'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. …

Who You Gonna Call...Again?

2014 marks the 30th anniversary of the movie Ghostbusters.
This June marks the 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters and the 25th anniversary of its less successful sequel and fans are still clamoring for Ghostbusters 3. However, if there ever becomes a second sequel, you just know that you’ll be disappointed. The original was praised for its special effects (just think what they could do now!) has one of the catchiest theme songs in movie history (and assumed to be a rip-off of Huey Lewis and the News’ “I Want a New Drug.”), and considered by many to be one of the funniest movies of all time.

Modern legend states that Ghostbusters was originally to be called “Ghostmashers” and would have been a completely different movie. In the beginning, Dan Aykroyd envisioned a film for him and fellow Saturday Night Live pal, John Belushi where the two would time travel to fight off ghosts. Producer Ivan Reitman thought the idea was “financially impractical” so Aykroyd and Harold Ramis rewrote the script. The new script had parts written specially for Belushi, John Candy and Eddie Murphy, but was re-written again after Belushi died and the other two actors passed on the film. The end result starred Aykroyd , Ramis and Bill Murray as the ghost chasers and nobody can imagine the film any other way.

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