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Martin Scorsese and the Two Ingredients of Cinema November 14, 2019

Legendary film director Martin Scorsese’s recent N.Y. Times Op-Ed essay explains why he said that Marvel Movies aren’t cinema. Francisco clarifies the definition by illustrating two criteria that only cinema possesses.

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“Joker” — Film as Behavioral Psychoanalysis October 23, 2019

Of all the qualities that audiences enjoy from film, character transformation is rarely considered, even though it is what marks all great films. Francisco discusses how the destruction of vulnerability is the chief feature of a great film character’s arc.

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Left and Right Brain Success Criteria October 11, 2019

Francisco provides a rare follow-up to his last podcast about success and fulfillment. In this podcast, he examines the cross-disciplinary definition of success beyond mere financial attainment. The socio-historical content of success in the end is not as important as the potential to reach the public and connect with them in a way that resonates and provides value. Whether it is Kim Kardashian, Walter Benjamin, or Galileo, the resonance of the work has served as a kind of Cassandra, even if the tragedy of success is that it might be for posterity and not for the present day.

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Success and/or Fulfillment September 29, 2019

Francisco compares two very different persons on how they visualized success and the contrasting degree to which accomplished it.

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From Quincy Jones to Glenn Gould September 15, 2019

One burden of being a genius is apparently turbocharging the brain. Francisco recalls his connection to Rosalind Krauss, genius of art history, Quincy Jones, genius of musical production, and Glenn Gould, genius of piano performance, and how all three touched him, while they suffered from brain aneurysms or strokes.

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Werner Herzog and Klaus Kinski: The Agony of Stubborn, Incompatible Genius September 10, 2019

A personal analysis of how a cultish German filmmaker learned his craft directing the most difficult actor in German history. No Comments on Werner Herzog and Klaus Kinski: The Agony of Stubborn, Incompatible Genius
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“Filmworker” – as Film, as Factotum, and as Burden August 31, 2019

Stanley Kubrick built a legacy of impeccably produced films, most of which were realized because of his assistant, Leon Vitali, whose story of servitude and devotion is captured in the documentary, “Filmworker,” explored here by Francisco, who finds that the more he likes Vitali, the less he cares for Kubrick.

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Cold CaseHammarskjöld: a Surreal Documentary of a Surreal Conspiracy August 21, 2019

Francisco takes in a new film about an old assassination conspiracy that leads down an endless rabbit hold to a host of other international conspiracies.

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The Enlightened Desolation of Women Photographers – A Brief Note August 12, 2019

Photography is always judged along formalist lines – depth, color, luminance – but the true landscape of women photographers has from the historical beginning been primarily emotional, implicit, and often very private. Francisco argues that a new kind of critique is needed here.

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How Art Eclipses the Methods of “Knowledge” August 6, 2019

Beginning with the clumsy term “Renaissance”, Francisco provides a tour of how the search for certainty in the methodologies of science-like fields produces narrowness, unlike the journey of creative production.

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