Northeastern students interested in a career in film will be excited to know that someone with a vast, diverse career in the field spends much of his time lecturing at Northeastern. Brad Hatfield is an Emmy Award-winning musician who lives in Westwood and has taught part-time at Northeastern since 2008.
Like many other professional musicians, Hatfield has made a career out of having his pieces selected for use in film soundtracks. Hatfield’s filmography spans dozens of films over the past 20 years. “Dear John,” starring Amanda Seyfried and Channing Tatum, is just the latest to feature his work, a piece titled “Ballroom Ballad.”
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We don’t have to tell you Twitter is a pretty big deal. There’s no avoiding it, even if you don’t have an account. True, some find it annoying, but for some it’s a boredom killer, and for others it’s an obsession. If you’re one of the former, maybe this will persaude you otherwise; and if you fall into the latter two categories, here are some people you should be following. Honorable mentions go to @shitmydadsays, @commonsquirrel, @ConanOBrien and @donttrythis. Of course, the shameless plug goes to @HuntNewsNU.
Event of the Week – Unearthing films at Boston fest: It sure isn’t Hollywood, but there are plenty of cinematic happenings afoot in Boston if you know where to look. This week, the place to look is “underground” – at the Boston Underground Film Festival (BUFF), that is. According to the website, BUFF is “a celebration of the bizarre and insane,” made up of “uncompromising, unflinching film and video” and – in general – “hazardous to your health.” Included among the area premieres is “American Grindhouse” (pictured).
Remember, back in the day, when a kiss was a big deal? When it wasn’t just an act of pity or sloppy drunkenness, but a mutual acknowledgment of feelings for each other? Somehow, everything in the dating arena got so complicated in the transition from child to adult.
The Gorillaz kicked off their new album, Plastic Beach, with a trailer featuring a risky car chase, a gun-wielding Bruce Willis, and their new single “Stylo.” Plastic Beach, the Gorillaz’s third album, was released on March 8 and is already number one on iTunes’ Top Albums chart.
There is something about folksy, pining Scotsmen with masculinity issues and a penchant for sexual analysis that just does it for all y’all indie kids. How could you hate those pensive guitars? That endearing sense of self-deprecation? Reflexivity that would put Dashboard to shame? It’s a package that would make any romantic masochist swoon.
Event of the Week: “A Small Act” with a big result: Would a heartwarming tale of success and charity help perk things up during the mid–semester stretch? Here’s one for the ages: A Swedish woman named Hilde Back contributes a small amount of money to provide for the schooling of a young Kenyan student, Chris Mburu. She doesn’t think much of it at the time, but he goes on to attend Harvard and become a United Nations human rights lawyer, establishing a charity in her name to educate more third–world students. “A Small Act,” a documentary about the unlikely true story, will screen at the Coolidge Corner Theatre, and Mburu will be present to speak about his life. 290 Harvard St., Brookline.; 7 p.m.; $15, $12 for students; 617–734–2500.
There are moments in life we are programmed to look forward to. It is from these moments that we judge all others, upon them which we base the paths of our lives, and because of which the person we really are remains thrust in shadows, a pale and shivering facsimile of the beautiful being of wholeness which is to come emerge after them. For college students, that moment is – for many – the day we can legally purchase alcohol.
There’s a familiar tint of anticipation and dread surrounding the beginning of Roman Polanski’s new thriller, “The Ghost Writer.” It’s rather like opening an old favorite book or some other familiar act. It’s all there: darkness, a subtle but increasingly disconcerting score building the tension, rain, an empty SUV in a ferry loading dock. A body washed up on a Martha’s Vineyard beach.