'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. …

The First to Go

"Lucky 7" apparently wasn't so lucky. Photo: ABC
As the fall 2013 TV season rolls on with news shows being presented each week, we already have our first casualty: “Lucky 7.” The ABC hour long comedy (although, I guess some thought it was a drama), lasted only two episodes. According to Nielsen, the show premiered with 4.4 million viewers and dropped down to just 0.7 the second week. This is especially surprising as one of the show’s lead-ins was the new “Marvels Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” which ranked as the network’s highest rated shows. I liked the show (I even called it a winner), as it was clever, funny and clean, but I guess that is not what viewers at large are looking for.

On the other end of the spectrum, it appears that FOX’s “Sleepy Hollow” will be around for a while as the network has already been renewed for a second full season of the show. According to Entertainment Weekly, this is extremely odd since the show doesn’t even have a full season order of the show for this year! “Sleepy Hollow” premiered to 13.6 million viewers. I also liked the pilot for this show, but the previews for the shows to follow made me question if I will stick with it.


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