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.

Jumping The Shark
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Part-Time Shark Jumper… Although Americans don’t manufacture much anymore, we still excel at making media, including entertainment and news. We give good hype, and the Internet brings it to the rest of the world 24/7. One problem: all this unfiltered Yankee content poses a linguistic challenge for people in other countries, even those fluent in English. That’s because Americans also excel at screwing with the language — and I’m not just talking about Miss South Carolina (warning: excruciating cringe-inducing video ahead)…Read More
Fox News
by Freddy Tran Nager + No Fan Of Faux News; photo by Pollywog Creek via Wikimedia Commons… I don’t usually go to FoxNews.com, but today — October 24, 2008 — I wanted to see what they had to say about the mugging hoax by a McCain volunteer. Instead, I found the following top national headlines: Hmmm, isn’t there like an economic crash, two wars, and — what do you call it? — oh, yeah, a Presidential election going on? Meanwhile, the top two stories over at NationalEnquirer.com are about CindyRead More
Cover of Johnny Bunko by Dan Pink
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Guy Who Knows All About Crappy Jobs… These days, just having a job you can hate is a luxury… “What, you scored a steady gig with health insurance? Hell, if you don’t like it, let me have it and I’ll hate it for you…” So maybe the timing isn’t ideal for a book dealing with career discontentment. Then again, maybe now is the perfect time for The Adventures of Johnny Bunko: The Last Career Guide You’ll Ever Need, because all theseRead More
The Outbreak Interactive Zombie Movie
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Aficionado of Undead Entertainment… Ever watch a horror film and yell at the characters, “WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!” Well, smarty, now you can put yourself in the characters’ bloody shoes with the online zombie flick The Outbreak… The interactive horror short lets you make key decisions for the characters and see the results. For example, in one scene an annoying character breaks her leg while zombies are attacking. If this were a normal film, you might be cheering loudly for the zombies.Read More
You might not recognize his face, but you certainly know his voice…Read More
Fox TV has a long history of upsetting the status quo. At its launch, it gave the finger to the mainstream networks and introduced edgier shows such as “The Simpsons,” “In Living Color” and “Married With Children.” Sure, this meant smaller overall audiences than its rivals, but it scored with the ever desirable 18-49 demo, whom advertisers love. Now Fox TV is rocking the ad world again…Read More
Dan Neil Rumble Seat
by Freddy Tran Nager, Found of Atomic Tango + Former Automotive Ad Writer… If you lust after cars like I do, then the writer you need to read — yes, NEED — is Dan Neil of the L.A. Times. Even if you don’t care about cars, you’ll love his column, “Rumble Seat.” Just check out the opening salvo from his review of the Nissan GT-R: I know what you want from me. You think I’m just your little word slut, that I’m here just to arouse you with steamy descriptionsRead More
South Park: Canada On Strike
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Guy Who Likes His Satire Hard… “… While the internet is new and exciting for creative people, it hasn’t matured as a distribution mechanism… It will be a few years before digital distribution of media on the Internet can be monetized to an extent that necessitates content producers to forgo their fair value in more traditional media…” – Kyle, South Park I know, I shouldn’t be quoting cartoon characters as proof of anything, but sometimes the greatest truth is found inRead More
sportsBLOX
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango, Sportswriter + Steelers Bar Aficionado… So I’m hanging out at this bar, but no one is around — no bartender, no waitress, no other patrons, no one. Everything behind me looks fuzzy, but I have the power to change the way I look at the touch of a button… A bizarre burrito-induced dream? No, that’s the scenario at SportsBLOX, a new virtual world run by one of my former MBA classmates.Read More
Terminator - The Sarah Connor Chronicles
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Guy Who Wants His Fantasies to be Realistic… The first season of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles wrapped up last week. T-tv did fulfill its mission of entertaining young males and, ahem, some middle-aged ones during Monday Night Football’s cruel hiatus. But my interest likely won’t survive the break… unless Fox keeps tweaking my interest by, say, releasing web-only shorts during the off-season. (Hint, hint.) For all its special effects, visually appealing stars, and sci-fi adventure, T-tv is, frankly, dull. GreatRead More