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.

Miriam Bale: Top 10 Films of 2012

27 December 2012

Miriam Bale: Top 10 Films of 2012, as published by Fandor’s Keyframe blog

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013]

  1. KuichisanMaiko Endo
  2. Holy MotorsLeos Carax
  3. The Turin HorseBéla Tarr
  4. Moonrise KingdomWes Anderson
  5. Life and Freaky Times of Uncle LukeJillian Mayer
  6. CosmopolisDavid Cronenberg
  7. Sun Don’t ShineAmy Seimetz
  8. BernieRichard Linklater
  9. Almayer’s FollyChantal Akerman
  10. The Ballad of Genesis and Lady JayeMarie Losier

Roger Ebert: 20 Best Movies of 2012

27 December 2012

Roger Ebert: 20 Best Movies of 2012, as published by The Chicago Sun-Times, alphabetically

[see also 2011]

Sean Burns: Top 10 Films of 2012

26 December 2012

Sean Burns: Top 10 Films of 2012, as published by Philadelphia Weekly

[see also 2018, 2017, 2011]

  1. Moonrise KingdomWes Anderson
  2. LincolnSteven Spielberg
  3. Zero Dark ThirtyKathryn Bigelow
  4. Killer JoeWilliam Friedkin
  5. Oslo, August 31stJoachim Trier
  6. CosmopolisDavid Cronenberg
  7. Holy MotorsLeos Carax
  8. The MasterPaul Thomas Anderson
  9. Once Upon a Time in AnatoliaNuri Bilge Ceylan
  10. This is Not a FilmJafar Panahi & Mojtaba Mirtahmasb

Matt Prigge: Top 10 Films of 2012

26 December 2012

Copyright (c) 2012 Don Hertzfeldt

Matt Prigge: Top 10 Films of 2012, as published by Philadelphia Weekly

[see also 2016, 2015, 2011]

  1. It’s Such a Beautiful DayDon Hertzfeldt
  2. The ComedyRick Alverson
  3. CosmopolisDavid Cronenberg
  4. Moonrise KingdomWes Anderson
  5. The Loneliest PlanetJulia Loktev
  6. The Deep Blue SeaTerence Davies
  7. The GreyJoe Carnahan
  8. Damsels in DistressWhit Stillman
  9. This is Not a FilmJafar Panahi & Mojtaba Mirtahmasb
  10. Holy MotorsLeos Carax

Michael Phillips: 20 Best Movies of 2012

26 December 2012

Michael Phillips: 20 Best Movies of 2012, as published by The Chicago Tribune

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2011]

  1. Zero Dark ThirtyKathryn Bigelow
  2. LincolnSteven Spielberg
  3. Once Upon a Time in AnatoliaNuri Bilge Ceylan
  4. The MasterPaul Thomas Anderson
  5. AmourMichael Haneke
  6. Chico & RitaFernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal
  7. The Color WheelAlex Ross Perry
  8. Searching for Sugar ManMalik Bendjelloul
  9. FlightRobert Zemeckis
  10. Moonrise KingdomWes Anderson