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.

Federica Foglia: Top Ten Films of 2018

04 January 2019

Federica Foglia: Top Ten Films of 2018, as submitted to the annual collection of Lists Curated by Toronto Film Review

[see also 2017]

  1. High LifeClaire Denis
  2. The Image BookJean-Luc Godard
  3. Cities of Last ThingsHo Wi Ding
  4. Cold WarPawel Pawlikowski
  5. BurningLee Chang-dong
  6. ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-eda
  7. AnthropoceneNicholas de Pencier, Edward Burtynsky, and Jennifer Baichwal
  8. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  9. Mademoiselle de JoncquièresEmmanuel Mouret
  10. DogmanMatteo Garrone

David Sterritt: Ten Best Films of 2018

03 January 2019

David Sterritt: Ten Best Films of 2018, as aired on Films in Focus

  1. BlacKkKlansmanSpike Lee
  2. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  3. SuspiriaLuca Guadagnino
  4. CapernaumNadine Labaki
  5. HereditaryAri Aster
  6. BorderAli Abbasi
  7. Three Identical StrangersTim Wardle
  8. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  9. Nico, 1988Susanna Nicchiarelli
  10. Lean on PeteAndrew Haigh

Alternative: Top 50 Albums of 2018

03 January 2019

The Alternative: Top 50 Albums of 2018

[see also 2017]

  1. Hop AlongBark Your Head Off, Dog
  2. MitskiBe the Cowboy
  3. FoxingNearer My God
  4. Just FriendsNothing but Love
  5. Retirement PartySomewhat Literate
  6. KississippiSunset Blush
  7. Camp CopeHow to Socialise & Make Friends
  8. boygeniusboygenius
  9. Sidney GishNo Dogs Allowed
  10. Drug ChurchCheer
  11. The 1975A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships
  12. Snail MailLush
  13. Jeff RosenstockPost-
  14. Soccer MommyClean
  15. mewithoutYou[Untitled]
  16. The Spirit Of The BeehiveHypnic Jerks
  17. Animal FlagVoid Ripper
  18. The SidekicksHappiness Hours
  19. Now, NowSaved
  20. Death Cab for CutieThank You for Today
  21. The Wonder YearsSister Cities
  22. Pool KidsMusic to Practice Safe Sex To
  23. The BethsFuture Me Hates Me
  24. Wild PinkYolk in the Fur
  25. Joyce ManorMillion Dollars to Kill Me
  26. Lucy DacusHistorian
  27. VeinErrorzone
  28. Mac MillerSwimming
  29. Gouge AwayBurnt Sugar
  30. Pusha TDaytona
  31. Spanish Love SongsSchmaltz
  32. Parquet CourtsWide Awake!
  33. Mom Jeans.Puppy Love
  34. Earl SweatshirtSome Rap Songs
  35. Culture AbuseBay Dream
  36. Donovan WolfingtonWaves
  37. illuminati hottiesKiss Yr Frenemies
  38. NonameRoom 25
  39. awakebutstillinbedWhat People Call Low Self​-​Esteem Is Really Just Seeing Yourself the Way That Other People See You
  40. PetalMagic Gone
  41. Graduating LifeGrad Life
  42. NothingDance on the Blacktop
  43. Save FaceMerci
  44. Remember SportsSlow Buzz
  45. HoderaBesides
  46. Antarctigo VespucciLove in the Time of E-Mail
  47. Kacey MusgravesGolden Hour
  48. Travis ScottASTROWORLD
  49. Stove's Favorite Friend
  50. The Sonder BombsModern Female Rockstar

Walter Chaw: 50 Best Films of 2018

03 January 2019

Walter Chaw: 50 Best Films of 2018, as published by Film Freak Central in ten groups

  1. AnnihilationAlex Garland
  2. ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-eda
  3. Private LifeTamara Jenkins
  4. BurningLee Chang-dong
  5. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  6. The RiderChloé Zhao
  7. Leave No TraceDebra Granik
  8. You Were Never Really HereLynne Ramsay
  9. ZamaLucrecia Martel
  10. The Wild Pear TreeNuri Bilge Ceylan
  11. Have a Nice DayLiu Jian
  12. The FavouriteYorgos Lanthimos
  13. The Ballad of Buster ScruggsJoel & Ethan Coen
  14. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-VerseBob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman
  15. At Eternity’s GateJulian Schnabel
  16. The Death of StalinArmando Iannucci
  17. BlacKkKlansmanSpike Lee
  18. BlazeEthan Hawke
  19. Skate KitchenCrystal Moselle
  20. If Beale Street Could TalkBarry Jenkins
  21. Under the Silver LakeDavid Robert Mitchell
  22. Sorry to Bother YouBoots Riley
  23. Can You Ever Forgive Me?Marielle Heller
  24. Madeline’s MadelineJosephine Decker
  25. UpgradeLeigh Whannell
  26. Hold the DarkJeremy Saulnier
  27. The Great Buddha+Huang Hsin-yao
  28. Game NightJohn Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein
  29. Support the GirlsAndrew Bujalski
  30. SuspiriaLuca Guadagnino
  31. First ManDamien Chazelle
  32. Cold WarPawel Pawlikowski
  33. Let the Sunshine InClaire Denis
  34. The Devil's DoorwayAislinn Clarke
  35. DamselDavid Zellner and Nathan Zellner
  36. AquamanJames Wan
  37. The RitualDavid Bruckner
  38. The Sisters BrothersJacques Audiard
  39. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  40. BlindspottingCarlos López Estrada
  41. The Night Eats the WorldDominique Rocher
  42. The House That Jack BuiltLars von Trier
  43. TerrifiedDemián Rugna
  44. BumblebeeTravis Knight
  45. ApostleGareth Evans
  46. Ismael’s GhostsArnaud Desplechin
  47. The Miseducation of Cameron PostDesiree Akhavan
  48. HalloweenDavid Gordon Green
  49. Thunder RoadJim Cummings
  50. Janelle Monáe: Dirty Computer — Various

David Morgan: Best Movies of 2018

03 January 2019

David Morgan: Best Movies of 2018, as published by CBS News

  1. The Death of StalinArmando Iannucci
  2. Leave No TraceDebra Granik
  3. The FavouriteYorgos Lanthimos
  4. You Were Never Really HereLynne Ramsay
  5. The RiderChloé Zhao
  6. ShirkersSandi Tan
  7. Cold WarPawel Pawlikowski
  8. WildlifePaul Dano
  9. BlacKkKlansmanSpike Lee
  10. The Ballad of Buster ScruggsJoel & Ethan Coen