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…

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