'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 February 14

Mat Redman is a Valentine's Day Baby

Matt Redman was a Valentine’s Day baby born on this day in 1974 in Watford, England. Despite how his lives now, Redman did not have a charmed childhood. His father committed suicide when Matt was seven year old. Then, his stepfather was abusive to both he and his mother and was later jailed. Things turned around for him later though. At age 15, Redman led worship with Mike Pilavachi at the early Soul Survivor festivals. Redman co-wrote the 2005 hit song, “Blessed Be Your Name” and “Our God.” His song “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) reached #1 on the US Billboard Christian Songs chart and he has won two Grammy Awards for Best Contemporary Christian Music Song and Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance. Matt is married to Beth Redman, one of the founder of the A21 Campaign, a charity for fighting injustice with human trafficking. They have five children.

YouTube was launched on February 14, 2005.

You Tube is Launched

YouTube was founded by Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim, three former employees of PayPal on this day in 2005. However, the very first YouTube video wasn’t uploaded until April 23rd. The 18 second video, “Me at the Zoo,” featured Karim at the San Diego Zoo and can still be viewed on the website. To this day, the video has received over 13,500,000 views. By July of 2006, YouTube was receiving over 65,000 videos a day and over 100 million videos were being viewed each day. In April 2011, YouTube stated that about 30% of all the videos posted made up about 99% of views on the site.

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