Archive | February, 2010

Dancing with Winona

27 Feb


Winona Ryder 1st became an impression to me when i was just a Ninja-Turtle loving dude at 9 years old. Back in the early 90’s, i started to see Edward Scissorhands Posters plasted on video rental shops n such.¬† 1992 came and i remembered going over the movies section of the daily newspaper when i saw “thrilling” ads of Bram Stoker’s DRACULA, feat Winona…¬† Rated R(A), i almost instantly knew it was one movie that i had to see – when i was OLD enough!
Incidentally ard the same time that year, i came across the full-blown movie poster at the old Yishun 10 during a school excursion to see FERN GULLY the movie… Childhood Radness.///

When S.B.C finally screened Edward Scissorhands on TV in 1994, i soon discovered a whole new realm. From the suave Johnny Depp who was playng the awesomely kool character, the visual fantasy of the movie, Tim Burton and finally getting to see Winona in the flesh for a whole 90 mins…Here i was, a minor in primary school and already sporting a crush with some ‘kakak‘ who’s 10 years older. Fast forward to 1997, and i had already seen about 6 more ‘Winona’ movies – from TV to (stolen) tapes.

Now, back then there wasnt wikipedia or IMDB.com to check up on all your fav. babe’s movies, so i did what i could do to do research. From Library books, stolen mags (agn), newspapers and even propaganda TV, i looked for clues on her past and future movies. In the mid 90’s, you could go to community libraries and watch any free movies on thier video catalouge. So every free weekend when me and my friends were watching movies at those solitary booths, i would be watching BEETLEJUICE, DRACULA and SCISSORHANDS week in week out… All you needed to have back then was a library card…

She Can steal my shirts ANYTIME!

So from goth characters to feminist roles to alien-fighting kick ass babe, winona did it all on screen. And yeah, her pixie look and Bob hairdos never fails to make me fall in love with her again and again …
Edward Scissorhands probably gave me a first insightful of what Surrealism was. And Tim Burton,whoah what can i say, even with that wild hair that looked like it was ravaged by a pack of crazy mad dogs, he earns my respect for putting out movies that the “undergrounders” and the “artsy” circles swear by.
The House of the Spirits (1993), a magical-realist movie she starred abt the social revolution in Chile further convinced me that she’s one off-beat chick who’s willing to act in less no-brainer blockbuster movies and more on literary works and cult adaptations…
Now,…most of you out there might already be thinkin, ‘What’s the fuss about this outdated Winona person…’

Well, other than being different and no modern actresses that can ever emulate her, she’s also kool cos she’s a liberated shoplifter, listens to The Clash and adore New wave/Alternative music.
Totally W.I.N.O.N.A.

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