James's Cameron's "Avatar," which has humanized the use technology like no film before it, "inaugurates the next generation and raises the bar," Roger Ebert told HuffPostTech. The groundbreaking sci-fi epic, Ebert added, ranks as "a milestone in the same sense as 'Star Wars.'" Movies will be divided into two epochs from here on out: B.A. and A.A. Before "Avatar," After "Avatar." And Cameron's achievement caps a historic decade of technological innovations in movies not seen since the late 1960s, when using color in film had become the norm. From a technical standpoint -- from the use of CGI and special effects to the possibilies of low-budget digital filmmaking -- every day should be Christmas Day for aspiring auteurs.
Let's look back at some of the landmark high-tech films of the '00s.
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