Media Category



We like to watch… and listen… and read.. and play… and sometimes all the above at the same time. Here’s where we share critical takes on movies, music, and other media by those who not only enjoy it but also create it.

college basketball experience
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Usually A College Sports Fan; photo by Neon Tommy via Creative Commons… The other night I thought I went to a college basketball game at USC, but I had apparently wandered into a circus…Read More
Parasite Movie Poster
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Former Hollywood Denizen… Why is everyone surprised that Parasite won the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) award for “best performance by a cast in a motion picture”?Read More
Kyle Le Family Reunion Video
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Kyle’s Proud Professor… This is the true story of one of my students — a story filled with accomplishments and emotions and valuable insights. I just had to write it up and share…Read More
millennial nuns
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + And Nonbeliever in “Millennials”; photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash… Here’s another example of how contrived age-based segments (millennials, Gen Y, Gen Z, etc.) make “experts” look absurd…Read More
Gene Fowler Quote
Q: Dear Freddy: Can you recommend any books that would help me with writing techniques for marketing? Or does your writing come mostly through a lot of practice? — KC at USCRead More
fog
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + College Grad Still Deciding What He Should Have Majored In; image credit – modification of photo by Jakub Kriz on Unsplash… As much as I love reading and writing, I was just reminded how much I fear and loathe the study of it. Decades ago in high school, I enjoyed discussing The Heart of Darkness and Grapes of Wrath, and hearing the myriad ways we teenagers misused the word “irony.” Then I entered college and slammed into the GREAT FOG BANKRead More
Caitlyn Jenner Humble Brag
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Guy Honored to be Humble… Every day I challenge my computer to chess. “Bring it on!” I say. And every day I vow, “Today’s the day I turn the tables on that non-sentient tormentor!” But every single day my computer beats me soundly. That humbles me. Sometimes I look in the mirror immediately after a workout and think, “Not bad, old man.” Then I look in the mirror immediately after I wake up in the morning and think, “Age is aRead More
"The Post" Movie Poster
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Journalism Junkie… How could I resist an invitation to see The Post?Read More
Dan Roam, "The Back Of The Napkin"
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango; an earlier version of this story appeared on Jawbone.TV… For author Dan Roam, it began with a living nightmare.Read More
Boycott L.A. Weekly
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Guy Who Misses Alternative Newspapers… I used to read the L.A. Weekly (the alternative newspaper of Los Angeles) when it was the size of deep dish pizza — and almost as delicious, filled with no-holds-barred political screeds and small-theatre reviews and creative writers who wouldn’t get a shot in any other L.A. publication. Big plus: it was free. The Weekly came out every Thursday, and my friends and I would rush out and grab a copy before they were all snappedRead More