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.

2012 Movies

Dan Sallitt: Favorite 18 Films of 2012

19 January 2013

Dan Sallitt: Favorite 18 Films of 2012 (limited to films that played at least one week in Manhattan for the first time in 2012)

[see also 2017]

  1. The Day He ArrivesHong Sang-soo
  2. MichaelMarkus Schleinzer
  3. The Kid with a BikeJean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  4. Alms for a Blind HorseGurvinder Singh
  5. AmourMichael Haneke
  6. This Must Be the PlacePaolo Sorrentino
  7. Generation PVictor Ginzburg
  8. The Loneliest PlanetJulia Loktev
  9. AttenbergAthina Rachel Tsangari
  10. TabuMiguel Gomes
  11. Neighboring SoundsKleber Mendonça Filho
  12. The Deep Blue SeaTerence Davies

Cinema Scope: Top 15 Films of 2012

18 January 2013

Cinema Scope: Top 15 Films of 2012

[see also 2017, 2014, 2013, 2011]

  1. LeviathanLucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel
  2. TabuMiguel Gomes
  3. Holy MotorsLeos Carax
  4. The MasterPaul Thomas Anderson
  5. Django UnchainedQuentin Tarantino
  6. ViolaMatías Piñeiro
  7. The Last Time I Saw MacaoJoão Pedro Rodrigues and João Rui Guerra da Mata
  8. autrement, la MolussieNicolas Rey
  9. Neighboring SoundsKleber Mendonça Filho
  10. Moonrise KingdomWes Anderson

Anthony Lane: 8 Best Films of 2012

13 January 2013

Anthony Lane: 8 Best Films of 2012 (as extracted from his year-end roundup in The New Yorker, with some reflection of their implied order, and omitting the films that Lane describes as “lustreless” save for a particular performance)

Kristopher Tapley: Top 10 Films of 2012

13 January 2013

Kristopher Tapley: Top 10 Films of 2012, as published by HitFix

[see also 2011]

  1. The GreyJoe Carnahan
  2. Moonrise KingdomWes Anderson
  3. LooperRian Johnson
  4. Django UnchainedQuentin Tarantino
  5. AmourMichael Haneke
  6. LincolnSteven Spielberg
  7. Zero Dark ThirtyKathryn Bigelow
  8. ArgoBen Affleck
  9. The Queen of VersaillesLauren Greenfield
  10. The MasterPaul Thomas Anderson

Dennis Harvey: Top 25 Narrative Films of 2012

13 January 2013

Dennis Harvey: Top 25 Narrative Films of 2012 (alphabetically, as published by The San Francisco Bay Guardian, which also includes his top 10 documentaries)

[see also 2011]