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. We note, of course, that it's not even December, yet. People. People! Lists are crashing down upon us unusually early. But here we go…

Brandon Katz: 10 Best TV Shows of 2017

Brandon Katz: 10 Best TV Shows of 2017 (as published by Observer)

  1. The Leftovers
  2. The Handmaid’s Tale
  3. Master of None
  4. American Vandal
  5. Mindhunter
  6. The Deuce
  7. Stranger Things
  8. Better Call Saul
  9. GLOW
  10. The Good Place

Dennis Cooper: Favorite Poetry of 2017

Debths - Susan Howe

Dennis Cooper: Favorite Poetry of 2017 (“in no order”)

  • Debths – Susan Howe
  • Which Once Had Been Meadow – Ann Jaderlund
  • Lunch Portraits – Debora Kuan
  • Selected Poems: 1962-1985 – Clark Coolidge
  • The Yellow House – Chiwan Choih
  • Salted Rook – Douglas Payne
  • Corporations Are People, Too! – Jerome Sala
  • Tony Greene Era – Kevin Killian
  • The Circus – Clark Coolidge
  • Outplace – Lital Khaikin
  • Prose Architectures – Renee Gladman
  • The Astropastorals – Douglas Crase
  • The Happy End / All Welcome – Monica de la Torre
  • Rock|Salt|Stone – Rosamond S. King
  • I Am Flying into Myself: Selected Poems, 1960-2014 – Bill Knott

Dennis Lim: Favorite Films of 2017

Dennis Lim: Favorite Films of 2017 (as posted by The Film Society of Lincoln Center and submitted to the Sight & Sound poll)

Film Society of Lincoln Center

  1. Twin Peaks: The Return – David Lynch
  2. Zama – Lucrecia Martel
  3. Phantom Thread – Paul Thomas Anderson
  4. Western – Valeska Grisebach
  5. Streetscapes [Dialogue] – Heinz Emigholz
  6. The Day After – Hong Sang-soo
  7. [tie] On the Beach at Night Alone – Hong Sang-soo
  8. [tie] Claire’s Camera – Hong Sang-soo
  9. Downsizing – Alexander Payne
  10. Araby – João Dumans and Affonso Uchôa
  11. Tonsler Park – Kevin Jerome Everson
  12. Electro-Pythagorus: A Portrait of Martin Bartlett – Luke Fowler

Sight & Sound

  • Twin Peaks: The Return – David Lynch
  • Zama – Lucrecia Martel
  • Western – Valeska Grisebach
  • Streetscapes [Dialogue] – Heinz Emigholz
  • The Day After – Hong Sang-soo

Plus 10 short/medium-length films/moving-image works (in alphabetical order):

  • Aliens – Luis López Carrasco
  • Barbs, Wastelands – Marta Mateus
  • Braguino – Clément Cogitore
  • Cosmic Generator – Mika Rottenberg
  • Electro-Pythagorus: A Portrait of Martin Bartlett – Luke Fowler
  • Filter – Jaakko Pallasvuo
  • Flores – Jorge Jácome
  • Onward Lossless Follows – Michael Robinson
  • What weakens the flesh is the flesh itself – James Richards and Steve Reinke
  • Where Do You Stand Now, Joao Pedro Rodrigues? – João Pedro Rodrigues

Matt Singer: 20 Best Films of 2017

Matt Singer: 20 Best Films of 2017 (as published by ScreenCrush)

  1. Lady Bird – Greta Gerwig
  2. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Martin McDonagh
  3. A Ghost Story – David Lowery
  4. Blade Runner 2049 – Denis Villeneuve
  5. The Big Sick – Michael Showalter
  6. The Work – Jairus McLeary and Gethin Aldous
  7. The Florida Project – Sean Baker
  8. Phantom Thread – Paul Thomas Anderson
  9. Faces Places – Agnès Varda and JR
  10. Get Out – Jordan Peele

Honorable Mentions (In Alphabetical Order)

  • Coco – Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina
  • Darkest Hour – Joe Wright
  • The Girl with All the Gifts – Colm McCarthy
  • Kedi – Ceyda Torun
  • The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) – Noah Baumbach
  • Okja – Bong Joon-ho
  • The Post – Steven Spielberg
  • A Quiet Passion – Terence Davies
  • The Shape of Water – Guillermo del Toro
  • T2 Trainspotting – Danny Boyle

Ken Tucker: 10 Best TV Shows of 2017

Ken Tucker: 10 Best TV Shows of 2017 (as published by Yahoo)

  • Twin Peaks: The Return
  • Better Call Saul
  • Better Things
  • The Leftovers
  • Big Little Lies
  • Insecure
  • Legion
  • Tales from the Tour Bus
  • Catastrophe
  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Greg Kot: 10 Favorite Albums of 2017

Greg Kot: 10 Favorite Albums of 2017 (as published by the Chicago Tribune)

  • Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 3
  • Ted Leo and the Pharmacists – The Hanged Man
  • Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
  • Sir The Baptist – Saint or Sinner
  • Downtown Boys – Cost of Living
  • Protomartyr – Relatives in Descent
  • Vic Mensa – The Autobiography
  • Mavis Staples – If All I Was Was Black
  • Moses Sumney – Aromanticism
  • Priests – Nothing Feels Natural

The next 10

  • The Regrettes – Feel Your Feelings Fool!
  • Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile – Lotta Sea Lice
  • St. Vincent – MASSEDUCTION
  • Aimee Mann – Mental Illness
  • LCD Soundsystem – american dream
  • Björk – Utopia
  • Kelela – Take Me Apart
  • Margo Price – All American Made
  • She-Devils – She-Devils
  • The Feelies – In Between

Michael Phillips: 10 Best Movies of 2017

Lady Bird - Greta Gerwig

Michael Phillips: 10 Best Movies of 2017 (as published by The Chicago Tribune)

  1. Lady Bird – Greta Gerwig
  2. A Ghost Story – David Lowery
  3. Get Out – Jordan Peele
  4. Phantom Thread – Paul Thomas Anderson
  5. Rat Film – Theo Anthony
  6. Mudbound – Dee Rees
  7. Good Time – Ben Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  8. Raw – Julia Ducournau
  9. The Florida Project – Sean Baker
  10. Call Me by Your Name – Luca Guadagnino

Chicago Tribune: 10 Best Books of 2017

They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us - Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib

Chicago Tribune: 10 Best Books of 2017

Fiction

  1. Stay with Me – Ayobami Adebayo
  2. Electric Arches – Eve L. Ewing
  3. Her Body and Other Parties – Carmen Maria Machado
  4. Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders
  5. Autumn – Ali Smith

Nonfiction

  1. They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us – Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib
  2. The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia – Masha Gessen
  3. We Are Never Meeting in Real Life. – Samantha Irby
  4. Priestdaddy – Patricia Lockwood
  5. Tenements, Towers & Trash: An Unconventional Illustrated History of New York City – Julia Wertz