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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 19

Record Store Day Becomes a Thing

In 2007, an email from an employee at the online music store, Bull Moose, ignited the beginnings of what would become known as Record Store Day. Similar in concept to the National Comic Book Day, Record Store Day first became a thing on this day in 2008. About 300 stores participated in the first year with Metallica appearing at the Raputin Music store in Mountain View, California. Ten Record Store Day releases were offered that year from Death Cab For Cutie, R.E.M., Stephen Malkmus, Vampire Weekend, The Teenagers, Black Kids, and Jason Mraz. Today, the day is celebrated one Saturday in the month of April worldwide where music artists will make special appearances, performances and issue special edition vinyl and CD releases to local record stores. The event has helped revitalize the sales of vinyl records, but it also has been critized for “catering to record collectors” rather than casual music listeners.


"Love Will Keep Us Together" was released on April 19, 1975.

“Love Will Keep Us Together” Released

On this day in 1975, America heard the lyrics of “Love Will Keep Us Together” by Toni Tennille and Daryl Dragon, aka The Captain the Tennille for the first time. The couple married in November of that year and became one of the most successful husband/wife musical duos. The couple produced seven top 10 singles in the next five years with themes about love, marriage and even, gasp, marital sex. Their most recent album, ICON, was released in 2013. For years, no one would doubt that the pair were a happy couple. Unfortunately, on January 16, 2016, Tennille filed for divorce from the Captain after 39 years of marriage! No more "muskrat love" for these two apparently.

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