'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. …

Bryan Cranston's Forgotten Performance

Bryan Cranston's Preparation H commercial
(You Tube)
This year, Bryan Cranston is nominated for the Best Actor Oscar for the 2016 Academy Awards for Trumbo. You might know Cranston from his appearance in Godzilla, Breaking Bad or Malcom in Middle. You might even know him from his Excedrin commercial from the 90’s, but I doubt that you recognize him from the 1980’s Preparation H commercial. Dressed in his baby blue suit and over-sized glasses touting about “oxygen action” you know that he must have been thinking, “I’ve finally hit the big time! In the commercial you have to wonder who he is playing. Is he a doctor, scientist of just some strange office employee who really enjoys talking about hemorrhoid medicines? Who knew that this was the start of something big.


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