'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. …

Oscar Winner Dies Just Days After Another

Cinematographers, Vilmos Zsigmond and Haskell Wexer died only five days apart during New Year's 2016.
Vilmos Zsigmond and Haskell Wexer (Inquisitr/Getty Images)
Today, thousands of filmgoers enjoyed Star Wars: The Force Awakens and appreciated its style and cinematography which mirrors the work of the franchise’s earlier films. The earlier films, and other others like it, were shot by an older generation that young movie fans may not even know their names.

This last week, Hollywood lost the legendary cinematographer, Vilmos Zsigmond, best known for his work on Close Encounters of the Third Kind, who died on January 1, 2016 just five days after fellow cinematographer, Haskell Wexler who was known his work on numerous documentaries and stress-inducing Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. Two great directors of photography – two distinctly different styles of work.


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