'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. …

Snoopy Turns 65!

Snoopy turned 65 on August 10, 2015
What a cute pup! Snoopy in 1950. (United Feature Syndicate)
“Snoopy’s whole personality is a little bittersweet. But he’s a very strong character. He can win or lose, be a disaster, a hero, or anything, and yet it all works out. I like the fact that when he’s in real trouble, he can retreat into a fantasy and thereby escape.”
- Charles M. Schulz

Just like you can't imagine Batman without Robin or Laurel without Hardy, you can't imagine Charlie Brown without Snoopy. The pooch has been round-headed kid almost from the beginning. Charlie Brown's first appearance in a comic strip was October 2, 1950 with Snoopy arriving on the scene just two days later.  

Happy Birthday Snoopy
From the Peanuts comic strip printed on August 10, 1968 (UFS)
Snoopy wasn't called "Snopy" at the time. Charles Schulz, the creator of the Peanuts comic strip, originally planned on calling him “Sniffy,” but thanks to another comic book character with that same name, he didn't get stuck with that one. The name “Snoopy” didn't appear until November 10, 1950.

Though we know that Charlie Brown is the owner, (if you can call him that), of Snoopy, the comic strip didn't make that clear for the first couple of years. Snoopy has never been a dog contained by a leash. 

Snoopy is also good friends with the yellow bird Woodstock whom the dog met in April 4, 1967. Woodstock didn't have a name until 1970 and of course was named after the famous music festival. Why? Who knows exactly. Schulz himself said that he planned for the little bird to serve as Snoopy's female secretary, but after reading about the festival in a Life magazine, the bird became “Woodstock the boy.” He explained this by saying, “That's what's good about a comic strip—you can just do it."

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According to Peanuts.wikia.com, Snoopy has seven siblings (Spike, Belle, Marbles, Olaf, Andy, Molly and Rover) who were born and raised at the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm. Little known facts include that Snoop and his siblings went to the farm's chapel service every day and he was part of the fifty-beagle choir. He also attended the Ace Obedience School. A lot of good it did him.

Snoopy's likes: 
Root beer, pizza, reading Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace (at a rate of one word a day), fetching soap bubbles, dancing, flying his dog house, making fun of Lucy and stealing Linus' blanket.

Snoopy's dislikes: 
Coconut candy, claustrophobia, icicles hanging on the roof of his dog house, balloons being squeezed and cats.

Snoopy also has the uncanny ability to hear someone eating snacks from a large distance away. #HappyBirthdaySnoopy

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