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

Skandies: 20 Best Films of 2011

28 February 2012

Skandies: 20 Best Films of 2011 [a poll of about 40 cinephiles]

  1. The Tree of LifeTerrence Malick
  2. A SeparationAsghar Farhadi
  3. MargaretKenneth Lonergan
  4. Certified CopyAbbas Kiarostami
  5. House of Pleasures (aka House of Tolerance)Bertrand Bonello
  6. DriveNicolas Winding Refn
  7. MelancholiaLars von Trier
  8. Meek’s CutoffKelly Reichardt
  9. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past LivesApichatpong Weerasethakul
  10. Martha Marcy May MarleneSean Durkin
  11. Tuesday, After ChristmasRadu Muntean
  12. Of Gods and MenXavier Beauvois
  13. The ArborClio Barnard
  14. Putty HillMatthew Porterfield
  15. BeginnersMike Mills
  16. MoneyballBennett Miller
  17. Take ShelterJeff Nichols
  18. ShameSteve McQueen
  19. HugoMartin Scorsese
  20. We Need to Talk About KevinLynne Ramsay

Cinema Scope: Top Ten Films of 2011

13 January 2012

Cinema Scope: Top Ten Films of 2011

[see also 2017, 2014, 2013, 2012]

  1. This is Not a FilmJafar Panahi & Mojtaba Mirtahmasb
  2. The Turin HorseBéla Tarr
  3. House of Pleasures [L’Apollonide: Souvenirs de la maison close] [House of Tolerance]Bertrand Bonello
  4. DreilebenChristian Petzold, Dominik Graf, Christoph Hochhäuser
  5. Once Upon a Time in AnatoliaNuri Bilge Ceylan
  6. The Tree of LifeTerrence Malick
  7. Kill ListBen Wheatley
  8. It’s the Earth Not the MoonGonçalo Tocha
  9. Sleeping SicknessUlrich Köhler
  10. The Kid with a BikeJean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne

Dennis Harvey: Favorite Films of 2011

05 January 2012

Dennis Harvey: Favorite Films of 2011, as published by San Francisco Bay Guardian, alphabetically

[see also 2012]

Sean Burns: Top 10 Films of 2011

04 January 2012

Sean Burns: Top 10 Films of 2011, as published by Philadelphia Weekly

[see also 2017, 2012]

  1. DriveNicolas Winding Refn
  2. HugoMartin Scorsese
  3. CarnageRoman Polanski
  4. MelancholiaLars von Trier
  5. Meek’s CutoffKelly Reichardt
  6. ShameSteve McQueen
  7. Certified CopyAbbas Kiarostami
  8. Martha Marcy May MarleneSean Durkin
  9. We Need to Talk About KevinLynne Ramsay
  10. Midnight in ParisWoody Allen

Matt Prigge: Top Ten Films of 2011

04 January 2012

Matt Prigge: Top Ten Films of 2011, as published by Philadelphia Weekly [more commentary]

[see also 2016, 2015, 2012]

  1. House of Pleasures (aka House of Tolerance)Bertrand Bonello
  2. MargaretKenneth Lonergan
  3. A SeparationAsghar Farhadi
  4. DriveNicolas Winding Refn
  5. The Tree of LifeTerrence Malick
  6. Certified CopyAbbas Kiarostami
  7. RubberQuentin Dupieux
  8. Martha Marcy May MarleneSean Durkin
  9. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past LivesApichatpong Weerasethakul
  10. Tuesday, After ChristmasRadu Muntean