Good Lord, I love stop-motion; it's not the most difficult effect to achieve, but it does take obsessive patience. Any film-making amateur who has the will can create something that looks magical.
Here are some of my current faves:
First, Jan Svankmajer: please watch every short and feature-length film this man has made. His work is absurd, terrifying, beautiful and horribly depressing: welcome to the Czech Republic! Almost all of his art takes a not so subtle jab at the smothering routine of life in a communist country.
Seriously, watching all of these films made me excited to go study abroad in CR--what's wrong with me?
Some more recent stuff that is also sweet (none of this comes close to Svankmajer's art...but it's pretty!):
And, because orchids are my favorite flower:
And this final one is an ad (picture me sneering) but I will tamp down my moral objections to consumerism or America or camera companies or whatever it is that I object to because this is just straight AWESOMESAUCE: