Empire has a nice article on its website rounding up the 15 greatest effects shots of all time (strictly, they’re effects sequences, but hey), as nominated by a panel of leading VFX supervisors.
The article is aimed at a general movie audience, so don’t expect a lot of technical detail, but there are some good quotes, and clips of the 15 sequences in question.
15 great sequences – but are they the greatest?
As ever, these lists are almost as fun for what they leave out as what they include (spoiler: neither Avatar nor the Lord of the Rings movies are in there), but there are certainly no duds.
Pre-digital effects get a good showing, too: as well as more obvious choices like Blade Runner and 2001: A Space Odyssey, it’s nice to see Metropolis and A Matter of Life and Death in the list.
And Paul Franklin of Double Negative, who chose the latter, manages the rare dual feat of being both nominator and nominee, since the corridor sequence from Inception also features among the 15 choices.