'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. …


How Creative Director Brigham Taylor Helped Bring Winnie-the-Pooh to Life
While kids will certainly enjoy Disney’s new live-action movie, Christopher Robin speaks more to former Winnie-the-Pooh fans like grown up Brigham Taylor who still longs to revisit the Hundred Acre Wood. Brigham is a producer of the movie and the spark that brought this film to light. Taylor has worked for Walt Disney Studios since 1994 and previously produced The Jungle Book and was an executive producer on Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and Tomorrowland, Christopher Robin has been a rather special project for two main reasons. For one, Taylor has been a lifelong fan of Winnie-the-Pooh.

“He was sort of presented to me through my mother reading us those stories from books nightly,” he tells me in a recent phone interview. “Those were some of my earliest memories, and then as a youngster I was a huge fan, as most of us were, of the Disney animation shorts. I remember first seeing them at Disneyland in the Fantasyland Theater before that was all remodeled. It was always magical.” Read More >>>

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