best film:  Lost Highway. I’m not ready to put Boyhood ahead of Lost Highway so for now, this sits at #1 for Arquette. The role and performance isn’t quite on the level of Naomi Watts in Mulholland but Arquette is still fantastic, and similar to the Watts role, it’s a chance for her to play the ying/yang dual role in a Lynchian nightmare.

best performance:  Boyhood chugs along and then, in the last two scenes, one with Hawke and one with Arquette, the formal rigor and strong character writing pays off with a wallop of a scene. Arquette won the Oscar for her performance here and she’s stunning—but even so- it’s only a slight notch above her work in boyhood and true romance.

stylistic innovations/traits: First and foremost I think about grit and toughness. She’s edgy in lost highway, a damn trooper of a divorcee and mother in boyhood, and takes a beating in true romance. Look at her work in Ed Wood. She could easily have played the Sarah Jessica Parker role but there’s no way Parker could have pulled off her role.

directors worked with: Nobody more than once but clearly catching the eye of big auteurs like Scorsese, Lynch and Linklater.

Top 5 Performances

  1. Boyhood
  2. Lost Highway
  3. True Romance
  4. Flirting with Disaster
  5. Ed Wood

Archiveable films

1991- The Indian Runner
1993- True Romance
1994- Ed Wood
1996- Flirting With Disaster
1997- Lost Highway
1999- Bringing Out the Dead
2014- Boyhood