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 our take on movies, music, and other media by those who not only enjoy it, but also create it.

Cover of Johnny Bunko by Dan Pink
by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Guy Who Knows All About Crappy Jobs… These days, it’s a luxury just to have a job you can hate… “What, you’ve got 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 exactly right for a book on 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,Read 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
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.” As a former writer for Toyota, Nissan & Infiniti, I relish every syllable… 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 yourRead 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
by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango LLC, Sportswriter & Steelers Bar Aficionado So I’m hanging out at this bar, but there’s no one around — no bartender, no waitress, no other patrons. Everything behind me is fuzzy, but I have the power to change the way I look at the touch of a button… A strange 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 Conner 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 it left far too many questions — and I’m not talking about what will happen next season… Since I’m a self-proclaimed geek, “Terminator” is one of the few scripted television shows I actually watch. Or make that “watched.” JustRead More
Just thought I’d dash off a quick note to put a few recent media-business items in perspective. The first one you’ve heard about extensively; you might find these others somewhat amusing… Microsoft’s offer for Yahoo!: $44.6 billion Oil company Exxon’s profit for just the 4th quarter of 2007: $11.7 billion State of California’s budget deficit: $14.6 billion Purchase price of HotOrNot, the online dating & rating service, as reported by TechCrunch: $20 million HotOrNot’s annual revenue: $5 million Budget for the movie “Cloverfield”: $25 million “Cloverfield” box office gross forRead More
by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Semi-Pro Tree Hugger Only Hollywood could make waste this beautiful. From the industry that gave us the likes of Paris Hilton comes yet another exquisite example of empty décor… Behold: a glossy oversized 12-page booklet promoting the movie There Will Be Blood. This lustrous piece of eye-candy fell out of my L.A. Times, nearly crushing my toe. How could I resist picking it up and peeking inside? The heavyweight pages flaunted full-spread images from the lusciously shot film, along with quotesRead More