'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 3

"Disneyland" was last shown on September 3, 1958.

‘Disneyland’ Airs for the Last Time

In order to help finance Walt Disney’s dream theme park, he tried his hand at television and created Disneyland, an anthology series which also served as an advertisement for the park. After being turned down by CBS and NBC, ABC agreed to air the show airing episodes that represented the four main sections of the park: Adventureland, Tomorrowland, Fantasyland and Frontierland. For instance, a story about Davy Crockett would appear under the “Frontierland” banner while cartoons would be labeled under “Fantasyland.” The program began airing on Sunday, March 29, 1954 and ended on this day in 1958. The show was then changed slightly, moved to Friday nights and became Walt Disney Presents.

The soap opera "Search for Tomorrow" aired for the first time on September 3, 1951.

First Airing of “Search for Tomorrow”

The American daytime TV show Search for Tomorrow began its long run on this day in 1951 on CBS. The show’s intimal sponsors were Proctor & Gamble’s “Joy” and “Spic and Span” which help the show earn its name as a “soap opera.” Tomorrow began as a 15-minute serial and was shown live until March of 1967. The show also went from black and white to color in September of 1967 and became a half-hour serial in September 1968. On March 29, 1982, the show made the big move from CBS to NBC. On August 4, 1983, both the master and backup copy of Tomorrow became lost and the cast was forced to do the show live for the first time in 16 years. The show’s last airing was on December 26, 1986 and it was during this time that it held the record for the longest-running non-news program on television. The record was broken by Hallmark Hall of Fame, which stills airs occasionally.

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