Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Cinema and Travel: Are they anyway connected?

Well, traveling is what almost every individual loves. It is quite normal that people take days off from their regular and busy schedules and head out for a place where they can visit, explore, enjoy and get refreshed. Traveling is not only a great hobby but it is also a good habit and everyone should travel as much as they can. There are several good reasons why you should travel. First of all, travelling and exploring places itself is a very exciting and interesting activity. Whenever people get bored with their lives and the same, monotonous, daily schedule, then nothing can be the best medicine like traveling.

Ben Stiller in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Exotic Travel Locations
A Still from The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)
Everyone deserves break in their life and people should take breaks whenever things are not running smooth or in the way you desire to be. Breaks help you to refresh your mind and soul and boost up your energy so that you can give a fresh start to anything and everything. The best way to utilize these breaks is traveling. Whenever you get time, pack your bags; get in touch with your near and dear ones with whom you love hanging around, select a travel destination and hit out in the roads.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

All Time Best 100 Movies: Author's Pick 2015

A Compilation of Author's Favorite Films from Across the Globe


2014 turned out to be an exceptional year for A Potpourri of Vestiges. In the BlogAdda Awards 2014, the blog got featured among the Top 5 blogs in the Entertainment niche. Indian top blogs featured it in its eclectically chosen Directory of Best Indian Blogs for the third consecutive year in May 2014. A Potpourri of Vestiges also reached the milestone of 1.2 million hits during the last year. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our readers for making this possible. 

In my first major write up of 2015, I bring to you a compilation of my all time favorite films (in no particular order) that I have chosen from the thousands of films watched over the last half a decade or so. However, I believe that I have just reached the tip of the iceberg. And, so, if you find one or more of your favorite films missing from the list then it's highly likely that I may not have watched the particular film(s) yet. 

I encourage you to share your views/comments in the box below. As always your feedback is highly appreciated!  

Note: I had published similar compilations in 2014 as well as 2013, both of which are among the most read articles on this blog. 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Black History Month Film Festival (5th – 7th February 2015): Remembering the important people and events in the history of the African diaspora

A Potpourri of Vestiges Feature

Image courtesy of wsbtv.com
The Embassy of the United States of America in collaboration with Cinedarbaar is organizing a three day film event—‘Black History Film Festival’—from 5th – 7th February at the American Center Auditorium, 24, Kasturba Gandi Marg, New Delhi - 110001. The festival will be screening six films docu-fiction that highlights the issues of civil rights, African American citizens and their fight for justice..

Please find below the Press Release and Schedule of the festival.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Theory of Everything (2014): English filmmaker James Marsh's biopic about the celebrated cosmologist Stephen Hawking

A triumph as a drama that fails to impress as a biopic

By Tejas Nair

Featured in IMDb Critic Reviews

The Theory of Everything, Film Poster, Directed by James Marsh
The Theory of Everything (2014) By James Marsh

IMDb Ratings: 7.8
Genre: Biography | Drama | Romance
Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Tom Prior
Country: UK
Language: English | French
Runtime: 123 min
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SummaryA look at the relationship between the famous physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Force Majeure (2014): Swedish filmmaker Ruben Östlund's treatise on familial paradoxes

An artistic depiction of a tiny story about family dynamics

By Tejas Nair

Featured in IMDb Critic Reviews

Force Majeure, Directed by Ruben Östlund, Movie Poster
Force Majeure (2014) By Ruben Östlund
IMDb Ratings: 7.7
Reviewer Rating: 78 %
Genre: Drama
Cast: Johannes Kuhnke, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Clara Wettergren
Country: Sweden | France | Norway
LanguageSwedish | French | English | Norwegian
Runtime: 118 min
ColorColor

SummaryA family on a ski holiday in the French Alps find themselves staring down an avalanche during lunch one day; in the aftermath, their dynamic has been shaken to its core, with a question mark hanging over their patriarch in particular.

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