'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 3

Rock and Rock was banned Santa Cruz on June 3, 1956.

Rock and Roll is Banned

The generation gap couldn’t have been wider in 1956 when older generations couldn’t wrap their heads around the fact that younger generations were turning to radically different music tastes. But things came to a head in Santa Cruz, California when about 200 teenagers showed up to the city’s Civic Auditorium to dance to the music of Chuck Higgins and his orchestra. When the police showed up to the event to check on it, Lieutenant Richard Overton reported that the crowd was engaging in “suggestive, stimulating and tantalizing motions induced by the provocative rhythms of an all-negro band.” It was on this day that city authorities of Santa Cruz announced a total ban on rock and roll at public gatherings stating that it was “detrimental to both the health and morals of our youth and community.” Two weeks later a similar bans were created I Asbury Park, New Jersey and San Antonio, Texas. Of course, these bans didn’t last for very long.

Major Edward H. White II was the first American to walk in space on June 3, 1965.

An American Walks in Space

On this day in 1965, Major Edward H. White II stepped out of the Gemini 4 capsule to become the first American astronaut to walk in space. Of course, he was attached to the capsule via a 23-foot tether. He walked for 20 minutes. Bet he didn’t even break a sweat. White however was not the first man to walk in space. That distinction went to Soviet cosmonaut Alesksei A. Lenonov who did so on March 18 of that same year.


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