Director Jim Casey put together this video showing the evolution of visual effects—in chronological order—from 1878 to 2014. It's impressive, considering the tools they had at that time, how great some of the century-old effects still look.
With a few exceptions, watching this makes me realize how lazy movies have gotten. The creativity and ingenuity behind making a movie has been replaced by software. It's even gotten to a point where we are making more remakes and less original content. just a thought.