best film: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind leads the way ahead of Titanic by a decent margin here for the best film of Kate Winslet’s career. Michel Gondry directs Charlie Kaufman’s wild dream world. All of Kaufman’s work should be treasured and appreciated, but Winslet’s Clementine is his greatest single character, and the film does not work as well, and that character does not leap off the page as much, without Winslet.
best performance: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind but really her top four performances below are rock solid. Her two films co-starring alongside Leonardo DiCaprio are both extremely well-acted by the pair and of course she plays bedlam (or near) as well as anyone with her debut (Heavenly Creatures) and Eternal Sunshine.
stylistic innovations/traits: As previously mentioned above, in Winslet’s two best performances she plays characters with a real edge that play with reality and border on madness. Winslet can truly play anything though and her more grounded characters and performances (Quills, Finding Neverland) show poise and intelligence. Winslet was discovered by Peter Jackson at the age of 19 and cast her in Heavenly Creatures. Ang Lee’s Sense and Sensibility cemented her rise, and of course her place in cinema lore was sealed with Titanic. She remained one of the best actors on the planet for the next decade until her big year in 2008 (giving one of her performances in one of her best films, Revolutionary Road, and also winning the Oscar for The Reader). Winslet’s career has slowed since but even if she never full recovers, that is an extraordinary fifteen (15) year run at or near the top.
directors worked with: Nobody more than once but James Cameron is on the list, Peter Jackson, Steven Soderbergh, Ang Lee, Kenneth Branagh, Sam Mendes, Danny Boyle and Woody Allen.
top five performances:
- Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
- Heavenly Creatures
- Revolutionary Road
- Sense and Sensibility
|1994- Heavenly Creatures
|1995- Sense and Sensibility
|2004- Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
|2004- Finding Neverland
|2006- Little Children
|2008- Revolutionary Road
|2008- The Reader
|2015- Steve Jobs
|2017- Wonder Wheel