'Puzzle' is Well Made, but a Few Pieces are Missing

Based on the film Rompecabezas, Puzzle is one of those little-known independent films that sneaks into theaters with little to no fanfare, although the fact that it is being promoted “from the producer of Little Miss Sunshine” should help it get noticed somewhat. Puzzle is a quiet, little film about a woman who discovers that jigsaw puzzles are the key to changing her life. While the subject matter doesn’t sound all that exciting, the film really isn’t about puzzles but instead about one finding their voice, or so it appears. It’s also a message film that has its own agenda expecting the audience to agree with the choices of the main character and applaud her “brave” behavior. Frankly, it just feels manipulative.

Directed by Marc Turtletaub, Puzzle’s most impactful scene comes within the first few minutes. We see Agnes (Kelly MacDonald) cleaning up the house and they decorating it for a birthday party. Then we see her serving appetizers while being ignored by the guests. …

Artist Spotlight: Big Daddy Weave

Guest Post: Rhapsody
They’re not the flashiest band. You won’t find them sporting deep-Vs and skinny jeans or wearing knit caps in July just to look cool. But Big Daddy Weave know how to deliver a hit song — something these good ol’ Southern boys have been doing for more than a decade.
The band is made up of brothers Mike and Jay Weaver (Mike handles the songwriting and lead vocals, and Jay is on bass and vocals), Jeff Jones (drums), Joe Shirk (sax and keyboards) and Jeremy Redmon (guitars and vocals). Their roots reach back to the University of Mobile on Alabama’s gulf coast, and the band has ties to Florida, too. All the sunshine these guys have soaked up over the years definitely makes its way into their music. There’s a laid-back, almost island vibe that permeates the soul-filled, rootsy pop rock they deliver.


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