Daily Archives: January 20, 2011

sotd 1.20.11

There is something echoy and sad – but pretty – about her version.

“Sea of Love” / Cat Power (1999)*

*This is, of course, her version of the song. The original Phil Phillips’ 1959 version is here – decidedly different, but beautiful in different ways.

Brief review: The Kids are All Right

I just rented The Kids are All Right, with Annette Bening, Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo. Heard of it? It’s about a lesbian couple (Bening and Moore), their two kids, and the sperm donor (Ruffalo) who made said kids possible.

It’s great, but in an emotionally-raw kind of way. There were definitely some wince-inducing moments, but as I cringed at the screen I couldn’t help but think “that’s how a real person would react.”

If you’re looking for something fluffily entertaining, with a predictable, satisfying and neat plot / ending – this ain’t it. But if you’re want to watch something and get that “wow… just… wow” feeling by the end, this might be a good pick.

4/5 stars

p.s. Annette Bening won a Golden Globe for her performance. Well-deserved, I think, but the category was “Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical.” Definitely would not classify this as a comedy (though there were some very laugh-out-loud moments)… maybe a dramedy, perhaps.