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Inside Man (2006)A Spike Lee Joint As some of you may know, I am part of the organizing team of Cinephiles Film Club at Hyderabad. Last week, we conducted a movie quiz (questions are in a comment, on this post), in which one of the questions was based on this movie. The question was, which Bollywood song is used for the opening and end credits of this movie. I love the opening scene of this heist movie. Clive Owen speaks directly to the audience – and says "My name is Dalton Russell. Pay strict attention to what I say, because I choose my words carefully and I never repeat myself. I've told you my name – that's the 'who'. The 'where' could most readily be described as a prison cell. But there's a vast difference between being stuck in a tiny cell and being in prison. The 'what' is easy – recently I planned and set in motion events to execute the perfect bank robbery. That's also the 'when'. As for the 'why', beyond the obvious financial motivation, it's exceedingly simple – because I can. Which leaves us only with the 'how'. And therein, as the Bard would tell us, lies the rub." Cut to, Opening credits. Beautiful! I rewatched this movie on Netflix recently, and I drew Clive Owen from the opening scene. This is one of only a couple of scenes in the movie where his face is visible! The drawing was done with pencil on paper and scanned. #266 / 15-Jun-17
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Maanagaram a.k.a. Nagaram (2017)Directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj I signed up for Amazon Prime Video after quite a few people told me about it. In India, it's available at a very low price, INR 499 per year, so it was a no-brainer to get it. This was the first movie I saw on Prime Video, a few days ago. "Maanagaram" is the original title of this Tamil movie, it was dubbed into Telugu as "Nagaram" and released in theatres here a few months ago, but I didn't have the chance to see it then. The movie tells the stories of four characters in a big city (Chennai), and has the plot lines intersect in a case of kidnapping. It's actually better to watch the movie with little knowledge of the plot, it's more interesting that way. The actors, Sundeep Kishan, Regina Cassandra, Sri, Charlie, all give very good performances, and the story is engaging. One clever aspect of the screenplay is that none of the main characters' names is ever revealed to the audience. The only criticism I have of the movie is that some scenes seemed stretched out more than they needed to be. The movie would have felt even more taut had it been shortened a little. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed it and it's a credit to all involved for making it a thoroughly efficient drama-thriller. I drew Sundeep Kishan from the movie. This was done in 2B pencil and scanned. #265 / 9-Jun-17
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Rick and Morty (2013-present) Created by Justin Roiland and Dan HarmonI recently started watching this show on Netflix, so far I'm on Season 2 Episode 4. An entertaining sitcom about obnoxious alcoholic mad scientist Rick Sanchez and his grandson Morty getting into adventures across the multiverse, it's fun to watch. The lead characters are obviously a parody of Doc Brown and Marty from "Back to the Future", and the show takes inspiration from many other science fiction properties. Each episode being just half an hour long, it's easy to watch the show. I drew this in pencil and scanned it, and added the colours in Photoshop. #264 / 8-Jun-17
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Wonder Woman (2017)Directed by Patty Jenkins Count me in as someone who actually liked all the DC Extended Universe movies released so far. I don't remember too much of "Man of Steel", but there was a lot to like about it. Despite the critical backlash towards "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" ("Martha" moment and all), and "Suicide Squad", I really enjoyed both of those movies, and am eagerly awaiting "Justice League". So, I was excited to watch "Wonder Woman", especially more so after the praise the movie was getting. I watched it on Saturday. The movie was an effective origin story, and takes us back to the WW1 time frame. When Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) crashes into Themyscira, Diana (Gal Gadot) saves him, and comes to learn of a threat to humanity in the form of weapons experimentation by German General Ludendorff (Danny Huston). She decides to leave Themyscira along with Steve, with the intention of ending the War. I thought the movie did an excellent job of developing the characters and story. The acting, cinematography and music were all good. The action scenes were spectacular as well. Gal Gadot was fantastic in the role and the best thing about the movie. She is beautiful, majestic and a fierce warrior fighting for all that is good, and nothing about the character seemed forced. Chris Pine was terrific too. I'd rate the movie a 9/10. Very entertaining and a must watch, and deserving of the title of "Best DCEU movie till date"! I drew Gal Gadot as Diana from the movie. It was drawn with 2B mechanical pencil and scanned. #263 / 5-Jun-17
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Entry for @instagram's Weekend Hashtag Project, #WHPgetaway. Of course, going outside for travelling or meetups is good (tomorrow, I'm attending the Instameet being organized by @hellohyderabad, check their profile for more information). But once I've done that, there's nothing better than sitting at my table at my laptop, editing photos, or watching movies, or drawing. In the frame – you can see my sketchbook with my latest drawing of @priyankachopra from "Baywatch", which I did for @dailymoviesketch. After editing this photo in Lightroom and VSCO as I'd do usually, I added some Ambience and Tint in Snapseed, after looking at @j.osh's editing process on his IG story. I thought it added an interesting effect to it, so thanks Josh! See @karthikabhiram for another similar photo I shot at the same time but with my 24-105mm lens. #VSCOCam #Canon #5DMarkIII #50mmf14 #Snapseed
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Baywatch (2017)Directed by Seth Gordon Back in the 90s "Baywatch" was hugely popular. I never watched much of the TV show though (my preference was more "The X Files"). When it was announced that a movie version was in the works and that it would be an R-rated comedy, I immediately thought of how they rebooted "21 Jump Street". I loved that movie, so was interested in this one. The trailers however didn't seem that good. Anyway, I watched the movie last night. The plot, about new guy Matt Brody (Zac Efron) joining the Baywatch team led by Mitch Buchanan (Dwayne Johnson), and the team having to take down rich drug dealer Victoria Leeds (Priyanka Chopra) could have been fashioned into a really funny action comedy. Sadly, this isn't it. I thought there was nothing original about this movie that hasn't been done better before. I didn't like the characters and the way the story was developed either (no meat to any of it). I thought that the three main actors, Johnson, Efron and Priyanka Chopra did really well with the material they were given though. The movie is good for a few laughs but it's amusing at best. Our overly sensitive Censor Board also contributed to ruining our enjoyment of the movie, as they've made several cuts to it despite giving it an A rating (I've always maintained this is a stupid thing to do). It's hard to say how much is cut, but a lot of the dirty jokes and dialogues from the trailers weren't in the movie. Reinstating the cut footage might have helped.Overall I'd rate this movie a 6/10. It's a passable watch. I enjoyed Priyanka Chopra's performance as the antagonist ("I'm not a Bond villain… Yet"), and it might have been a really memorable role had the movie been better. So I did a sketch of her. This was drawn with 2B mechanical pencil and colour pencils, and scanned. #262 / 2-Jun-17
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Drive (2011)Directed by Nicolas Winding RefnThis is the first new sketch being posted here after the Art Exhibition last weekend! And it's a sketch based on my favourite Nicolas Refn movie, "Drive" from 2011 (not the 1996 Mark Dacascos action comedy by Steve Wang, though I'm a fan of that movie as well). As some of you may know, I'm part of the Cinephiles Film Club at Hyderabad, and the last two movies screened were Nicolas Winding Refn's debut, "Pusher" and it's sequel, "Pusher II". I like those movies, and I liked the other later movies that the director made. But "Drive" in my opinion is his best work till date. A masterpiece of storytelling using cinematography, direction, music and acting. I remember watching this movie in Prasads Multiplex Screen 5 many years ago, along with @varunabhiram, @kashyapchandra and other friends.For the recent Art Exhibition, I had put together a YouTube playlist of music, in which "Tick of the Clock" by Chromatics and "Nightcall" by Kavinsky were present, from this movie's soundtrack. With these in mind, I rewatched the movie on Netflix, and it's every bit as great as the first time I saw it. I was noting the interesting shot compositions (frames split down the middle). I'd highly recommend it. This sketch is of Carey Mulligan as Irene and Ryan Gosling as The Driver from the movie, from a notable scene in an elevator. It was drawn with 0.5mm 2B mechanical pencil and scanned. #261 / 1-Jun-17
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One of the artworks in The #ArtConf Hyd Exhibition that many people liked, some said it was their favourite one. Even I like this one a lot. This is a sketch of Mackenzie Foy as Murph from "Interstellar" (2014), and is sketch #183 on this page. I'd earlier posted a photo of it. This is a scanned version of the drawing. All the drawings that were in the exhibition had to be removed from their respective sketchbooks to be given for framing. So when I did that, I made high resolution scans of the drawings for which I had only posted photos of, earlier. I'll post the higher quality images of some of them periodically.
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The #ArtConf Hyderabad 2017 came to an end yesterday (28-May-17) night. The two day event was an amazing experience! It was a very hectic two days but everything came together very well. It was great to be part of the event with @pparulverma, our first art exhibition. We had a wonderful response. I guess more than 200 people visited us over the span of the two days. Big thanks to everyone who visited and to those who supported our work though they could not be there in person. I must thank all my followers here and on @karthikabhiram. Parul and I have put together a video showing the entire exhibit, the link to it is in my bio. Of course, thanks to @vineelreddy and the @collabhouse team for the opportunity and the support. I posted a bunch of pictures from the event in a multiple image post on @karthikabhiram, you could have a look at that. For some reason, I'm unable to share a multiple image post to a Facebook page, that's why I shared those photos on my personal account and shared them to my FB time line.
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Day 1 of The #ArtConf Hyderabad 2017 (yesterday – 27 May) was a great experience! It was mine and @pparulverma's first Art Exhibition. Parul had 15 of her watercolour artworks on display. I had exhibited 15 of the sketches I made for my @dailymoviesketch project. In the evening we had a talk by Ms Lakshmi Nambiar of Shrishti Art Gallery and a Bharatnatyam performance by @nehakhaitan14. Thanks to everyone who came by. We were really happy and grateful to see so many people visiting us (I literally didn't have any time to post anything through the day – which I guess is a good problem to have!). We've posted a video tour of the gallery space on YouTube for those who couldn't visit in person (link in bio). Our artworks are on exhibit today (28-May-17) as well, so you could come and visit us anytime between 11 AM to 8 PM. Check out @varunabhiram's photo coverage of the event on Facebook. And as I've said before, we are really thankful to @vineelreddy and @collabhouse team for the opportunity. This photo (reminding one of a certain infamous song – Selfie Maine Leli Aaj) was taken by @vineelreddy yesterday. #Canon #5DMarkIII #VSCOCam
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