I love the effects in Avengers. It doesn't bother me that they look CG-ish. The single tracking shot of all the heroes fighting in the third act is the single best shot in a superhero movie, I think.
I'm probably in the minority here, but I hated that shot. It was so overwrought and nonsensical. The Avengers was fun, but a great VFX film it was not. I think it's very telling that there aren't many modern films in this list. CGI sequences are often very impressive, like the entirety of Pacific Rim, and most superhero films, but they're not particularly revolutionary most of the time, and it's almost always very easy to tell what is CGI and what isn't, even if it's very well done. I too was a little surprised not to see The Matrix on there, though.I can't disagree with anything on that list, and I honestly can't think of many modern examples that I would add. Even something like Caesar in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, while extremely impressive, isn't exactly revolutionary or something that people won't realize is an effect in 50 years. Probably one film that I would take a shot from and include it here would be Life of Pi. There are numerous shots of Richard Parker (and especially when Pi interacts with him) where it's very difficult to tell if it's a real tiger or not. Watching the behind the scenes stuff for that film, it's so impressive the amount of work that went into it. But even that, when viewed decades from now, will probably look like a very obvious effect.
EDIT: So sorry. Double post for some reason.
I enjoy the earlier, more subtle regenerations of the Doctor overthe flaring, exploding stuff they did with Eccleston and Tennant. I mean, with that effect, I see everyone on Gallifrey running for cover anytime someone gets hurt or sick... Just in case.
Hah! The Tennant regen could in theory cause chain regenerations if in a small enclosed space with other Time Lords. (Though probably not if we look at the ammount of damage those guys can take with out regenerating.)
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