'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. …

FOX Attempts to Revive ‘Love Connection’

FOX's new revival of "Love Connection"
Love Connection is hosted by Andy Coehn. (Michael Becker/FOX)


Depending on so many factors, FOX’s new attempt to resurrect the old Chuck Woolery syndicated game show, Love Connection, could be hit or an epic failure. The original was already pretty racy, but the new show is being executive-produced by Mike Fleiss known for ABC’s popular (but I still don’t know why) The Bachelor and is said to tweaked for “today’s digital dating audiences.”

The new hour-long show is being hosted by Andy Cohen and will feature single men and women in search of romance. They’ll tell Cohen exactly what they're looking for in a partner and why they've found it so hard to meet Mr. or Mrs. Right. After viewing short video introductions of the three people with whom the single has gone on blind dates, the studio audience will vote on which of the three they think is the best match.

FOX's new revival of "Love Connection"
(Michael Becker/FOX)
As the singles talk through each of the three dates, Cohen will egg them on with his “personal brand of audacious fun” prodding them to divulge even more information. Unlike the original show, where each couple who go on a single date to a restaurant and/or activity, here, each single will have the opportunity to choose one date to take on an overnight getaway. Also, if he/she chooses the same person whom the audience did, then they will be given $10,000 in addition. If the audience chose someone different, then the single will have to decide whether to give up the money and go on the overnight date with his/her original choice or ditch that choice, take the money and head off with the audience pick, in hopes of making a “love connection.”

The whole thing sounds sort of convoluted and will probably inspire contestants hoping to make some money and going on a trip more than those actually looking for love, but we’ll have to see. Love Connection premieres tonight and continues each Thursday at 9:00 p.m. on FOX.

And if you forgot about how the original looked, this will help remind you:


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