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

Adam Kempenaar: Top 10 Films of 2018

28 December 2018

Adam Kempenaar: Top 10 Films of 2018, as discussed on Filmspotting

  1. If Beale Street Could TalkBarry Jenkins
  2. Minding the GapBing Liu
  3. The RiderChloé Zhao
  4. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  5. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  6. The Ballad of Buster ScruggsJoel & Ethan Coen
  7. BlacKkKlansmanSpike Lee
  8. Isle of DogsWes Anderson
  9. Can You Ever Forgive Me?Marielle Heller
  10. The Death of StalinArmando Iannucci

Tasha Robinson: Top 10 Films of 2018

28 December 2018

Tasha Robinson: Top 10 Films of 2018, as discussed on Filmspotting

[see also 2017, 2016, 2014]

  1. BlacKkKlansmanSpike Lee
  2. The Death of StalinArmando Iannucci
  3. The FavouriteYorgos Lanthimos
  4. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-VerseBob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman
  5. Bad Times at the El RoyaleDrew Goddard
  6. The Ballad of Buster ScruggsJoel & Ethan Coen
  7. Mid90sJonah Hill
  8. MarrowboneSergio G. Sánchez
  9. ApostleGareth Evans
  10. If Beale Street Could TalkBarry Jenkins

Michael Sicinski: Top 30 Experimental Films of 2018

28 December 2018

Michael Sicinski: Top 30 Experimental Films of 2018, as posted on his Patreon

[see also Top 50 Films of 2018, Top 25 Films of 2017, Top 10 Films of 2016, Top 12 Films of 2014, Top 10 Films of 2013, Top 12 Films of 2012]

  1. The Grand BizarreJodie Mack
  2. Colophon (for the Arboretum Cycle)Nathaniel Dorsky
  3. Gens du lacJean-Marie Straub
  4. A ReturnJames Edmonds
  5. The Image BookJean-Luc Godard
  6. Fainting SpellsSky Hopinka
  7. Love and the Epiphanists (Part One)Scott Stark
  8. Walled UnwalledLawrence Abu Hamdan
  9. Fatal PulseDamon Packard
  10. Hoarders Without Borders 1.0Jodie Mack
  11. A Bread FactoryPatrick Wang
  12. Terror NulliusSoda_Jerk
  13. A Leaf is the Sea is a TheaterJonathan Schwartz
  14. Sketches and Portraits for Jean MichelEphraim Asili
  15. Binary StarsAndrew Busti
  16. ALTIPLANOMalena Szlam
  17. Life After LoveZachary Epcar
  18. Now, At LastBen Rivers
  19. Mahogany TooAkosua Adoma Owusu
  20. Fountains of ParisStephen Broomer
  21. GoddessKevin Jerome Everson
  22. BlueApichatpong Weerasethakul
  23. Black MotherKhalik Allah
  24. Atomic GardenAna Vaz
  25. Fallen ArchesSimon Liu
  26. Veslemøy's SongSofia Bohdanowicz
  27. I Can See ForeverJeremy Shaw
  28. The Sun QuartetColectivo Los Ingravídos
  29. CommuteVincent Grenier
  30. The Other Side of the WindOrson Welles

Jeffrey M. Anderson: Top Ten Films of 2018

28 December 2018

Jeffrey M. Anderson: Top Ten Films of 2018

[see also 2017]

  1. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  2. BlacKkKlansmanSpike Lee
  3. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  4. The Other Side of the WindOrson Welles
  5. 24 FramesAbbas Kiarostami
  6. Let the Sunshine InClaire Denis
  7. Black PantherRyan Coogler
  8. You Were Never Really HereLynne Ramsay
  9. The Ballad of Buster ScruggsJoel & Ethan Coen
  10. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-VerseBob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman

Barack Obama: Favorite Movies of 2018

28 December 2018

Barack Obama: Favorite Movies of 2018, as posted to Facebook