
  39. The xx – I See You
  40. Midnight Sister – Saturn Over Sunset
  41. The New Pornographers – Whiteout Conditions
  42. Marika Hackman – I’m Not Your Man
  43. Protomartyr – Relatives in Descent
  44. Mount Kimbie – Love What Survives
  45. Bedouine – Bedouine
  46. Alex Lahey – I Love You Like a Brother
  47. Phoebe Bridgers – Stranger in the Alps
  48. Chilly Gonzales & Jarvis Cocker – Room 29
  49. Baxter Dury – Prince of Tears
  50. Goldfrapp – Silver Eye
  51. SZA – Ctrl
  52. Kevin Morby – City Music
  53. Temples – Volcano
  54. Waxahatchee – Out in the Storm
  55. Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory
  56. Lorde – Melodrama
  57. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Luciferian Towers
  58. Laura Marling – Semper Femina
  59. Ride – Weather Diaries
  60. Kirin J Callinan – Bravado
  61. alt-J – RELAXER
  62. Thundercat – Drunk
  63. Zola Jesus – Okovi
  64. Sampha – Process
  65. Ted Leo and the Pharmacists – The Hanged Man
  66. Dirty Projectors – Dirty Projectors
  67. Nick Hakim – Green Twins
  68. Grandaddy – Last Place
  69. Phoenix – Ti Amo
  70. The Afghan Whigs – In Spades
  71. Jessie Ware – Glasshouse
  72. Julie Byrne – Not Even Happiness
  73. Jane Weaver – Modern Kosmology
  74. Madeline Kenney – Night Night At the First Landing
  75. Destroyer – ken
  76. Deerhoof – Mountain Moves
  77. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Soul of a Woman
  78. Tricky – Ununiform
  79. The Weather Station – The Weather Station
  80. British Sea Power – Let the Dancers Inherit the Party
  81. girlpool – Powerplant
  82. Saint Etienne – Home Counties
  83. Austra – Future Politics
  84. The Mountain Goats – Goths
  85. Nadine Shah – Holiday Destination
  86. Priests – Nothing Feels Natural
  87. Mogwai – Every Country’s Sun
  88. Beach Fossils – Somersault
  89. The Flaming Lips – Oczy Mlody
  90. Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 3
  91. Blanck Mass – World Eater
  92. Pond – The Weather
  93. Little Dragon – Season High
  94. Kamasi Washington – Harmony of Difference
  95. Mac DeMarco – This Old Dog
  96. Cut Copy – Haiku From Zero
  97. Sondre Lerche – Pleasure
  98. Fazerdaze – Morningside
  99. EMA – Exile In the Outer Ring
  100. This Is the Kit – Moonshine Freeze

Nictate: Top 10 Films of 2017

Personal Shopper - Olivier Assayas

Nictate: Top 10 Films of 2017 (as posted to Letterboxd)

  1. Personal Shopper – Olivier Assayas
  2. A Ghost Story – David Lowery
  3. The Square – Ruben Östlund
  4. The Beguiled – Sofia Coppola
  5. Phantom Thread – Paul Thomas Anderson
  6. Good Time – Ben Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  7. Raw – Julia Ducournau
  8. Thirst Street – Nathan Silver
  9. The Florida Project – Sean Baker
  10. Nocturama – Bertrand Bonello

Esquire: Best TV Shows of 2017

Esquire: Best TV Shows of 2017

  1. Twin Peaks: The Return
  2. Big Little Lies
  3. The Handmaid’s Tale
  4. The Good Place
  5. The Leftovers
  6. Master of None
  7. The Deuce
  8. The Vietnam War
  9. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  10. At Home with Amy Sedaris
  11. GLOW
  12. The Crown
  13. Mr. Robot
  14. Better Call Saul
  15. This Is Us
  16. Mindhunter
  17. Will & Grace
  18. The Punisher
  19. Legion
  20. The Good Fight
  21. American Gods
  22. Game of Thrones
  23. Feud: Bette and Joan
  24. Girls
  25. Riverdale

Vinyl Me, Please: Best Albums of 2017

Vinyl Me, Please: Best Albums of 2017

  1. SZA – Ctrl
  2. St. Vincent – MASSEDUCTION
  3. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
  4. Father John Misty – Pure Comedy
  5. Lorde – Melodrama
  6. Julien Baker – Turn Out the Lights
  7. Moses Sumney – Aromanticism
  8. Big Thief – Capacity
  9. Power Trip – Nightmare Logic
  10. The National – Sleep Well Beast
  11. LCD Soundsystem – american dream
  12. The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding
  13. Kevin Morby – City Music
  14. Kelela – Take Me Apart
  15. Sampha – Process
  16. Perfume Genius – No Shape
  17. Tyler, The Creator – Flower Boy
  18. Fleet Foxes – Crack-Up
  19. Thundercat – Drunk
  20. Japanese Breakfast – Soft Sounds from Another Planet
  21. Björk – Utopia
  22. Aldous Harding – Party
  23. Rostam – Half-Light
  24. Sorority Noise – You’re Not As _____ As You Think
  25. BROCKHAMPTON – SATURATION
  26. [tie] BROCKHAMPTON – SATURATION II
  27. Calvin Harris – Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1
  28. JAY-Z – 4:44
  29. Ibeyi – Ash
  30. Chris Stapleton – From A Room: Volume 1
  31. [tie] Chris Stapleton – From A Room: Volume 2
  32. Tennis – Yours Conditionally

Flood: Best Albums of 2017

Flood Magazine: Best Albums of 2017

  1. Big Thief – Capacity
  2. Alex Cameron – Forced Witness
  3. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
  4. Liars – TFCF
  5. Charlotte Gainsbourg – Rest
  6. Spoon – Hot Thoughts
  7. Mavis Staples – If All I Was Was Black
  8. Sheer Mag – Need to Feel Your Love
  9. Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile – Lotta Sea Lice
  10. The Peacers – Introducing the Crimsmen
  11. Kevin Morby – City Music
  12. LCD Soundsystem – american dream
  13. Ty Segall – Ty Segall
  14. Randy Newman – Dark Matter
  15. Open Mike Eagle – Brick Body Kids Still Daydream
  16. John Andrews – Bad Posture
  17. St. Vincent – MASSEDUCTION
  18. Craig Finn – We All Want the Same Things
  19. Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory
  20. The Clientele – Music for the Age of Miracles
  21. The National – Sleep Well Beast
  22. Miguel – War & Leisure
  23. Oh Sees – Orc
  24. Slowdive – Slowdive
  25. The Courtneys – The Courtneys II