'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. …

Anne Meara Passes Away

Anne Meara, mother of Ben Stiller, passed away on May 25, 2015.
Ben Stiller and Anne Meara (Life and Style magazine)
There are a lot of headlines posted in the last few days that the mother of Ben Still, Anne Meara, passed away on Saturday, May 23, 2015. She was 85. While this news is true, the headlines really should have read that Anne Meara, mother of Bill Stiller has passed away. What's the difference? Ben wouldn't be the comedian he is if it wasn't for his mother and father, Jerry Stiller.

Long before Ben or his sister, Amy, was born, Jerry and Anne were married in 1954 and worked together in comedy acts on stage, TV and movies ever since, known as Stiller and Meara and they were brilliant together. Here is a clip of the pair working with Carol Burnett and Harvey Korman for The Carol Burnett Show

Meara appeared in a number of her son's movies including Heavyweights (1995), Zoolander (2001), and Night at the Museum (2006). Her last acting role was for the short film, Simpler Times, that she did with her husband in 2014. She and Jerry also voiced two characters in Disney's Planes: Fire & Rescue, also in 2014.


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