'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 18

Hot Wheels Roll Into Town

Elliott Handler was the co-founder of Mattel, a company he started with his wife, Ruth. Her claim to fame was creating Barbie. Elliott wanted to create something just as iconic for boys so he worked with a GM car designer and a real rocket scientist and created Hot Wheels. It was on this day in 1968 that Custom Camaro hit store shelves which was quickly followed by 15 other cars. Together, the grouping was named the “Original Sweet 16.” Each all-metal die-cast car came with its own collector button.

Michael Tate of Newsboys was born on May 18,1966.

Michael Tait is Born

On this day in 1966, Michael DeWane Tait was born. Tait began his journey to fame while attending Liberty University in the late ‘80’s where he met Toby McKeehan and Kevin Max for the first time. In 1988 they became DC Talk, a four-time Grammy winning band. In 2001, the group announced that they were taking a “hiatus” while all three members worked on their own solo projects. Tait started his own band, simply titled “Tait” in 1997 and continued with it until 2007 when he became the lead singer for The Newsboys, taking the place of Peter Furler who started his own solo career.


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