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.

Bilge Ebiri: Top 20 Films of 2012

02 January 2013

Bilge Ebiri: Top 20 Films of 2012

[see also 2017, 2016, 2015]

  1. Once Upon a Time in AnatoliaNuri Bilge Ceylan
  2. It’s Such a Beautiful DayDon Hertzfeldt
  3. Holy MotorsLeos Carax
  4. The GreyJoe Carnahan
  5. LincolnSteven Spielberg
  6. The MasterPaul Thomas Anderson
  7. Zero Dark ThirtyKathryn Bigelow
  8. The Dark Knight RisesChristopher Nolan
  9. Moonrise KingdomWes Anderson
  10. BelovedChristophe Honoré
  11. Room 237Rodney Ascher
  12. SamsaraRon Fricke
  13. Django UnchainedQuentin Tarantino
  14. Almayer’s FollyChantal Akerman
  15. ExtraterrestrialNacho Vigalondo
  16. The Raid: RedemptionGareth Evans
  17. The Deep Blue SeaTerence Davies
  18. Life of PiAng Lee
  19. Keep the Lights OnIra Sachs
  20. Anna KareninaJoe Wright

Reverse Shot: 10 Best Films of 2012

02 January 2013

Reverse Shot: 10 Best Films of 2012

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2011]

  1. The Deep Blue SeaTerence Davies
  2. This is Not a FilmJafar Panahi & Mojtaba Mirtahmasb
  3. The Kid with a BikeJean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  4. TabuMiguel Gomes
  5. Holy MotorsLeos Carax
  6. The MasterPaul Thomas Anderson
  7. Almayer’s FollyChantal Akerman
  8. The Turin HorseBéla Tarr
  9. Once Upon a Time in AnatoliaNuri Bilge Ceylan
  10. LincolnSteven Spielberg

Beats Per Minute: Top 50 Albums of 2012

02 January 2013

Beats Per Minute: Top 50 Albums of 2012

  1. Flying LotusUntil the Quiet Comes
  2. ChromaticsKill for Love
  3. Andy StottLuxury Problems
  4. Frank OceanChannel Orange
  5. Tame ImpalaLonerism
  6. Jens LekmanI Know What Love Isn’t
  7. Kendrick Lamargood kid, m.A.A.d city
  8. How to Dress WellTotal Loss
  9. Julia HolterEkstasis
  10. SwansThe Seer
  11. Mount EerieOcean Roar
  12. Mount EerieClear Moon
  13. Lost In The TreesA Church That Fits Our Needs
  14. Ty SegallTwins
  15. John TalabotfIN
  16. Perfume GeniusPut Your Back N 2 It
  17. The MenOpen Your Heart
  18. Motion Sickness of Time TravelMotion Sickness of Time Travel
  19. SpiritualizedSweet Heart, Sweet Light
  20. The WeekndEchoes of Silence
  21. Mac DeMarco2
  22. Purity RingShrines
  23. Ty Segall BandSlaughterhouse
  24. Killer MikeR.A.P. Music
  25. PallbearerSorrow and Extinction
  26. Beach HouseBloom
  27. Godspeed You! Black Emperor‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
  28. MerchandiseChildren of Desire
  29. Nü SensaeSundowning
  30. Holy OtherHeld
  31. DIIVOshin
  32. Fiona AppleThe Idler Wheel…
  33. JapandroidsCelebration Rock
  34. The xxCoexist
  35. El-PCancer 4 Cure
  36. Bat for LashesThe Haunted Man
  37. Jessie WareDevotion
  38. Animal CollectiveCentipede Hz
  39. LHFKeepers of the Light
  40. LambchopMr. M
  41. Schoolboy QHabits & Contradictions
  42. ItalHive Mind
  43. Dirty ProjectorsSwing Lo Magellan
  44. Cloud NothingsAttack on Memory
  45. Dan DeaconAmerica
  46. Action BronsonBlue Chips
  47. Death GripsThe Money Store
  48. Voices From The LakeVoices from the Lake
  49. Sharon Van EttenTramp
  50. White FenceFamily Perfume Vol. 1 & 2
  51. LoneGalaxy Garden

WUOG: Top 50 Albums of 2012

01 January 2013

WUOG: Top 50 Albums of 2012

  1. Cloud NothingsAttack on Memory
  2. Frank OceanChannel Orange
  3. Purity RingShrines
  4. Kendrick Lamargood kid, m.A.A.d city
  5. JapandroidsCelebration Rock
  6. Beach HouseBloom
  7. Tame ImpalaLonerism
  8. GrimesVisions
  9. SwansThe Seer
  10. Death GripsThe Money Store
  11. Death GripsNo Love Deep Web
  12. Grizzly BearShields
  13. Ariel PinkMature Themes
  14. MiguelKaleidoscope Dream
  15. Dirty ProjectorsSwing Lo Magellan
  16. Sharon Van EttenTramp
  17. Godspeed You! Black Emperor‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
  18. Crystal CastlesCrystal Castles III
  19. The MenOpen Your Heart
  20. Captain MurphyDuality
  21. Killer MikeR.A.P. Music
  22. Flying LotusUntil the Quiet Comes
  23. NasLife is Good
  24. Perfume GeniusPut Your Back N 2 It
  25. How to Dress WellTotal Loss
  26. ChairliftSomething
  27. OberhoferTime Capsules II
  28. Sleigh BellsReign of Terror
  29. Wild NothingNocturne
  30. Jack WhiteBlunderbuss
  31. Ty Segall BandSlaughterhouse
  32. Julia HolterEkstasis
  33. Lana Del ReyBorn to Die
  34. David Byrne & St. VincentLove this Giant
  35. The xxCoexist
  36. Hot ChipIn Our Heads
  37. Title FightFloral Green
  38. Black Moth Super RainbowCobra Juicy
  39. Schoolboy QHabits & Contradictions
  40. FuturePluto
  41. The ShinsPort of Morrow
  42. FriendsManifest!
  43. HospitalityHospitality
  44. The Mountain GoatsTranscendental Youth
  45. Scott WalkerBish Bosch
  46. Matthew DearBeams
  47. Krystale & KaytradamusThe Good Fight
  48. Hop AlongGet Disowned
  49. Josephine FosterBlood Rushing
  50. DeerhoofBreakup Song
  51. Dan DeaconAmerica

Jonathan Marlow: Top Ten Films of 2012

01 January 2013

Jonathan Marlow: Top Ten Films of 2012, as published by Fandor’s Keyframe

  1. The WallJulian Pölsler
  2. Holy MotorsLeos Carax
  3. Palaces of PityGabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt
  4. TabuMiguel Gomes
  5. Once Upon a Time in AnatoliaNuri Bilge Ceylan
  6. Two Years at SeaBen Rivers
  7. SisterUrsula Meier
  8. NoPablo Larraín
  9. ComplianceCraig Zobel
  10. Berberian Sound StudioPeter Strickland