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.

San Francisco Chronicle: Top 10 Books of 2015

05 January 2016

The San Francisco Chronicle: Top 10 Books of 2015

[see also 100 Recommended Books of 2018, Top 10 Books of 2018, 100 Recommended Books of 2016, Top 10 Books of 2016]

Harper’s Bazaar: 15 Best Books of 2015

05 January 2016

Harper’s Bazaar: 15 Best Books of 2015

[see also 2017]

David Hudson: Top 17 Films of 2015

04 January 2016

David Hudson: Top 17 Films of 2015, as published by Fandor’s Keyframe Daily

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016]

  1. The AssassinHou Hsiao-Hsien
  2. CarolTodd Haynes
  3. Inherent VicePaul Thomas Anderson
  4. Jafar Panahi’s TaxiJafar Panahi
  5. Cemetery of SplendorApichatpong Weerasethakul
  6. Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller
  7. The Look of SilenceJoshua Oppenheimer
  8. 45 YearsAndrew Haigh
  9. VictoriaSebastian Schipper
  10. The Forbidden RoomGuy Maddin

Alison Willmore: 19 Best Movies of 2015

03 January 2016

Alison Willmore: 19 Best Movies of 2015, as published by BuzzFeed

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2014]

  1. Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller
  2. AnomalisaCharlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson
  3. CarolTodd Haynes
  4. PhoenixChristian Petzold
  5. CreedRyan Coogler
  6. Jafar Panahi’s TaxiJafar Panahi
  7. It FollowsDavid Robert Mitchell
  8. Ex MachinaAlex Garland
  9. EdenMia Hansen-Løve
  10. SpotlightTom McCarthy
  11. Heaven Knows WhatBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  12. The MartianRidley Scott
  13. What We Do in the ShadowsJemaine Clement and Taika Waititi
  14. The Duke of BurgundyPeter Strickland
  15. BlindEskil Vogt
  16. TangerineSean Baker
  17. 45 YearsAndrew Haigh
  18. Wild TalesDamián Szifrón
  19. The Diary of a Teenage GirlMarielle Heller

Kansas City Star: 11 Best Poetry Books of 2015

03 January 2016

The Kansas City Star: 11 Best Poetry Books of 2015