Fifty Shades of Grey wasn’t a great film, but I do vividly remember watching its very first trailer, which stunned me with its remix of Beyonce’s “Crazy In Love.” That song had been transformed from a grating club song into something that was far darker and more sinister that perfectly fit the tone of the film. It was incredible.

I decided to try tackling a version of that song using a single looping cello (as I have done previously with other movie soundtracks). But in order to spice things up, I worked with a local pole instructor, Danaë Montreuil, who performed an interpretive pole dance set to my music. We got together and filmed a short music video Divine Movement, a pole dancing studio in Seattle.

See the mildly NSFW video after the jump.
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A (Partial) Defense of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

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Let’s get this out of the way: Fifty Shades of Grey* has some massively problematic aspects. Its pathologization of dominant sexual behavior is deeply hypocritical, considering that the movie delights in that exact same behavior. And it’s especially distasteful to portray Christian Grey’s taste for BDSM sex as unhealthy while glossing over his borderline abusive behavior outside of the bedroom, like his habit of showing up at Anastasia’s house uninvited or selling off her possessions without asking.

But to consequently dismiss Fifty Shades of Grey as “bad for women” (or men for that matter) does it and its fans a disservice. For all Fifty Shades of Grey gets wrong about adult relationships and BDSM, it still offers something rare and valuable: a portrait of female sexuality that’s entirely by, for, and about women.

(* To clarify, were talking exclusively about Fifty Shades of Grey the movie here. Fifty Shades of Grey the book is a whole different beast, and as I haven’t read it I can’t discuss it.) Read More »

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At about the half-hour mark in Fifty Shades of Grey, I came to a sobering realization: Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) could get away with murder. This dude basically exhibits straight-up stalker behavior, and yet the object of his affection, Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson, in a nuanced and impressive performance), not only doesn’t mind — she occasionally seems into it. And that’s before the BDSM even begins!

Of course, a lot of that is probably due to Grey’s stunning good looks, his immense wealth, his confident personality, his incredibly well-built torso, his eyes that are so deep in color that you could lose yourself in them for days…

I’m sorry, where was I? Oh right. Hit the jump to see 10 things that Christian Grey does in Fifty Shades of Grey that would be creepy if I did them. This is not an exhaustive list.
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‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Sequels Are Coming

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Fifty Shades of Grey soundss like a disaster in some respects, but it’s already looking like a success in a commercial sense. It’s already one of the fastest-selling R-rated advance tickets in history, and is on track to become one of the biggest Valentine’s Day openings in history. It’s even helped boost January movie ticket sales by 37% over last year.

And you know what that means: Sequels are coming. They’ll be based on the two other books from the Fifty Shades trilogy, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed. Just be glad we haven’t heard of plans to split the finale into two films. More on the Fifty Shades of Grey sequels after the jump.  Read More »


While movie theater attendance was down in 2014 (over 50% cite high prices as the reason), MovieTickets.com is reporting that movie ticket sales for January 2015 is up 37% over January 2014. Whats the reason for the uptick in movie ticket purchases? Find out after the jump.
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Just How Much Sex Is in ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’?

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From the beginning, Fifty Shades of Grey provided Hollywood with a tricky conundrum: It’s a story that’s all about sex, being adapted by an industry that’s notoriously skittish about sex. Focus Features and director Sam Taylor-Johnson eventually split the difference by going with an R rating rather than the once-promised NC-17. But there’s still a lot of room for interpretation in that R rating. So just how much screwing is that, really?

The talk about Fifty Shades of Grey‘s sex scenes has been all over the map as Taylor-Johnson, author E.L. James, and their stars promote the movie. But now an unconfirmed report indicates that sex will comprise about 20 minutes of the film, or one-fifth of its 100-minute running time. More on the Fifty Shades of Grey sex scenes after the jump. Read More »

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Watch All of the 2015 Super Bowl Movie Trailers

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When we weren’t crying over the Nationwide ad, singing along to Katy Perry’s halftime show, or screaming / cackling at Pete Carroll’s ill-fated fourth-quarter call, we were oohing and ahhing over the many many Super Bowl movie trailers unveiled last night.

Everything from Ted 2 to Tomorrowland was represented, with more robots, dinosaurs, flying cars, and college a cappella singers than you could shake a stick at. Watch all of the 2015 Super Bowl movie trailers after the jump. Read More »

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The kind of games Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele like to play aren’t really the kind of games you can see on national television. But they can be advertised during a game that is. Focus Features has just released the Fifty Shades of Grey Super Bowl spot, and you can check it out after the jump. Read More »

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The MPAA stamped Fifty Shades of Grey with the expected R rating earlier this month, citing, among other things, “unusual behavior.” But that’s proving more of a turn-on than a turn-off for moviegoers.

Fandango reports Fifty Shades of Grey has just become the fastest-selling R-rated advance ticket in the company’s 15-year history. What are the other R-rated hits it beat to get there? Find out after the jump. Read More »