Midnight Movie: Boudica - Warrior Queen

Good evening, BALKers! Tonight's Midnight Movie and cinematic tale of obsession is one of vengeance. It is the British ITV and Masterpiece Theatre television production of Warrior Queen, which stars Doctor Who's and ER's Alex Kingston as well as Emily Blunt. The biopic (probably quite ahistorically) details the story… » 9/30/14 12:00am Today 12:00am

My Musical Obsession: Music For 18 Musicians


If you have never listened to Music For 18 Musicians by Steve Reich, I will tell you right now: you probably won't like it. Not exactly in the you-won't-get-it type of not liking it, but because it is actually painful to listen to. The piece begins with the marimbas pounding out a single tone in quarter notes, quickly… » 9/29/14 10:39pm Yesterday 10:39pm

I have A Suggestion, or perhaps, An Inquiry

What if, like, the people who actually do the most work were the ones who take home the big paycheck? Would monkey-suit-wearing fancypantses encourage their kids to be garbagemen, and secretaries, and thankless servers in the lunch crowd after church on Sunday? Would we idolize our gardeners while pointing and… » 9/29/14 2:06pm Yesterday 2:06pm

Sunday Movie: In the Realm of the Senses (NSFW)

Good Sunday evening, dear BALKers! Due to Thursday's Kinja issues, we have a special Sunday Smutday edition Midnight Movie tonight. (Ooh la la.) Our film, Nagisa Oshima's NC-17 rated 1976 Japanese film In the Realm of the Senses, a tale of lovers in 1936 Japan, will help us wrap up our week of sin, quite decadently,… » 9/29/14 1:09am Yesterday 1:09am

What's that song on your toast?

Er, your jam. I'm one of those obsessive listeners. I pick one song/album and put it on repeat for awhile. This Is My Jam is a site created for people like me to share our current obsessions - your jam lasts up to a week, or until you change it. They did an end of the year mashup of each user's jams the last two years… » 9/29/14 12:46am Yesterday 12:46am