'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 7

"Honk Kong Phooey" debuted on September 7, 1974.

Hong Kong Phooey Rises

The 30-minute Saturday morning cartoon show known as Hong Kong Phooey debuted on this day in 1974. Although fairly popular, only 16 episodes of the show were produced by Hanna-Barbera. The show centered around police station janitor, Penrod “Penry” Pooch, who would jump into a filing cabinet and pop out as Hong Kong Phooey. The show was a parody of kung fu movies and superhero shows. With the aid of Spot the cat (who had stripes), the pup would use a gong to transform his “Phooeymobile” into different vehicles depending on what was needed at the time. The show featured the voice talents of Scatman Crothers as Penry, Joe E. Ross (who appeared on Car 54 Where Are You?) as Sarge (who also voiced Botch, the assistant zookeeper on Help! It’s the Hair Bear Bunch) and Kathy Gori as the police secretary, Rosemary.

Corbin Bernsen was born on September 7, 1954.
Corbin Bernsen's Birthday
On this day in 1954, Corbin Dean Bernsen was born in North Hollywood as the son of Hollywood producer (Harry Bernson, Jr.) and soap opera actress (Jeanne Cooper). Bernsen's first acting role was uncredited in Elvis Presley's movie, Clambake in 1967. In 1986, He starred in his most famous role on NBC's L.A. Law. In 2010, Bernsen wrote, directed and starred in his first faith-base movie, Rust. The next year he created his own production company, Home Theater Films which produces family-friendly, faith-based films as well. In 2014, he created Christian Mingle: the Movie, which starred Lacey Chaber.

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