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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 7

The Easy-Bake Oven Baker of the Year contest was held on May 7, 2009.

Easy-Bake “Baker of the Year” Contest is Held

Chef Catherine Ralston, a 12-year-old received the title of “Baker of the Year” on this day in 2009. She competed against six other finalists and all had to create something yummy using an Easy-Bake Oven. Ralston’s Queen of Hearts Strawberry Tart was a huge hit. Created by Kenner (now Hasbro) in 1963, the Easy-Bake Oven, a toy oven that really bakes using a lightbulb, originally debuted in turquoise. It has been recorded that over 500,000 units of the appliance were sold during its first year.


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