'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. …

New Urban Rescue Band Touring with Rend Collective

Information about Urban Rescue.
(Photos: UrbanRescueMusic.com)


The Los Angeles-based band, Urban Rescue, dubbed a “revival band,” has just released their Wild Heart EP which is the band’s first with Rend Family Records, which itself is a partnership between Rend Collective (the Irish Christian band that likes bang a lot of drums during their concerts) and Capitol Christian Music Group. But Urban Rescue is not only partnering with Rend Collective business-wise. They are touring with them with a few stops here in the Northwest this month.

In his blog site, JustToBeHere.com, frontman Jordan Frye describes how his parent became divorced when he was in junior high school. About a year later his mother was diagnosed with Leukemia who survived but not until after six months of recover in a hospital. Frye says that during this time, he really to turned to worship music as a source of strength. He describes it as the center of gravity for him.

For Frye, and the rest of the Urban Rescue band, they see themselves on a real mission. They are not just playing music for entertainment. It goes deeper than that.

“We all live in broken places. We all live in fractured communities.” Says Frye. “We believe that God is in the business of restoring cities. My prayer for people when they hear our music is that they find the beginning of hope. A new start. That the love of God would touch their heart in such a way that they would know that Jesus is real … My hope is that for the person who feels hopeless, lost or brokenhearted that they would find in our music a spark that ignites the flame of faith again or for the first time. A faith that knows there is something more to Jesus than just another religious practice. A faith that believes Jesus is alive and is close to the brokenhearted."

To give you a sample of what these guys sound like, check out this video:

To learn more about this group and to find the full list of tour dates, visit the Urban Rescue website.


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