Best Film Shots of 2014

10. The Immigrant

DP: Darius Khondji

The entire tunnel sequence is beyond striking, evoking classic film noirs....there is a brutality here that is almost beautiful. Not unlike the world of the film...gorgeous but underneath, deeply disturbing and violent
The entire tunnel sequence is beyond striking, evoking classic film noirs….there is a brutality here that is almost beautiful. Not unlike the world of the film…gorgeous but underneath, deeply disturbing and violent

9. Birdman

DP: Emmanuel lubezki

Interpret as you will. It's one of the only shots in the film not be be masked as a continuous shot...I think it has something to do with awakening, but truthfully I have no idea. I just know it hung with me long after I saw the film.
Interpret as you will. It’s one of the only shots in the film not be be masked as a continuous shot…I think it has something to do with awakening, but truthfully I have no idea. I just know it hung with me long after I saw the film.

8. Unbroken

DP: Roger Deakins

I can't find any deep meaning here. It's just a very impressive and striking shot.
I can’t find any deep meaning here. It’s just a very impressive and striking shot.

7. Calvary

DP: Larry Smith

Aside from looking absolutely gorgeous, the image of a church burning speaks volumes about the plot. Here is a man whose very foundations of faith are under attack...being burned to the ground if you will...TO THEIR VERY FOUNDATIONS. (Subtle enough for you?)
Aside from looking absolutely gorgeous, the image of a church burning speaks volumes about the plot. Here is a man whose very foundations of faith are under attack…being burned to the ground if you will…TO THEIR VERY FOUNDATIONS. (Subtle enough for you?)

6. The Rover

DP: Natasha Braier

What better way to demonstrate a man's internally dead, emotionless nature than to show him focusing on his drink while a loud and deadly car crash occurs directly behind him. Here is a man who has become entirely self centered. Braier has essentially summed up Guy Pearce's character in one shot...
What better way to demonstrate a man’s internally dead, emotionless nature than to show him focusing on his drink while a loud and deadly car crash occurs directly behind him. Here is a man who has become entirely self centered. Braier has essentially summed up Guy Pearce’s character in one shot…

5. Birdman

DP: Emmanuel Lubezki

Really, this is one shot from an entire scene that will blow your mind with how stunning (and trippy) it is. I cannot provide any sort of analysis here, but I can say GO SEE THE FILM AND WATCH THIS SCENE. There's a crazy guy reciting King Lear in the background and it is downright hypnotic...
Really, this is one shot from an entire scene that will blow your mind with how stunning (and trippy) it is. I cannot provide any sort of analysis here, but I can say GO SEE THE FILM AND WATCH THIS SCENE. There’s a crazy guy reciting King Lear in the background and it is downright hypnotic…

4. The Raid 2:

DP: Matt Flannery & Dimas Imam Subhono

Perfectly symetrical framing + snow + blood + night shadows= the perfect shot
Perfectly symetrical framing + snow + blood + night shadows= the perfect shot

3. Noah

DP: Matthew Libatique

Anyone who has followed my lists over the years knows I am obsessed with anything that uses sunsets and silouhettes well...this is no exception.
Anyone who has followed my lists over the years knows I am obsessed with anything that uses sunsets and silouhettes well…this is no exception.

2. The Immigrant

DP: Darius Khondji

 Admittedly, if you've seen the film, this shot is absurdly heavy-handed in hammering home the film's message, but it is so immaculately framed to drive this message that one has to love it. Essentially, the point is Marion Cotillard and Joaquin Phoenix must head in their own directions in order to survive. They are both embarking on journeys of redemption. Both journeys are depicted simeltaneously, using a mirror and a window.

Admittedly, if you’ve seen the film, this shot is absurdly heavy-handed in hammering home the film’s message, but it is so immaculately framed to drive this message that one has to love it. Essentially, the point is Marion Cotillard and Joaquin Phoenix must head in their own directions in order to survive. They are both embarking on journeys of redemption. Both journeys are depicted simeltaneously, using a mirror and a window.

1. Mr. Turner

DP: Dick Pope

The film is about the life of painter J.M.W Turner, and nearly every shot in the film is styled after one of his paintings. This is arguably the most striking. The film recreated his 'The Fighting Temeraire' painting (you saw it in Skyfall, remember). This is quite simply, one of the most stunning shots I have EVER seen...
The film is about the life of painter J.M.W Turner, and nearly every shot in the film is styled after one of his paintings. This is arguably the most striking. The film recreated his ‘The Fighting Temeraire’ painting (you saw it in Skyfall, remember). This is quite simply, one of the most stunning shots I have EVER seen…
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