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Top 50 Movie Effects of All Time

Posted: Fri, 9th Jan 2009, 3:58pm

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I just got linked to this and thought you guys would probably like to debate and rip apart the various selections (although a brief glance suggests it's actually a pretty good list for once):

http://www.denofgeek.com/movies/177951/top_50_movie_special_effects_shots.html

What do you think? What's missing?
Posted: Fri, 9th Jan 2009, 4:40pm

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The list is sure to put people up-in-arms with some of the selections, but reading the initial post I told myself "you'll be fine with it so long as the T-Rex from Jurrasic Park is number 1."

So, I'm fine with it. smile
Posted: Fri, 9th Jan 2009, 6:30pm

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50: Alien: Resurrection (1997) - Ripley clone matures

WHAT!!!! No way should Alien: Resurrection appear in any top 50 list unless the title of that list includes the words "disappointment", "awful" or "worst". Being serious though it really wasn't that great to warrent being in the top 50.

I've got to absolutely rip this to parts though on account of The Thing not being in there. Those effects still look damned incredible even by today's standards. What's the deal with that?

Can't argue with number 1 though.

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Posted: Fri, 9th Jan 2009, 8:44pm

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I would shift a few around but overall I'm OK with it. But the train on Mars (Total Recall) was better than Doing her nails. They put a small film projector in one of the model train cars with Arnold on a reversed small screen (window), blows my mind.
Posted: Fri, 9th Jan 2009, 10:36pm

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I typically agree with this list. While I respect how the creators wanted to pay homage to classic stop-motion effects work (Jason and the Argonauts, King Kong), I felt like pre-1980 movies were valued a bit too heavily, particularly considering there was nothing from any of the following films:
Fight ClubThe opening tracking shot through Ed Norton's brain then up to Tyler's gun??!
Independence Day-This movie defines blockbuster fun for me, I'm a total sucker for some of the miniature work of NYC and Washington getting blown to smithereens.
King Kong (2005)-Amazing character animation on Kong and great sense of scope oncity shots of New York .
Lord of the Rings Trilogy-Gollum is quite possibly the most iconic cg character of all time, in addition to some breath-taking crowd-simulation in the battle sequence.

Otherwise a good list
Posted: Fri, 9th Jan 2009, 10:49pm

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Everyone knows that Indiana JOnes and the Kindom of the Crystal Skull had THE best CG ever. Those gophers looked SO REAL.
Posted: Fri, 9th Jan 2009, 10:52pm

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Iuse his that list but add in a couple like Flyboys- The Zeppelin Exploding scene.
Posted: Fri, 9th Jan 2009, 11:59pm

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As effective model shots go, I love that long pull at the beginning of Red Dwarf (TV) showing the gigantic scale of the ship - cheap shot, cheap model, cheap compositing, but effect ive smile
Posted: Sat, 10th Jan 2009, 12:31am

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Bryan M Block wrote:

Everyone knows that Indiana JOnes and the Kindom of the Crystal Skull had THE best CG ever. Those gophers looked SO REAL.
OMFG, Bryan.

Nobody cares that you hated Indy 4, most people did. Nobody cares for your constant, unfunny gopher reference/joke. Please, I've contained myself on this point long enough. When it comes to Indy 4, please S-T-F-U.
Posted: Sat, 10th Jan 2009, 1:26am

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Wow... was that *really* necessary?
Posted: Sat, 10th Jan 2009, 1:33am

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Wow. Someone forgot to take their prozac today.
Posted: Sat, 10th Jan 2009, 2:08am

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They should of had the morph shot from willow, that was pretty good for the time.
Posted: Sat, 10th Jan 2009, 5:16am

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Atom wrote:

Bryan M Block wrote:

Everyone knows that Indiana JOnes and the Kindom of the Crystal Skull had THE best CG ever. Those gophers looked SO REAL.
OMFG, Bryan.

Nobody cares that you hated Indy 4, most people did. Nobody cares for your constant, unfunny gopher reference/joke. Please, I've contained myself on this point long enough. When it comes to Indy 4, please S-T-F-U.
Huh? I was only saying POSITIVE things about Indy 4. How can you be mad at me for that? Indy 4 was the best FX movie Ever. I don't see how it could possibly NOT make that list. sad The FX shot of Mutt swinging through the jungle with the monkey's was far better than that old black and white crap they put on that list. sad
Posted: Sat, 10th Jan 2009, 5:39am

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Missing:

Sunshine
Pirates of the Caribbean 2, Davie Jones
Lord of the Rings

I'm sure I could think of others.
Posted: Sat, 10th Jan 2009, 5:55am

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Ya'know, where was Back to the future?


As for Lord of the Rings, I recently watched them again, and some of the compositing is terrible. Then again, some shots are phenomenal.
Posted: Sat, 10th Jan 2009, 8:37am

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Bryce007 wrote:

Ya'know, where was Back to the future?
Back To The Future II was #19.
Posted: Sat, 10th Jan 2009, 5:10pm

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Ha, missed that. I'm glad to know they didn't skip it however.
Posted: Sat, 10th Jan 2009, 7:25pm

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I would also add Black Hawk Down when Blackburn falls from the chopper.
Posted: Sat, 10th Jan 2009, 7:28pm

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Missing:

Pirates of the Caribbean- (Davy Jones, digital water)
The Lord of the Rings- (Gollum)
Eragon- (the dragon, Saphira)
Star Wars Prequels

Overall though, it's a pretty good list. I've always thought T-Rex was the best effect ever.

And Bryan, you have to get over Indy 4. The gophers didn't look that bad at all, there wasn't nearly as much CGI as people think there was. Now I'm hoping Indy 5 won't involve Atlantis... that would be a CGI blowout.
Posted: Sat, 10th Jan 2009, 8:19pm

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As for Lord of the Rings, I recently watched them again, and some of the compositing is terrible. Then again, some shots are phenomenal.
I know exactly what you mean. In the first one, when Gandalf goes to Issengard, the matte painting of the tower is just awful.
Posted: Sat, 10th Jan 2009, 9:22pm

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Brian M Block wrote:

far better than that old black and white crap they put on that list.
I have to side with Atom here. Your incessant condescending comments when it comes to the "art of cinema" really get on my nerves.
And FYI, I watch a lot of old movies. I could tell you that the Maltese Falcon was fake, or what Clarence's favorite book was in "It's a Wonderful Life." I could tell you what kind of car Vargas drives in "A Touch of Evil." I could tell you the name of the fictitious European country "The Lady Vanishes" takes place in. The list goes on, but I won't. I'm just a 16-year old who thinks explosions are cool.
Posted: Sun, 11th Jan 2009, 8:19am

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Thank you.
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I second atoms notion as well, if not his tone, as always. We heard you, Brian. You´re not being clever, just annoying. Now get a life.


As for the list, I find it to be a rather subjective choice. I agree with some of the shots, not so much with others. And as some posters here have pointed out, there are some crucial brilliant FX sequences missing.

However, the "worst effects" list I totally don´t share. That list seems made out of movies the writer just didn´t like and now slains for that very reason (like Brian here, coincidentally) without any cleverness, reason or wit.
Posted: Sun, 11th Jan 2009, 5:51pm

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I think they should have at least mentioned POTC 2 or 3 for the outstanding CGI, as well as the Lord of The Rings Trilogy. A lot of the rankings I highly disagreed with, but overall the list was alright.
Posted: Tue, 13th Jan 2009, 6:51am

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Sollthar wrote:

I second atoms notion as well, if not his tone, as always. We heard you, Brian. You´re not being clever, just annoying. Now get a life.
Thirded.


The fact that Gollum wasn't on this list is unbelievable.

And I don't know when this list was created, but Brad Pitt's aging in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button should surely be added.
Posted: Sun, 18th Jan 2009, 7:31pm

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cool

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Posted: Sun, 18th Jan 2009, 8:56pm

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And I don't know when this list was created, but Brad Pitt's aging in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button should surely be added.
You are so right. Has any one seen this story?
http://features.cgsociety.org/story_custom.php?story_id=4848
I haven't seen the movie, and I probably wont, but every time I saw footage from the previews, I always thought it was practical. This is amazing CG work. I couldn't believe that it was a totally CG head.

that Atom guy want stop bullying fxhome members

come on Atom

stop been so horrible
Even though he does go over the top on occasion, he isn't really bullying anyone. I'm pretty sure Brian didn't get his feelings hurt, and no harm is done.
It's kind of best to not leave these kind of posts. I used to get in it alot with Sollthar but I kind of noticed no harm was being done. And they both give good advice and are pretty helpful. smile
Posted: Mon, 19th Jan 2009, 7:43am

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The best VFX shots are the ones you don't notice, case in point watch Primal Fear
Posted: Mon, 19th Jan 2009, 10:54pm

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jmax wrote:


Fight ClubThe opening tracking shot through Ed Norton's brain then up to Tyler's gun??!
I was thinking the same until I figured a visual effect shouldn't spoil a whole movie like that.
Posted: Wed, 21st Jan 2009, 6:12pm

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Sollthar wrote:

I second atoms notion as well, if not his tone, as always. We heard you, Brian. You´re not being clever, just annoying. Now get a life.


As for the list, I find it to be a rather subjective choice. I agree with some of the shots, not so much with others. And as some posters here have pointed out, there are some crucial brilliant FX sequences missing.

However, the "worst effects" list I totally don´t share. That list seems made out of movies the writer just didn´t like and now slains for that very reason (like Brian here, coincidentally) without any cleverness, reason or wit.
i SO agree