Film has a way of making a single image stick with you – of being able to appreciate it as a piece of still photography all its own, and often being taken back to everything else the film had to offer in one quick hit.

In 2014, those images ran the gamut. Some were iconic, but a lot of my selections this year are abstract – often only making sense if you’ve seen the film. Still, all of them tapped a nerve when I saw them and I’ve done my best to collect them here before we close the book on the year.

Note: Special thanks this year to SELMA director Ava DuVernay who answered a random tweet by this humble writer and provided the final image for this year’s post.

Each photo can be identified by hovering your cursor, and clicking any of them will take you to a bigger version of the shot. For the curious, previous years’ entries in this series can be found at the bottom of this post.

 

 

Nymphomaniac

Under the Skin

Grand Budapest Hotel

Only Lovers Left Alive

Immigrant

Obvious Child

The Double

Fault in Our Stars

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2

Boyhood

Guardians

The F Word

Gone Girl

Birdman

Mommy

Dear White People

Nightcrawler

Babadook

Whiplash

Force Majeure

Interstellar

Princess Kaguya

Mr. Turner

Inherent Vice

SELMA

 

Previous Years’ Entries: 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010