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.

Source: Top 20 Albums of 2012

09 January 2013

The Source: Top 20 Albums of 2012

  1. NasLife is Good
  2. Kendrick Lamargood kid, m.A.A.d city
  3. The GameJesus Piece
  4. Big K.R.I.T.Live From The Underground
  5. Ab-SoulControl System
  6. G.O.O.D. MusicCruel Summer
  7. SlaughterhouseWelcome To: Our House
  8. Schoolboy QHabits & Contradictions
  9. Lupe FiascoFood & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1
  10. T.I.Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head
  11. 2 ChainzBased On A T.R.U. Story
  12. Rick RossGod Forgives, I Dont
  13. Wu BlockWu Block
  14. Sean PriceMic Tyson
  15. Big BoiVicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors
  16. Roc MarcianoReloaded
  17. Killer MikeR.A.P. Music
  18. Meek MillDreams And Nightmares
  19. El-PCancer 4 Cure
  20. DJ KhaledKiss the Ring

Dennis Cooper: 16 Favorite Films of 2012

09 January 2013

Dennis Cooper: 16 Favorite Films of 2012 (as numbered on Cooper’s site, but note that he precedes the list with “in no order”)

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

  1. Moonrise KingdomWes Anderson
  2. Holy MotorsLeos Carax
  3. The Cabin in the WoodsDrew Goddard
  4. Oslo, August 31stJoachim Trier
  5. AmourMichael Haneke
  6. Take ShelterJeff Nichols
  7. The Second Cabin: Stemple PassJames Benning
  8. All Divided SelvesLuke Fowler
  9. Free RadicalsPip Chodorov
  10. Middle of NowhereMichael Salerno and Marcus Whale
  11. Shitty YouthAdam Humphrey
  12. My Best ThingFrances Stark
  13. Stand in the StreamStanya Kahn
  14. The WildingGrant Scicluna
  15. This is Not a FilmJafar Panahi & Mojtaba Mirtahmasb
  16. ParaNormanChris Butler & Sam Fell

Dennis Cooper: 20 Favorite Albums of 2012

09 January 2013

Dennis Cooper: 20 Favorite Albums of 2012 (as numbered on Cooper’s site, but note that he precedes the list with “in no order”)

[see also 2015, 2013, 2011]

  1. Death GripsNo Love Deep Web
  2. Scott WalkerBish Bosch
  3. RaimeQuarter
  4. Guided By VoicesThe Bears for Lunch
  5. William BasinskiThe Disintegration Loops
  6. PinbackInformation Retrieved
  7. Flying LotusUntil the Quiet Comes
  8. DétectiveHowever Strange
  9. New White LightBela Tarr 7-13
  10. SwansThe Seer
  11. Robert PollardJack Sells the Cow
  12. JapandroidsCelebration Rock
  13. GrimesVisions
  14. SpiritualizedSweet Heart, Sweet Light
  15. ActressR.I.P.
  16. Tame ImpalaLonerism
  17. Julia HolterEkstasis
  18. Los Angeles555/666/777
  19. El-PCancer 4 Cure
  20. Crystal CastlesIII

Ben Sachs: 20 Favorite Films of 2012

09 January 2013

Ben Sachs: 20 Favorite Films of 2012, as published by The Chicago Reader

[see also 2014, 2011]

  1. Life Without PrincipleJohnnie To
  2. Possession (1981)Andrzej Zulawski
  3. A Simple LifeAnn Hui
  4. The MasterPaul Thomas Anderson
  5. Sack BarrowBen Rivers
  6. We Have a PopeNanni Moretti
  7. Holy MotorsLeos Carax
  8. The PaperboyLee Daniels
  9. This is Not a FilmJafar Panahi & Mojtaba Mirtahmasb
  10. CosmopolisDavid Cronenberg
  11. Outside SatanBruno Dumont
  12. Silver Linings PlaybookDavid O. Russell
  13. Magic MikeSteven Soderbergh
  14. Moonrise KingdomWes Anderson
  15. UnforgivableAndré Téchiné
  16. Paradise: LoveUlrich Seidl
  17. The GreyJoe Carnahan
  18. A Burning Hot SummerPhilippe Garrel
  19. The Secret World of ArriettyHiromasa Yonebayashi
  20. BernieRichard Linklater

J.R. Jones: 22 Favorite Movies of 2012

09 January 2013

J.R. Jones: 22 Favorite Movies of 2012, as published by The Chicago Reader

[see also 2014, 2011]

  1. A SeparationAsghar Farhadi
  2. LincolnSteven Spielberg
  3. In the FamilyPatrick Wang
  4. God Bless AmericaBobcat Goldthwait
  5. Le Grand Amour (1969)Pierre Etaix
  6. The House I Live InEugene Jarecki
  7. Beyond the HillsCristian Mungiu
  8. Rust and BoneJacques Audiard
  9. ComplianceCraig Zobel
  10. The Color WheelAlex Ross Perry