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Can You Find the Common Denominator?

The Age of Innocence.  Heathers.  Little Women.  How to Make an American Quilt.

What do these titles have in common, the common denominator?  They’re all movies starring Winona Ryder.  And: all movies I’ve watched in the past week.  (And almost another common denominator–3 of the 4 are book-to-movie adaptations.)  I’m on a Winona streak!

If you’re looking for a good movie, I’d recommend every one of these.

The Age of Innoncence

The movie is based on Edith Wharton’s novel.  I’ve only ever read House of Mirth by Edith Wharton, but this adaptation felt familiar–New York society during the 1870’s, where well-mannered characters are trapped in stifling roles with their lives laid out before them in narrow paths of unhappiness.   Lots of tension.  Martin Scorcesi directed this film, which surprised me at first, but you can definitely see his influence and it’s beautifully done.  Not your average period piece.


A dark comedy from the 80’s about two irreverent teenagers who start killing off the popular kids and making it look like suicides.  Winona still manages to give her character heart, even after murdering her best friend.  Don’t think too hard, and it’s funny.

Little Women

Probably in my Top Five Favorite Movies of all Time.  One of those VHS tapes that made the conversion and was re-bought as a DVD when VCRs became obsolete.  This is the ultimate comfort movie, and certainly the best adaptation of the novel by Louisa May Alcott.  Watching this movie is like curling up inside the book–one of the only book-to-movie adaptations that I really love.

How to Make an American Quilt

I just ordered this dvd on–it’s a recommendation from Pioneer Woman’s blog post about her favorite “Cheatin’ Movies.”  Yet another book-to-movie adaptation, about Winona’s character trying to decide if she should marry her fiance and the women in a quilting circle who help her by sharing their experiences with love.  Looking forward to some more Winona in my future!

Enjoy some Winona Ryder in your living room today–her unique voice, expressive eyes, and knack for choosing angst-ridden characters and great movie plots!

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