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The Avengers


Marvel’s The Avengers. Dir. Joss Whedon. Perf. Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans. Walt Disney Pictures, 2012. Amazon Instant Video.


This action packed movie is based upon the comic book series of the same name. Team up with The Hulk, Capitan America, Iron Man, the Black Widow, Hawk Eye, and Thor as they fight to save the planet from Loki’s plan of chaos and destruction.

Plot Summary

When Loki makes a deal with the Other: an army that will help him conquer the planet for the exchange of the Tesseract, a mysterious energy source that no one really seems to understand, all hell is about to break lose. After Loki steals the Tesseract, Nick Fury (head of S.H.I.E.L.D., the CIA like group that was responsible for the Tesseract), calls in the Avengers to reclaim the device from Loki and save the planet. Nothing is as simple as it seems on paper though, and the Avengers find themselves fighting their own battles as they prepare for war against an unknown enemy.

Critical Evaluation

This is an excellent super hero movie. When you watch it you can tell that Joss Whedon had a ton of fun making it. All of the special effects are amazing, not even the CGI Hulk looks bad, in fact he kinda even looks like Bruce Banner after he changes, which I thought was a really nice touch. Anyone who enjoys super heros or is a Whedon fan is going to have a blast watching this movie. My only complaint was that when I was viewing the film in HD the dark scenes were really dark, the color contrast was way hard to pick up, when I switched the stream over to SD it was much better though, so that’s probably just a problem with my television more than a production issue.

Author Information

Joss Whedon is a demi-god when it comes to science fiction and fantasy television and film. Making a name for himself with the teenage cult classic Buffy the Vampire Slayer (move and television series), he hasn’t done anything halfway since. Whedon is well known for his witty dialogue, dorky humor and writing a directing a series of excellent, if not misunderstood by networks, television programs such as Firefly, Angel, and most recently Dollhouse. He he also directed the major motion picture Cabin in the Woods, which came out in early 2012.


super heros, comics

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Challenge Issues

This movie is rated PG-13, there is a fair amount of violence and lots of explosions. We urge our patrons to choose material that is appropriate for them to watch.

Reason for Inclusion

This is a really great movie that I think will appeal to young men and women equally.

Empire Records

empire records

Empire Records. Dir. Allan Moyle. Perf. Anthony LaPaglia, Liv Tyler, Renee Zegweller. Warner Brothers, 1995.

Reader’s Annotation

Life is changing for everyone at Empire Records. The independent music store is about to be sold a to a chain, and the employees are each embroiled in their own (and each others!) personal troubles. In this hilarious and heart felt story you’ll find out what happens when six young people set out to “damn the man and save the empire!”

Plot Summary

When Lucas is employed with closing the record store for the first time he run across some paperwork on his bosses desk that suggests that the beloved indie record store will soon be turned into a corporate franchise known as Music Town. In a desperate attempt to save Empire Records Lucas takes the daily deposit to Atlantic City where he lays it all on the craps table and shoots snake eyes.

The next day while the rest of the crew is preparing for Rex Manning Day, a middle aged rocker who recently released a new hit single that he’ll be signing copies of all afternoon, boss Joe is trying to figure out how to explain to store owner Mitchell Beck that Lucas gambled away the deposit.

Meanwhile employee AJ spends the day gathering up the courage to tell Corey (played by an adorably young Liv Tyler) that he’s in love with her. Corey on the other hand is trying to figure out how to seduce Rex Manning and Corey’s best friend and fellow cashier Gina lashes out at Corey in a fit of jealousy and that sends Corey into hysterics.

The movie is packed with criss-crossing story lines, with too many subplots to go into futher depth here. What remains most important to the team at Empire Records is that they save Lucas from whatever trouble he’s gotten himself into, Joe from himself and the record store from closing down.


High School, College

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Challenge Issues

Empire Records is rated PG-13. The movie touches on sensitive topics like drug abuse, self harm, and suicide. We suggest that users exercise caution when consuming material they might find objectionable. This library supports the ALA Library Bill of Rights and defends our users right to privacy.

Reason for inclusion

This is a fun movie that should prove amusing to young men and young women.