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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 February 3

"The Day the Music Died" was on February 3, 1959.

The Music Died on This Day

Buddy Holly’s Winter Dance Party tour began in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on January 23, 1959. With him was Waylon Jennings (electric bass), Tommy Allsup (guitar), and Carl Bunch (drums). Traveling for the band was a nightmare on an unheated bus with long distances between venues. The bus broke down twice and Bunch had to be hospitalized for frostbite. Holly charted a small plane to fly from Clear Lake, Iowa to Moorhead, Minnesota for himself, Jennings and Allsup. However, Allsup lost a coin toss and gave up his seat to Ritchie Valens and Jennings gave up his seat to J. P. Richardson (aka the “Big Bopper”) who was suffering from the flu. Not long after takeoff and shortly after 1:00 a.m., the plane crashed in a cornfield where all the performers flew out of the plane and died. This day in 1959 was soon branded the day that the music died.


‘Avatar’ Becomes the Highest Grossing Film

'Avatar' Becomes the Highest Grossing Film

On this day in 2000, James Cameron did it again with another huge Hollywood smash. Avatar earned more than $600 million making it the highest-grossing domestic box office film of all time. Last month, Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Florida, broke ground for the new Avatar-themed area being built for that theme park. This new area is expected to be opened to the public in 2017. The next two Avatar sequels are expected to hit theaters during the holiday seasons 2014 and 2015.


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