'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 20

People are Warned of Zombie Attack

It was on this day in 2018 that residents of Lake Worth, Florida were woken up to warnings of "extreme zombie activity" at 1:41 a.m. The alert was meant to warn the citizens of a power outtage but instead the warning read, "Power outages and zombie alert for residents of Lake Worth and Terminus...There are now far less than seven thousand three hundred and eighty customers involved to extreme zombie activity. Restoration time is uncertain." So far, no one know for sure what happened. "We are looking into the reports that the system mentioned zombies," said Ben Kerr the city spokesman. "I want to reiterate that Lake Worth does not have any zombie activity and apologize for the system message." Yeah. Just what a zombie would say, huh?

Levi Strauss Patented the Copper-Riveted Pants on May 20, 1873.

Levi Strauss Patents Copper-Riveted Pants

Though an American icon, the original copper-riveted jeans were a creation from a Bavarian immigrant – Levi Strauss. Strauss arrived in the US during 1847 and began selling dry goods along the East Coast but was encouraged by his brother-in-law to move to San Francisco. He arrived in 1853 with supplies that he had hoped to sell to mining camps, but found that large roll of canvas didn’t sell well. However, he came up with the idea of creating pants out of the material since the miners complained that regular pants wore out too quickly. In 1872, Strauss received a letter from Jacob Davis, a tailor in Reno, Nevada who told him that the product could be improved he added copper rivets to the pocket seams. On this day in 1873, Strauss put in his patent for the pants. Soon, he would switch from canvas to denim. Since then, Levi has sold more than 200 million pairs of blue jeans.


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