'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. …

This Day in Pop Culture for April 29

Jerry Seinfeld was born on April 29, 1954.

Jerry Seinfeld was Born

Who knew that Jerry Seinfeld was born with the name Jerome Allen Seinfeld on this day in 1954? (Not that there is anything wrong with that.) The versatile comedian, actor, writer and producer is most famous for playing himself in the NBC sitcom, The Seinfeld Chronicles, later shortened to just Seinfeld. It was a “show about nothing” that ran from 1989-1998. Seinfeld’s brand of humor has been labled, “observational humor” focusing of personal relationships and he has said that he has been inspired by the 1950’s sitcom The Abbott and Costello Show. During its 11 year run, the show tackled just about every subject matter you could think of, the funniest were the ones that were essentially about “nothing.” Ironically, for such a beloved show, many fans were disappointed with the show’s finale. It had a different tone than the rest of the episodes and ended with the four main character put in jail, guilty of being jerks.


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