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

Boycott L.A. Weekly

Posted On December 6, 2017By Freddy J. NagerIn Media

Devoured: How The Dark Side Silenced The L.A. Weekly

by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango LLC + Guy Who Misses Alternative Newspapers… I used to read the L.A. Weekly (the alternative newspaper of Los Angeles) back when it was nearly the size of deep dish pizza — and almost as delicious, filled with no-holds-barred political articles and small theatre reviews and creative writers who wouldn’t get a shot in any other L.A. publication. Plus, it was free. The Weekly came out every Thursday, and my friends and I made it a point to rush out and grabRead More
David Fincher Technique

Posted On October 24, 2017By Freddy J. NagerIn Media

Eye Catching: One Secret To David Fincher’s Film Technique

by Freddy J. Nager, Founder Of Atomic Tango LLC; this article contains affiliate links, and buying through them may benefit the Atomic Tango martini fund… The first DVD I ever bought was Fight Club, and not just because it was based on the inventive and incendiary novel by Chuck Palahniuk. (One of my favorite books.) Throw in Fincher’s directorial prowess and the compelling lead performances, and Fight Club warranted watching again and again and again. (Plus, the film blows up Century City, where I used to live for two unpleasantRead More
CALEXIT Comic logo

Posted On July 15, 2017By Freddy J. NagerIn Media

Resist! One Page At A Time: The CALEXIT Comic Book

by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango LLC + American Happy To Be Living In Cali… Sometimes creative expression hits too close to home — and a nerve. That’s definitely the case with CALEXIT, a just-released comic book series depicting a hypothetical California secession from these not-so-United States. The secession is precipitated, of course, by the election of a certain orange fascist… Written by Matteo Pizzolo and illustrated by Amancay Nahuelpan, the comic book comes from indie publisher Black Mask Studios, which is “bringing the punk rock ethic to comics.”Read More
Podcasting
by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango, Long-Time Listener, First-Time Podcaster… I decided to take the audio plunge and launch my own podcast…Read More
Literary Fog

Posted On March 9, 2017By Freddy J. NagerIn Media

Gag Reflection: Remembering Why I Didn’t Major In Lit

by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + College Grad Still Trying to Figure Out What He Should Have Majored In… As much as I love reading and writing, I was just reminded how much I fear and loathe the study of it. Back in high school, I enjoyed discussing the symbolism in “The Heart of Darkness” and “Grapes of Wrath,” and hearing all the different ways we teenagers used the word “irony” without really understanding what it meant. Then I entered college and slammed into the GREAT FOGRead More
I can't bear to look...

Posted On February 25, 2017By Freddy J. NagerIn Media

I Can’t Bear To Look: Why Johnny Can’t Write

by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango, Professional Writer, and Teacher… This is the first sentence in a recent academic journal article on “improving writing”:Read More
2017 Marketing and Media Predictions

Posted On December 22, 2016By Freddy J. NagerIn Media

Look Out Ahead! 2017 Predictions for Marketing, Media, and Mischief

by Freddy J. Nager, Found of Atomic Tango + Amateur Prognosticator… Based on my observations of trends in demographics, business, technology, and politics, I’ve concocted and contrived these predictions for the new year and beyond. Maybe way way WAY beyond. But if 2017 is anywhere near as capricious as 2016, these could all happen. Or the zombie apocalypse will finally arrive. In any case, here are my forecasts in no particular disorder… SIRI-OUSLY NOW: Touch screens are so two years ago. Instead, animated chatbots will take over brick-and-mortar retail toRead More
Beware of "Baited Breath"

Posted On November 3, 2016By Freddy J. NagerIn Media

Writing Wrongs: The Classic Bait And Bate Switch

by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Copy Editor Who Can’t Resist… It’s a common mistake: writing “baited breath” instead of “bated breath.” I just didn’t expect it in the official publication of the American Marketing Association (October 2016 issue). But there it glared at me from an article about another mistake, Apple’s born-to-be-lost cordless AirPods. Of course, we all know that “bated” means anxious or excited, while “baited” refers to a loaded trap. Whenever I see “baited breath,” I visualize someone with a worm on a hookRead More
Pokemon Go

Posted On July 13, 2016By Freddy J. NagerIn Media

What’s Making Pokemon Go: A Quick Marketing Analysis

by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Realistic Idealist… Much has already been said about Nintendo’s Pokemon Go, the augmented reality (AR) game that’s turned millions of Americans into manic scavenger hunters. Perhaps too much. The phenomenon has already triggered a backlash after just a few days from people tired of hearing about it. If there were a web-browser app that blocked all stories mentioning “Pokemon,” it would likely be as popular as the game itself. But all this hype only underscores the game’s level of success —Read More
TV Musicals

Posted On April 19, 2016By Freddy J. NagerIn Media

Deja View: You Know A TV Show Has Run Out Of Ideas When…

by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Hardcore Bingeing Junkie… You can sense it: you’re binge watching some show, and along comes a story line that makes you say, “I’ve seen this before…” Because you have… in a half-dozen other series… in the past year. They’re plot twists relied on by TV writers since televisions actually had dials. They usually appear in seasons 2 or 3, but in shows without strong concepts (i.e., family sitcoms), they can appear midway through season 1. Let’s rattle off a few ofRead More