Jimmy: Binge-watch BU Alum Bingo

In college, “Spring Break” connotes one of two possible avenues: crazy whirlwind dream vacations with new friends OR slumming back to the family couch to binge-watch with a vengeance. And for the most of us, the latter hits closer to home

But what you may not have realized is that a good deal of the stars on screen have at one point or another taken the same trek down Commonwealth Avenue we take every day! Take a look at this list of famous actors and actresses who have either enrolled or graduated from Boston University!

Jason Alexander (Seinfeld) attended SFA 3 years, Hon. 1995

Andy Cohen (Project Runway, Millionaire Matchmaker)

Geena Davis (Grey’s Anatomy, Beetlejuice) SFA 1979

Ginnifer Goodwin (Once Upon a Time)

Julianne Moore (Still Alice, The Big Lebowski)

Leonard Nimoy (Star Trek) no degree, school of education

John Cazale (The Godfather)

Rosie O’Donnell (The Rosie O’Donnell Show) dropped out

Howard Stern (The Howard Stern Show, America’s Got Talent) CGS non-degree program 1974, COM BS 1976

BONUS: Jonathan Goldsmith (The Dos Equis “Most Interesting Man in the World”)

Jimmy: Fellow Film and TV Majors, Listen Up: Indie Cinema in the Greater Boston Area

First and foremost, welcome back to another semester at Boston University! It’s great to meet up with old friends, readjust to the frigid cold, and return to the old, familiar BU landmarks we all have come to know and love. However, I wanted to take this blog post to discuss my favorite place OUTSIDE of the campus and in the city of Boston itself (well, technically Cambridge)

Showing films since 1953, The Brattle Theatre in Harvard Square is a non-profit, independent organization that dedicates itself to showing quality content. As their website states:

“The Brattle shows the best in classic, cutting-edge, foreign, and art-house films. We also show first-run films and new releases of classic films, but our specialty is a repertory programming format consisting of films from a particular director, genre, or subject shown over the course of a week, or on the same weekday throughout the month.”

As a repertory theater, The Brattle will have weeks where they showcase a collection of films that fit a certain genre or theme. For example, in late November, they showcased an “Authors of Noir” series where for a whole week you could go see black-and-white classics such as Double Indemnity and The Maltese Falcon. In December, they had a week dedicated solely to New German Cinema Director, Wim Wenders and his body of work.

My first experience with the Brattle was in late September when they were premiering a new movie by my favorite filmmaker, Charlie Kaufman (writer of Being John Malkovich, Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind, among others) as part of a film festival. Not only was watching a phenomenal movie in a beautiful, historic theater an amazing experience, afterwards, they invited everyone present at the screening to a local restaurant for free refreshments and conversation about the film. I even got a chance to talk with the manager of the organization and hear his perspective on the movie which was really cool.

But Jimmy, I neither speak German nor am interested in artsy-fartsy independent film! What’s in it for me?

Good question! While a good deal of their programming is dedicated to showcasing niche/foreign films, they often showcase new premieres and old classics for fun. For example, check out some of the listings from their most recent calendar.

-A recap of this year’s’ Oscar contenders such as The Revenant and Mad Max: Fury Road

-A special screening of Labyrinth in honor of David Bowie’s passing

-A Valentine’s Day screening of The Princess Bride

-A double feature of Magic Mike and Magic Mike XXL

Whether you want to venture out of your comfort zone and see something new or revel in a personal favorite, The Brattle Theater celebrates the joy of watching movies of all types: something every COM major can relate to.