Why You Should Watch The Actress Winona Ryder

Why You Should Watch The Actress Winona Ryder

She's pretty awesome.

The first time I saw Winona Ryder was in the movie "Mermaids" with Cher. She played her daughter who was obsessed with Catholicism. She constantly judged her mother for dating inappropriate men and challenged her mother's morals. Her acting was poignant and powerful especially the moment when she thought she was being punished by God for getting pregnant. She received a golden globe nomination for best-supporting actress.

She did back to back movies for several years she wound up withdrawing from Francis Ford Coppola's Godfather Part III. She was supposed to play Michael Corleone's daughter. Six months later she signed on to play in one of my personal favorites, Bram Stoker's Dracula. She played Mina Murray, Dracula's love interest. Her exceptional beauty and femininity made her perfect for this Gothic love story. She starred with Anthony Hopkins, Keanu Reeves, and Gary Goldman. It was by far the most cinematically stunning Dracula movie by far. I read an article in Vanity Fair that said that makeup artists never had to put foundation on her because her complexion was like porcelain.

In 1995 she read a book by Susannah Kaysen called "Girl, Interrupted" She heard it was possibly going to be made into a movie. She signed on to produce the movie and to play the main character, Susannah Kaysen. At the time Winona was known as Hollywood s " It" girl. She got all of the male attention, people were always doting on her. There were several key female roles in the movie and once the director James Mangold who doid "Copland" came on board, many young upcoming actresses like Christina Ricci and Kate Hudson wanted to get on board.

Once the cast was chosen, in typical Hollywood fashion, the young, hot, new and interesting get all of the attention.Angelina Jolie was new in town. She was in an HBO special called " Gia" where she played a real life heroin addicted model who died of AIDS and a low budget movie called "Hackers."

Her performance in "Gia" was critically acclaimed and suddenly all of the attention was on Angelina. People forgot about Winona's performance. Winona's part was just as difficult and dark as Angelina's. Winona's character Susannah had a love/ hate relationship with Angelin'a s character "Lisa". She was trying to figure out how to get well and deal with Lisa's sociopathic behavior. Lisa had a kind of hypnotic control over over the other patient s in the mental hospital, and Susannah was her buffer. Susannah had to pick up the pieces after Lisa verbally abused the other patients.

Winona s performance in the basement where she confronts Lisa about reading her journal is outstanding. She completely demolishes Lisa's power by telling her "Nobody cares if you die because you are already dead inside!" Lisa breaks down and cries hysterically while Susannah suddenly realizes she wasted two years of her life in this awful place!!!

Watch it!! It's dark but there is a lot of light at the end of this tunnel and I'm so glad Winona is back in Netflix's " Stranger Things" The woman has got some serious talent!!

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.

Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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8 Old Katelyn Tarver Songs You Probably Haven't Heard

None of her new songs will ever go as hard as "Chasing Echoes" and that's a fact.


Years ago, I found (through iTunes recommendations) a pretty cool female artist. Later found out she was on "Big Time Rush", and then I found out she had some new songs out. I decided to give her new songs a listen, and they're good. However, I prefer some of her older stuff, which sadly isn't on Spotify. Fortunately, YouTube exists, and I'm here to share the best ones.

1. "Wonderful Crazy"

This is just a fun, upbeat song for when you're having a good day. Would recommend playing in your car with the windows rolled down.

2. "Rain"

I have a very specific memory of a time when this song blessed my life, but for all intents and purposes, it is a beautiful and happy song.

3. "I'll Make It Real"

This is a beautiful song with a wonderful message about staying true to yourself. I used to listen to it on the way to school every day my senior year of high school.

4. "Something In Me"

Featured in the greatest show of all time, "South of Nowhere" season 1 episode 6. A very relatable breakup mood.

5. "Love Alone"

This is definitely the second-hardest-hitting song she's ever released. The fact that this is not on Spotify or even iTunes anymore is just not fair.

6. "Favorite Girl"

This one's cute and upbeat, a definite crush mood. Not on the same level as "Love Alone", but it's still underrated.

7. "Closer to My Heart"

Another cute love song. I'll tie it with "Everything" for cutest love song on her first album. Highly recommend both.

8. "Chasing Echoes"

Facts are facts and the facts are that Katelyn Tarver's new stuff could never go as hard as "Chasing Echoes". I can't even begin to explain how deeply these lyrics cut through me when I was fifteen. Even now, this song can take me all the way back. She is robbing us by not making this available on streaming services (or even to purchase). Katelyn, bring this song back, I am begging you.

Anyway, I'm still enjoying the new stuff and am excited to see what's next.

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