'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. …

Video of the Day: Holy Commercial Batman

Those who are fans of the old ‘60’s “Batman” show may be surprised to see this video. This was a public service announcement for the U. S. Department of Labor using the Batman, Robin and Batgirl characters. The clever commercial features Batgirl saving the dynamic duo with a message about how women should get equal pay for doing equal work. The commercial is unique for two reasons. For one, the commercial was shot about five years after the TV show had left the airwaves and the “boy wonder” is less boy-like. The other is that while Burt Ward and Yvonne Craig reprised their roles, the caped crusader did not. Adam West does not appear in this commercial but an unknown actor took his part and most people were none the wiser. 


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