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…

Scott Feinberg: Top Ten Films of 2017

The Florida Project - Sean Baker

Scott Feinberg: Top Ten Films of 2017 (as posted on Twitter)

  1. The Florida Project – Sean Baker
  2. Dunkirk – Christopher Nolan
  3. Icarus – Bryan Fogel
  4. I, Tonya – Craig Gillespie
  5. Good Time – Ben Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  6. Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992 – John Ridley
  7. The Big Sick – Michael Showalter
  8. In the Fade – Fatih Akin
  9. Molly’s Game – Aaron Sorkin
  10. Spoor – Agnieszka Holland

Peter Debruge: 10 Best Films of 2017

Peter Debruge: 10 Best Films of 2017 (as published by Variety)

  1. The Rider – Chloé Zhao
  2. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Martin McDonagh
  3. Get Out – Jordan Peele
  4. Call Me by Your Name – Luca Guadagnino
  5. The Distinguished Citizen – Gastón Duprat and Mariano Cohn
  6. Blade Runner 2049 – Denis Villeneuve
  7. The Shape of Water – Guillermo del Toro
  8. The Square – Ruben Östlund
  9. I, Tonya – Craig Gillespie
  10. Lost in Paris – Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon

Other exceptional movies

  • Brigsby Bear – Dave McCary
  • Contemporary Color – Bill Ross IV and Turner Ross
  • The Florida Project – Sean Baker
  • Heal the Living – Katell Quillévéré
  • Lady Macbeth – William Oldroyd
  • Land of Mine – Martin Zandvliet
  • mother! – Darren Aronofsky
  • Phantom Thread – Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Raw – Julia Ducournau
  • Sweet Virginia – Jamie M. Dagg

Tony Fantano: Top 50 Albums of 2017

Pure Comedy - Father John Misty

Tony Fantano: Top 50 Albums of 2017 (as aired on his vlog, The Needle Drop)

  1. Father John Misty – Pure Comedy
  2. BROCKHAMPTON – SATURATION II
  3. Mount Eerie – A Crow Looked at Me
  4. Big K.R.I.T. – 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time
  5. Sun Kil Moon – Common as Light and Love Are Red Valleys of Blood
  6. Neil Cicierega – Mouth Moods
  7. Kirin J Callinan – Bravado
  8. Rosalía – Los Ángeles
  9. Algiers – The Underside of Power
  10. Perfume Genius – No Shape
  11. Oxbow – Thin Black Duke
  12. Alex Cameron – Forced Witness
  13. Xiu Xiu – Forget
  14. Tyler, The Creator – Flower Boy
  15. Iglooghost – Neō Wax Bloom
  16. SZA – Ctrl
  17. Open Mike Eagle – Brick Body Kids Still Daydream
  18. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Soul of a Woman
  19. Richard Dawson – Peasant
  20. Oh Sees – Orc
  21. The Mountain Goats – Goths
  22. JAY-Z – 4:44
  23. Billy Woods – Known Unknowns
  24. Uncommon Nasa – Written at Night
  25. Primitive Man – Caustic
  26. Quelle Chris – Being You Is Great, I Wish I Could Be You More Often
  27. Guerilla Toss – GT Ultra
  28. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Flying Microtonal Banana
  29. Ibibio Sound Machine – Uyai
  30. Princess Nokia – 1992
  31. Idles – Brutalism
  32. Ariel Pink – Dedicated To Bobby Jameson
  33. Protomartyr – Relatives in Descent
  34. Wiley – Godfather
  35. Alvvays – Antisocialites
  36. Fleet Foxes – Crack-Up
  37. Joey Bada$$ – ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$
  38. Code Orange – Forever
  39. Feist – Pleasure
  40. Rapsody – Laila’s Wisdom
  41. Kelela – Take Me Apart
  42. Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 3
  43. Elder – Reflections of a Floating World
  44. Converge – The Dusk In Us
  45. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
  46. Sampha – Process
  47. Pallbearer – Heartless
  48. Dying Fetus – Wrong One to F**k With
  49. Death from Above 1979 – Outrage! Is Now
  50. Sinjin Hawke – First Opus

Karina Longworth: Favorite Movies of 2017

Twin Peaks: The Return - David Lynch

Karina Longworth: Favorite Movies of 2017 (as posted on Twitter, “some movies I saw and liked this year”)

  • Twin Peaks: The Return – David Lynch
  • Phantom Thread – Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Call Me by Your Name – Luca Guadagnino
  • mother! – Darren Aronofsky
  • Song to Song – Terrence Malick
  • The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) – Noah Baumbach
  • Okja – Bong Joon-ho
  • Personal Shopper – Olivier Assayas
  • Marjorie Prime – Michael Almereyda
  • A Ghost Story – David Lowery
  • Good Time – Ben Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  • The Lost City of Z – James Gray
  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer – Yorgos Lanthimos
  • On the Beach at Night Alone – Hong Sang-soo
  • The Big Sick – Michael Showalter
  • Mudbound – Dee Rees
  • Lady Bird – Greta Gerwig
  • Molly’s Game – Aaron Sorkin