'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 2

"Dead Poets Society" Opened in Theaters on June 2, 1989.

‘Dead Poets Society’ Opens

It was on this day that the film, Dead Poets Society, opened in theaters in 1989. Set in 1959 at the fictional Welton Academy boarding school in Vermont, the followed the exploits of a controversial teacher who inspired his students by the reading of poetry. The film starred comic Robin Williams in a serious role and won both critical and box office applause except from movie critic, Roger Ebert, who only rewarded the film two out of four stars. Dead Poets Society was nominated for four Academy Awards and walked away with one Oscar for Best Screenplay. For some, it was William’s best work in cinema.

The first Superman comic book was published in June 1939.

The First Superman Comic Book

To the positive response to Superman’s first appearance in Action Comics #1 published a year earlier, the very first Superman comic book was released this month during the year of 1939. It was the first comic by National Allied Publications to feature a magazine based on a single character. It was written by Jerry Siegel and drawn by Joseph Shuster. Legend has it that Kal-El, an infant sent from his doomed planet Krypton, was raised by the Kent family in Kansas. Known as Clark Kent, began work as a reporter for the Daily Planet so he can keep a pulse on any criminal activity. Most people believe that Clark changes out of his “work” clothes into his tights and cape in a phone booth. However, rarely has that been the case within the pages of the actual comic books.


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