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.

Daily Beast: Top 10 Albums of 2018

02 January 2019

The Daily Beast: Top 10 Albums of 2018

[see also 2017]

  1. Ariana GrandeSweetener
  2. Janelle MonáeDirty Computer
  3. Pusha TDaytona
  4. Christine and the QueensChris
  5. Cardi BInvasion of Privacy
  6. RobynHoney
  7. IdlesJoy as an Act of Resistance
  8. Earl SweatshirtSome Rap Songs
  9. SabaCare for Me
  10. Kacey MusgravesGolden Hour

Film School Rejects: 50 Best Movies of 2018

02 January 2019

Film School Rejects: 50 Best Movies of 2018

[see also 2017]

  1. Black PantherRyan Coogler
  2. AnnihilationAlex Garland
  3. Eighth GradeBo Burnham
  4. The FavouriteYorgos Lanthimos
  5. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-VerseBob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman
  6. BlindspottingCarlos López Estrada
  7. Sorry to Bother YouBoots Riley
  8. Paddington 2Paul King
  9. MandyPanos Cosmatos
  10. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  11. HereditaryAri Aster
  12. SuspiriaLuca Guadagnino
  13. BlacKkKlansmanSpike Lee
  14. ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-eda
  15. Mission: Impossible – FalloutChristopher McQuarrie
  16. Won’t You Be My Neighbor?Morgan Neville
  17. Private LifeTamara Jenkins
  18. WidowsSteve McQueen
  19. You Were Never Really HereLynne Ramsay
  20. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  21. A Quiet PlaceJohn Krasinski
  22. The Night Comes for UsTimo Tjahjanto
  23. RevengeCoralie Fargeat
  24. Avengers: Infinity WarsAnthony and Joe Russo
  25. The RiderChloé Zhao
  26. If Beale Street Could TalkBarry Jenkins
  27. BurningLee Chang-dong
  28. Leave No TraceDebra Granik
  29. CamDaniel Goldhaber
  30. The Death of StalinArmando Iannucci
  31. Cold WarPawel Pawlikowski
  32. Crazy Rich AsiansJon M. Chu
  33. Madeline’s MadelineJosephine Decker
  34. Minding the GapBing Liu
  35. The House That Jack BuiltLars von Trier
  36. Thunder RoadJim Cummings
  37. WildlifePaul Dano
  38. Game NightJohn Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein
  39. Isle of DogsWes Anderson
  40. Bad Times at the El RoyaleDrew Goddard
  41. UpgradeLeigh Whannell
  42. The TaleJennifer Fox
  43. A Star Is BornBradley Cooper
  44. A Simple FavorPaul Feig
  45. Night Comes OnJordana Spiro
  46. Let the Sunshine InClaire Denis
  47. The EndlessJustin Benson and Aaron Moorhead
  48. Borg vs. McEnroeJanus Metz
  49. Support the GirlsAndrew Bujalski
  50. Love, SimonGreg Berlanti

Time Out New York: 16 Best Albums of 2018

02 January 2019

Time Out New York: 16 Best Albums of 2018

[see also 2017]

Michael Sicinski: Top 50 Films of 2018

02 January 2019

Michael Sicinski: Top 50 Films of 2018, as posted to Letterboxd

[see also Top 30 Experimental 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. Bisbee '17Robert Greene
  5. A ReturnJames Edmonds
  6. The Image BookJean-Luc Godard
  7. TransitChristian Petzold
  8. If Beale Street Could TalkBarry Jenkins
  9. Fainting SpellsSky Hopinka
  10. Season of the DevilLav Diaz
  11. Dead SoulsWang Bing
  12. Walled UnwalledLawrence Abu Hamdan
  13. BlacKkKlansmanSpike Lee
  14. In My RoomUlrich Köhler
  15. GrassHong Sang-soo
  16. Sorry AngelChristophe Honoré
  17. Fatal PulseDamon Packard
  18. What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire?Roberto Minervini
  19. Hoarders Without BordersJodie Mack
  20. A Bread FactoryPatrick Wang
  21. Terror NulliusSoda_Jerk
  22. A Leaf is the Sea is a TheaterJonathan Schwartz
  23. The Wild Pear TreeNuri Bilge Ceylan
  24. Sketches and Portraits for Jean MichelEphraim Asili
  25. Binary StarsAndrew Busti
  26. ALTIPLANOMalena Szlam
  27. Sorry to Bother YouBoots Riley
  28. Life After LoveZachary Epcar
  29. Anna’s WarAleksei Fedorchenko
  30. Now, At LastBen Rivers
  31. BurningLee Chang-dong
  32. Mahogany TooAkosua Adoma Owusu
  33. Fountains of ParisStephen Broomer
  34. DonbassSergei Loznitsa
  35. Kinshasa MakamboDieudo Hamadi
  36. GoddessKevin Jerome Everson
  37. Happy as LazzaroAlice Rohrwacher
  38. Private LifeTamara Jenkins
  39. BlueApichatpong Weerasethakul
  40. DiamantinoGabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt
  41. InsectJan Švankmajer
  42. Black MotherKhalik Allah
  43. The TaleJennifer Fox
  44. Edge of the KnifeGwaai Edenshaw and Helen Haig-Brown
  45. Self-Portrait: Sphinx in 47 KmZhang Mengqi
  46. Support the GirlsAndrew Bujalski
  47. Knife+HeartYann Gonzalez
  48. Treasure IslandGuillaume Brac
  49. UnsaneSteven Soderbergh
  50. Atomic GardenAna Vaz

Lydia Ogwang: Top 13 Films of 2018

02 January 2019

Lydia Ogwang: Top 13 Films of 2018, as submitted to the annual collection of Lists Curated by Toronto Film Review

[see also 2017]

  1. DriftHelena Wittmann
  2. Fainting SpellsSky Hopinka
  3. The Nucleus of the Great UnionThe Otolith Group
  4. Minding the GapBing Liu
  5. ALTIPLANOMalena Szlam
  6. DiamantinoGabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt
  7. L. CohenJames Benning
  8. TransitChristian Petzold
  9. The Image You MissedDonal Foreman
  10. Personal ProblemsBill Gunn
  11. Monrovia, IndianaFrederick Wiseman
  12. CaballerangoJuan Pablo González
  13. My First Film [live]Zia Anger