Andy’s Top 5 Kate Winslet Performances

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Andy presents his Top 5 Kate Winslet movies (Andy, like most of us, has a thing for the incomparable Ms. Winslet; use the weekend ‘rent-two-get-one-free’ deal to take ‘em all home, get one for free, and spend a luxurious weekend in Katelandia…):
1. Heavenly Creatures (1994): Ahhh…my favorite movie is also Ms. Winslet’s first movie. In this movie, Peter Jackson shows us just how f***in’ good he is. How good is Heavenly Creatures? When I saw Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, I was disappointed because it wasn’t as good as this movie. Winslet plays Juliet Hulme, a character as misguided as she is romantic. Our lady gives a great, exuberantly youthful performance.
2. Little Children (2006). Based on Tom Perrotta’s novel, Todd Fields’ movie made me extremely uncomfortable. It’s a damn fine movie version of a damn fine book, but it deals with dark and serious subject matter in a very realistic way. So, yeah, hence the discomfort. But there’s also a surprising amount of humor and style to ease the pain. And knockout performances from Patrick Wilson, Jackie Earle Haley and, of course, Kate Winslet.
3. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004). This is as clever, funny, and emotional as movies get. Charlie Kaufman’s script and Michel Gondry’s direction are dazzling and impressive, and yet all the actors are still given space to create memorable characters. And the most memorable character of all is Kate Winslet’s Clementine. Beneath her bright dyed hair and neon wardrobe, Clementine is fun and delightful, shrill and insecure- she’s every quality you’ve ever remembered about an ex-girlfriend, good and bad. And somehow it adds up to a singular character who is impossible to forget.
4. Hideous Kinky (1998). Winslet followed up her star-making role in Titanic with this relatively low-profile film. She plays Julia, a free-spirited but airheaded young woman in the 1960s who drags her two young children from London to Morocco to get away from…stuff. The movie may be light on story, but the performances are all fantastic and the movie nails that elusive thing: atmosphere, a real sense of time and place.
5. Hamlet (1996). If you’re going to watch Hamlet, you really should go all the way. Kenneth Branagh directs and stars as Hamlet in this massive, star-laden version of Shakespeare’s play. Seriously, you’ll recognize every face in this movie, even in the smallest parts. Winslet holds her own as Ophelia. It may be only a supporting part, but it’s one hell of a supporting part.
Feel like arguing with Andy’s choices regarding the lovely Ms. W? Well why not send in your own ‘Winslet top 5’ list (or your movie reviews, lists, or basically anything remotely movie-related) to us at or our Facebook page “Videoport Jones”. Or just come on in to the store and scream and scream at him until he starts to freak out.

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