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Daredevil a.k.a. Marvel's Daredevil (2015 – present)Created by Drew GoddardThe past weekend, I finished watching "Daredevil" on Netflix (I actually also watched a few episodes of "Jessica Jones", and plan to watch "The Defenders" as well. Probably, I will skip the 13 episodes each of "Luke Cage" and "Iron Fist"). You have to hand it to Marvel, the two seasons of "Daredevil" have been quality TV programming.If Season 1 had a brilliant character in Vincent D'Onofrio's Wilson Fisk, in Season 2, it has got to be The Punisher / Frank Castle, played by actor Jon Bernthal (@jonnybernthal). He is a once decorated soldier and army man, who lost his family – and now has become a vigilante. His method and ideology of killing the scum in Hell's Kitchen is at odds with Daredevil / Matt Murdock, who doesn't believe in taking a life.There is an awesome scene in Season 2 Epiode 3 with a rooftop conversation between Daredevil and The Punisher on their differing ideologies, that reminded me of the writing and characterisation in "The Killing Joke". Apart from the great writing and acting in both seasons, one other standout aspect is the fight sequences, which are terrific.In Season 2 Episode 9, there's a prison fight sequence where Frank dispatches a whole bunch of inmates with nothing but one shiv. It's bloody, brutal, and superbly put together. You can watch it on YouTube, and this probably got me excited for "Daredevil" long before I actually took @kashyapchandra's recommendation and watched the show. If there's one thing I didn't like as much about Season 2, it's Elodie Yung's Elektra. Whenever she was on screen I kept wishing they'd move on and get back to The Punisher, which I was more interested in watching.I look forward to Marvel's "The Punisher", which Netflix has announced for this year. I drew Frank from the aforementioned prison fight scene. This is done in 0.5mm 2B pencil (blood was with Prismacolor pencil) and scanned. I think this is one of my best sketches so far, I'm quite proud of it. #284 / 23-Aug-17
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Rick and Morty (2013 – present) Created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon Pickle Rick! All new episodes of Season 3 of this terrific show started airing last month, and I've been watching the episodes as they come out. It's third episode, "Pickle Rick" involves Rick turning himself into a pickle, and things get pretty insane. The production values and writing in this show have always been great, and the show runners obviously worked really hard on Season 3. Next week will be Episode 6, whose cold open we saw earlier in a promo clip. I drew Rick as a pickle, this was drawn with Artline 0.3 marker and Prismacolor pencils. #283 / 22-Aug-17
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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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