Kate Winslet, I don’t think I’ve met someone in my career or in general that super-mega loathes this actress. Not only has she been gracing our screens with her exquisite presence, but she has been the centre at riveting interviews and wonderful Oscar Winning speeches. Delicately and affectionately named the quintessential English Rose, Kate Winslet has risen to become a household name, especially when she does incredible turns in stellar dramas. Today, Kate Winslet stars in two of the incredible DVD releases today; Divergent and Labour Day. And whilst those movies may actually suck, here is a list of Kate Winslet essentials that you should watch.
I thought I’d get this out of the way because this is probably the first film that came to your mind when I said Kate Winslet. Yes, James Cameron’s money-grabbing disaster movie revolving around the real life sinking of the titular cruise liner saw Winslet at the centre of a love affair that still makes people weep (or they cry at the thousands who were lost). Genuinely though, Kate delighted us as Rose, the rebellious and betrothed aristocrat who falls in love with the working class Jack, sparking one of the most beautiful three-day romances this side of Romeo and Juliet as well as a lasting friendship between her and Leonardo DiCaprio. Winslet shines here.
I think we're torn over this movie here at I’m With Geek , with two sides staring angrily and refusing to talk about it in front of the kids. Personally, this reporter adores Michael Gondry’s science fiction romantic masterpiece and Kate literally is one of the best things here. Playing opposite Jim Carrey in a surprising restrained role for him, Kate plays Clementine; an angry book store assistant who bumps into Joel on a train. But soon, it becomes apparent that the pair have not only met before, but have loved and lost before. Presenting some excellent themes and a superb performance by Winslet, this is an unforgettable romantic comedy.
A movie that sees Winslet and DiCaprio paired again with the formers ex-husband Sam Mendes at the helm, Revolutionary Road garnered a lot of award nomination and praise at this exquisite drama. Telling the tale of a suburban couple, wrought with issues and complex problems that burn underneath the house's pristine exterior and white picket fences. Set in the 1950’s, the film tracks their struggle and problems as they raise children, this is an immensely harrowing and devastating movie that burns with painful realism. It also provoked one of the best Golden Globe speeches ever, in which Winslet showered so much praise over DiCaprio that you'd wonder why they aren’t married.
But it was in this Stephan Daldry drama based on a Bernhard Schlink novel that saw Winslet scoop up the Best Actress Oscar. Alongside Ralph Fiennes and David Kross, The Reader tells the story of a teenager Michael Berg, who has an affair with an older woman named Hanna Schmitz. When she disappears, Berg is shocked to learn that she has been arrested for war crimes after dozens were killed at a concentration camp that she worked in as a guard. Playing Hanna Schmitz, Winslet is intensely strong in this ingenious piece of cinema. As Hannah, Winslet deftly handles the unnerving tensions, the love story and the world war that unearthed humanity's monstrous side.
Many would be shocked to learn that this utterly absorbing drama comes from overrung director Peter Jackson in his attempts to leave shock, horror and gore behind. This engaging and quite frankly, disturbing look at a friendship between two girls that goes into fantasy and obsession. Heavenly Creatures is a near impeccable piece that is based on the true story of Pauline Parker and Juliet Hulme whose relationship became so alarming that their parents tried to separate them. However, it back fires when the girls instigate a revenge plot that would spark infamy in New Zealand. Showcasing early talent, Winslet is sublime affluent English transfer student Hulme and the entire film is a mark of unbelievable cinematic talent.
Honourable Mention: Quills.
Divergent and Labour Day are out on DVD Now