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Visual Effects who have stood up well over the years..

I think Jurassic Park's dinos still look better then half the movies put out nowadays.

Also, Dick Donner's Superman still holds up incredibly well despite being done in the 70s.

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Jurassic Park...


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When that T Rex looks into the Ford Escape and the kid shines the light in his eyes, and his pupil dilates..................that was the bomb.......


And when the puddle of water shook with ripples at his every step.........

I still get goosebumps...................


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The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958)

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2001: A Space Odyssey... still flawless today.

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I agree. Jurassic Park is amazing. Still looks state of the art everytime I watch. Best living creatures I have seen.

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Most of Douglas Trumbull's work.


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Most of Douglas Trumbull's work

Agreed. I saw 'Silent Running' (again) a few weeks back. Tremendous movie.


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For me, the obvious answer is Terminator 2. I would also say Empire Strikes Back, if I'm going to pick one movie from the original trilogy, though the other two are fantastic as well.

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BLADE RUNNER-Not only holds up but surpasses anything done since. All old school in camera work and real models Still beautiful.

Jurassic is a fantastic blend of physical and digital effects.

Titanic. Both Titanic and Jurrasic got it right. FX that tell the story and don't make you feel like you are watching FX for the sake of FX.

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"Jurassic Park" and "Titanic" are the ones that still look good in my view.
Yes they have stuff that you look and say "Yeah that's sorta bad" but the CGI isn't what matters in those films, so you can focus on other things...like the STORY!! Some films today just throw CGI at you and completely forget about the story and the characters, like "Transformers". They make the CGI the reason you go see the film and that really shouldn't be the way to do films at all.
It's like inviting people to watch your film and all you have is photoshopped stuff on top of your real footage.

Another recent use of CGI that I think might remain good looking through the years is Pirates of the Caribbean's Davy Jones.
That was actually the first CG face that fooled me into believing that it was an actual mask, make-up on the actor. And I have pretty high standards for this sort of thing. It was the first time that ever happened to me.

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Thief of Bagdad (1940) still looks decent, if not great. And totally agree that the effects in 2001 and Blade Runner are still the pinnacle of Sci-Fi effects (yes, I'm including Star Wars, even though the FX from the 70s still look great).

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Terminator II.Undoubtedly the best VFX which still give today's movies a run for their money.Considering the year in which it was made, it's a technical marvel.

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Kudos on mentioning Mary Poppins...I was watching it with my kids a few weeks back & the animation/real life mixture was unbelievable! Still holds up incredibly well.

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THe Thing is best special effects horror movie out there that still looks real

No matter how many sea lions are killed each year by sharks, it never seems like enough

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the thing
jurrasic park
t2
the abyss
predator
true lies
starship troopers
dantes peak
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The ones that stand out for me are Jurassic Park and Terminator 2: Judgement Day. They aren't dated at all for me. The dinosaurs in JP look very realistic most of the time, but you see CGI these days that is just there for the sake of it, and it just looks very rushed and slightly dated. It makes me miss physical effects kind of, like in most of the Indiana Jones series. KOTCS used physical effects where CGI wasn't necessary, and it made me wonder why most films can't use them anymore.

Titanic doesn't look that much dated either. The sinking feels real, and it doesn't scream to me "this is computer generated" unlike more modern films like Spider-Man or Harry Potter.

So yeah, for me it's:

Jurassic Park
Terminator 2: Judgement Day
Indiana Jones series
Titanic

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You forgot about the One That Started it all - Metropolis

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2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Star Wars (1977)
Terminator 2 (1991)
Toy Story (1995)
The Lord of the Rings (2001-03)

I know the last 3 entries arguably have not yet stood the test of time, but I just find the effects in those three to be magnificent even today!

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My faves are the same as a lot of people here- always nice to have a consensus of opinion : )


Terminator 2 (masterclass in making the FX work for the film)
Empire Strikes Back (walkers and the asteoid field are stand-outs for me)
Jurassic Park (as has been mentioned, the synthesis of different techniques)


Plus I would have to add the FX original King Kong for their lasting power- they you care about a lump of clay, all these years down the line, and on their own terms, the still hold water.

And for dramatic and horrific effect, the work produced in Germany in the 20's and the US in the 30's is timeless.

Finally, as a kaiju fan, I really rate a lot of suitmation stuff. Not to everone's taste, but hat's off to Toho (and the rest) 'cos they've kept working at a process, and some of their results are fantastic. I've got a soft spot for them I suppose as model-making is a hobby of mine- and because I'm still a big kid!



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I feel its kind of ironic that Jurassic Park's visual effects are better than Jurassic Park 3's effects.

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I think the shark in the original JAWS still holds up well,especially if you recall the fx men were doing something completely new,and were up against very difficult obstacles-working in the ocean,using hydraulics etc.

I liked...

The helicopter scene in "Superman:The Movie" 1978

How Stanley Kubrick made space seem so beautiful in "2001:A Space Odyssey" 1968

The rear projection that made Christopher Reeve appear he could fly in "Superman:The Movie" 1978

Stop motion animation used in "Clash of the Titans" 1981

Any of the effects used in "Forrest Gump" 1994

"Independence Day" 1996

The head turning scene in "The Exorcist" 1973

To jorgito2001

I have to agree with you on "Superman:The Movie".The flying scenes still look amazing.Also,even though released in 1968,"2001:A Space Odyssey" seems more realistic now and has not aged.

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My picks.

King Kong (1933)
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
The War of the Worlds (1953)
Forbidden Planet (1956)
The Ten Commandments (1956)
The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958)
A Night to Remember (1958)
The Time Machine (1960)
Mysterious Island (1961)
Jason and the Argonauts (1963)
Mary Poppins (1964)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
The Towering Inferno (1974)
Jaws (1975)
Close Encounters of the Third King (1977)
Star Wars (1977)
Superman: The Movie (1978)
Alien (1979)
Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Dragonslayer (1981)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Blade Runner (1982)
Poltergeist (1982)
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1983)
Ghostbusters (1984)
Back to the Future (1985)
InnerSpace (1987)
Predator (1987)
Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988)
The Abyss (1989)
Total Recall (1990)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
Death Becomes Her (1992)
Jurassic Park (1993)
Forrest Gump (1994)
True Lies (1994)
Apollo 13 (1995)
Jumanji (1995)
Dragonheart (1996)
Independence Day (1996)
Twister (1996)
Dante's Peak (1997)
Men in Black (1997)
Starship Troopers (1997)
Titanic (1997)
Deep Impact (1998)
Godzilla (1998)
Galaxy Quest (1999)
The Matrix (1999)
X-Men (2000)
A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy


King Kong (2005)

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Poltergeist
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Empire Strikes Back
Something Wicket This Way Comes
E.T.

Just a few titles off the top of my head.

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T2 - From the miniatures, and realistic make-up, to the animatronics, and models, T2 never fails to amaze me visually.

Jurassic Park - The dinosaurs still look absolutely amazing to this day, and that's thanks to practical effects, along with CGI enhancement.

The Abyss - Still looks visually amazing 21 years on, and was the first film to fully grasp the magic of CGI, with the water tentacle sequence.

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I love the lighting that was used in Flatliners. After Kiefer Sutherland's character returns from the dead and remains outside, alone, the lights fade and then reappear more defined, followed by the sound of his dog moving closer to him. I also love when Julia Roberts' character finally meets her father, the light changes to red and then melts into a flashback that she walks through, and you find her father in the bathroom surrounded by mist, adding to the suspense. Is he there for forgiveness or for revenge?

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I agree with you on 'Superman:The Movie'.

The flying scenes were better than "Superman Returns". Another film that holds up is "2001:A Space Odyssey".

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Top Twelve: E.T., Jurassic Park, Star Wars: A New Hope, The Lord of the Rings, Back to the Future, King Kong, 20 Million Miles to Earth, Aliens, Robocop, Godzilla: Goijra(1954), 2010, 2001: A Space Odyssey

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(1939) "The Thief of Bagdad"

"2001: A Space Odyssey"

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Jurassic Park
Titanic
Mary Poppins - to this day the effects still amaze me

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Starship Troopers: still beautiful special effects. The space scenes (mix of physical and CGI models) are especially good.

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I think this message board should be called "Jurassic Park's CGI is awesome" there's a mention to this movie in almost every topic.

But yeah, that CGI has not aged, well except for the Gallimimus, they look fake nowadays.

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Starship Troopers, Independence Day, 2001:A Space Oydssey, Jurassic Park, Terminator 2, Minority Report

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The Invisible Man (1933). The bandage unwrapping scene would be a piece of cake with todays green screen, but was very difficult in 1933 and it still looks great today.

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I know its a new film but I got to give a vote for Anonymous. Practically the whole film was filmed on a sound stage and you just can't tell.

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Terminator 2
The Matrix
Blade Runner
JAWS
Jurassic Park
The Fifth Element
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