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.

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