I catch The Rotten Tomatoes Show pretty much every week, especially now that co-host Ellen Fox and I are officially engaged (but don't tell her; it's a surprise), and I'm always on the lookout for the best clips to share with you guys. Recently The RT Show had actress / cyber-smut starlet / attractive female Sasha Grey pop up to share her top five films, what with her 'legit' debut just hitting the scene recently. (It's Steven Soderbergh's The Girlfriend Experience, and I'm still looking forward to checking it out.)

So I'm guessing the producers of The RT Show were expecting a fairly standard list of favorite flicks from Ms. Grey. Maybe something like Pretty Woman or The Sixth Sense or (aha) Boogie Nights ... but Sasha is clearly a very discerning gal, and it sure seems like her tastes run towards the indie, the foreign, and the artsy. I won't ruin the surprises, but embedded below is a porn star who not only adores Cassavetes, Breillat, and Herzog, but she speaks about them well enough to prove she's not faking it! (I hate porn stars who fake it.) And then, just to add a little tweak to the list, her #1 pick is so cool, it made me want to ... give Sasha Grey a nice big kiss. On the cheek. Her face's cheek. Honest.



I of course mean no offense by the terms "porn star," "cyber-smut starlet," and "marionette of carnality," and am frankly impressed with how smart and cool Ms. Grey has come off in interviews. Plus, speaking as a film critic, there's little denying that the gal has true screen presence, whether she's clothed, naked, talking, or ... yelling.