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.

Wesley Morris: Top 25 Movies of 2012

11 January 2013

Wesley Morris: Top 25 Movies of 2012, as published by The Boston Globe

[see also 2014, 2013, 2011]

  1. The MasterPaul Thomas Anderson
  2. How to Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDSDavid France
  3. The PaperboyLee Daniels
  4. AmourMichael Haneke
  5. Django UnchainedQuentin Tarantino
  6. Moonrise KingdomWes Anderson
  7. PolisseMaïwenn
  8. Holy MotorsLeos Carax
  9. Once Upon a Time in AnatoliaNuri Bilge Ceylan
  10. 21 Jump StreetPhil Lord and Chris Miller

Keith Uhlich: 10 Best Movies of 2012

10 January 2013

Keith Uhlich: 10 Best Movies of 2012, as published by Time Out New York

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2011]

  1. Almayer’s FollyChantal Akerman
  2. Not Fade AwayDavid Chase
  3. DomainPatric Chiha
  4. The Kid with a BikeJean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  5. Killer JoeWilliam Friedkin
  6. This is Not a FilmJafar Panahi & Mojtaba Mirtahmasb
  7. Girl Walk // All DayJacob Krupnick
  8. Damsels in DistressWhit Stillman
  9. Zero Dark ThirtyKathryn Bigelow
  10. CosmopolisDavid Cronenberg

Joshua Rothkopf: 10 Best Movies of 2012

10 January 2013

Joshua Rothkopf: 10 Best Movies of 2012, as published by Time Out New York

[see also 2018, 2017, 2015, 2011]

  1. BernieRichard Linklater
  2. Zero Dark ThirtyKathryn Bigelow
  3. How to Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDSDavid France
  4. LincolnSteven Spielberg
  5. Keep the Lights OnIra Sachs
  6. ElenaAndrey Zvyagintsev
  7. Marina Abramović: The Artist is PresentMatthew Akers
  8. The ImposterBart Layton
  9. Silver Linings PlaybookDavid O. Russell
  10. Django UnchainedQuentin Tarantino

David Fear: 10 Best Movies of 2012

10 January 2013

David Fear: 10 Best Movies of 2012, as published by Time Out New York

[see also 2018, 2017, 2011]

  1. The MasterPaul Thomas Anderson
  2. ComplianceCraig Zobel
  3. BestiaireDenis Côté
  4. Zero Dark ThirtyKathryn Bigelow
  5. Magic MikeSteven Soderbergh
  6. LincolnSteven Spielberg
  7. The Raid: RedemptionGareth Evans
  8. AmourMichael Haneke
  9. Keep the Lights OnIra Sachs
  10. Wuthering HeightsAndrea Arnold

Engine 145: Top 25 Albums of 2012

09 January 2013

Engine 145: Top 25 Albums of 2012

  1. Marty Stuart and His Fabulous SuperlativesNashville, Vol. 1. Tear the Woodpile Down
  2. Kellie Pickler100 Proof
  3. Don WilliamsAnd So It Goes
  4. Jamey JohnsonLiving for a Song: Tribute to Hank Cochran
  5. Iris DeMentSing the Delta
  6. Waylon JenningsGoin’ Down Rockin’: The Last Recordings
  7. Alan JacksonThirty Miles West
  8. Jason EadyAM Country Heaven
  9. The Time JumpersThe Time Jumpers
  10. Corb LundCabin Fever
  11. Dwight Yoakam3 Pears
  12. The TrishasHigh, Wide & Handsome
  13. Kasey Chambers & Shane NicholsonWreck & Ruin
  14. Chelle RoseGhost of Browder Holler
  15. Carolina Chocolate DropsLeaving Eden
  16. Little Big TownTornado
  17. Buddy Miller & Jim LauderdaleBuddy and Jim
  18. Various Artists — Kin: Songs by Mary Karr & Rodney Crowell
  19. Kathy MatteaCalling Me Home
  20. Zac Brown BandUncaged
  21. Gretchen PetersHello Cruel World
  22. Joey + RoryHis and Hers
  23. Sara WatkinsSun Midnight Sun
  24. Bobby BareDarker Than Light
  25. Brandi CarlileBear Creek