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

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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. …

This Day in Pop Culture for April 11

Singin’ in the Rain Premieres

Singin’ in the Rain premiered in theaters on this day in 1952 and starred Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds. The film’s namesake scene with Kelly dancing in a downpour took 2-3 days to film, the water caused his wool suit to shrink and he danced while suffering from 103°F fever. Reynolds was not a dancer prior to the filming, something that Kelly was not happy with. Fred Astaire happened by the set one day and offered to help her. She is quoted in saying that Singin’ and childbirth were two the hardest things she ever had to do in her life. For O’Connor, he had to be hospitalized after filming the “Make ‘em Laugh” sequence due to smoking four packs of cigarettes a day.

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