best film: Mulholland Drive is a top-100 film of all-time and may very well be in my top 50 overall the next time I update my top 100. It’s perhaps the greatest Lynchian nightmare. Instead of suburbia, like Blue Velvet, Lynch takes on Hollywood here and Watts is his vehicle.
best performance: Mulholland Drive. Watts is solo lead in this masterpiece and her performance has everything. Betty starts out naïve and wholesome but there’s transformation (and surely transcendence) in the role and performance that has rarely been matched in cinema’s 100 year-plus history. Watts’ character has a doppelganger (in the nightmare within the nightmare), she’s a detective, a lover, and an audition scene that is break-takingly good.
stylistic innovations/traits: I don’t think the depth here in her filmography compares with some of her peers (Kidman, Blanchett, maybe Winslet) but I’m confident none of her peers had Watts high-water mark here with her stunning performance as Betty (with a bit of Diane Selwyn) in David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive.
directors worked with: Iñárritu (2) and then worked with Lynch of course and Cronenberg.
Top 5 Performances:
- Mulholland Drive
- 21 Grams
- Eastern Promises
- Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
- The Impossible
|2001- Mulholland Drive|
|2003- 21 Grams|
|2004- I Heart Huckabees|
|2004- The Assassination of Richard Nixon|
|2004- We Don’t Live Here Anymore|
|2005- King Kong|
|2007- Eastern Promises|
|2012- The Impossible|
|2014- Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)|
|2014- While We’re Young|