Sunday Shorts: ‘Welcome’, starring Winona Ryder


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Today’s film is the 2007 short Welcome. The film is written and directed by Kirsten Dunst, and stars Alexandra Gold Jourden, John Hawkes, and Winona Ryder. Ryder first came to public attention with a key supporting role in 1988’s Beetlejuice, before garnering the lead role in Heathers in the following year. Her filmography includes features such as Edward Scissorhands, Reality Bites, The Crucible, Girl, Interrupted, and A Scanner Darkly. Her newest film, titled Homefront, opened in wide release in American theatres in the past week.


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There was once a time when I thought Scarface was the best movie ever made, and Home Improvement was appointment television for me. While I still have a soft spot for both, those days of naivete are long behind me, as I’ve subsequently managed to broaden my horizons. Ambition is the most important part of a movie for me; if it tries to do something unique, tell a well-worn story in a different way, or take on large themes in a honest manner, I can forgive many flaws. If there’s one movie fact I’ve learnt after all these years, it’s that Employee of The Month is to Office Space what fast food is to fresh fruit.