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The Defenders a.k.a. Marvel's The Defenders (2017)I watched "John Dies at the End" on Netflix yesterday, and after the movie got over, watched the trailer for "The Defenders", whose 8 episodes are getting released on Friday. The trailer features Nirvana's "Come As You Are" and it seems entertaining. So, though I haven't finished "Daredevil" yet (currently on Season 2 Episode 3), I watched a couple of episodes of "Jessica Jones". It was pretty good and Krysten Ritter was good in the role as a former superhero turned Private Investigator. I enjoyed her appearance on "Breaking Bad" as well, so I thought to draw her. There is a lovely B&W poster for "The Defenders", so though my sketches are usually based on frames from the screen, I drew Jessica from the poster. The drawing was done with 2B 0.5mm pencil on paper and scanned. #282 / 15-Aug-17
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Atomic Blonde (2017)Directed by David LeitchIt's impossible to discuss "Atomic Blonde" without talking about "John Wick". That 2014 movie was directed by Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, and had great action scenes by the 87Eleven team. Its sequel came from Stahelski, one half of the original's directing team. 87Eleven returned to do the action scenes. With "Atomic Blonde", David Leitch makes his solo directing debut (and he is also working on "Deadpool 2" which would be released early next year), and the action team is the same. This graphic novel adaptation stars Charlize Theron as MI6 agent Lorraine Broughton. In November 1989, Lorraine narrates the incidents that took place in Berlin a few days earlier – involving the KGB, MI6 and the CIA pursuing The List (a piece of microfilm with information about agents in the field) and tracking down a double agent. I found "Atomic Blonde" to be very entertaining. With the somewhat convoluted story and the way it's presented, concentration is needed to grasp everything. I watched a YouTube video explaining the ending after seeing the movie, which helped me appreciate it better.The action scenes are terrific as expected, you can make out that the stunt team and Charlize Theron worked really hard to pull off the realistic action on screen. The highlight is an almost 10 minute long sequence in a building presented as a long take. The acting was good across, with Charlize Theron making a great heroine, James McAvoy was entertaining as agent David Percival. Being set in the 1980s, the movie has a selection of 80s songs on the soundtrack, which I totally loved. The cinematography was great too, this was one beautiful looking movie. I enjoyed it a lot and would rate it a solid 8/10.Looks like 3 minutes of the film have been cut in India (IMDb runtime is 115 min, censor certificate said 112 min) and there are instances of dialogue that are muted. Unfortunate but not surprising considering our overly sensitive censor board. Will have to wait for an uncut version.I drew Charlize Theron from the movie. The drawing was done with 0.5mm 2B pencil and scanned.#281 / 13-Aug-17
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Daredevil a.k.a. Marvel's Daredevil (2015 – present)Created by Drew GoddardThose who know me well, would know that I watch considerably fewer TV shows than movies. The reason is the length – if someone recommends a show to you, it's difficult to act on it as there'll often be several hours worth of viewing to catch up on. Movies are a lot easier in that respect, typically 1.5 to 3 hours and you're done. So, I prefer watching shows that are shorter.I'd not seen any of the Marvel-Netflix TV shows so far. @kashyapchandra suggested that I start with "Daredevil", so I did a few days back. I'm right now close to completing the first season and I'm liking this show a lot. Charlie Cox carries the show well as blind lawyer Matt Murdock by day and vigilante in a black mask by night (I guess the red Daredevil costume shows up towards the end of the season only), trying to clean up the streets of Hell's Kitchen, New York. Vincent D'Onofrio makes an impression as kingpin Wilson Fisk.Unlike the more lighter Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, this is a darker and grittier show (it is still very much part of the MCU, as there are references to the New York "incident" from "The Avengers"). I like the cinematography, and the bloody and brutal fight sequences, kudos to the stunt / action team that worked on the show! Maybe, I'll watch "Jessica Jones" and then "The Defenders" (not too keen on "Luke Cage" and "Iron Fist"). I drew Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock from the show. The drawing was done in pencil (and red colour pencil for the glasses), and scanned. I actually completed this yesterday but was busy at work so posting it only today.#280 / 11-Jul-17
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The Disaster Artist (2017)Directed by James Franco Recently, the trailer for this movie, "The Disaster Artist" was released, and I found it hilarious. So, I picked it to draw, for @dailymoviesketch.In order to appreciate this trailer though, you would need to have watched, or be aware of, this 2003 movie called "The Room". Here's a bit of context for those who haven't watched that movie. "The Room" (not to be confused with "Room", the award winning 2015 film) is a 2003 drama starring, written, produced, and directed by Tommy Wiseau, and is considered by some to be one of the worst films ever made. Its numerous flaws actually make it quite entertaining to watch, the movie is unintentionally funny, and it has gained cult status because of this. It's quite an experience to watch the movie (I even did a sketch here, based on it, several months back). The bizarre production of the movie was documented in a book called "The Disaster Artist", by "The Room" co-star Greg Sestero.This is an adaptation of the book, directed by James Franco. James Franco plays Tommy Wiseau in the film. In order to appreciate the trailer, you could search for "funniest scenes from The Room" on YouTube. There's one bit where Tommy Wiseau in the original says, "I did not hit her, it's not true, it's bullshit, I did not hit her, I did naaaht! Oh, hai, Mark!", and this is the scene that's the subject of the trailer for "The Disaster Artist". I am looking forward to watching this movie, and I drew James Franco as Tommy Wiseau from the trailer. The sketch was done with a 0.5mm 2B pencil on paper, and scanned.#279 / 5-Aug-17
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Thank you @dellindia, for featuring me in a testimonial video for the Dell XPS 13!I'm reposting the video that they put up on their Instagram page. There is a longer version on the Dell India YouTube channel (link in the bio). That video features more of my @dailymoviesketch drawings and is available in 1080p. Do check it out!Reposting from @dellindia:An HR professional with a passion for art, watch how @karthikabhiram draws inspiration with the powerful and stunning #XPS13!#dell #dellindia #xps #xps13 #technology #tech #laptop #computer #artist #passion #instavideo
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I Come In Peace a.k.a. Dark Angel (1990)Directed by Craig R BaxleyI've wanted to see this movie for quite some time now. The movie has been uploaded to YouTube, and I've always watched only the opening credits sequence to listen to kickass Jan Hammer music track. Only a few days ago, I sat down and watched the entire movie. "I Come In Peace" stars Dolph Lundgren as tough cop Jack Caine (what an amazing 1980s cop character name), who is after a crime boss for killing his partner and for stealing heroin. The crime boss's gang though has been killed off by a mystery assailant, and the heroin goes missing. Caine, who is paired with a by-the-rulebook FBI agent (Brian Benben), realizes he is up against a bigger threat – an alien who is shooting people full of heroin to harvest their endorphins, a drug on his planet! The premise of the movie sounds absolutely bonkers, but the movie manages to make it all work and is quite entertaining. Matthias Hues (@officialmatthiashues) stars as the big bad alien, the movie has well done action scenes, and a terrific soundtrack as I mentioned before. Definitely worth a watch. As per IMDb, one of the screenwriters, credited as Leonard Maas Jr on screen, is actually David Koepp (director of "Secret Window" and co-screenwriter of "Jurassic Park" among other movies). I drew Matthias Hues as the bad alien. The sketch was done in 0.5mm 2B pencil on paper, and scanned. #278 / 2-Aug-17
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Crank (2006)Directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian TaylorLike so many others, I was sad to hear about Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington's suicide about 10 days ago. I had done a sketch of him and shared a few earlier drawings of mine on @karthikabhiram. I thought I should do a sketch here as well. Chester had small appearances in Neveldine/Taylor's "Crank" and "Crank 2", and he appeared "Saw: The Final Chapter" as well. I did a sketch of him from the first "Crank" movie, which I saw years ago and am re watching now (you can find it uploaded on YouTube). The movie is a pretty insane ride, featuring Jason Statham as a hitman, Chev Chelios, who is injected with a 'Beijing Cocktail' at the beginning, and therefore has to keep moving and keep the adrenaline flowing in his system, else he'll die. This sketch of Chester was done with 2B 0.5mm pencil on paper and scanned. #277 / 30-Jul-17
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Dunkirk (2017)Directed by Christopher NolanChristopher Nolan's highly anticipated War film is about Operation Dynamo, the evacuation of 400,000 soldiers from Dunkirk, France in May-June 1940. War movies aren't my cup of tea and I have watched only a few of them. However I was extremely excited about this movie because it's a Nolan film, and the technical aspects (entirely shot on large format film – 75% in IMAX and the rest in 65mm film) were fascinating.I watched "Dunkirk" on Sunday morning at the Prasad's Multiplex Large Screen which while not an IMAX presentation, is the largest physical screen you can see the movie on, in Hyderabad (probably in India as well). It was quite an experience watching the movie. It follows three intercut narratives – one on land, one in the sea, and one in the air. In many war movies, you'll have a first and second act where characters are introduced, some drama is created, and the third act would typically focus on the main conflict. "Dunkirk" gets to the third act right away. There's little by way of exposition or character building and you are immediately thrust into the event. The "human" element suffers somewhat because of this. The movie is a technical marvel. The cinematography (Hoyte Van Hoytema) is breathtaking. They engineered new ways of putting cameras and lenses in places that would otherwise be impossible. The sound design and Hans Zimmer's music create such an intensity. All this and the editing and acting go together to make one brilliant film. 9/10, must watch on the largest screen possible, preferably in IMAX if available. I drew Tom Hardy as Farrier from the movie. Like many of his other appearances, his face is again covered for most of the movie. The drawing was done in pencil on paper, (while listening to the track "Supermarine") and scanned. #276 / 24-Jul-17
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Zygote a.k.a Oats Studios Volume 1: Zygote (2017)Directed by Neill Blomkamp As I've mentioned earlier, Oats Studios is a platform from filmmaker Neill Blomkamp (director of "District 9", "Elysium" and "Chappie") to produce and release experimental short films. There are so far three 20-30 min long films ("Rakka", "Firebase" and this one) that have been released, with a fourth one ("Lima") on the way, plus a number of other shorter videos posted on the YouTube channel. I enjoyed the first two shorts so was eagerly looking forward to "Zygote". After having watched it, I think it's the best one yet. It's set in the future, in an Arctic mining base. There are only two survivors out of a crew of 98 – Quinn (Jose Pablo Cantillo), a severely wounded soldier, and Barklay (Dakota Fanning), a synthetic that is part of the mining operations. And there's a terrifying monster that they have to escape from. I loved this film. As with the other two, the production value is terrific, the story is great and I loved how they managed to do world building so well, that it felt much bigger in scope than just watching two actors. The creature design is great (influenced by "The Thing", but unique in its own way). The science fiction and body horror elements are very well done too. Highly recommended. Do watch the short on YouTube and read the behind the scenes article on The Verge. I had done sketches of "Rakka" and "Firebase" earlier, which Neill Blomkamp liked (very happy about that). Here's a sketch of Barklay from "Zygote", done with pencil on paper and scanned. I'm not that happy with the sketch though as the likeness didn't come out that well. #275 / 20-Jul-17
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War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)Directed by Matt ReevesThe opening of this third entry in the rebooted "Planet of the Apes" series recaps the events of the previous two movies in the series. An experimental serum intended to cure Alzheimer's disease in humans results in most of humanity getting wiped out, and a race of super-intelligent apes being created. The apes, led by Caesar (Andy Serkis) want peace but conflict inevitably arises, sparking off a battle between the apes and humans. Caesar and his tribe of apes go into hiding – but a band of soldiers led by Colonel McCullough (Woody Harrelson) want to find and capture them. For me, this rebooted "Planet of the Apes" series has to be the prime example of movies that consistently exceeded expectations. Each of them has been better than the previous, and this third entry was the best in my opinion. I've given very few details about the storyline, but suffice to say, the movie is very engaging. It's epic and dramatic, with great characterisation (whether that character is a human or an ape). Most of the film focuses on the apes, so the performances of the actors have been motion captured and rendered as visual effects. The effects are amazing, so true to life that you'll never once think that what you're watching is actually not real. Andy Serkis I think deserves an Oscar for his incredible performance as Caesar. The movie looks gorgeous, and the music by Michael Giacchino is excellent too. The only criticism I have about the movie is that it's a bit long at 140 mins, it could have been trimmed down a bit. However, that doesn't take away from the fact that is movie is brilliant. I'd rate it a 9/10, highly recommended.This is a sketch of Caesar, from the movie. I drew this with pencil and colour pencil on paper, and this is a scan that I'm posting.This is also an entry for this weekend's @instagram Weekend Hashtag Project, #WHPISpyEmojis. #🦍 #274 / 16-Jul-17
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