'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 23

Roger Moore passed away on May 23, 2017.

Former James Bond Passes Away

Roger Moore, former James Bond and The Saint actor, passed away on this day in 2017 in Switzerland losing his battle with cancer. He was 89. Moore first came to the United States in 1953 to play a tennis champ in MGM’s The Last Time I Saw Paris which he starred with Elizabeth Taylor. From 1956-1958, Moore starred in the TV series, Ivanhoe and took over for James Garner playing Maverick’s cousin Beau from 1960-1961. From 1962-1969 Moore starred in the British TV series, The Saint and first played Bond in 1973’s Live and Let Die. He continued to play the role six more times ending with 1985's A View to a Kill. Moore wasn’t above making fun of his own image by appearing on The Muppet Show, the goofy movie, Cannonball Run, lent his voice for the 2004 animated film, The Fly Who Loved Me and 2010’s Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, a spoof of the Bond film, Goldfinger. His last work was voicing a role in 2018's Troll Hunters.

Bonnie and Clyde were shot on May 23, 1934

Bonnie and Clyde are Shot

On this day in 1934, the infamous duo of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were shot to death by both Texas and Louisiana state police riddling their stolen car with a spray of bullets. Bonnie met Clyde when her husband was serving time for murder. During the relatively short romance, both were convicted of crimes and served time in jail. During a two year spree, the couple met up with other unsavory types and robbed a string of banks and stores across five states. The couple were famous for basically two reasons: Bonnie was a woman (of course) and the two posed for a many playful photos during their “time on the road.” It is believed that the Barrow Gang are responsible for the death of 13 people.


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