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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.Read More
Fat Dog Tailwagger
by Kim Tronic, Resident Cocktail Mistress… Like any normal woman, I’m private about certain details. My weight. My real hair color. Amount of money spent on Botox. But one secret that everyone seems to know: I’m kind of a crazy cat lady. I have 3 kitties and about 2,000 photos of them on my phone. They sleep on my bed while I’m twisted into an abnormal position to accommodate their comfort. They rule the roost — and they know it. Then, a couple weeks ago, a friend invited me out to aRead 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
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Aficionado of Undead Entertainment… I love the adrenaline-fueled rush of a good scare… provided it’s pure fiction. (The Republican National Convention is too creepy to bear.) Unfortunately, most American horror movies and TV shows indulge in torture and gore more than in 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. That’s why I find myself avoiding the series American HorrorRead 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
action movie hero posters
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Superhero Analyst… It must suck to be powerful. I’m determining what image I should use to present myself here at Atomic Tango. Since I picture myself as an action star (in a power-nerd way), I researched how Hollywood is depicting its almighty this summer. What I saw wasn’t encouraging.Read More
by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango LLC & Freelance Dreamer So “Inception” is this action-packed, visually stunning film that appears real. Too real. Indeed, although the premise is based on dreams, it isn’t very… well, dreamlike. Who has linear dreams that are essentially action films? Whose dreams appear shot from a third-person perspective with scenes that don’t involve them? Dreams are usually visualized from a first-person P.O.V., with the person dreaming involved in all the action. But forget the technical side — I don’t have to tell youRead More
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Marketing Demonologist… It was brilliant. Not the film, but the marketing campaign that turned a $15,000 amateur horror flick into a $100 million box office smash. The problem? Serious anticipointment…Read More
Freaky Friday
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Not An Actor But A Guy Who Played One On Stage… Hollywood is experiencing a “Freaky Friday”: in the 1976 movie, a mother and daughter magically swap bodies. After a series of icky moments milked for laughs, they predictably come to understand each other. Now, unpredictably, the entire movie industry is experiencing a similar switcheroo… A-list celebrities are failing to lure fans, reports the L.A. Times, while top movies are starring relative unknowns: The stars are not twinkling bright this summer.Read More
Tetro Coppola Ad
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Guy Who Enjoys Wine, Film, and Advertising — Separately… So I’m flipping through the Calendar section of the L.A. Times print edition. (Only in Hollywood is the entertainment section of the major newspaper called the “Calendar.” That’s right, we don’t do anything else in this town but entertain or be entertained.) My eye caught the full-page ad for new movie Tetro. The ad brims over with critical raves, with the first quote proclaiming “Francis Ford Coppola, 70, has returned to hisRead More