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'Puzzle' is Well Made, but a Few Pieces are Missing

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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 31

Teletubbies debuted on March 31, 1997

Invasion of the Teletubbies

Popular and controversial, the British pre-school TV series, Teletubbies aired for the first time on this day in 1997 and continued to air in the U.K. until 2001. The show was created by Ragdoll Productions and was praised for its high production values, but was criticized for being a show to get toddlers hooked on TV with little educational value. In the U.S., controversy arose about the show in 1999 when the Rev. Jerry Falwell accused the Tinky Winky character of being a gay role model because he was purple, he had an antenna that was shaped like a triangle and carried a purse. Distributors of the show made it clear that the character was not gay and the “purse” was actually a “magic bag.” 60 new episodes of the series were created in 2015.



The Broadway Show "Oklahoma!" Debuted on March 31, 1943.

'Oklahoma!' Was First a Broadway Flop

Much like the bad press that the recent Broadway show, Spiderman: Turn off the Dark received, another show in the 1940’s, Away We Go, also received bad press before it even opened and was considered a “flop in the making.” However, unlike Spiderman which closed January 4, 2014, Away We Go went through a few tweaks, including changing the title to Oklahoma! and ran for 2,212 performances over 15 years. Oklahoma opened on this day in 1943. It was the first project with Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein working together. The show has been revived on and off Broadway numerous times. So much for this flop.


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