Bill Pullman — In all of Pullman’s best roles (in The Last Seduction, Malice, The End of Violence, and most of all Lost Highway) he plays a cuckold. But he’s not just been tricked and betrayed by whoever’s playing his wife in any given moment; somehow he’s gotten it across that he’s been cuckolded by promises he bought long ago and could never quite surrender, that he’s been cuckolded by the time and place those watching share with him, by the history the America of the last ten years has failed to make.
Most Underrated: Sheryl Lee in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me — The terror in her eyes, around her mouth, in the scene when her father berates her at the dinner table is what Norma Desmond meant when she said, “We had faces then.” As is the look on Jodhi May’s face just before she jumps—or, really, floats—off the cliff at the end of Michael Mann’s The Last of the Mohicans.
Film Comment, Jan/Feb 2000
(cf. GM’s ’80s Film Comment best of)