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.

Another Gaze: Top Ten Narrative Feature Films by Women in 2017

I Am Not a Witch - Rungano Nyoni

Another Gaze: Top Ten Narrative Feature Films by Women in 2017 (as posted to Twitter). See also their list of the year’s top five documentaries “directed by women and NB people”.

  1. I Am Not a Witch – Rungano Nyoni
  2. Montparnasse Bienvenue – Léonor Serraille
  3. Beauty and the Dogs – Kaouther Ben Hania
  4. Angels Wear White – Vivian Qu
  5. Ava – Léa Mysius
  6. The Party – Sally Potter
  7. The Levelling – Hope Dickson Leach
  8. Maudie – Aisling Walsh
  9. By the Time It Gets Dark – Anocha Suwichakornpong
  10. Western – Valeska Grisebach
  11. [tie] Heal the Living – Katell Quillévéré

Honourable Mentions

  • You Were Never Really Here – Lynne Ramsay
  • Zama – Lucrecia Martel
  • In Between – Maysaloun Hamoud
  • The Rider – Chloé Zhao
  • On Body and Soul – Ildikó Enyedi

Girish Shambu: 3 Favorite New Films of 2017

Western - Valeska Grisebach

Girish Shambu: 3 Favorite New Films of 2017. See his personal round-up for a wealth of other favorites: older films seen for the first time, books, essays, critics, websites, concerts, and so on.

  • Western – Valeska Grisebach
  • Strong Island – Yance Ford
  • The Future Perfect – Nele Wohlatz

John Rangel: Favorite Films of 2017

Faces Places - Agnès Varda and JR

John Rangel: Favorite Films of 2017 (as posted to Twitter)

  1. Faces Places – Agnès Varda and JR
  2. My Happy Family – Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Groß
  3. A Quiet Passion – Terence Davies
  4. Song to Song – Terrence Malick
  5. Nocturama – Bertrand Bonello
  6. The Florida Project – Sean Baker
  7. Lady Bird – Greta Gerwig
  8. Mudbound – Dee Rees
  9. Good Time – Ben Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  10. The Lost City of Z – James Gray

Listening Through The Lens: 20 Favorite Albums of 2017

Listening Through The Lens: 20 Favorite Albums of 2017

  1. Rhiannon Giddens – Freedom Highway
  2. Billy Strings – Turmoil & Tinfoil
  3. David Luning – Restless
  4. John Moreland – Big Bad Luv
  5. Margo Price – All American Made
  6. Valerie June – The Order of Time
  7. David Rawlings – Poor David’s Almanack
  8. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – The Nashville Sound
  9. Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives – Way Out West
  10. Chris Stapleton – From A Room: Volume 1
  11. Dori Freeman – Letters Never Read
  12. Jason Eady – Jason Eady
  13. Old 97’s – Graveyard Whistling
  14. Rodney Crowell – Close Ties
  15. The Ahern Brothers – The Ahern Brothers
  16. Rose Cousins – Natural Conclusion
  17. Chuck Prophet – Bobby Fuller Died for Your Sins
  18. Tyler Childers – Purgatory
  19. Ray Wylie Hubbard – Tell the Devil I’m Gettin’ There as Fast as I Can
  20. Gregg Allman – Southern Blood