This is a rare Friday Five that has been brought to you from Dom Dirk in recognition of this week’s Academy Awards celebrations over in that there America. It is a little known fact that the statuette is actually based on the image of the naked Dom Dirk, so who better to present a pick of the best (and one worst) of the best winners since cinema actually began (back in 1977, on the release of Star Wars).
1) THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991) A film that breathed a breath of fresh air into the lungs of the American thriller. It has suffered from having too many imitations. Jodie Foster has never matched it since… then again, neither has Demme or Sir Hopkins!
2) UNFORGIVEN (1992) The best western since the WILD BUNCH. At the time I thought there was going to be Western revival. I’m still waiting.
3) SCHINDLER’S LIST (1993) Proof that Spielberg could make a credible adult film, or rather ‘a film for adults’. It wasn’t SHOAH (thank goodness).
4) NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN (2007) Dare I say it, this is the best Coen brothers film!
5) DRIVING MISS DIASY (1989) In a year when THE DEAD POETS SOCIETY, FIELD OF DREAMS and MY LEFT FOOT were all in contention – who picked this one? No competition. It is the worst best picture … ever!