October 10th, 2012: Frankenweenie releases!
Tim Burton's new film Frankenweenie just released to excellent reviews. It is a stop-motion animation about a young boy who unexpectedly loses his dog and then uses the power of science to bring him back to life. Winona gives voice to Elsa Van Helsing, the boy's next door neighbor.
Winona seems to enjoy making movies with James Franco. She currently has three projects with him. The newest one is called Homefront, in which she plays a biker chick partnered with an evil meth kingpin played by Franco. They are out to get a retired DEA agent who moves to their small town in search of a quiet life.
Winona plays a mobster's wife in The Iceman, which released at this year's Venice International Film Festival to good reviews. It has played at a few film festivals but has yet to be released in theatres. Winona also stars with Jim Franco in The Letter, which released to video in September. This used to be called The Stare.
April 27th, 2012: Winona update
The Iceman, Winona's latest project with Jim Franco, is the story of a Mafia contract killer. Winona plays his wife. The Iceman finished shooting in January and is now in post-production.
Stay Cool finally released to US theatres last year, and is now available on DVD and Netflix.
An Irish newpaper reported that Winona was involved in a film about the life of designer Eileen Gray, but that project doesn't seem to be making progress.
May 5th, 2011: Winona update
Winona has a new project called The Stare, which starts shooting Friday, May 6th in New York. The story is about a famous playwright, acted by Winona, who is preparing her latest production. She begins to hallucinate and become paranoid as she struggles to get her production off the ground. James Franco plays an actor in the play. He was recently seen hosting this year's Oscars, and he was nominated for an Oscar for his role in "127 Hours".
Like Winona he is originally from Northern California. There is another connection between James Franco and Winona. He starred in the movie "Howl", which was a poem written by Allen Ginsberg and published by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, who is a friend of Winona's family.
This sounds like a very promising project for Winona. The script sounds very Black Swanish, and I liked that film a lot.
New site featuresThe first thing is that the Galleries have been reorganized and greatly expanded. I've added nearly a hundred new pictures. I've found some really nice ones, so go check them out! The code behind Wide Galleries has been improved and I think I am getting a better feel for how to use them. The other thing is the "Vote!" page, which allows you to vote for your favorite Winona film. We'll see which one gets the most votes. To keep things manageable I've limited the choices to 12. Finally I've changed the page style. The old style is still available through the "Change Style" button, and your selection will persist from page to page.
March 20th, 2011: Winona update
Winona appeared on screen again in The Dilemma, a film directed by Ron Howard. This is a story about what happens when a man discovers the his best friend's wife, played by Winona, is having an affair. The Dilemma came out in January in the US. Most of Europe will get it this spring.
A new project has emerged for Winona involving Tim Burton. He directed Winona in 'Beetlejuice', which was the role that first made her famous. She says she has a 'telepathic' relationship with him. The project involves a voice part in Frankenweenie, a stop-motion Disney animated feature.
December 6th, 2010: Black Swan Review
This is a brilliant and very intense film. There's only one flaw. Too little Winona!
Noni gets about 3 minutes of screen time. She does a lot with it though, portraying a ballerina at the end of her career. Her character is where Natalie Portman's Nina is going. Portman is brilliant as Nina gives everything to achieve perfection while disintegrating under the pressure.
Fans of lesbian sex scenes will find much to like here as Portman has sex with herself and with Mila Kunis. Or does she? It's not clear in this film what is real and what is the product of Nina's growing insanity.
People who have seen Aronofsky's work before will recognize the themes of self-destructiveness and obsession. Like the mathematician in Pi, Aronofsky's first film, Nina pays a high price for her quest for perfection.
Will this film win Oscars? Quite possibly, but they will be for the director and the lead. Winona's parts are simply too short. All the same, it is great to see her attached to a project which comes together as well as this. I don't know how well this film will do at the box office, but my showing was virtually sold out.
New Site Features
This site has multiple personalities! Hit the 'Change Style' button on the left if you find the default style hard to read.
I've designed some new galleries for people with fast connections and wide screen monitors. Vist 'Wide Gallery' to see what your widescreen is capable of. Expand your browser to maximum width for best effect.
Finally the Film List enables you to explore Winona's extensive career. Mouse over the name of the film and a picture and short review will be shown. Use the Change Style button if the default style is hard to read.
April 30th, 2010: Lois Wilson Gallery added!
April 9th, 2010: Winona update
Two new projects have energed in recent months. Cheaters is a new film by Ron Howard. The film centers on a man who discovers that his best friend's wife is cheating. Winona Ryder plays the unfaithful wife.
When Love is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story is based on the true story of the co-founder of Al-Anon. Set in the 1930s, Lois Wilson was the wife of Bill Wilson, who founded Alcoholics Anonymous after a long battle with alcoholism. Winona plays Lois Wilson, and looks very pretty in all the hats and period clothes. This looks like a more mature role than what we have seen her do in the past. It will air in the US on CBS on April 25th, 2010.
Other projects continue to move forward. Black Swan wrapped on February 11th and is now in post-production. There was some talk about it going to Cannes but it now seems that it won't be ready in time. Meanwhile, Stay Cool will be released in the second half of 2010.
February 3rd, 2010: Winona update
Winona Ryder had a good 2009 and is set for a busy 2010. Her short cameo in Star Trek marked her return to big budget film making. Meanwhile, her performance in The Private Lives of Pippa Lee gained good critical reviews and reminded everyone of her talent.
In 2009 two new projects emerged for Winona. In the comedy Stay Cool a middle aged author returns to his home town to deliver a commencement address at his old high school. Winona plays his old flame, but she faces competition for his affections from a flirty high school girl played by Hillary Duff. Stay Cool is expected to be released in the first half of 2010
In late 2009 a very exciting project emerged, directed by Darren Aronofsky and also starring Natalie Portman. Aronofsky is probably best known for Requiem for a Dream. He's one of my favorite directors, and after Winona, Portman is one of my favorite actresses. The name of the project is Black Swan, and it is described as a thriller about the relationship between a veteran ballet dancer and a rival. Portman plays the lead role, while Winona appears to have a major supporting part.
April 21st, 2009: Winona update
There are are two Winona films approaching theatrical release in the US. Star Trek releases on May 8th. The early reviews have been enthusiastic. Winona appears briefly as Spock's mother.
The Informers is a more substantial role, and it will appear on April 24th in the US. The trailers for this film have a very cool 1980s feel, and many clips are now available on-line. The film showed at Sundance in January, but unfortunately was not well recieved.
Finally, The Last Word is now available on DVD in the US. I hope to see it soon and will write a short review.
May 14th,2008: Winona update
Winona has been very busy and there are five films on the go at the moment.
Sex and Death 101, her reunion with Dan Waters of "Heathers" fame, had a brief theatrical release in New York and LA in early April. It will be released on DVD July 1st.
The Informers, based on the novel by Brett Easton Ellis, is in post-production. Winona stars along with Billy Bob Thornton and Kim Basinger. A German release is scheduled for 30th October 2008.
The Last Word showed at Sundance to poor reviews, and no more has been heard of it. I can't find any information as to when it will be released.
The Private Lives of Pippa Lee seems to have a lot of momentum and has attracted a very good cast. It is based on a novel by Rebecca Miller, daughter of Arthur Miller the playwright. Winona plays alongside Keanu Reeves, Alan Arkin, Monica Bellucci, Robin Wright Penn and Julianne Moore. It was filming in late April.
Star Trek XI was rumored to be filming in Bakersfield, California but this project is cloaked in secrecy.
Finally, some news about the fan community. The-Soap community has moved and is now Winona FanZ Refuge. A link to it can be found in the sidebar. Many thanks to Patrick, the creator of The-Soap for a great run. Also many thanks to Gary for taking on the challenge of creating and running the new site!