'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 April 27

Amy Grant's "Baby Baby" became a #1 song in 1991.

Oh, Baby

It was on this day and through May 10th of 1991 that Amy Grant’s song, “Baby Baby,” became a #1 hit song. Written by Grant and Keith Thomas, it was the first single released from her album, Heart in Motion. Grant became the first Christian pop singer to have a number one single in the U.S., although the song itself wouldn’t be considered a “Christian song” since it has no religious meaning to it. Though the song is a simple love song, Grant had initially had trouble writing the lyrics, but after looking into her daughter Millie’s six week-old face, she had found the inspiration she needed. The music video of the song, which was directed by D.J. Webster, was up for nomination for “Best Female Video of 1991” by MTV. A remake of the song featuring Grant and Tori Kelly was released in 2016 for the song’s 25th anniversary.

Casey Kasem was born on April 27, 1932.

Casey Kasem’s Birthday

On this day in 1932, Kemal Amin “Casey” Kasem was born. From 1970-2009, Kasem hosted various Top 40 radio shows and over the years has voiced many Hanna-Barbera cartoon voices including some Transformers, Robin (from Batman and Robin fame), Alexander Cabot III from Josie and the Pussycats but he is most famous for playing the role of Shaggy Rogers in the various Scooby-Doo TV shows. He “retired” from playing Shaggy’s voice in 2009, but played Shaggy’s father in 2010. In addition, Kasem has voiced many commercials and was the official “voice” of NBC for a number of years. He passed away on June 15, 2014 at the age of 82.


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