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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 8

Coca-Cola is Created

On this day in 1886, Coca-Cola was created by John S. Pemberton and it was served at Jacob’s Pharmacy in Atlanta, Georgia. Initially, the beverage was sold as a medicine and it sold for five cents a glass. According to the company, nine drinks a day were served that first year. It was during this time that some believed that carbonated water was good for your health. Meanwhile, Pemberton claimed that the tonic cured numerous diseases including morphine addiction, dyspepsia, neurasthenia, headache, and impotence. Frank Robinson, the company’s accountant, was responsible for calling the drink “Coca-Cola” and thought that the two “C’s” would look well in advertising. The very first newspaper ad for the product described the beverage as “Delicious and Refreshing Beverage.”

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