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.

Cinema Scope: Top Ten Films of the 2010s

21 March 2020

Cinema Scope: Top Ten Films of the 2010s

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

  1. Twin Peaks: The ReturnDavid Lynch
  2. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past LivesApichatpong Weerasethakul
  3. ZamaLucrecia Martel
  4. LeviathanLucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel
  5. Toni ErdmannMaren Ade
  6. House of PleasuresBertrand Bonello
  7. Goodbye to Language 3DJean-Luc Godard
  8. Horse MoneyPedro Costa
  9. TabuMiguel Gomes
  10. PhoenixChristian Petzold

Cinema Scope: Top Ten Films of 2019

20 March 2020

Cinema Scope: Top Ten Films of 2019

[see also 2010s, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. I Was at Home, ButAngela Schanelec
  2. Vitalina VarelaPedro Costa
  3. Martin EdenPietro Marcello
  4. Uncut GemsBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  5. LibertyAlbert Serra
  6. Heimat is a Space in TimeThomas Heise
  7. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  8. Once Upon a Time... in HollywoodQuentin Tarantino
  9. SynonymsNadav Lapid
  10. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese

Reverse Shot: Best Films of the Decade

21 February 2020

Reverse Shot: Best Films of the Decade, "determined by polling all the major and continuing contributors to Reverse Shot in the publication's history"

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

  1. The Tree of LifeTerrence Malick
  2. No Home MovieChantal Akerman
  3. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past LivesApichatpong Weerasethakul
  4. Toni ErdmannMaren Ade
  5. The MasterPaul Thomas Anderson
  6. ZamaLucrecia Martel
  7. Holy MotorsLeos Carax
  8. CamerapersonKirsten Johnson
  9. BoyhoodRichard Linklater
  10. Phantom ThreadPaul Thomas Anderson
  11. The SouvenirJoanna Hogg
  12. MoonlightBarry Jenkins
  13. This is Not a FilmJafar Panahi & Mojtaba Mirtahmasb
  14. Certified CopyAbbas Kiarostami
  15. Stray DogsTsai Ming-liang
  16. CarolTodd Haynes
  17. PoetryLee Chang-dong
  18. Inside Llewyn DavisJoel & Ethan Coen
  19. Like Someone in LoveAbbas Kiarostami
  20. Once Upon a Time in AnatoliaNuri Bilge Ceylan
  21. MargaretKenneth Lonergan

Scott Tobias: The Best Films of 2019

30 January 2020

Scott Tobias: The Best Films of 2019

[see also 2018, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011]

  1. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese
  2. Marriage StoryNoah Baumbach
  3. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  4. Once Upon a Time... in HollywoodQuentin Tarantino
  5. Portrait of a Lady on FireCéline Sciamma
  6. Uncut GemsBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  7. MidsommarAri Aster
  8. Under the Silver LakeDavid Robert Mitchell
  9. Knives OutRian Johnson
  10. TransitChristian Petzold
  11. The NightingaleJennifer Kent
  12. Little WomenGreta Gerwig
  13. Dragged Across ConcreteS. Craig Zahler
  14. Pain and GloryPedro Almodóvar
  15. American FactorySteven Bognar and Julia Reichert
  16. High LifeClaire Denis
  17. First LoveTakashi Miike
  18. The SouvenirJoanna Hogg
  19. The Hottest AugustBrett Story
  20. Light of My LifeCasey Affleck

Robert Christgau: Dean's List 2019

27 January 2020

Robert Christgau: Dean's List 2019

[see also 2010s, 2018, 2017, 2012]

  1. Billie EilishWhen We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  2. Todd SniderCash Cabin Sessions, Vol. 3
  3. Chance the RapperThe Big Day
  4. Purple MountainsPurple Mountains
  5. Carsie BlantonBuck Up
  6. Kim GordonNo Home Record
  7. Danny Brownuknowhatimsayin¿
  8. Sonic YouthBattery Park, NYC July 4th 2008
  9. Kalie ShorrOpen Book
  10. The Paranoid StyleA Goddamn Impossible Way of Life
  11. Bruce SpringsteenSpringsteen on Broadway
  12. Salif KeitaUn Autre Blanc
  13. Stella DonnellyBeware of the Dogs
  14. Big ThiefTwo Hands
  15. 75 Dollar BillI Was Real
  16. Harriet TubmanThe Terror End of Beauty
  17. black midiSchlagenheim
  18. Tanya TagaqToothsayer
  19. The DelinesThe Imperial
  20. CHAIPunk
  21. Lee "Scratch" PerryRainford
  22. The Ex27 passports
  23. that dogOld LP
  24. Tyler ChildersCountry Squire
  25. Leyla McCallaCapitalist Blues
  26. Sleater-KinneyThe Center Won't Hold
  27. Jeffrey Lewis & The VoltageBad Wiring
  28. Alex ChiltonFrom Memphis to New Orleans
  29. Ezra FurmanTwelve Nudes
  30. LizzoCuz I Love You
  31. Diabel CissokhoRhythm of the Griot
  32. Miranda LambertWildcard
  33. Craig FinnI Need a New War
  34. Charly BlissYoung Enough
  35. Little SimzGREY Area
  36. Ariana GrandeSweetener
  37. RapsodyEve
  38. The NationalI Am Easy to Find
  39. Guy ClarkThe Best of Dualtone Years
  40. Youssou N'DourHistory
  41. Rachid TahaJe Suis Africain
  42. Taylor SwiftLover
  43. Hama SankaréBallébé
  44. Pedro the LionPhoenix
  45. Malibu Ken, Aesop Rock & TOBACCOMalibu Ken
  46. The CoathangersThe Devil You Know
  47. Chuck CleaverSend Aid
  48. Oumar KonatéI Love You Inna
  49. Epic Beard MenThis Was Supposed to Be Fun
  50. Jamila WoodsLEGACY! LEGACY!
  51. Derek SennHow Could a Man
  52. Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni BaMiri
  53. Amber MarkConexão
  54. Nicki MinajQueen
  55. Big ThiefU.F.O.F.
  56. slowthaiNothing Great About Britain
  57. Tyler ChildersLive on Red Barn Radio I & II
  58. 100 gecs1000 gecs
  59. Sudan ArchivesAthena
  60. Thiago NassifTrês
  61. PriestsThe Seduction of Kansas
  62. SabaCare for Me
  63. MadonnaMadame X
  64. The SeedsPushin Too Hard (Original Soundtrack)
  65. Raphael SaadiqJimmy Lee
  66. KhalidFree Spirit
  67. Quelle ChrisGuns
  68. Daniele Luppi & Parquet CourtsMilano
  69. Lewis CapaldiDivinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent
  70. Jealous of the BirdsWisdom Teeth
  71. Dua SalehNūr
  72. SneaksHighway Hypnosis
  73. Sharon Van EttenRemind Me Tomorrow
  74. Alex ChiltonOcean Club '77
  75. SerengetiDennis 6e
  76. Bob MouldSunshine Rock

Lara Zarum: Top Ten Films of 2019

15 January 2020

Lara Zarum: Top Ten Films of 2019, as posted by Filmmaker Magazine as part of the reconstructed Village Voice Film Poll

Anne Thompson: Top Ten Films of 2019

15 January 2020

Anne Thompson: Top Ten Films of 2019, as posted by Filmmaker Magazine as part of the reconstructed Village Voice Film Poll

[see also 2017, 2016, 2015, 2011]

  1. Once Upon a Time... in HollywoodQuentin Tarantino
  2. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  3. Marriage StoryNoah Baumbach
  4. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese
  5. Ford v FerrariJames Mangold
  6. Honey BoyAlma Har'el
  7. The NightingaleJennifer Kent
  8. Les MisérablesLadj Ly
  9. Pain and GloryPedro Almodóvar
  10. 1917Sam Mendes

Brian Darr: Top Ten Films of 2019

15 January 2020

Brian Darr: Top Ten Films of 2019, posted by Filmmaker Magazine as part of the reconstructed Village Voice Film Poll. Previously he submitted a list to the Senses of Cinema World Poll that includes a couple of additional entries, and it appears alongside lists of undistributed features, shorts, installations, and expanded cinema performances.

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013]

  1. Asako I & IIRyûsuke Hamaguchi
  2. Little WomenGreta Gerwig
  3. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese
  4. AniaraPella Kågerman and Hugo Lilja
  5. High LifeClaire Denis
  6. Uncut GemsBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  7. Midnight TravelerHassan Fazili
  8. In My RoomUlrich Köhler
  9. Ash is Purest WhiteJia Zhang-ke
  10. Once Upon a Time... in HollywoodQuentin Tarantino

Keith Phipps: Top 30 Films of the Decade

09 January 2020

Keith Phipps: Top 30 Films of the Decade, as posted to Twitter with a custom illustration for each entry

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2014]

  1. Certified CopyAbbas Kiarostami
  2. The Tree of LifeTerrence Malick
  3. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  4. The MasterPaul Thomas Anderson
  5. BoyhoodRichard Linklater
  6. Under the SkinJonathan Glazer
  7. MoonlightBarry Jenkins
  8. Winter's BoneDebra Granik
  9. AnnihilationAlex Garland
  10. Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller
  11. HerSpike Jonze
  12. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese
  13. Inside OutPete Docter
  14. Moonrise KingdomWes Anderson
  15. CarolTodd Haynes
  16. ArrivalDenis Villeneuve
  17. PatersonJim Jarmusch
  18. Get OutJordan Peele
  19. Meek’s CutoffKelly Reichardt
  20. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  21. Manchester by the SeaKenneth Lonergan
  22. Inside Llewyn DavisJoel & Ethan Coen
  23. Once Upon a Time... in HollywoodQuentin Tarantino
  24. The Social NetworkDavid Fincher
  25. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  26. The Florida ProjectSean Baker
  27. The Act of KillingJoshua Oppenheimer
  28. Lady BirdGreta Gerwig
  29. Upstream ColorShane Carruth
  30. MandyPanos Cosmatos

Dorothy Rabinowitz: The Best Television of 2019

06 January 2020

Dorothy Rabinowitz: The Best Television of 2019, as published by The Wall Street Journal

[see also 2018]