'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 2

Good Housekeeping Magazine was published for the first time on May 2, 1885.

‘Good Housekeeping’ Goes on Sale for the First Time

"Good Housekeeping" is one of the oldest magazines still in print which was founded on this day in 1885 by Clark W. Bryan. The cover was decidedly bare compared to today’s version. Initially, the magazine’s focus was that of housewives, but has enlarged its focus over the years to all women. The Good Housekeeping Institute, founded in 1902, created the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval showing that all products advertised in the magazine were tested by the institute and backed by a two-year warranty.


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