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The Thing, Gravity, Inception, and more added to Visual Effects Society's Top 70 movies

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Sep 3, 2019, 7:48 AM EDT (Updated)

We all love the luxury of descending into a juicy list that ranks or highlights notable Hollywood movies, especially when it involves some of our favorite sci-fi, horror, and fantasy films.

The esteemed Visual Effects Society is a proud international organization consisting of visual effects designers, makeup artists, model makers, concept artists, cinematographers, digital wizards, and other Hollywood professionals who deliver us myriad wonders on the silver screen.

Their last list of most influential films was announced back in 2007, and included many obvious picks like 2001: A Space Odyssey, Alien, and The Matrix. This new honor roll includes such popular titles like Mad Max: Fury Road, the original Godzilla, Inception, and Avatar, but excludes the entire Harry Potter franchise and most movies involving capes and cowls.

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“The VES 70 represents films that have had a significant, lasting impact on the practice and appreciation of visual effects as an integral element of cinematic expression and storytelling,” said VES Board Chair, Mike Chambers in a statement. “We see this as an important opportunity for our members, leading visual effects practitioners worldwide, to pay homage to our heritage and help shape the future of the global visual effects community. In keeping with our mission to recognize and advance outstanding art and innovation in the VFX field, the VES 70 now forms a part of our legacy that we can pass down to future generations of filmmakers as a valuable point of reference.”

Here are the 21 new movies added to 2007's list. Inspect the society's choices and tell us which ones you feel were left out. Sorry, Peter Jackson's The Hobbit Trilogy! (You can view the entire VES 70 over at Deadline.)

300 (2007)
Apollo 13 (1995)
Avatar (2009)
Back to the Future (1985)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
District 9 (2009)
Ex Machina (2015)
Gertie the Dinosaur (1914)
Godzilla (1954)
Gravity (2013)
Inception (2010)
Independence Day (1996)
Life of Pi (2012)
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
The Mask (1994)
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)
Starship Troopers (1997)
The Thing (1982)
Total Recall (1990)
Transformers (2007)
Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)

It's nice to see John Carpenter's The Thing included in this acclaimed gathering, especially on its 35th anniversary year. And I heartily agree that Steven Spielberg's oft-forgotten Young Sherlock Holmes made the grade, as it represents some of the first digital animation seen on film with its knight stepping out of a stained glass.

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And, controversial as it may be, love them or hate them, you cannot ignore the contributions of the Transformers franchise, with millions of dollars injected into those films' visual effects budgets to advance the art well into the 21st century.

What's your take on these newest members of the Visual Effects Society's Top 70?