Year-End Lists

Notable, browsable lists of the year's best music, movies, books, and TV shows. Year-end lists are fingerprints; aggregate statistics are smudges. Therefore, we make no tallies. Follow the link for each list to see essential commentary from its authors, at the source.
2011 Movies

J.R. Jones: 10 Best Films of 2011

30 December 2011

J.R. Jones: 10 Best Films of 2011, as published by The Chicago Reader

[see also 2014, 2012]

  1. Of Gods and MenXavier Beauvois
  2. BridesmaidsPaul Feig
  3. The Tree of LifeTerrence Malick
  4. TerriAzazel Jacobs
  5. TabloidErrol Morris
  6. Client-9: The Rise and Fall of Elliot SpitzerAlex Gibney
  7. The Elephant in the RoomMichael Webber
  8. The Wise KidsStephen Cone
  9. Beautiful BoyShawn Ku
  10. Margin CallJ.C. Chandor
2011 Movies

Ben Sachs: 20 Best Films of 2011

30 December 2011

Ben Sachs: 20 Best Films of 2011, as published by The Chicago Reader [more commentary]

[see also 2014, 2012]

  1. AuroraCristi Puiu
  2. Secret SunshineLee Chang-dong
  3. Film SocialismeJean-Luc Godard
  4. Goodbye First LoveMia Hansen-Løve
  5. PoetryLee Chang-dong
  6. The Strange Case of AngelicaManoel de Oliveira
  7. Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom FlameTsui Hark
  8. TargetAlexander Zeldovich
  9. 13 AssassinsTakashi Miike
  10. And Everything is Going FineSteven Soderbergh
  11. Don’t Go Breaking My HeartJohnnie To & Wai Ka-fai
  12. Once Upon a Time in AnatoliaNuri Bilge Ceylan
  13. The Tree of LifeTerrence Malick
  14. Mysteries of LisbonRaoul Ruiz
  15. The Skin I Live InPedro Almodóvar
  16. RestorationJoseph Madmony
  17. Another YearMike Leigh
  18. Ne Change RienPedro Costa
  19. Miss BalaGerardo Naranjo
  20. The Turin HorseBéla Tarr & Agnes Hranitzky
2011 Albums

Metromix: Favorite Albums of 2011

30 December 2011

Metromix: Favorite Albums of 2011

NOTE: This list is presented in the order shown on the Metromix site, which seems to be alphabetical if you assume the first album is by Mr. or Ms. Beasts, although every other solo artist is alphabetized by first name. Or perhaps the Wild Beasts disc was given the privileged spot because one Metromix writer declares it the year’s number one in the associated commentary. In other mysteries: there is very little overlap between this “favorite albums” list and the “36 great albums” list from Metromix Chicago.

2011 Albums

Altered Zones: Favorites Albums of 2011

30 December 2011

Altered Zones: Favorites Albums of 2011 [alphabetically by first name]

2011 Albums

Richard Trapunski: Top 10 Albums of 2011

30 December 2011

Richard Trapunski: Top 10 Albums of 2011, as published by NOW Magazine

  1. Fucked UpDavid Comes to Life
  2. PJ HarveyLet England Shake
  3. Kurt VileSmoke Ring for My Halo
  4. IceageNew Brigade
  5. The WeekndHouse of Balloons
  6. Rich AucoinWe’re All Dying to Live
  7. The War on DrugsSlave Ambient
  8. YuckYuck
  9. Smith WesternsDye It Blonde
  10. St. VincentStrange Mercy