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.

2018 Movies

James Quandt: 10 Best Films of 2018

01 December 2018

James Quandt: 10 Best Films of 2018, as published by Artforum

[see also 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014]

  1. Dead SoulsWang Bing
  2. The Image BookJean-Luc Godard
  3. A Man Walks in the CityMarcello Pagliero
  4. Thomas Bayrle Exhibit, New Museum, New York
  5. The Manet and Ravel Sequences from La FlorMariano Llinás
  6. Elegant BeastYûzô Kawashima
  7. BurningLee Chang-dong
  8. The LoadOgnjen Glavonic
  9. AykaSergei Dvortsevoy
  10. The Black BookValeria Sarmiento

Melissa Anderson: 10 Best Movies of 2018

01 December 2018

Melissa Anderson: 10 Best Movies of 2018, as published by Artforum

[see also 2016, 2015]

  1. ZamaLucrecia Martel
  2. Eight Hours Don’t Make a DayRainer Werner Fassbinder
  3. The MisandristsBruce La Bruce
  4. Personal ProblemsBill Gunn
  5. Let the Sunshine InClaire Denis
  6. High LifeClaire Denis
  7. Hale County This Morning, This EveningRaMell Ross
  8. Nico, 1988Susanna Nicchiarelli
  9. Support the GirlsAndrew Bujalski
  10. “From the Collection of Pearl Bowser” Exhibit at Light Industry, New York
  11. DiamantinoGabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt

J Hoberman: 10 Best Films of 2018

01 December 2018

J Hoberman: 10 Best Films of 2018, as published by Artforum

[see also 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011]

  1. WormwoodErrol Morris
  2. The Image BookJean-Luc Godard
  3. TransitChristian Petzold
  4. BlacKkKlansmanSpike Lee
  5. The Kavanaugh Hearing
  6. The Americans
  7. The Death of StalinArmando Iannucci
  8. The Waldheim WaltzRuth Beckermann
  9. OrgFernando Birri
  10. Dialogue with CheJosé Rodriguez-Soltero

Amy Taubin: Best Films of 2018

01 December 2018

Amy Taubin: Best Films of 2018, as published by Artforum

[see also 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012]

  1. Adrian Piper exhibit at Museum of Modern Art, New York
  2. The Image BookJean-Luc Godard
  3. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  4. Sorry to Bother YouBoots Riley
  5. Life & Nothing MoreAntonio Méndez Esparza
  6. Ash is Purest WhiteJia Zhang-ke
  7. BurningLee Chang-dong
  8. Happy as LazzaroAlice Rohrwacher
  9. At Eternity’s GateJulian Schnabel
  10. American DharmaErrol Morris
  11. Fahrenheit 11/9Michael Moore
  12. The Feeling of Being WatchedAssia Boundaoui
  13. The KingEugene Jarecki
  14. United SkatesDyana Winkler & Tina Brown
  15. WatergateCharles Ferguson

John Waters: 10 Best Films of 2018

01 December 2018

John Waters: 10 Best Films of 2018, as published by Artforum

[see also 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of ArcBruno Dumont
  2. American AnimalsBart Layton
  3. Nico, 1988Susanna Nicchiarelli
  4. Mom and DadBrian Taylor
  5. BlindspottingCarlos López Estrada
  6. The Green FogGuy Maddin, Evan Johnson, and Galen Johnson
  7. CustodyXavier Legrand
  8. Sollers PointMatthew Porterfield
  9. Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992John Ridley
  10. Permanent Green LightDennis Cooper and Zac Farley