'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 October 14

"Winnie-the-Pooh" was published on October 14, 1926.

‘Winnie-the-Pooh’ First Published

The origin of the name of the bear that was stuffed with fluff began years before the book Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne was published on this day in 1926. During the first World War, Canadian Lieutenant Harry Colebourn caught a bear and named her “Winnie” after his adopted hometown in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She was the brought to the London Zoo where Milne’s son, Christopher Robin would visit. Christopher re-named his own teddy bear, Edward Bear, to Winnie-the-Pooh. His father named the characters in his book after Christopher’s stuffed animals including Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo and Tigger. (Mr. Milne added Owl and Rabbit). In 1961, Walt Disney Productions bought the rights to the stories to create a series of cartoon shorts beginning with Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree which debuted in 1966. The most recent full-length movie from Disney, simply titled Winnie the Pooh, came out in theaters in 2011. In October of 2017, the live action movie about the inspiration of the stories, Goodbye Christopher Robin, arrives in theaters.

The Everly Brothers' song, "Wake Up Little Susie" became the duo's first #1 hit on October 14, 1957.

Everly Brothers' First #1 Hit

It is said that it was the Everly Brothers, with their close-harmony singing style, was the inspiration to such groups such as Simon and Garfunkel, the Beatles or the Byrds.  Don and Phil’s first hit was “Bye Bye Love” followed by “Wake Up Little Susie” which made the top of the Billboard pop chart on this day in 1957. The achievement was met with some controversy as the song hinted at teenage sex. But the song actually told just the opposite. It is a song about two teenagers who have accidentally fallen asleep at the movies and woke up at 4:00 a.m.

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