'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 May 10

Batman featured for the first time in comic book.

Batman Makes His First Comic Book Appearance

Though not necessary published exactly on this in 1939, the 27th issue of Detective Comics did hit newsstands around this time. Considered by some to be the most valuable comic book in print (one sold for $1,075,000 in 2010), this issue introduced America to Batman. Originally referred to as “the Bat-Man,” the legend was created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger. Unlike most superheroes, Batman does not possess any superpowers, however, he is crazy smart and being a billionaire allows him to create or purchase whatever he wants to fight crime. In early comics and during the 1960’s TV show, Batman was seen as quite jovial, but over the years the Dark Knight has returned to his dark and self-torturing roots.


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