Sunday, January 4, 2009

When it comes to Kate Winslet...

...I'm like the crazy sister from Notting Hill who rambles to Julia Roberts' character about how they need to become best friends.

Because I just know Kate Winslet and I, given the chance, would be BFF.

I first became a fan when Kate was in Sense and Sensibility . I am a walking cliche in that, when I'm feeling sentimental or upset or bored or pretty much anything else...I reread Jane Austen novels. Sense and Sensibility is my favorite, Marianne is one of my favorite literary characters ever, and Kate brought her to life absolutely dazzlingly.

In 1997, a little movie named Titanic came-out, and since I was a fifteen-year-old girl at the time, I did what ALL fifteen-year-old girls around the world did...saw the movie several times in the theatre, cried my little heart out, and made plans to marry Leonardo DiCaprio.(Which I haven't really given-up on.)

I think Kate is wonderful...a fantastic actress, and her attitudes in interviews is so incredibly refreshing.

Yesterday, I went to go see Kate in The Reader.

Now, we all know that I worked at Barnes and Noble for years, and one thing I learned from that career was that Oprah Winfrey has some scary power over the world. When Oprah Winfrey says, "READ!" people, "READ!"

(It used to take everything in my power not to snap at people when they'd come in asking for the "new Oprah book." Oprah did not write Anna Karenina or Grapes of Wrath. She didn't. She didn't. She didn't. They were around long before she told you to read them!)

The Reader was one of those books. I read it, not because Oprah told me to, but because I am very much drawn to Holocaust-related fiction and non-fiction.

I wasn't entirely taken by the book...but intrigued as to how it would transfer onscreen.

I daresay, the movie was better than the book! (And we all know how very rarely that happens.)

Kate gives an absolutely chilling, haunting, devastating and beautiful performance as Hanna in this film.

If she doesn't win the Oscar this year, she and Mr. Raul Esparza need to start a "Brilliant and Overlooked Performances" club.

I've always been good at picking friends!

Diana Rissetto