'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 28

Jay Leno was born on April 28, 1950.

Jay Leno was Born

It was on this day in 1950 that a little baby with a big chin was born. Standup comedian and sometimes actor, Leno is best known for his role as host of NBC’s The Tonight Show. His first appearance on the show was back in 1977 for a comedy routine and came back frequently over the years. He took over the show’s reigns from Johnny Carson in 1992 and continued until 2009, when he starred in essentially the same show from 10:00-1:00 p.m. titled, The Jay Leno Show. Conan O’Brien had taken over the Tonight Show but was ousted just months later so that Leno could return and continue to host until February of 2014. Leno was also inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 2014 too.


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