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'Puzzle' is Well Made, but a Few Pieces are Missing

MOVIE REVIEW
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 22

Pac-Man was released on May 22, 1980.

Pac-Man Arrives

On this day in 1980, the legendary arcade game, Pac-Man was released by Namco and made his debut in Japan. He made his way over to the states by October of the same year. As you may remember, the game was hugely popular with tons of tie-in merchandise created, a TV cartoon show and even a top-ten hit. At the time of his arrival, arcade games were focused on shooting games which mainly appealed to males, but Pac-Man appealed to both genders. It is one of the highest-grossing video games of all time having generated over $2.5 billion in quarters by the 1990’s! To this day, more than 30 official “spin-offs” of the game have been produced. Pac-Man also has the highest “brand-awareness” of all video game characters among Americans – being recognized by 94 percent of them. He’s the “golden arches” of video games.

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