'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. …

25 of the Best Christmas Music Videos

For the 2015 Christmas season, Writer of Pop will be dedicating the "Video of the Day" to some of the best Christmas music videos. Some are incredible, others will make you laugh and few come from Christmases past. We'll add to the list below each day, Just click on the link to watch the video. Enjoy.

#25 Brian Setzer Orchestra - "Jingle Bells"
#24 MercyMe - "Christmastime Again"
#23 Amy Grant - "Breath of Heaven"
#22 Tenth Avenue North - "Deck the Halls"  
#21 Trans-Siberian Orchestra - "Christmas Eve/Sarajevo"

#20 Mariah Carey - "All I Want for Christmas" 
#19 The Piano Guys - "Carol of the Bells (for 12 Cellos)"
#18 Owl City/Toby Mac - "Light of Christmas" 
#17 Alison Krauss/Robert Plant - "Light of Christmas Day" 
#16 Michael Buble - "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" 
#15 Hillsong - "Born is the King" 
#14 Trans-Siberian Orchestra - "Christmas Cannon"
#13 Vince Guaraldi- "Linus and Lucy" 
#12 Boney M - "Mary's Boy Child"
#11 Matthew West/Amy Grant - "Give This Christmas Away" 
#10 Karmin - "Sliegh Ride" 
#9 Rend Collective - "Joy to the World (You Are My Joy)" 
#8 Carrie Underwood/Michael W. Smith - "All is Well" 
#7 Bing Crosby/David Bowie - "Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth" 
#6 Straight No Chaser - "12 Days of Christmas" 
#5 The Piano Guys - "Angels We Have Heard on High" 
#4 Band Aid 30 - "Do They Know It's Christmas" 
#3 TobyMac - "Christmas This Year" 
#2 Il Divo - "O Holy Night" 
#1 Pentatonix - "Mary Did You Know" 

There is the complete list. Which was your favorite? 


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