Year-End Lists

Notable, browsable lists. 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.

Erika Balsom: 10 Best Films of 2020

24 November 2020

Erika Balsom: 10 Best Films of 2020, as published by Artforum

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017]

  1. Defiant Muses: Delphine Seyrig and the Feminist Video Collectives in France in the 1970s and 1980s [exhibition]
  2. Out Of The Shadows: The Pioneering Work Of Atteyat Al-Abnoudy, Assia Djebar, Jocelyne Saab, Heiny Srour [exhibition]
  3. The Year of the DiscoveryLuis López Carrasco
  4. DaysTsai Ming-liang
  5. Route One/USARobert Kramer
  6. First CowKelly Reichardt
  7. Apiyemiyekî?Ana Vaz
  8. Forum 50 Anniversary Program, Berlinale
  9. The Works and Days (of Tayoko Shiojiri in the Shiotani Basin)Anders Edström and C.W. Winter
  10. małni—towards the ocean, towards the shoreSky Hopinka
  11. La Loupe [Facebook group]

James Quandt: 10 Best Films of 2020

24 November 2020

James Quandt: 10 Best Films of 2020, as published by Artforum, "culled exclusively from the superbly curated 2020 New York Film Festival."

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014]

  1. The Woman Who RanHong Sang-soo
  2. DaysTsai Ming-liang
  3. The Year of the DiscoveryLuis López Carrasco
  4. The PickpocketJia Zhang-ke
  5. A Night at the OperaSergei Loznitsa
  6. The Monopoly of ViolenceDavid Dufresne
  7. MalmkrogCristi Puiu
  8. NotturnoGianfranco Rosi
  9. While Cursed by SpectersBurak Çevik
  10. GundaViktor Kosakovskiy

Amy Taubin: 10 Best Films of 2020

24 November 2020

Amy Taubin: 10 Best Films of 2020, as published by Artforum

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012]

  1. The handy, affordable-to-everyone, moving-image camera
  2. I May Destroy YouMichaela Coel & Sam Miller
  3. Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of TimeLili Horvát
  4. TimeGarrett Bradley
  5. AmericaGarrett Bradley
  6. GundaViktor Kosakovskiy
  7. Never Rarely Sometimes AlwaysEliza Hittman
  8. TeslaMichael Almereyda
  9. David Byrne's American UtopiaSpike Lee
  10. Da 5 BloodsSpike Lee
  11. The Monopoly of ViolenceDavid Dufresne
  12. MLK/FBISam Pollard
  13. Coded BiasShalini Kantayya
  14. CollectiveAlexander Nanau

John Waters: 10 Best Films of 2020

24 November 2020

John Waters: 10 Best Films of 2020, as published by Artforum

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. Butt BoyTyler Cornack
  2. SwallowCarlo Mirabella-Davis
  3. The HuntCraig Zobel
  4. Why Don't You Just Die!Kirill Sokolow
  5. The AuditionIna Weisse
  6. DeerskinQuentin Dupieux
  7. The Human VoicePedro Almodóvar
  8. True History of the Kelly GangJustin Kurzel
  9. American Murder: The Family Next DoorJenny Popplewell
  10. The Trial of the Chicago 7Aaron Sorkin
  11. Small Axe: MangroveSteve McQueen

New York Times: The 10 Best Books of 2020

23 November 2020

The New York Times: The 10 Best Books of 2020

[see also 100 Notable Books of 2020, The 10 Best Books of 2019, 100 Notable Books of 2018, 10 Best Books of 2018, 10 Best Books of 2017, 100 Notable Books of 2017, 10 Best Books of 2016, 10 Best Books of 2015, 10 Best Books of 2012]

Eliana Dockterman: The 10 Best Podcasts of 2020

22 November 2020

Eliana Dockterman: The 10 Best Podcasts of 2020, as published by Time Magazine

  1. Nice White Parents
  2. Code Switch
  3. Staying In with Emily & Kumail
  4. You Must Remember This: Polly Platt
  5. Outsiders
  6. The Daily
  7. Floodlines
  8. Dead Eyes
  9. Home Cooking
  10. Back Issue

Time: The 10 Best Nonfiction Books of 2020

21 November 2020

Time Magazine: The 10 Best Nonfiction Books of 2020

[see also The 100 Must-Read Books of 2020, The 10 Best Fiction Books of 2020, The 10 Best Nonfiction Books of the 2010s, The 10 Best Fiction Books of the 2010s, The 10 Best Fiction Books of 2019, The 10 Best Nonfiction Books of 2019, Best Books of 2018, Top 20 Books of 2017]

New York Times: 100 Notable Books of 2020

20 November 2020

The New York Times: 100 Notable Books of 2020

[see also The 10 Best Books of 2020, The 10 Best Books of 2019, 100 Notable Books of 2018, 10 Best Books of 2018, 10 Best Books of 2017, 100 Notable Books of 2017, 10 Best Books of 2016, 10 Best Books of 2015, 10 Best Books of 2012]

Nick Levine: Best Albums of 2020

19 November 2020

Nick Levine: Best Albums of 2020 as published by BBC Culture

Time: The 10 Best Fiction Books of 2020

19 November 2020

Time Magazine: The 10 Best Fiction Books of 2020

[see also The 100 Must-Read Books of 2020, The 10 Best Nonfiction Books of 2020, The 10 Best Nonfiction Books of the 2010s, The 10 Best Fiction Books of the 2010s, The 10 Best Fiction Books of 2019, The 10 Best Nonfiction Books of 2019, Best Books of 2018, Top 20 Books of 2017]