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.

Ben Sachs: 20 Favorite Films of 2012

09 January 2013

Ben Sachs: 20 Favorite Films of 2012, as published by The Chicago Reader

[see also 2014, 2011]

  1. Life Without PrincipleJohnnie To
  2. Possession (1981)Andrzej Zulawski
  3. A Simple LifeAnn Hui
  4. The MasterPaul Thomas Anderson
  5. Sack BarrowBen Rivers
  6. We Have a PopeNanni Moretti
  7. Holy MotorsLeos Carax
  8. The PaperboyLee Daniels
  9. This is Not a FilmJafar Panahi & Mojtaba Mirtahmasb
  10. CosmopolisDavid Cronenberg
  11. Outside SatanBruno Dumont
  12. Silver Linings PlaybookDavid O. Russell
  13. Magic MikeSteven Soderbergh
  14. Moonrise KingdomWes Anderson
  15. UnforgivableAndré Téchiné
  16. Paradise: LoveUlrich Seidl
  17. The GreyJoe Carnahan
  18. A Burning Hot SummerPhilippe Garrel
  19. The Secret World of ArriettyHiromasa Yonebayashi
  20. BernieRichard Linklater