'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. …

App of the Week: I Am Second

"I Am Second" app.
Photos: I Am Second

I Am Second App

It's hard to believe that the group, I Am Second, have been making short testimony films for six years now. During that time, famous and not-so-famous people from all walks of life have shared some of their deepest, darkest secret, as well as inspiring messages of hope, for all to see. Many of them have been featured here on Writer of Pop. 

"I Am Second" app.

“The result,” says I Am Second, “is thousands of lives healed. A hope found. A new culture redefined by you.”

Now, all six years have been crammed into a new app along with other features. If you are a fan of these films, this is definitely an app to check out. But the app is a lot more than just movies. The app includes:

  • Hundreds of personal stories dealing with serious topics like addiction, abuse, anger and more from actors, athletes and musicians.
  • A variety of “communities” for you to engage and interact with.
  • Many stories, interviews, news, events and more to explore all relating to what it means to be Second.
  • Daily challenges to test and encourage you and your friends.
  • Win rewards for participating in conversations and challenges.

To learn more, click here

Related: Video of the Day: Sean Lowe, I Am Second


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