• Erik Van Lennep

    Awesome analysis and overview…a great story in and of itself. I love it.
    Among the countless sagas featuring orphans who find themselves and become the nemesis of evil, another of my favorites is the X-Men.

  • Rupert Read

    Impressive. Sharing.
    Looking forward to talking soon, Andrew.
    In terms of a ‘metatext’: well, Avatar isn’t exactly one: but it is something like the closest we yet have to one. Because of: (a) its extraordinary popularity, (b) its plot, and (c) its absorption into its plot and themes of a number of previous myths etc. . [This of course is why the idea of its being ‘derivative’ COMPLETELY misses the point.]

  • Rupert Read

    This will I think be of interest: http://thinkingfilmcollective.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/popular-films-as-philosophy_19.html . Especially the culminating portion of it.

  • Rupert Read

    I’d love you to read this, Andrew: https://archive.uea.ac.uk/~j339/LOTR2.htm . I think you will find it VERY amenable. It is my full-length take on LORD OF THE RINGS as a transformative, ecological, psycho-political work. (Parts of it have been published in my book PHILOSOPHY FOR LIFE or are forthcoming in my next book FILM AS FREEDOM.)

  • Rupert Read

    Finally for now, here is my central piece on AVATAR: scroll down to p.35. I think you will find this VERY amenable: http://radicalanthropologygroup.org/sites/default/files/journal/journal_04.pdf