Mapping Valimiki's Ramayana

Mapping Valimiki's Ramayana

I've been recently doing a lot of research in regard to developing the project Ramayana: The Thread of Luminance, reading what seems to be articles on media (be that TV, FIlm, Art etc) and it's connection to its audience(s). No single piece of  exists in a vacuum but in relation to what has come before, in the present and the future; it literally becomes a part of the very fabric of the culture of the people, communities, and society that consumes it through a variety of traditional art forms such as Muay Thai (Kick Boxing), and if it is considered exemplary becomes iconic of its country lasting many years after the death of its creator(s).

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Why facial scarring persists as lazy shorthand for Hollywood bad guys | Film | The Guardian

Why facial scarring persists as lazy shorthand for Hollywood bad guys | Film | The Guardian

It’s as old as cinema itself: if you want to drive home a bad guy’s nefarious nature, give them a big facial scar. From Darth Vader to The Lion King’s imaginatively named Scar, for as long as films have existed, film-makers have conflated disfigurement with mental instability or malevolence. The trope is still going strong in Avengers: Infinity War and Solo: A Star Wars Story – physical otherness equals evil.

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Hanuman in Marvel's Black Panther?

Hanuman in Marvel's Black Panther?

t's been a few days since I've seen Marvels Black Panther - the first super hero film since last years Logan - honestly I've grown quite tired of super hero films on the silver screen but I made the exception on Lunar New Year Weekend here in South East Asia.

Surprisingly the film had compete with not one but two Chinese films capitalising on the weekends celebration with Monkey King 3 and Monster Hunt 2 -  I was still lucky to get tickets alongside a predominately asian audience mostly accompanying children who have gown up on Marvels previous offerings.

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