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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 April 10

"The Great Gatsby" was published on April 10, 1925.

'The Great Gatsby is Published - Became a Hit Later

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby was published on this day in 1925. Set in the fictional town of West Egg on Long Island in 1922, the story centers on the young millionaire, Jay Gatsby and his obsession with the former debutante, Daisy Buchanan. Themes included in the story dealt with a twisted version of the American Dream with decadence, idealism and social upheaval during the roaring twenties. Some have described the story as a cautionary tale. When it was first published, the book received mixed reviews and did not sell well – only 20,000 copies of the book were sold during the first year. Sadly, Fitzgerald died in 1940 feeling as if he were a failure but after World War II, the book experienced a revival and today is considered a literary classic that is often used with English studies in American high schools. Some consider The Great Gatsby to be a good example of the “Great American Novel.”


The first color 3D movie was released on April 10, 1953.

First Color 3D Film Premieres

Warner Bros. is responsible for the first colored 3D movie, House of Wax, which was released to theaters for the first time on this day in 1953. House of Wax starred Vincent Price and premiered two days after the world’s first black-and-white 3D movie, Man in the Dark, presented by Columbia Pictures. House of Wax was also the first 3D movie to feature stereophonic sound at a regular movie theater. It was one the biggest hits of that year, earning about $5.5 million and revitalized Price’s career creating a high demand for him to play other crazed maniac roles. The movie was rereleased to theaters in 1971 and again in the 1980’s.

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