Avatar The Way of Water

Avatar: The Way of Water (2022)

Avatar: The Way of Water first published by SciFiNow Thirteen years is a long time. In 2009, James Cameron’s off-Earth sci-fi epic Avatar was busting blocks all over the globe, had everyone briefly imagining that 3D was the next new (old) thing, and built the all-encompassing lunar world of Pandora out of materials from Soldier…

Mid-Century

Mid-Century (2022)

Sonja O’Hara’s Mid-Century opens in the era of its title – 1963, to be precise –  with a montage of well-dressed housewives cleaning in their homes. The setting is the suburbia of (fictional) Mandarin, California, whose houses, designed by local architect Frederick Banner (Stephen Lang) in the late Fifties, are the aspirational envy of the…

Old Man

Old Man (2022)

Old Man opens with a large painted image, as if from an illustrated children’s book. After showing a shadowy figure walking a forest path, the camera slowly tilts to take in, further up the mountain, a cottage with a smoking chimney. That cottage will turn out to be the film’s key location, its lived-in interior…

Avatar

Avatar (2009)

Avatar first published by EyeforFilm Pandora, the jungle moon at the centre of James Cameron’s Avatar, has a lot of waterfalls. In one scene, protagonist Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) leaps from the top of a waterfall to evade being devoured by a ferocious leopard-like beast known as a Thanator, thus separating himself from his human…