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.

2018 Movies

Alicia Malone: Favorite Films of 2018

04 January 2019

Alicia Malone: Favorite Films of 2018, as posted to Letterboxd

[see also 2017]

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

Valerie Ettenhofer: Best Movies Directed By Women in 2018

03 January 2019

Valerie Ettenhofer: Best Movies Directed By Women in 2018, as published by Film School Rejects

[see also 2019]

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

Aisha Harris: Favorite Movies of 2018

02 January 2019

Aisha Harris: Favorite Movies of 2018, as posted to Twitter