'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 13

Thomas Edison sued over new motion-picture technology

Edison Sues Over New Motion-Picture Technology

Thomas Edison, inventor of the light bulb and the phonograph, sued the American Mutoscope Company on this day in 1898. It turns out that Edison had entrusted his assistant, W.L.K. Dickson with a new invention, the Vitascope in which Dickson helped Edison’s competitors develop a similar machine, the Mutoscope. He was fired. However, Dickson then created his own company using this similar technology. In 1902, the courts ruled that Edison did not invent the motion-picture camera, but allowed that he had invented the sprocket system that moved perforated film through the camera. By 1909, Edison helped form the Motion Pictures Patents Corp. who served to keep others from entering the film industry. The courts found the organization to be an unfair monopoly and was later dissolved.


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