'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 March 23

Keri Russell was born on March 23, 1976.

Keri Russell is Born

Keri Lynn Russell was born in Fountain Valley, California on March 23, 1976. Russell’s first TV appearance was on the All-New Mickey Mouse Club show on Disney Channel. She was 15 when she started in 1991 and continued on the show through 1994. In 1992, she appeared in Disney’s Honey, I Blew Up the Kid movie and in 1998, Russell starred in the WB TV series, Felicity where she continued the role through 2002. She currently stars as KGB agent Elizabeth Jennings in the FX TV series, The Americans.

TV show "Joanie Loves Chachi" premiered on March 23, 1982.

Joanie Loves Chachi

One of America’s most popular sitcoms, Happy Days, ran for 10 years. During the time, five spin-offs were produced including the one that premiered on this day in 1982: Joanie Loves Chachi. The show took Joanie Cunningham (Erin Moran), Chachi Arcola (Scott Baio) and Al Delvecchio (Al Molinaro) and moved them to Chicago as to see if the two lovebirds could make it as a rock band. Initially, the show ran four episodes to fairly good ratings in 1982. When the show returned in September, the ratings fell significantly. In 2010, TV Guide considered the show one of TV’s “Biggest Blunders.” The characters returned to their places on Happy Days during the next season.

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