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Stephen King's It a.k.a. It (1990)Directed by Tommy Lee Wallace There has been a lack of posts for the last few days, that's because I was unwell for a couple of days and was also tied up with work. I did manage to watch the 1990 adaptation of Stephen King's novel "It" some days back, and on Saturday, I also saw the 2017 remake, directed by Andy Muschietti.The story concerns an evil entity preying on kids in the town of Derry, Maine. The entity manifests itself as Pennywise the Dancing Clown – and is active once every 30 years. A group of kids called the Losers Club encountered and defeated Pennywise years ago, and they must face It again when it resurfaces in the present, with them as adults.The 1990 adaptation was a two part TV miniseries, running a little over 3 hours long. I quite enjoyed it, and liked the kids segments the best. The 2017 version is Chapter One, and focuses only on the kids storyline. It was really well done I felt, the performances of the child actors were fantastic and their dialogue was very funny and enjoyable (surprisingly it was pretty largely uncut in the theatrical release here). I drew Tim Curry as Pennywise from the 1990 film. He really made the role his own. The sketch was done in pencil and Prismacolor pencils on paper and scanned.In the 2017 version, Bill Skarsgard plays Pennywise. #288 / 11-Sep-17
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Predestination (2014)Directed by The Spierig BrothersI first saw "Predestination" a couple of years ago and I thought it was an extremely underrated movie that didn't get the attention it deserved. In my opinion it's one of the best movies of 2014. The movie has recently come out on Netflix and I rewatched it some days back, and it's absolutely brilliant.I watched it without knowing much about it and I believe that's the best way to see it. So, I won't give away any plot details except to mention that the movie concerns time travel, an agent trying to stop a bomber, and a character named Jane whose story is utterly fascinating. The movie's engaging story will keep you completely involved, it's got gorgeous cinematography and production design. The movie is based on Robert A Heinlein's short story "All You Zombies", and the filmmakers have set it in a 1970s-80s time period. I have not read the story but this is supposed to be quite a close adaptation. At any rate, the directors wrote the script as well, and considering the complex storyline, it's a very well written movie. The two leads, Ethan Hawke and Sarah Snook are excellent in their roles, and Sarah Snook in particular, is simply outstanding in the movie.I also enjoyed The Spierig Brothers' previous movie "Daybreakers" (haven't seen it in a very long time though), but I think this is their best work yet. They are directing the eighth "Saw" movie, "Jigsaw", and I am looking forward to it.This is a drawing of Sarah Snook as Jane from the movie. It was done with 0.5mm 2B pencil on paper, and scanned.#287 / 6-Sep-17
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HydInstaMeet (@hydinstameet) is a meetup for Instagrammers at Hyderabad. This event is scheduled tomorrow (2-Sep-17) afternoon and I am one of the speakers. I will be talking about my work on Instagram (photos on @karthikabhiram and sketches on @dailymoviesketch) and will be sharing tips that I have found useful over the past few years. I look forward to listening to the other speakers and panel members as well. More about the event can be found at http://HydInstaMeet.com. Thanks to the organising team for the opportunity! #hydinstameet #GrowYourInstagram
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Got a very pleasant surprise today! I was on a college visit and was not able to check FB/IG for most of the day. In the evening, I saw that @chaibisket has featured me in an article about my sketches. Yesterday, I had tagged them in the "Arjun Reddy" sketch that I had posted on @dailymoviesketch, and was happy that they appreciated it. But I never expected that they'd put up a whole article! You can check it out on their site: http://chaibisket.com/abhiram-instagram-portraits/. Thank you so much @chaibisket team for the feature. Thank you also, to everyone who tagged me to let me know about the article and shared it!I'm posting two photos about the article, one for each of my Instagram accounts. @karthikabhiram gets one and so does @dailymoviesketch, so be sure to check them both.#canon #5dmarkiii #50mm #chaibisket #arjunreddy
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Arjun Reddy (2017)Directed by Sandeep Reddy VangaRomantic dramas / love stories are not my cup of tea at all, I usually don't watch movies in this genre. "Arjun Reddy" would have totally escaped my attention otherwise, but as it's been getting a lot of praise, I watched it a couple of days back. The movie stars Devarakonda Vijay Sai in the title role. Arjun Reddy is a brilliant surgeon who, thanks to a failed relationship with Preeti (Shalini Pandey), has turned to alcohol and drugs as an escape. The movie shows us flashbacks to how their love developed during medical college – he being the topper in the college with anger issues, and she just having joined in the first year. We also see why they break up, and the movie keeps you interested to see how things would finally turn out. The subject matter isn't exactly new, but the movie has got deserved praise for writer-director Sandeep Vanga's more realistic take on the material. Yes, it is still very much a movie so you do have those crowd pleasing / hero moments but there's a more grounded tone to it. Though it's over three hours long, thanks to an engaging script, you wouldn't feel bored. The cinematography (Raju Thota) is great, and you wouldn't think this is a low budget film. The music (Radhan) is effective too. The material is served well by the acting, all of which is great. Special mention to Rahul Ramakrishna who plays Arjun's friend Shiva. Of course the star of the show, is Vijay Devarakonda, who is simply brilliant, portraying all shades of the character superbly. The character and performance is full of attitude and it's great to see how he has put his all into it. The movie has a fair bit of swearing in the dialogue and a more open approach towards portraying sexuality, and unfortunately this means there are quite a few instances of dialogue being muted despite it being certified "A". Apparently the version released overseas doesn't have these cuts. I'd rate the movie an 8/10 overall. This is a sketch of Arjun from the movie, done with 2B pencil on paper and scanned. #286 / 30-Aug-17
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Death Note (2017)Directed by Adam WingardMy exposure to Japanese anime is fairly limited. A few months ago, I watched the 37-episode "Death Note" anime (itself an adaptation of the comic series written by Tsugumi Ohba and drawn by Takeshi Obata), and loved it. The show is about high schooler Light Yagami who comes across a notebook that gives him the power to kill anyone by writing their name in it. Light uses it to kill criminals and wants to become the God of a new world, where no crime exists. L is the detective who tries to track down this "Kira" ("killer" – the word people use to refer to the mysterious force behind the criminal murders), and Ryuk is the Shinigami (Death God) who has come to our realm to amusingly observe all this. The anime was fantastic, thrilling and left you exhilarated, it was so well written and very cinematic at times.I had a sinking feeling when I saw the trailer for the Netflix-produced film adaptation. It had a nice look, but it didn't seem anything like "Death Note". The movie hit Netflix a couple of days back and I watched it. The overall outline is similar – high school student Light Turner (Nat Wolff) discovers the note, a romance between him and fellow student Mia (Margaret Qualley) brews, the Kira killings take place, and L (Lakeith Stanfield) vows to stop them, and there is Ryuk, voiced by Willem Dafoe.However, I didn't like this adaptation at all. I understand they were trying to do something different with the material, but I didn't like the changes. Light in the original is highly intelligent, not an emo teen. L would never lose control as he does here. I missed the mind games between the two. Ryuk is hardly in the movie and even his character is different and not detached like in the original.One who has not seen the original may like this, however, as someone who loved the anime, I can't help but compare the two and this falls very very short. The music is pretty nice, and the cinematography (David Tattersall) is very good, but that's about all the good things I have to say about it. I'd rate it 6/10.This sketch of Ryuk was done with Prismacolor pencils on black paper and scanned. #285 / 27-Aug-17
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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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