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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 October 15

"I Love Lucy" debuted on October 15, 1951.

The World Falls in Love with Lucy

The CBS sitcom, I Love Lucy starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, and William Frawley debuted on this day in 1951. The series began with Lucy and Ricky Ricardo living in an apartment building where their landlords, Fred and Ethel Mertz served as the couple’s best friends. During the show’s second season, “Little Ricky” was born whose birth was timed to match Lucy’s real-life delivery of the couple’s son Desi Arnaz Jr. When the blessed (TV Show) event happened on January 19, 1953, over 70% of all households were tuned into the show. The show was the most-watched TV show in the U.S. for four of the series’ six year of broadcasting. Even today it is estimated that reruns of I Love Lucy is enjoyed by 40 million Americans every year. The show won five Emmy awards and in 2012, it was voted the “Best TV Show of All Time” by ABC News and People Magazine.


Funeral coaches were no longer required to install child-safety anchors in hearses on October 15, 2004.

Funeral Coaches No Longer Have to Install Child Safety Seats

A stroke of genius arose on this day in 2004 when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ruled that hearse manufacturers were no longer required to install anchors for child-safety seats in their motor vehicles. The same agency had required that all carmakers to require the anchors in 1999 and many of the hearse makers complied. A petition was created in 2004 that read, "Since a funeral coach is a single-purpose vehicle, transporting body and casket, children do not ride in the front seat."  


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