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.

Fear The Walking Dead
by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Recovering Hate Watcher… I recently fell in love with a new term. And, thankfully, it’s not “sharing economy.” “Hate watching” has been around for a few years (yeah, I’m slow on the uptake). In case you’re not familiar with the term, that infinite fount of wisdom knowledge hearsay, Wikipedia, defines it as “watching a television show while simultaneously hating its content or subject.” I may have to update that definition, because it should include movie sequels and, more significantly, two keyRead More
lushalicious
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Amateur Neologist; word and illustration by Claire Barry… As a writer, I love learning new words and phrases. I recently came across “vegetarian inclined,” which describes omnivores who are eating less meat for health reasons. (Count me among them — and wow, do I miss bacon.) Then, the other night, I had a dream where an attractive woman tells me she likes men with “gypsy necks”: perfectly smooth flawless necks that look like “wisps of smoke that have been cut off.”Read More
Fix It In Post - Fixing
Editor’s Note: We sought out our multi-talented friend XDL to give us his take on life as a creative professional — specifically, as a film editor working in Hollywood. Here’s the first with more to come.Read More
Firefly
by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Still Hurtin’ Firefly Flan… When “Battlestar Galactica” concluded, some fans lamented that the series had to end, but others were thrilled that it departed on a good note. Compare that to the fans of “Lost,” who screamed “WTF?!” after its later episodes.Read More
I love the adrenaline-fueled rush of a good scare… provided it comes via screen. Unfortunately, most American horror movies and TV shows indulge more in torture and gore than actual chills and thrills. Or they resort to “Boo!” tactics — loud noises and things jumping out of the dark — which make me jump but not break into goosebumps. They’re just not fundamentally scary. That’s why I found myself mostly immune to the series “American Horror” (torture porn meets the CW) and even last year’s acclaimed ghost flick, “The Conjuring.”Read More
Who Dat? Nation
by Emir Phillips, MBA/JD/Etc., Author of Lucitan: A Christian Punk Novel + Diehard Saints Fan… Editor’s Intro: Why is there a diatribe about New Orleans Saints football, crime, and punishment on this site? First, it’s a knee-deep, Mississippi-mud-thick, Tabasco-and-vitriol-infused jambalaya about football, and we love some spicy good writing about the world’s greatest sport. Then, for us marketers, this fan’s rant is a classic example of how one of the most powerful brands in the world, the NFL, is far from being “customer centric.” is the trendy new strategy favored by almost noRead More
John Carter
by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Lifelong Fan of the Warlord of Mars… Forget the 10-foot-tall 6-limbed marauding Martians – the biggest challenge facing John Carter is his name. Or more exactly, the fact that Disney used his name as the title to his movie. Creating the second-worst sci-fi movie title of all time, Disney named this $250-million epic about red planet warfare “John Carter.” Yes, really, “John Carter.” Think about it. I mean, how can you not feel your blood racing at the sound of it?Read More
Frisbee on the beach
by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango LLC + Old-Fashioned Newspaper Lover; photo by AlejandroLinaresGarcia via Wikimedia Commons… The other day I’m killing time on Twitter – which I call “Fritter” because of how well it serves that purpose – when a trending topic caught me eye. I usually ignore Twitter trends, which consist primarily of vapid paeans to Justin Bieber, false celebrity death announcements, and such pressing topics as #YouNeedToBreakUpIf. Yes, those really are trends on the world’s most overrated social network. What, you were expecting news aboutRead More
by Cordelia Perez, Guest Blogger Editor’s Intro: Cordelia is an incredibly talented young writer, and a member of a rare and amazing species: a young person who loves to read. (Quick, sample her DNA for future cloning!) Her writing contains inspired turns of phrase and fresh perspectives undampened by such soul-anesthetizing pressures as monetization and returns on investment. Here she describes the effect that Amazon’s e-reader, the Kindle, has had on her… At first glance, Amazon’s Kindle appears like most other new technology: overly hyped and unnecessary. At least, suchRead More
The Horror Ghetto
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Part-Time Mad Media Scientist… I usually use this space to dissect other people’s projects, so for a change, I decided to eviscerate one of my own. Ladies and gentlemen: introducing the idea that went nowhere, “The Horror Ghetto”…Read More