The actress is having her birthday today and we celebrate her with five of her best streaming films.
Celebrate 49 years today Winona Ryder, known by the general public today especially for the cult TV series Stranger Things produced by Netflix. For a couple of past generations of cinephiles, however, the actress was an essential point of reference, the “muse” of a moment of cinema that she dominated. In fact, between the 80s and the following decade, Ryder made a series of films destined to mark an era, becoming a model for that generation that would later give life to the so-called “grunge”. We have chosen five film in streaming which in our opinion best tell how much Winona Ryder marked those years and the spectators who lived them in the enthusiasm of a cinema. The writer included, of course. Enjoy the reading.
Five cult films starring Winona Ryder
- Beetlejuice – Spiritello porcello
- Edward scissor hands
- Dracula by Bram Stoker
- The age of innocence
- Young, cute and unemployed
Beetlejuice – Spiritello porcello (1988)
The first to understand the iconic potential of Winona Ryder is the genius of Tim Burton who entrusts her with the role of the dark and tormented teenager Lydia, object of the attentions of the protagonist spirit who wants to return to the world of the living to sow chaos. Beetlejuice turns out to be a fantasy success beyond expectations, and launches Ryder’s career among others. The merit of the success of the cult film is Burton’s visionary nature, the histrionic proof of Michael Keaton, of a crazy supporting cast also made up of Geena Davis e Alec Baldwin. The most daring and sparkling film of the 80s together with Back to the Future. An unmissable classic. Available on Rakuten TV, Chili, Amazon Prime Video.
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Burton again calls Ryder to interpret the most moving cinematic tale in the history of contemporary cinema. In a blonde and angelic version, the actress is the perfect counterpart for the protagonist Johnny Depp, an extraordinary mime who brings to life a character destined to become a reference point for fantastic cinema. Edward scissor hands it is the unrivaled summa of Burton’s poetics, a film that transcends genres and cataloging, capable of warming the hearts of all types of spectators. Last interpretation of the legend Vincent Price. Available on Rakuten TV, Chili, Google Play, Infinity, Apple Itunes, Amazon Prime Video, Disney +.
Dracula by Bram Stoker (1992)
After Burton it’s up to Francis Ford Coppola, which Ryder wanted already The Godfather – Part III for the part that later went to his daughter Sofia. The adaptation of the original novel is as faithful in text as it is free in vision: Dracula by Bram Stoker it is a cheeky, hyperbolic, highly original aesthetic cauldron. Next to Gary Oldman in the role of the vampire, Ryder paints a passionate, sensual and emancipated Mina Harker. A baroque film of enormous cinematic power, with scenes that have marked a generation of viewers. Three Academy Awards including the magnificent costumes of Eiko Ishioka. When even mainstream cinema was free and visionary. In the true sense of the term. Available on Rakuten TV, Chili, Google Play, Apple Itunes, Amazon Prime Video.
Age of Innocence (1993)
Another luxury collaboration for the actress thanks to Martin Scorsese, which in the film adaptation of the novel by Edith Wharton entrusts her with the ambiguous and subtle role of May Welland, the too perfect girlfriend of the protagonist Newland Archer. Ryder must act in subtraction in the face of fiery evidence of Daniel Day-Lewis e Michelle Pfeiffer, and her work gives her her first Oscar nomination for supporting actress. The age of innocence it is the perfect film, where narration and staging meet to form a coherent partnership. Probably the best Martin Scorsese film. And it takes … Available on Rakuten TV, Chili, Google Play, Apple Itunes.
Young, Cute and Unemployed (1994)
The directorial debut of Ben Stiller tells the so-called Generation X with the affectionate and fashionable tones of romantic comedy. The close-knit group of protagonists sees Ryder stand out together with Ethan Hawke, a film couple whose relationship has bewitched millions of fans over the years. To do then of Young, cute and unemployed a generational cult-movie contributes an incredible soundtrack, full of hits representative of that decade. Perhaps today the feature film could be vaguely dated but believe us, at the time it touched the most sensitive chords of our hearts … Available on Rakuten TV, Chili, Google Play, Apple Itunes.
Are there any other Winona Ryder movies that you love? We also want to point out the discreet adaptation of Little Women of Gillian Armstrong which gave the actress an Oscar nomination as a protagonist, and also the underrated Alien – Cloning where he obviously sees it with a big one Sigourney Weaver. But above all we advise you to find A Scanner Darkly of Richard Linklater, magnificent rotoscope adaptation of the literary masterpiece by Philip K. Dick. Unfortunately, the latter title is not available in streaming, which is a real shame.