'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. …

Golden Globes 2014 Winners

Hosts Tina Fey, Amy Poehler on stage during the 70th Annual
Golden Globe Awards Photo By: Paul Drinkwater/NBC

After great reviews from last year’s performance as the emcees of the Golden Globes, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler returned again last night for 2014 edition.  The dynamic duo are still a welcome change from the snarky Ricky Gervais from previous years whose brand of humor is more mean than humorous. The two are witty and sweet at the same time.

As with all live broadcasts, anything can happen while filming. But for some reason, odd things seem to happen during the Golden Globes more often than the others. This year, almost everyone who came up for a speech appeared to shake in their boots. Most of the winners seemed to have been genuinely surprised by winning and didn’t prepare speeches. The most obvious was Jacqueline Bisset who won her first Globe for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Television. Winning for her performance in “Dancing on the Edge,” Bisset was at a loss for words and rambled on and on even when the orchestra began to play. Then when Jonah Hill and Margo Robbie went up to present the nominees for their award, the teleprompter’s screen showed Aaron Eckhart and Patton’s lines instead. Just when they thought that they would have to wing it, they were quickly given a typed sheet of paper with their lines written on it so that they could finish. Surprisingly, the pair did great.

Highlights for the evening included a tribute to Woody Allen who won the Cecile B. Demille Award for lifetime achievement. Although Allen wasn’t there to accept the award, actress Diane Keaton  (who has appeared in many of Allen’s movies), gave a somewhat ackward speech to the actor/writer/director after a series of movie clips.

The big winners of the night included the movie “American Hustle” (for Best Picture: Comedy or Musical, Best Actress and Supporting Actress), the TV drama show, “Breaking Bad” (for Best Drama and Best Actor) and the new comedy show, Brooklyn Brooklyn Nine-Nine (For Best Comedy and Best Actor). Perhaps the biggest disappointment was that of Julia Louis Drefus who was nominated for both her work on the large silver screen as well as the small and lost out on both of them.


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