'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 19

Colton Dixon was born on October 19, 1991

Colton Dixon is Born

It was on this day in 1991 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee that Michael Colton Dixon was born. During his high school years, Colton sang in the choir and played an extra in Hannah Montana: The Movie which came out in theaters in 2008. He and his sister, Schyler, auditioned for American Idol during the show’s tenth season but neither of them made it to the top 24 contestants. The following year, Colton went to the auditions for the show as a support for his sister with no intention of auditioning himself. He was encouraged to do so anyway. This time he made it through, but she did not. Making it to the top 25 that year, he was eliminated on April 19, 2012. However, in January 2013, Dixon released his first album, A Messenger with EMI-CMG/Sparrow Records. It sold 22,000 copies during the first week, made #15 on the Billboard 200 chart and #1 on the U.S. Christian Chart. In September 2015 was a busy month for Dixon as he released his second album, The Calm Before the Storm and he got engaged to Annie Coggeshall. The two were married on January 8, 2016. His third album, Identity, was released on March 24, 2017.

The game "Monopoly" was rejected by Parker Brothers on October 19, 1934.

The Game “Monopoly” Receives Rejection Letter

The earliest known version of the game “Monopoly” was created by Lizzie Maggie around 1902 and was then called, “The Landlord’s Game.” She approached Parker Brothers numerous times to purchase the game from her, but they initially refused because they thought that the game was “too political.” In the last 1920’s, the game had changed names and rules but was pretty much the same. Charles Darrow learned of the game and began creating handmade versions of “Monopoly” and claimed the game as his own. In 1934, Darrow brought the game to Milton Bradley’s attention, but it was rejected for being "too complicated." He then sent the game to Parker Brothers who also rejected the game on this day in 1934. However, the company learned that the game sold well during the Christmas holiday and went back to Darrow to make an offer. It was during this time that the Parkers learned that Darrow was not the inventor of the game and went back to Maggie to purchase the rights!

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