'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. …

This Day in Pop Culture for September 19

TV's "Batman" Adam West was born on September 19, 1928.

Adam West is Born

William West Anderson, better known as Adam West, was born on this day in 1928 in Walla Walla, Washington. Best known for playing Batman in the 1960’s TV show, he never
fully broke away from the role. He has been involved in numerous versions of the superhero, mostly in animated form over the years. He has also made a lucrative career doing voiceover work for other animated projects including The Simpsons, Futurama, Rugrats and others including the role of Mayor Adam West on Family Guy. He re-voiced the character of the 1960's version of Batman for the video game, LEGO Batman 3 and joined up with his old chums, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar for the animated Warner Bros. DVDs, Batman: The Return of the Caped Crusaders (2016) and Batman vs. Two-Face coming out next month. West died at the age of 88 on June 2, 2017 after a short battle losing to leukemia.

The "Mary Tyler Moore Show" premiered on September, 19, 1970.

Mary Richards Shows Up for Work for the First Time

Though Mary Tyler Moore was the name of the show, it was much more of a ensemble comedy when it aired for the first time in 1970 on CBS. Mostly an office comedy, the show focused on the friendships between co-workers at WJM TV studio in Minneapolis. Created by James L. Brooks and Allan Burns, the show starred Moore, Ed Asner, Valerie Harper, Gavin MacLeod, Ted Knight, Cloris Leachman, Georgia Engel and Betty White. During the show’s seven-year run, it won numerous Emmy Awards including Outstanding Comedy Series (1975, 1976 and 1977), Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (Moore: 1973, 1974 and 1976) and Actress of the Year (1974) as well as three Golden Globes. TV Guide ranked the epsidode, “Chuckles Bites the Dust” as the #1 Greatest Episode of all Time. Three spin-off series were created from the show: Rhoda (1974-1978), Phyllis (1975-1977) and Lou Grant (1977-1982) which was an hour-long drama series. In 2000, Moore and Harper reunited and reprised their roles for a Made-for-TV movie, Mary and Rhoda.


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