'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 September 13

"My Mother the Car" debuted on September 14, 1965.

Second-Worst TV Series Airs

In 2002, TV Guide stated that My Mother the Car, which debuted for the first time on this day in 1965, was the second-worst TV series to have been produced just behind The Jerry Springer Show. The show starred Jerry Van Dyke who bought a run down 1928 Porter touring car only to find out that is was a reincarnation of his dead mother who only speaks to him. Anne Southern spoke for voice of the car. Though it was panned by critics and viewers alike, NBC aired all 30 episodes. The show was co-created by Allan Burns and Chris Hayward who had better success with later series including The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Rhoda (Burns) and Barney Miller (Hayward).

The first helicopter was flown on September 14, 1939.

The First Helicopter is Flown

It was on this day in 1939 that the VS-300, the world’s first helicopter took to the skies in Stratford, Connecticut. It was designed and piloted by Igor Sikorsky. The first flight lasted just a few seconds, but it was a start. The first free flight took place half a year later. With little more than just an outline of a flying machine and three-blade rotor with a length of 28 feet, it was a sight to see.

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