The Avengers

Up next in the kids’ Marvel watch was The Avengers.  This is the last movie in phase one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and brings together all of the characters of the previous movies to work together to stop Loki and his alien army from taking over the earth.

There is a ton of action in this movie and it was exciting throughout.  Each of the characters is able to play their part, although if you have a favorite, you may be disappointed because with so many super heroes, there isn’t enough screen time for all of them to have a ton.  My daughter pointed out that there is very little romance in this movie.  The kids’ favorite part was after the Hulk smashed Loki around, Loki was on the ground doing a wimpy moan.  For some reason, they thought that was completely hysterical.

Overall, this was a solid Marvel movie and we all enjoyed it.

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Psycho

Psycho is number fourteen on AFI’s anniversary list and we watched it over two evenings last week.  I had seen the famous shower scene years ago, but I don’t think I ever watched the whole thing from start to finish.  My husband hadn’t seen it either.  Alfred Hitchcock made the movie in 1960 starring Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates and Janet Leigh as Marion Crane.  The film was nominated for four Academy Awards.

Marion is presented with an opportunity to steal a large amount of cash from her employer and takes it.  She starts a road trip to meet up with her boyfriend when a storm forces her to stop at a run down motel off the road.  She meets the disturbed owner Norman Bates and her fate is pretty much sealed from there.

It was interesting to watch the movie knowing the twist (SPOILER – Norman has killed his mother and is pretending to be her) because Hitchcock does not let the audience on this until the very end.  If you didn’t know what was happening, you would think she was alive and interacting with the characters.

The movie still holds up and is appropriately creepy and disturbing.

Thirteen Reasons Why

I zoomed through this book in the past two days, partly because of the new Netflix show. Written by Jay Asher in 2007, it follows Clay, a high school student who receives a box of cassette tapes from Hannah, another student who has recently committed suicide.

On each side of the tapes, Hannah tells the story of one person who contributed to her decision to commit suicide, ranging from a fellow student who was a Peeping Tom in her window to a boy who raped another classmate while she was in the room.  The book is pretty melodramatic, as is common with a lot of teen fiction and I can definitely see the argument that many have made regarding it glorifying suicide.  I still may check out the Netflix show to see how they adapted it.  I’ve heard there are a lot of changed they made.

The Circle

I kind of wanted to see the new movie The Circle with Emma Watson, but I generally like to read the book first.   Published in 2013 and written by Dave Eggers, The Circle tells the story of Mae, young professional who gets a job with a large technology company, The Circle.  The company is a mix of Google, Facebook, PayPal and pretty much any other social media website you can think of.  Basically, they control everything.

Mae is fascinated by the people who work there and the new projects they are developing.  She becomes more and more sucked in to the philosophy they adhere to even as it appears the world’s privacy rights are about to be stripped away.  Mae’s relationships between her family, friends and a potential love interest become strained as well.

I read through this book quickly because I really wanted to know what would happened at the end and if the Circle’s plan for total world domination would work.  I only wish Mae had been a more sympathetic character and with a little more conviction.