The Kids Are All Right stars Annette Bening and Julianne Moore as a middle aged, upper middle class lesbian couple in Southern California, whose relationship problems are magnified under the stress of their two teenage children's (one of whom is named Laser) freewheelin', organic farming sperm donor (Mark Ruffalo) suddenly becoming a part of their lives. That description may be a hard sell (it certainly was for me), making the movie sound like some seriously insufferable, overly quirky arthouse garbage, but the movie's script, direction and cast transcend what could have been the most annoying movie I've seen since 500 Days of Summer. This movie is actually incredibly good, refreshingly self-aware, honestly very funny and wonderfully moving. Who knew?
The blind are seeing red over City of God director Fernando Meirelles' upcoming release, Blindness. The film, based on the novel by Portuguese Nobel Laureate Jose Saramago, tells the story of an unexplained case of mass blindness in an unnamed city. Julianne Moore stars as a woman hiding the fact that she can still see, presumably because she missed the episode of Larry King that caused the mass blinding: the one where he kisses Marlon Brando on the lips. Society descends into chaos, with the newly blind doing some truly despicable things like fighting, trading sex for food and reading Playboy, which, yes, comes in a Braille edition. The National Federation for the Blind is protesting the storyline of both film and novel. with its president, Marc Maurer, telling the AP, "[b]lindness doesn't turn decent people into monsters." Losing an eye turned me into a ripe, angry son of a bitch, so speak for yourself, Marc. [It's true! - Zach]