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.

2017 Movies

Another Gaze: Top Ten Narrative Feature Films by Women in 2017

08 January 2018

Another Gaze: Top Ten Narrative Feature Films by Women in 2017 (as posted to Twitter). See also their list of the year’s top five documentaries “directed by women and NB people”.

[see also 2018]

  1. I Am Not a WitchRungano Nyoni
  2. Montparnasse BienvenueLéonor Serraille
  3. Beauty and the DogsKaouther Ben Hania
  4. Angels Wear WhiteVivian Qu
  5. AvaLéa Mysius
  6. The PartySally Potter
  7. The LevellingHope Dickson Leach
  8. MaudieAisling Walsh
  9. By the Time It Gets DarkAnocha Suwichakornpong
  10. WesternValeska Grisebach
  11. Heal the LivingKatell Quillévéré

Girish Shambu: 3 Favorite New Films of 2017

08 January 2018

Girish Shambu: 3 Favorite New Films of 2017. See his personal round-up for a wealth of other favorites: older films seen for the first time, books, essays, critics, websites, concerts, and so on.

[see also 2018]

John Rangel: Favorite Films of 2017

08 January 2018

John Rangel: Favorite Films of 2017, as posted to Twitter

  1. Faces PlacesAgnès Varda and JR
  2. My Happy FamilyNana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Groß
  3. A Quiet PassionTerence Davies
  4. Song to SongTerrence Malick
  5. NocturamaBertrand Bonello
  6. The Florida ProjectSean Baker
  7. Lady BirdGreta Gerwig
  8. MudboundDee Rees
  9. Good TimeBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  10. The Lost City of ZJames Gray

Ryland Walker Knight: Favorite Feature Films of 2017

05 January 2018

Ryland Walker Knight: Favorite Feature Films of 2017

Jordan Cronk: Top Ten Films of 2017

04 January 2018

Jordan Cronk: Top Ten Films of 2017, as submitted to the annual collection of Lists Curated by Toronto Film Review. See an expanded list submitted to the annual Senses of Cinema World Poll, and take a look at his write-up about The Year in Experimental Film at Film Comment.

[see also 2018]

  1. Twin Peaks: The ReturnDavid Lynch
  2. Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of ArcBruno Dumont
  3. ZamaLucrecia Martel
  4. WesternValeska Grisebach
  5. Phantom ThreadPaul Thomas Anderson
  6. Good LuckBen Russell
  7. On the Beach at Night AloneHong Sang-soo
  8. Lover for a DayPhilippe Garrel
  9. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  10. El mar la marJoshua Bonnetta and J.P. Sniadecki