'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. …

If You Want to see 'Left Behind 2,' it's Going to Cost You

"Left Behind 2" is in the works if they raise enough money."
(Cloud Ten Pictures)
Despite the fact that the Nicolas Cage version Left Behind, wasn't much of a financial success (according to IMDB it still hasn't earned back what was spent for the flick), Cloud Ten Pictures is making planes to release its sequel, Left Behind 2, for summer of 2016. The company is running an Indiegogo campaign to fund it. So, if you want to see the sequel, it's going to cost you. A lot. 

The sequel, based on the "Left Behind" book series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins, will pick up where the last one left off, however, nowhere in the $500,000 campaign does it state if Nicolas Cage or the films other main stars will be on board this time around.

The campaign will end on May 7, 2015 and has received 11% of the proposed budget so far. For a $250 donation, you can get tickets for the movie's premiere in Dallas (travel and lodging not included) and some big spender giving $2,500 will get the opportunity to be an extra in the film (though, again, travel and lodging is not included and they can't guarantee that you'll actually make the final cut of the film) and for $5,000, you can name a character after yourself if you like.

Paul Lalonde, the producer of the first film and CEO of Cloud Ten Pictures says, "We are living in the last days and if the rapture were to happen today, there are a lot of people who just aren't ready. This is why we need to complete the story as soon as possible beginning with Left Behind 2. If we want to keep control of our story, we will once again have to fund the movie independently. We have all seen what happens to Christian, Bible-based stories when the Hollywood studios take control. They change the fundamental meaning of God's Word and make a mockery of the Christian faith. With the help of campaign supporters we won't let that happen to Left Behind 2.”

Lalonde's logic may be flawed in that some big budget Bible-based films like Noah and Exodus: Gods and Kings, were hardly “Christian” to begin with. The directors had no intention of making them biblically correct either. Be that as it may, fans can contribute to the project by visiting the slick Left Behind 2 campaign page


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