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.

Desist Film: Best Films of 2017

The Nothing Factory - Pedro Pinho

Desist Film: Best Films of 2017

  1. The Nothing Factory – Pedro Pinho
  2. Good Time – Ben Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  3. On the Beach at Night Alone – Hong Sang-soo
  4. Braguino – Clément Cogitore
  5. Western – Valeska Grisebach
  6. Baronesa – Juliana Antunes
  7. Zama – Lucrecia Martel
  8. El mar la mar – Joshua Bonnetta and J.P. Sniadecki
  9. Rey – Niles Atallah
  10. Sleep Has Her House – Scott Barley

Special Mention

  • Twin Peaks: The Return – David Lynch

Joey Guerra: 10 Best Albums of 2017

Residente - Residente

Joey Guerra: 10 Best Albums of 2017 (as published by The Houston Chronicle)

  1. Residente – Residente
  2. Khalid – American Teen
  3. Lorde – Melodrama
  4. Tyler, The Creator – Flower Boy
  5. Fat Tony – Macgregor Park
  6. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
  7. Lee Ann Womack – The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone
  8. Tamar Braxton – Bluebird of Happiness
  9. Harry Styles – Harry Styles
  10. Mon Laferte – La Trenza

Also worth a listen

  • Sunny Sweeney – Trophy
  • RaeLynn – WildHorse
  • Karol G – Unstoppable
  • Drake – More Life
  • Juanes – Mis Planes Son Amarte

Federica Foglia: Top Ten Films of 2017

24 Frames - Abbas Kiarostami

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

  • 24 Frames – Abbas Kiarostami
  • The Captain – Robert Schwentke
  • Loveless – Andrey Zvyagintsev
  • The Seen and Unseen – Kamila Andini
  • Three Quarters – Ilian Metev
  • BPM (Beats Per Minute) – Robin Campillo
  • Human Flow – Ai Weiwei
  • Faces Places – Agnès Varda and JR
  • On Body and Soul – Ildikó Enyedi
  • Custody – Xavier Legrand

Honorable Mentions

  • The Other Side of Hope – Aki Kaurismäki
  • The Death of Stalin – Armando Iannucci
  • The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches – Simon Lavoie

Vadim Rizov: Top Ten Films of 2017

Twin Peaks: The Return - David Lynch

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

  • Twin Peaks: The Return – David Lynch
  • Call Me by Your Name – Luca Guadagnino
  • Phantom Thread – Paul Thomas Anderson
  • The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) – Noah Baumbach
  • If Only There Were Peace – Carmine Grimaldi and Deniz Tortum
  • On the Beach at Night Alone – Hong Sang-soo
  • Distant Constellation – Shevaun Mizrahi
  • Golden Exits – Alex Ross Perry
  • Good Time – Ben Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  • On Generation and Corruption – Takashi Makino

Glenn Heath Jr.: Best Films of 2017

Glenn Heath Jr.: Best Films of 2017 (as published by San Diego City Beat)

  1. Song to Song – Terrence Malick
  2. Wonderstruck – Todd Haynes
  3. Nocturama – Bertrand Bonello
  4. The Work – Jairus McLeary and Gethin Aldous
  5. Phantom Thread – Paul Thomas Anderson
  6. Ex Libris: New York Public Library – Frederick Wiseman
  7. Personal Shopper – Olivier Assayas
  8. Logan Lucky – Steven Soderbergh
  9. Dawson City: Frozen Time – Bill Morrison
  10. Faces Places – Agnès Varda and JR

Honorable Mentions

  • A Quiet Passion – Terence Davies
  • Mudbound – Dee Rees
  • The Lost City of Z – James Gray
  • A Cure for Wellness – Gore Verbinski
  • Good Time – Ben Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  • I Am Not Your Negro – Raoul Peck
  • Detroit – Kathryn Bigelow
  • The Unknown Girl – Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
  • BPM (Beats Per Minute) – Robin Campillo
  • Staying Vertical – Alain Guiraudie
  • Call Me by Your Name – Luca Guadagnino
  • Lucky – John Carroll Lynch
  • After the Storm – Hirokazu Kore-eda

Jim Harrington: Best Albums of 2017

Jim Harrington: Best Albums of 2017 (as published by The San Jose Mercury News)

  1. Lorde – Melodrama
  2. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
  3. Khalid – American Teen
  4. St. Vincent – MASSEDUCTION
  5. Taylor Swift – reputation
  6. Hollyn – One-Way Conversations
  7. Diet Cig – Swear I’m Good At This
  8. Lana Del Rey – Lust for Life
  9. The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding
  10. Valerie June – The Order of Time

Honorable Mention

  • JAY-Z – 4:44
  • Kari Jobe – The Garden
  • The Odd Numbers – The Oddyssey
  • Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – The Nashville Sound
  • Margo Price – All American Made
  • Queens of the Stone Age – Villains
  • Future – FUTURE
  • Future – HNDRXX
  • Björk – Utopia
  • Lecrae – All Things Work Together
  • Niall Horan – Flicker

Jonathan Rosenbaum: Best Movies of 2017

Mudbound - Dee Rees

Jonathan Rosenbaum: Best Movies of 2017 (as submitted to La Internacional Cinéfila poll)

  1. Mudbound – Dee Rees
  2. Streetscapes [Dialogue] – Heinz Emigholz
  3. Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat – Sara Driver
  4. Marjorie Prime – Michael Almereyda
  5. Downsizing – Alexander Payne

Debut Movie

  • Barbs, Wastelands – Marta Mateus

American Movie

  • Twin Peaks: The Return – David Lynch

La Internacional Cinéfila Poll: Best Movies of 2017

Zama - Lucrecia Martel

La Internacional Cinéfila poll: Best Movies of 2017 (an annual survey of 135 critics, programmers, festival directors and filmmakers from 36 countries, organized by Roger Koza) [see also 2016, 2015]

  1. Zama – Lucrecia Martel
  2. The Other Side of Hope – Aki Kaurismäki
  3. Western – Valeska Grisebach
  4. On the Beach at Night Alone – Hong Sang-soo
  5. The Nothing Factory – Pedro Pinho
  6. [tie] Twin Peaks: The Return – David Lynch

Honorable Mentions

  1. The Day After – Hong Sang-soo
  2. Good Time – Ben Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  3. Ex Libris: New York Public Library – Frederick Wiseman
  4. [tie] The Wandering Soap Opera – Raoul Ruiz and Valeria Sarmiento
  5. [tie] Araby – João Dumans and Affonso Uchôa
  6. In the Intense Now – João Moreira Salles
  7. Lover for a Day – Philippe Garrel

Denis Côté: Top Ten Films of 2017

Western - Valeska Grisebach

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

  • Western – Valeska Grisebach
  • Twin Peaks: The Return – David Lynch
  • Ex Libris: New York Public Library – Frederick Wiseman
  • The Other Side of Hope – Aki Kaurismäki
  • The Day After – Hong Sang-soo
  • On the Beach at Night Alone – Hong Sang-soo
  • Mrs. Fang – Wang Bing
  • Frost – Šarūnas Bartas
  • A Ghost Story – David Lowery
  • Dragonfly Eyes – Xu Bing
  • Distant Constellation – Shevaun Mizrahi