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

MOVIE REVIEW
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 August 24

August 24 is National Waffle Day

National Waffle Day

On this day in 1869, the U.S. patent for the waffle was issued and so because of this, August 24th has been deemed National Waffle Day. Nobody seems to know the origin of this unofficial holiday as when it first began or who felt the need to honor the holey pastry product. But now that you know, doesn't a big ol' fluffy one sound good right about now? (By the way, the first known waffle recipe was written in late of the 14th century in France.)




The Gutenberg Bible was completed on August 24, 1456.

The Gutenberg Bible is Finally Printed

While many believe that Johannes Gutenberg first work using moveable type was the Bible, it was probably the second or maybe even third. The Gutenberg press was in operation by 1450 and it is known that a German poem had been printed before the Bible. However, it is known that Gutenberg began the painstaking process of hand placing every letter for every page of the new Bible during that same year. It is believed that the 42-line Guttenberg Bible was completed on this day in 1456. About 180 copies of the book were printed, which seems rather small for a first edition.

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