'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 8

Kanye West was born on June 8, 1977.

Kanye West is Born

It was on this day in 1977 that little Kanye Omair West was born in Atlanta, Georgia to a former Black Panther and English professor. West briefly attended art school before becoming a producer for Roc-A-Fella Records in the early 2000s. He helped to produce hit singles for Jay Z and Alicia Keys and then released his own rap album, The College Dropout, in 2004. He then went on to found the record label GOOD Music and tried his hand at different musical styles. As West became better known he also became more vocal on his personal beliefs often causing disruption. In 2005 he publicly criticized President George W. Bush during a TV broadcast for Hurricane Katrina relief, interrupted Taylor Swift during her award acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards and in 2015 at the end of one of his concerts, West proclaimed himself "the greatest living rock star on the planet." West is more than just music. He is also a fashion designer working with brands such as Nike, Louis Vuitton, Bape, Giuseppe Zanotti and Adidas. In 2014 he married Kim Kardashian. Although known for making headlines for all the wrong reasons, West is also one of the best-selling artists of all time selling more than 32 million albums. He has won 21 Grammy Awards and Time has named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world twice; once in 2005 and 2015. His most recent release, The Life of Pablo, was released in 2016.

George Orwell's "1984" was published on June 8, 1948.
‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’ is Published
On this day in 1948, “1984” was published. The dystopian, science fiction novel by George Orwell was a warning of sorts about the consequences of a dictatorial society. In the book, natural feelings and emotions are forbidden, family values are destroyed and perhaps the most terrifying of all, chocolate is extremely hard to find! Phrases such as “Big brother is watching,” “doublethink” and “memory hole” have become part of our culture. In 2005, Time magazine included the book in their list of 100 Best English Language Novels.

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