'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. …

Ben Affleck is the next batman?

Ben Affleck will be wearing
the cowl. Photo:IMDB

Adam West (1966)
Photo: IMDB


Did you hear the buzz all around the internet yesterday? Ben Affleck has been given the reigns as the next Batman on the big screen. Many are shocked, dismayed and confused. Affleck as Batman? However, many people had the same reaction when it was announced that Michael Keaton would be playing the caped crusader in Tim Burton’s 1989 film. (Some were more concerned that Keaton would be wearing the cowl than the face that Burton would be directing the film). And see how that turned out?

Speculation on who would play the next Batman has been THE topic of discussion among movie fans since both Christian Bale and director Christopher Nolan announced that The Dark Knight Rises would be Bale’s last appearance.

Michael Keaton
"Batman" 1989
"Batman Returns" 1992
However, Affleck will have to share the screen with Henry Cavill, the new Superman. The new untitled film will be directed by Zack Snyder who, despite mild reviews from critics, did awfully well bringing back the Man of Steel this summer. This will be the first time these two heroes appeared on the big screen and has been something DC Comics fans have been asking for a long time.

Snyder says that “his” Batman will be an “entirely new incarnation” of the famous character and will somehow fit in the new world he built for Superman. The new film will also star Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane reprising their roles as Lois Lane, Perry White and Clark Kent’s mother, Martha.

Val Kilmer
"Batman Forever" 1995
The official announcement was made yesterday by Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, and Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures. “We knew we needed an extraordinary actor to take on one of DC Comics’ most enduringly popular Super Heroes, and Ben Affleck certainly fits that bill, and then some.  His outstanding career is a testament to his talent and we know he and Zack will bring new dimension to the duality of this character,” said Silverman

George Clooney
"Batman & Robin" 1997
Snyder also expressed his excitement about the casting of Affleck: “Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry’s Superman.  He has the acting chops to create a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter, but retain the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne.  I can’t wait to work with him.”

Kroll added, “We are so thrilled that Ben is continuing Warner Bros.’ remarkable legacy with the character of Batman.  He is a tremendously gifted actor who will make this role his own in this already much-anticipated pairing of these two beloved heroes.”
Christian Bale
"Batman Begins" 2005
"The Dark Knight" 2008
"The Dark Knight Rises" 2012

This won’t the first time that Affleck plays a superhero.  Affleck, who recently starred in the Academy Award®-winning Best Picture Argo, (which he also directed and produced), played the Marvel Comics star, Daredevil in 2003 and he received a Gold Globe nomination for his role as George Reeves (TV’s famous Superman) in Hollywoodland in 2006.

Affleck is the sixth actor to portray Bob Kan-created character in film following Adam West, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, and of course, Christian Bale. Production is expected to begin in 2014.

So, who do you think has been the best Batman? Please post your comments below!


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