In this podcast, Francisco reflects on the shifts in film criticism that have almost entirely eliminated the role of the critic as the one who analyzes the aesthetic and intellectual value of a film. The role of the critic has changed into one that primarily discusses the financial viability of a film over a film’s aesthetic and social value in society. This shift conflates the art of film with the craft of making the film and leaves the deeper and more important questions of a film’s aesthetic and intellectual value entirely untouched.No Comments on What Has Happened to Film Criticism?
What Has Happened to Film Criticism? May 17, 2021
The Emptiness of Success May 5, 2021
Francisco reflects on how the constant push towards success perhaps does not satisfy us because success only reaches often fleeting, superficial societal goals while ignoring the more important elements of wisdom and creativity that define true success and personal achievement.No Comments on The Emptiness of Success
Made You Look April 19, 2021
Francisco ruminates on the film “Made You Look,” a documentary about fakes, fraud, and art crime, which came out on Netflix in 2020. Exploring the intersection of value and meaning, he questions what makes an artwork original and valuable when it is so easily reproducible.No Comments on Made You Look
Analyzing the Nuances of Culture March 29, 2021
In this insightful podcast, Francisco analyzes the development of culture in the social media age, reflecting on the concept of subtlety in an age when immediate gratification and paid promotions grab attention away from the more nuanced works that may be overlooked entirely.No Comments on Analyzing the Nuances of Culture
Ersonius March 24, 2021
Enjoy this original house track, “Ersonius” on Soundcloud.
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What is the Psychological Allure of Film? May 5, 2020
Francisco reflects on the allure of performances of great actors such as Robert DeNiro as Travis Bickle in the film Taxi Driver or Humphrey Bogart as Dixon Steele In a Lonely Place. While most of us cannot relate to the experience of vigilante violence or the challenges of an antisocial personality disorder, we are drawn to the entertainment value of these films where we may also gain an insight into dark and violent psychological experiences from the safety of a movie theater or in our own living rooms.No Comments on What is the Psychological Allure of Film?
EDM_2020Apr30 May 1, 2020
Today, amid various editing sessions, Francisco sat and made an electronic dance music mix – stay safe out there and enjoy the music.No Comments on EDM_2020Apr30
Will, Creativity, and Knowledge April 24, 2020
Francisco ruminates on the meaning of knowledge as a catalyst for change and how the connection between knowledge and lived experience must be realized in an active life. Spanning disciplines from health to philosophy to electronic dance music, Francisco reflects on the ways theoretical knowledge can change our lives if we let what we know shape the way we live.No Comments on Will, Creativity, and Knowledge
The Legacy of Cryptocurrency June 2, 2021
In this podcast, Francisco explains why some people are investing in cryptocurrency because it is worth the risk. By comparing cryptocurrency to more traditional investment methods like bank savings accounts and real estate, Francisco provides an in-depth comparison between the advantages and disadvantages of traditional investing versus investing in cryptocurrency. He concludes with insights into how cryptocurrency might be worth the investment risk.