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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 5

Phil Wickham was born on April 5, 1984.

Phil Wickham is Born

It is was on this day in 1984 in San Diego, California that contemporary Christian singer, Philip David was born into the Wickham family and grew up as the middle child. Wickham’s parents, John and Lisa, were once members of the Christian band, Parable. At age 13, Phil followed his father’s footsteps and began leading worship for his church youth group. Phil’s first album, Give You My World, was released in 2003. In 2008, he married his longtime girlfriend. Today, they have three daughters and one so. Telling a singer that they can no longer sing is cruel, but it happened to Wickham in 2014 when he had a polyp removed from his vocal cords and was “prescribed” a month of silence to allow this throat to heal.


Anne Sullivan teaches the word "water" to Helen Keller on April 5, 1887.

Anne Sullivan Teaches the Word “Water” to Helen Keller

Many are aware of the relationship between teacher Anne Sullivan and pupil, Helen Keller as dramatized in the play and movie, The Miracle Worker. After a long and trying time, Sullivan was successful in getting Keller to associate the finger-spelling of the word, “water” on one hand while she poured water on the other on this day in 1887. However, most are unaware that when Sullivan was married in 1905, Keller lived with the couple. Sullivan and Keller traveled on many lecture tours. When her marriage dissolved, due to her preoccupation with Keller, Polly Thomson joined the pair and served as Keller’s secretary. The three women lived together in New York struggling to make enough money to live off of. Eventually, Sullivan and Keller wound up in a vaudeville act to earn money.

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