Linda Williams's highly influential study of hard core pornography. She finds much porn to be sexist and formulaic, but proposes not censorship, but female-friendly porn.
At a time when the UK still banned films containing images of adults having sex, the publication of Hard Core showed how impoverished and prudish the British mindset was (and is), and of course, the middlebrow middle class still rail against the idea that any text can be studied at a high academic level.
Obviously, Al Green's Greatest Hits is one of the best albums ever. The one star is becuase the UK edition not only loses 5 songs compared with the American version, but (weirdly) it is also badly mastered.
Where the American version sounds warm and gently soulful, this UK edition pushes the drums up far too loud, so they dominate, while the rest of the sound is brittle and tinny.
Fat Girl (aka A Ma Soeur!) is French director Catherine Breilliat's caustic version of a teen film. It's about two young teenage sisters - Elena, who is pretty and sexy, and Anais, who is fat and ignored. On holiday, Elena is seduced by a handsome young Italian scoundrel. It's a modern classic.
The key scene in Fat Girl take place after dark in the girl's bedroom. The Italian suitor gets in, and has sex with Elena, while Anais is forced to listen in the next bed. This scene plays out in real time, and mercilessly reveals the craven behaviour of supposedly 'nice' young men who are desperate to have sex. This is the flip side of American Pie and its ilk, and is uncomfortable… Read more