'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. …

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Star Wars-Themed fashion shows.
Fashion designs for both the "Star Wars Force 4 Fashion" and "Star Wars: Fashion Finds The Force" events.
With Star Wars: The Force Awakens being perhaps Disney’s biggest movie ever, the company is doing all kinds of crazy stunts to get the word out (as if we needed to know) about this new film. Just last week, stars of ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder gave their “real” and “unscripted” opinions about the movie and how similar it will be to their TV show (seriously) during commercial breaks. “It … looks … so … good!” squealed Aja Naomi King during one of the breaks. 

Today, more bizarre news comes from the House of Mouse that Disney Consumer Products and Bloomingdale's are joining “forces” by bringing a group of designers to create some Star Wars-themed high fashion outfits that will be auctioned off for charity.

“This collaboration celebrates the distinctive synergy between film and fashion in the run up to an exceptional moment in the history of pop culture. We’re excited to see how this incredible lineup of designers interpret Star Wars characters in unique ways, as well as to raise money for a great cause.” Said Leslie Ferraro, Co-Chair, Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media and President, Disney Consumer Products.

Star Wars-Themed fashion shows.
Fashion designs for both the "Star Wars Force 4 Fashion" and "Star Wars: Fashion Finds The Force" events.
The designers who have signed on for the task include: Cynthia Rowley, Diane von Furstenberg, Giles Deacon, Halston, Opening Ceremony, Ovadia & Sons, Parker, Rag & Bone, Timo Weiland and Todd Snyder.

The designers’ looks will be revealed at a “Force 4 Fashion” launch event, presented by Kay Jewelers, in New York City on December 2nd before going on display in Bloomingdale’s NYC flagship windows the following day. Outfits will then be auctioned off December 2-18 by Bloomingdale’s on CharityBuzz.com, with the proceeds benefiting their holiday charity partner, Child Mind Institute, on behalf of Star Wars: Force For Change – a charitable initiative that empowers people to make a positive impact on the world around them.

And if that wasn’t enough, Michael Kaplan, the costume designer for the film, has designed three, limited edition “little brown bag” reusable totes for purchase at Bloomingdale’s just in time for Black Friday shoppers.  For more information about “Force 4 Fashion” please visit StarWars.com and follow the social conversation using the hashtag #Force4Fashion.

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British fashion designers have also gotten into the act as well. Agi & Sam, Bobby Abley, Christopher Raeburn, J.W. Anderson, Nasir Mazhar, Peter Pilotto, Phoebe English, Preen and Thomas Tait will all be showcased at an extraordinary “Star Wars: Fashion Finds The Force” presentation on November 26th in London. Following the event, an online auction at www.starwarsfashion.london will be available for Star Wars fans all over the world. All proceeds from this even will be donated to Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, on behalf of Star Wars: Force for Change initiative.


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