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'50 Shades of Grey' maintains integrity of novel and that is a very very bad thing

Anastasia or Ana (Dakota Johnson) has already met the man of her dreams, Christian Gray (Jamie Dornan), when she awakes in his bed after he “rescued” her from being drunk at a club. Ignoring the red flags of his already insatiable desire to control her actions, her thoughts and her life, on her bedside table instructive notes are arranged as a faint evocation of the vials Alice comes face with in Wonderland. Even on a level of subconscious, we understand the written commands on paper as an invitation into the world of perversion and secrets, and it is a journey that Ana willingly undertakes - or so it seems. This initial moment of accepting fantasy, of diving into the abyss of sexual discovery are very quickly discarded.

That time I Lost My Oscar Pool

The Oscars are the Superbowl of events at our workplace. My colleagues and I have seen every single movie, have quoted Whiplash one to many times and have gotten into critical debates about American Sniper. So the time came around to predict the nominees on paper in every single category and here I am hoping my predictions for costume or for set design would not hurt my overall score. The morning came of the live televised nominations - and you know that they are live because no one has had their coffee yet and Dick Pope's name get's mispronounced. Our bookie for the event has been sick and we just got back our results  of the first round of nominations last week.

Fleece - Scavenger

Self released, 2015

Full disclosure: Matthew Rogers, vocalist and keyboardist for Fleece, is a current DJ at CJLO. The album was recorded at CJLO's "The Oven" studio by our Production Director Patrick McDowell. So, as Omar our head music director so rightly put it "this is a family affair".

Drake Releases Short Film, 'Jungle'

"...filled to the brim with a whole bunch of really Drake-y ideologies."

'Kingsman: The Secret Service' is deceptively charming

I was not looking forward to Kingsman: The Secret Service. When I first heard that it was adapted from a comic book miniseries by Mark Millar (Kick-Ass, Nemesis,Wanted,  Marvel's Civil War) my stomach churned. I've definitely enjoyed director Matthew Vaughn's (2004's Layer Cake, 2011's X-Men: First Class) work in the past. Still, my experience with Millar's portfolio has been plagued by interesting concepts that often get buried under too much juvenile blood n' guts excess to stick the landing and deliver on their initial promise.

What's Happening?

We Just Wanna Have Some Fun, Down At The Rock And Roll Club

Viet Cong - Viet Cong

Viet Cong is the self-titled debut by this foursome from Calgary. This album is the follow up to last year's Cassette EP, and it's chalked full of sonic whines, hums and murmurs all set in a kind of impending doom-like atmosphere. The album often seems to musically wrestle between pessimism and optimism; a sense of doom often interrupted by bursts of hope.

The New Pornographers @ Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre

Presented by Evenko

I fell in the love with The New Pornographers when I was twelve years old. I was an awkward pre-adolescent with truly, utterly terrible taste in music. But then I discovered the Vancouver-based indie rockers and their 2003 sophomore album, Electric Version, and I knew I found something special.