1. "The Cassavetes Letters, #1": By Zach Campbell at Elusive Lucidity. With Matthew Clayfield's response at Esoteric Rabbit.
["We're going to talk about the films of John Cassavetes, but before I really initiate this discussion, I want to touch upon a point in which we're in total agreement, I'm sure—namely, that the prescribed methods & pathways of discussing Cassavetes have not been entirely acceptable."]
2. "Flexible Matter": An art exhibition of interest to New York-area residents.
["I wish I could make this, but classes on Friday are keeping me from making it into the city until the following evening. I couldn't tell you anything more about this show than what is already featured in the ad, but personally knowing one of its contributors automatically earns it my highest recommendation."]
3. "New DVDs: The Cuban Masterworks Collection": Dave Kehr's latest DVD column from The New York Times.
["There was a time in the 1970s and early '80s when hardly a week went by without the screening of a Cuban feature, generally as a fund-raiser or rally point for leftist political groups. The Cuban classics, which almost invariably meant Humberto Solás's "Lucía" (1968) and Tomás Gutiérrez Alea's "Memories of Underdevelopment" (1968), seemed to strike the right balance between political polemic and telenovela. Strident but playful, deadly serious but punctuated by physical gags and mildly satiric attacks on the Communist bureaucracy, these were the films that radical students of the 1970s saw as models of hope and inspiration. Like much political propaganda, though, they have aged poorly and have effectively dropped out of sight in the last several years."]
4. "Terror Detainees Lose in Court": From Time Magazine.
["A federal appeals court in Washington Tuesday upheld a key provision of a controversial anti-terrorism law signed by President Bush last year that removed the rights of Guantanamo prisoners to challenge their detention before U.S. courts. Known as the Military Commissions Act, the law permits the U.S. to indefinitely detain foreigners designated as "enemy combatants" and also allows the use aggressive but unspecified interrogation techniques."]
5. "Suddenly, it's 1980!": Bright Lights After Dark takes us back almost, gulp, thirty years.
["One night in Bangkok and the world's your oyster."]
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