'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. …

Cinderella: A Little Girl's Friend or Foe?

Are Disney princesses harmless or harmful to children?
Lily James plays Cinderella in Disney's live action version of its famed animated classic. (Disney)
Although it has been years since Walt Disney introduced us to his version of the Cinderella story in 1950, the debate rages on whether or not Disney princess are actually a good influence on our daughters. Cinderella is one of the most popular princesses in the franchise with many little girls wanting to be and look just like her. But is this damsel in distress story really harmful? It depends on who you ask.

"Even if you are an adult Disney fan, it’s hard to defend some of the earlier princess movies. After all, in films like Snow White and Cinderella, there’s not much the female protagonists did except some excellent housekeeping and finding a prince to make out with." says Caroline Pate of Bustle.com. She goes on to say that even though the more recent Disney films like Frozen and Brave show a different side to the princess lifestyle, the movies still have troubling messages.

"While these films and others like them may not follow exactly the same formula as the original Cinderella tale, they do have much of the same general outline: a woman, with some kind of special, inherent talent, is saved from her dull life when someone important finally takes notice of her."


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