Easy A (2010) Really funny, very fresh and very likable teen sex comedy has Emma Stone leading a talent heavy cast in this high school retelling of The Scarlet Letter. It's pretty clever in parts and there's alot of energy throughout the whole picture, best of all it's just laugh out loud funny the entire time. Emma Stone shows she can really carry a picture. The supporting cast includes Amandy Bynes, Thomas Haden Chruch, Lisa Kudrow, Alyson Michalka, Stanley Tucci and SNL's Fred Armisen. I really enjoyed this movie alot and found it to be easily the best high school movie to come out in a while. It's Rated PG-13 for language and sexual discussion.
Toby Tyler or Ten Weeks With The Circus (1960) One of the few live-action Disney films that I hadn't seen it, I caught it on the Hallmark Movie Channel (which, by the way, has the most obnoxious and intrusive promos pop up at the bottom of the screen during the movie!) Disney staple Kevin Corcoran plays Toby, who leaves his somewhat abusive adoptive parents for life in the circus. Walt Disney's love of nostalgia is on display here with lovingly recreated scenes of the circus parade making it's way down old fashioned Main Street U.S.A. There was an excitement about the circus back then that is simply lost today. The movie is pretty plot-thin, even for an old Disney film. But of course it makes up for it with plenty of charm and good wholesome fun. Plus, it's hard to frown at a movie that features a chimpanzee in overalls and in one scene he holds a town hostage with a pistol. Let's face it folks, chimps wearing clothes and toting guns is pretty darn hilarious. This movie is also a nice snapshot of what life in the circus was like back in the old days. Not rated - it contains nothing objectionable except for maybe a monkey with a gun.
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (2010) There's been alot of very positive talk about this documentary which follows comedian Joan Rivers as she tries to stay busy at age 75. There's a bit of a backstory about her career and her early days, but the focus of the movie is Joan's attempts to reinvent herself and her drive to keep on working after all these years. It's entertaining enough and fairly interesting, but it's hard to find too much sympathy for someone who brings their troubles upon themselves. Rated R for crude and vulgar language of the first degree.