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.

2019

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, as posted by Filmmaker Magazine as part of the reconstructed Village Voice Film Poll

[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

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]

Boston.com: The 18 Best Books of 2019

06 January 2020

Boston.com: The 18 Best Books of 2019

[see also 2018]

Cahiers du Cinéma: Top 10 Films of 2019

06 January 2020

Cahiers du Cinéma: Top 10 Films of 2019

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

  1. The Image BookJean-Luc Godard
  2. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  3. SynonymsNadav Lapid
  4. BacurauKleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles
  5. Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of ArcBruno Dumont
  6. Pain and GloryPedro Almodóvar
  7. Les MisérablesLadj Ly
  8. The MuleClint Eastwood
  9. JokerTodd Phillips
  10. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese

Publishers Weekly: 5 Best Poetry Books of 2019

05 January 2020

Publishers Weekly: 5 Best Poetry Books of 2019

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2012]

Vibe: The 30 Best Albums of 2019

05 January 2020

Vibe Magazine: The 30 Best Albums of 2019

[see also 2018, 2017]

  1. Ari LennoxShea Butter Baby
  2. Benny the ButcherThe Plugs I Met
  3. BeyoncéThe Lion King: The Gift
  4. BeyoncéHomecoming: The Live Album
  5. Burna BoyAfrican Giant
  6. DaBabyKIRK
  7. Daniel CaesarCASE STUDY 01
  8. Danny Brownuknowhatimsayin¿
  9. Doja CatHot Pink
  10. DreamvilleRevenge of the Dreamers III
  11. Freddie Gibbs & MadlibBandana
  12. GoldLinkDiaspora
  13. GunnaDrip or Drown 2
  14. Jamila WoodsLEGACY! LEGACY!
  15. Jim JonesEl Capo
  16. KembaGilda
  17. Little BrotherMay the Lord Watch
  18. Lucky DayePainted
  19. Michael KiwanukaKiwanuka
  20. Raphael SaadiqJimmy Lee
  21. RapsodyEve
  22. Rick RossPort of Miami 2
  23. SiRChasing Summer
  24. Snoh Aalegra- Ugh, those feels again
  25. SolangeWhen I Get Home
  26. Summer WalkerOver It
  27. Tyler, The CreatorIGOR
  28. WaleWow... That's Crazy
  29. Young ThugSo Much Fun
  30. YBN CordaeThe Lost Boy

Anthony Frame: 10 Great Poetry Collections You May Have Missed

05 January 2020

Anthony Frame: 10 Great Poetry Collections You May Have Missed, as published by Chicago Review of Books

Robin Hilton: Best Albums of 2019

04 January 2020

Robin Hilton: Best Albums of 2019, as posted by NPR

[see also 2017]

  1. Sharon Van EttenRemind Me Tomorrow
  2. Lana Del ReyNorman Fucking Rockwell!
  3. Holly HerndonPROTO
  4. MicrowaveDeath is a Warm Blanket
  5. Ada Leawhat we say in private
  6. Weyes BloodTitanic Rising
  7. Tiny RuinsOlympic Girls
  8. Great GrandpaFour of Arrows
  9. Molly SarléKaraoke Angel
  10. Kate DavisTrophy