This Charming Man: The Legacy of Morrissey & The Smiths

Unless you’re lacking in some serious musical education, you know who Morrissey and The Smiths are. But just in case, I’ll humor those of you who just furrowed your brow thinking “Who?!” The Smiths were a terrific Manchester rock band in the early to late 1980s. They released four studio albums from 1984 to 1987: “The Smiths,” “Meat is Murder,” “The Queen Is Dead,” and “Strangeways, Here We Come.” After their breakup in 1987, lead singer and lyricist, known simply as Morrissey, went solo to release nine studio albums,  most recently, 2009’s “Years of Refusal.”

Why are we so still so obsessed with the man? The sometimes profoundly depressing lyrics? The sometimes gut-wrenching hilarious lyrics? The jangly guitar riffs? The enigma that is Morrissey? In 2002, British music magazine NME named The Smiths the most influential artists of the past 50 years. But why exactly does Morrissey still enrapture us?

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Entire Feed of 2010 Redstone Film Festival Live Blog 02/26/2010

The Redstone Film Festival, BU’s annual student showcase of undergraduate and graduate films will take place tonight at the Tsai Performance Center. After several rounds of judging, seven films made it to Wednesday’s presentation, three of which will be awarded cash prizes and the prestige of winning.

“These students have poured so much of themselves into this,” said Scott Thompson, a BU Assistant Professor in Screenwriting and also the Redstone Film Festival Coordinator. “To be a part of helping them get exposure to their work is exciting.”

Thompson said this year the Festival chose the winners from a pool of approximately 35 entries, about half of which were chosen to be screened by this year’s panel of judges, who are industry professionals. This year’s judges were Peter Keough, Film Editor for The Boston Phoenix, Laura Bernieri, Producer/Director at Tin Can Films, and Kurt Fendt, the Research Director for Comparative Media Studies at MIT. Although they chose the winners back in January, they will be announced at the end of tonight’s presentation.

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