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'Puzzle' is Well Made, but a Few Pieces are Missing

MOVIE REVIEW
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. …

11 Things You Didn’t Know About the Man Behind Grizzly Adams


11 Things About Dan Haggerty
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While many were saddened by the news this week that actor Dan Haggerty died this week, many others were wondering “who is Dan Haggerty?” and to tell them that he was the man who acted in the TV series, The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams, didn’t help much. However, the man was a lot more than a big friendly man with a beard.

He Wasn’t Born in Hollywood
While everyone gets the date of his birthday correct (November 19, 1941) some sources will claim that Haggerty was born Daniel Francis Haggerty and grew up in Hollywood. However, more agree, including IMDB, that Haggerty was actually born Gene Jajonkski and grew up Pound, Wisconsin.


He Was a Lover of Animals
One the best things about The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams was that the hero was friend to many animals and they in turn respected him. This wasn’t far from his real life. His family once owned and operated a wildlife attraction where he helped in raising wild animals. He even taught a black bear to do tricks for the audiences that came by. Years later in Hollywood, Haggerty served as animal trainer for Walt Disney Studios working on films such as Lt. Robin Crusoe (1966) and Monkeys, Go Home (1967).


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