'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 12

"Raiders of the Lost Ark" debuted in theaters on June 12, 1981

'Raiders of the Lost Ark' Enters Movie Theaters

Harrison Ford donned the his trademark hat for the first time on this day in 1981 for the film, Raiders of the Lost Ark. The first of four films directed by Steven Spielberg, Raiders was an instant hit and soon everyone knew of the character of Indiana Jones. The story pitted Jones against Nazi’s both looking for the Ark of the Covenant and co-starred Karen Allen, Paul Freeman and John Rhys-Davies. Raiders was nominated for nine Academy Awards and won four for Best Art Direction, Film Editing, Sound and Visual Effects.

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen was founded on June 12, 1972.

Popeye's Opens Its Doors for the First Time

Though not well-known in all parts of the states, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen is America’s second-largest chicken fast food restaurant chain behind the Colonel. The chain has more than 1,800 restaurants in 40 states and also serves in 22 countries. It was established on this day in 1972. Despite what many think, the chain was actually named after Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle from the movie, The French Connection, not the animated Popeye the Sailor. Be that as it may, the chain later developed a partnership with the more-famous character, but that agreement with King Features Syndicate ended in 2006. It is ironic that the place never served spinach during that time. It is interesting to note that another restaurant was named after another character from the Popeye cartoons: Wimpy began selling burgers in 1954 in the UK.


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