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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 3

Ron Popeil was born on May 3, 1935.

Father of the Veg-O-Matic is Born

On this day in New York City in 1935, Ron Popeil was born. Over his lifetime, Popeil has created the Chop-O-Matic, the Veg-O-Matic, the Inside-The-Shell Egg Scrambler, Mr. Microphone and many other inventions. Over the years, Popeil created numerous commercials for his many products coining the phrase, “But wait, there’s more!” In 2005, Popeil sold the company but many of his inventions are still selling today. However, not all of them were hits. According to Entrepreneur.com, Popeil only had three product flops: The Inside Outside Window Washer (which was faulty), the adhesive Hold-Up (which didn’t), and a combination coffee pot/steam iron called the Prescolator!


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