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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 March 7

Lina Wertmueller became the first female director to win an Oscar on March 7, 2010.

First Female Director Wins an Oscar

Up until this day in 2010, only three women had been nominated for a Best Director Oscar: Lina Wertmueller for 1975’s Seven Beauties, Jane Campion for 1993’s The Piano and Sofia Coppola for 2003’s Lost in Translation. However on this day, the fourth woman, Kathryn Bigelow, became the first female director to win an Academy Award. She won for the movie, The Hurt Locker during 82nd ceremony. Ironically, one of her competitors was James Cameron, who was up for Avatar and whom she was previously married to from 1989 to 1991! The movie also won for Best Picture, Film Editing, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Original Screenplay.


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