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

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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. …

Honda Announces Project Drive-In

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At one time, my home town had at least three drive-in theaters. Now we have none. There may have been more, but if so, they were long gone before my time. Today, the closest drive-in theater to my hometown is 61 miles away. Needless to say, we don’t visit it all that often.

The demise of the drive-in has become such a way of life for most of us, but in a press release sent out just today claims that the majority of the rest of remaining drive-ins could find themselves closed as well in as little as three months from now. The reason? The movie industry’s switch from film to digital. For most owners, upgrading to a digital projector could cost about $80,000. However, there is good news for those who want to save this part of American pop culture history.

The help comes from an unlikely source – Honda. “We want to preserve this iconic part of American car culture. So we’re taking the first step by starting a drive-in fund and donating five digital projectors. Your vote decides where they go,” states the message on the ProjectDriveIn.com. At the site, you can vote which drive-in theaters will receive this gracious gift from the car dealer. Voting began on August 9 and continues through 9:00 p.m. on September 9 (PST).

Partnering with Honda in this endeavor is Sony Pictures. To help raise awareness, the two will be setting up “Pop-Up Drive-In” at dealer’s home towns all around the country. At the event, you’ll be able to see a free screening of “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” and complimentary refreshments. (As of yet, no dates have been announced but will be posted soon on ProjectDriveIn.com.)

The winning drive-ins will hold special celebrations with screenings of the sequel, “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2” (which also arrives at indoor theaters on September 27th).

“Cars and drive-in theaters go hand-in-hand, and it’s our mission to save this decades-old slice of Americana that holds such nostalgia for so many of us,” said Alicia Jones, Manager of Honda & Acura Social Marketing at American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “We’re committed to helping the remaining drive-in theaters flourish with the move to digital projection.”

To continue raising awareness of the cause, Project Drive-In encourages people to share the news with family and friends via social media, pledge to see one movie at their local drive-in and contribute to the Honda Project Drive-In Fund to keep more drive-ins in business. As part of Honda’s fundraising efforts, there will also be an online auction that features tickets to the Los Angeles premiere of "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2" as well as additional film-related merchandise. 

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