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.

PhD
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + PhD Conscientious Objector… Since I love teaching and talking about marketing, friends often ask why I don’t get a PhD. I’ll think about it… and then I stumble upon an example of the actual work perpetrated by PhD’s in my field…Read More
Ed Hardy Wine
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Guy Who Doesn’t Own Ed Hardy Anything… Intrigued by the Ed Hardy wines at his local Whole Foods, Pulitzer Prize winning writer Dan Neil performed exploratory surgery on that insatiable branding machine Christian Audigier. The resulting L.A. Times article is a brilliant and funny study of branding gone wild…Read More
Sometimes, amidst all the talk of bank bailouts and business banality, I stumble across something that melts away all the jagged cynical edges, one note at a time…Read More
Undead Or Alive
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Still Member of the Living… To prep for a video I’m producing, I watched Undead or Alive, the 2007 comedy-horror flick about zombies terrorizing the old west. It’s moderately entertaining, with Chris Kattan as a cowboy wannabe and Navi Rawat as the intellectual kung-fu fighting Native-American babe. The hitch in this giddyap? The zombies themselves. Although they have more dialogue than most zombies (better agents, perhaps?), they’re still just another iteration of the lumbering brain eaters who have populated most zombieRead More
Versus Network campaign
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Sports Fan… Raise your hand if you’ve heard of Versus… Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Few know about the small sports network, which I appreciate for bringing me Ivy League football. Where else could I catch the Harvard-Cornell game in L.A.? Since Versus wants more than us middle-aged marketing geeks, they’re trying to generate awareness by asking for more than a show of hands. They’re literally asking people to “Show Me Your V.” Really.Read More
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