'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. …

Amercia’s Got Talent: And the Winner is…

The winner of "America's Got Talent" Season 8, Kenichi Ebina, celebrates with
 "America's Got Talent" judges Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Mel B, Howie Mandel, 
and host Nick Cannon live at Radio City Music Hall. Photo: NBC
If you’ve been able to follow the entire season of 2013’s “Amercia’s Got Talent” (no easy task, by the way), you already heard the news. However, for those who didn’t, Kenichi Ebina was crowned the ultimate winner during last night’s finale beating out singers Cami Bradley and Jimmy Rose, teen magician Collins Key, the opera trio Forte and comedian Taylor Williamson.

Originally from Japan, Ebina is a self-taught dancer who mixes illusion, mime, lighting and video into each dance performance making his performances truly memorable.  However, you would never know this from his shy introduction during his first performance. In seconds flat, he wowed the judges and audience alike.

For the show’s finale, each finalist had to perform twice – the first act had to be a revamped version of their original audition piece and the second just had to be amazing. Ebina re-presented “Robo Matix” with extra laser lights. For the final dance, Kenchi performed with eight versions of himself in other roles (on video of course) and together they won the million dollar prize.

To see just how talented and deserving he was, you can watch all of his acts during the season from the very first awkward moments to the triumphant ending. Congratulations Kenichi!


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