'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. …

Who was the Best Baddie on ‘Batman?’

(L-R) David Wayne, Julie Newmar, John Astin, Cesar Romero, Burgess Meredith, 
Tallulah Bankhead, Vincent Price (Warner Archive)

Before Affleck, Bale, Clooney, Kilmer and Keaton, there was West. The “real” Batman, at least in some fan’s eyes. The TV series went off the air (except for reruns) back in 1968 but it is just now getting a release on DVD and Blu-Ray available in stores on November 11, 2014.

The “Complete Television Series Limited Edition” on Blu-Ray will go for $269.97, the DVD set for $199.70 and “Batman: The Complete First Season” will go for $39.98. The complete set features three hours of additional never-before-seen content that includes interviews with Adam West and Burt Ward, a Hot Wheels Replica Batmobile, 44 trading cards and more Bat-fun.
But who do you think was the best baddie of the three seasons? Here is a list of villains who appeared. Let the debates begin! Here are some clips of the show to help you decide:

  • Catwoman - Eartha Kitt/Julie Newmar
  • The Joker - Cesar Romero
  • The Penguin - Burgess Meredith
  • The Riddler - Frank Gorshin/John Astin
  • King Tut - Victor Buono
  • Egghead - Vincent Price
  • Mr. Freeze - George Sanders/Otto Preminger/Eli Wallach
  • Marsha, Queen of Diamonds - Carolyn Jones
  • The Archer - Art Carney
  • The Siren - Joan Collins
  • The Bookworm - Roddy McDowall
  • False Face - Malachi Throne
  • The Minstrel - Van Johnson
  • Ma Parker - Shelley Winters
  • Zelda The Great - Anne Baxter
  • Louie The Lilac - Milton Berle
  • Lola Lasagne - Ethel Merman
  • Lord Pfogg & Lady Peasoup - Rudy Vallee and Glynis Johns
  • Shame - Cliff Robertson
  • The Puzzler - Maurice Evans
  • Chandell – Liberace
  • The Sandman - Michael Rennie
  • The Clock King - Walter Slezak
  • The Black Widow - Tallulah Bankhead
  • The Mad Hatter - David Wayne
  • Dr. Cassandra Spellcraft and Cabala - Ida Lupino and Howard Duff
  • Minerva - Zsa Zsa Gabor
  • Nora Clavicle - Barbara Rush

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