'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 6

The first drive-in theater opened June 6, 1933.
The First Drive-In Opens
The first drive-in theater rolled into Camden, New Jersey on this day in 1933. Richard M. Hollingshead, Jr. first began his outdoor theater tests in his driveway and backyard before building his 400 car capacity drive-in. The slogan for the new invention was “The whole family is welcome, regardless of how noisy the children are.” The very first movie every played at a drive-in was “Wife Before.” Though he failed to make a profit on the new venture, Hollingshead sold his drive-in theater three years later and soon, drive-ins were popping up from coast to coast.

The YMCA was founded on June 6, 1844 by George Williams.

The YMCA is Founded

The “Y” (formerly known as the YMCA and before that, the Young Men’s Christian Association) was founded on this day in 1844 by George Williams in London. Williams was concerned about the lack of healthy activities of youth and wanted to keep young men out of the taverns and brothels. His goal was to share Christ by focusing on three “healthy” areas – the body, mind and spirit. By 1851, there were YMCA’s in the United States as well as other countries. Initially, the YMCA concerned itself with Bible studies, but over the years the organization has moved to a more “holistic” approach. While the “C” in YMCA is less of importance today than it was years ago, the Y still puts a strong importance on the values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.


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