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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 9

"Speed Racer" sped into theaters on May 9, 2008.

“Speed Racer” the Movie Arrives in Theaters

Many men and women have found memories of watching Speed Racer, 1960’s Japanese television series, even though many are disappointed when re-visiting the episodes. Still, Warner Bros. thought it would be a great idea to do a live action movie of the show. On this day in 2008, the big-budget movie came to the big screen with a great cast (Emile Hirsch, Christina Ricci, John Goodman, Susan Sarandon and Matthew Fox), great special effects, loud music, lots of color and…well, that’s about it. The movie suffered from a lack of a plot and what plot they had was too convoluted to understand. The movie did poorly with critics and fans alike. Rotten Tomatoes ranked the film at 39% “rotten.” Store shelves contained Mach 5 merchandise for a lot longer than planned and talk of a sequel became just that. Still, the movie has a great version of the Speed Racer song during the ending credits.

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