'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 June 10

Maurice Sendak, author and illustrator or "Where the Wild Things Are" was born on June 10, 1928.

‘Wild Things’ Author is Born

Author and illustrator Maurice Sendak was born on this day in 1928 and is best known for his work and writing of the 1963’s children’s book, “Where the Wild Things Are” which was first published in 1963. It is said that Sendak based the monsters in the book on his relatives that would visit his family on Sundays during his childhood. In 2009, a live action movie was made of the story which was directed by Spike Jonze. In addition to writing and illustrating almost 100 books, Sendak also work on set deisign for theatre and ballet. Sadly, Sendak never believed in God. In an interview with Terry Gross of NPR, Sendak said “It must have made life much easier for some religious friends of his. He passed away on May 8, 2012 due to a stroke. He was 83.

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