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"The Post" Movie Poster

Posted On January 3, 2018By Freddy Tran NagerIn Media

Start The Presses: Why Every American Should See The Post

by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Journalism Junkie… How could I resist an invitation to see The Post? Newspapers have not only informed my life, they helped shape it. My father graduated from USC’s School of Journalism (now called the Annenberg School) where I teach today (no, that wasn’t planned — life just has an odd way of working like that). I served as editor of my high school newspaper for 2 years, and in college I took photos for the campus daily. After graduation, I wroteRead More
David Fincher Technique

Posted On October 24, 2017By Freddy Tran 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
Mama Shelter
by Kim Tronic, Resident Cocktail Mistress… The first time I meandered into Mama Shelter in Hollywood, I had no clue it was a hotel. Perhaps it was the foosball table. Or the corkboard stuffed with notes, jokes, and colorful Post-its. Or the vibrant Chinese lanterns and guitars strung along the front window. Or the lucha libre masks, which guests can purchase should the need arise. With 5 other locations, including Paris and Istanbul, Mama Shelter epitomizes the boutique hotel chain vibe. Each of 70 rooms is furnished with a kingRead More
by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Career Advisor… You found a job opening you think you could fill perfectly. You have the skills and the education, a lofty employment record with glowing recommendations, and genuine enthusiasm for both the company and the opportunity. So you apply and wait for the employer to contact you. And you wait. And you wait. And weeks go by, making you think they hired someone else. Then you see they’re still running the ad for the position. And you dig around andRead More
TV Musicals

Posted On April 19, 2016By Freddy Tran 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
Race Movie 2016

Posted On February 10, 2016By Freddy Tran NagerIn Media

False Start: The “Race” Movie Trailer Misses A Step

by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Stickler for Details… The movie “Race,” about American hero Jesse Owens, looks terrific. The sound? Well, that could use a little more work.Read More
Apple iPad Pro + Pencil Review
by XDL, Filmmaker… In filmmaking, we have the deadly production triangle: cheap, fast and good. If you’re lucky, you get two — usually at the sacrifice of the third. You can have cheap and fast, but it won’t be good. You can have good and fast, but it won’t be cheap. You can have cheap and good, but it’ll never be fast. When it comes to drawing computers, a triangle also applies. The ideal digital creative tool would be powerful, portable, and easy to use. I’ve never gotten all three.Read More
by XDL, Filmmaker… Why do particular films and actors succeed when many believe they’re undeserving? You’d be surprised how many people in Tinseltown lose sleep over that question. My answer: Hollywood is a branding and marketing mechanism, and once the gears get moving, it’s there to perpetuate content. The trick is to get the gears moving, and therein lies the art of it. Every now and then the mechanism takes steps to protect itself. An example: Avatar. This was not a particularly good movie. It wasn’t horrid, but the filmRead More
Fear The Walking Dead

Posted On September 21, 2015By Freddy Tran NagerIn Media

“Hate Watching”: The Dark Side Of Binge Watching

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
Fix It In Post - Fixing

Posted On August 23, 2015By XDLIn Media

Fix It In Post, Take 1: 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