'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. …

A Parent’s Alternative to Miley Cyrus

Jamie Grace (Gotee Records)
Not that long ago, you couldn’t go into any store’s toy department and not see any Hanna Montana. From posters to dolls, she was one of Disney’s star talents and every little’s girl dream to be just like her. Like so many teen stars, Miley Cyrus has wanted to shred any resemblance of the “good girl” that she portrayed on the Disney Channel TV show and show us who she “really” is. While Disney has replaced Hanna with more current fare, many of Hanna’s fans have grown to appreciate the likes of her alter ego despite their parent’s wishes. If this is you, I’d like to suggest that you share Jamie Grace’s new CD with your daughter.

Like Cyrus, Grace is pretty and very talented and about the same age, but she has no desire to run away from her good girl image. “So many songs on the radio or storylines in TV shows and movies talk about and promote what the world is doing. Ever since I was 14 I’ve wanted to write a song about what I’m not doing and hopefully be able to encourage other people in “the waiting” as well,” she says talking about one of my favorite songs “White Boots” on her new album, Ready to Fly. “My mom came to my sister and I with this metaphor of white boots and purity. Honestly, it was a moment when your mom tells you something awesome but you’re slightly embarrassed that you didn’t think of it first so you try to play it cool? Ha!”
While other singers are singing about getting it on, “White Boots” is all about keeping it on. Check out these lyrics:

Standing face to face with the love I know is true
I’ll promise him forever from the day we say, "I do"
I've got my white boots! My white dress
And baby, I ain't getting them dusty

All I need you to bring are the rings
And I know in time I'll be ready
Cause I've been waiting, waiting, waiting,
Waiting, waiting, waiting on you
In my white boots!


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