'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 11

"Puff the Magic Dragon" landed #2 on the pop charts on May 11, 1963.

“Puff the Magic Dragon” Land #2 on the Pop Charts

The song, “Puff, the Magic Dragon,” appeared in the number two spot on the pop charts on this day in 1963 made famous by Peter, Paul and Mary. The lyrics for the song were based on a poem written by a nineteen-year old Leonard Lipton who himself was inspired by the poem, “Custard the Dragon” written by Ogden Nash. It turns out that Lipton was friends with Peter Yarrow’s roommate when they were in college together at Cornell University. The song is about an ageless dragon and his friend, Jackie Paper who later outgrows him. An urban legend claims that the song was a reference to smoking pot, but Yarrow has said, that Puff "never had any meaning other than the obvious one" and is about the "loss of innocence in children”.


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