AMP Energy Removes Last Night's Shame

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Kankles! I haven't heard that term in a while. But it's one of the many things uttered during the walk of shame the morning after you've bedded someone who's name you've now completely forgotten and who's clothing you are probably wearing.

Well, thanks to AMP Energy, shame is a thing of the past and we can all now hold our heads high as we march home proudly remembering the prior evenings dalliances with glee and song.

by Steve Hall    May-13-08    
Topic: Commercials, Good



'She's the Driver?' Oh God.

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Nothing sells a car like the sight of a meek-looking hottie who drives like she's out of her fucking mind. Just ask the directors of The Fast and the Furious or The Italian Job.

With that lesson learned, here's an Ogilvy spot for the Mercedes Benz SLK.

A slightly crippling accent doesn't hurt either. (Remember orgasmum?) You're sure to win the fetishists. And isn't it cute how she tries to say "Fifteen percent -- up front!" like a bad-ass but just can't?

by Angela Natividad    May-13-08    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Television



Jiggling Breasts Yield to Jiggling Bellies in Subaru Commercial

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Well it's about time for some equal time. Why should commercials which involve cars, water and soap suds combined into a slow motion sex-fest be reserved exclusively for hot young women in tiny bikinis that barely cover their pulchritudinous curvaceousness? That's just so...sexist.

Thankfully, Subaru knows this and has left thong-clad females out of it's latest Forrester commercial in favor of...yes...hot, sexy, belly-jiggling sumo wrestlers. What fun! Oh come on. You know a jiggling belly can be just as hot as jiggling breasts, right?

by Steve Hall    May-13-08    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Racy, Strange



Careful, Miracle-Gro, You're Showing Your Age.

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Maybe because it's not hip to the existence of guerrilla gardening, Miracle-Gro is using '70s pop and a catchy new slogan to staple a sense of cool to its 60-year-old plant food product.

Under the wince-worthy slogan "It's Gro Time," this dated spot jams in print-supported phrases like "dirt manicure" and "tomato mojo" while gardeners jiggle bare midriffs and mist plants to "I Believe in Miracles (You Sexy Thing)."

God, how hopelessly lame. Thanks to ML Rogers, New York for all this quiet angst.

by Angela Natividad    May-13-08    
Topic: Bad, Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Magazine, Television



In a World Gone Soft, Someone's Got to be Hard

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With but ten words, this new campaign for Mike's Hard lemonade says so, so much. It's got the sexual angle. It's got the anti-politically correct angle. It's got the men will be men angle. It's got a vaguely-veiled, mildly homophobic angle (OK, maybe that's a stretch). It's got the geeks are idiots angle.

All of which makes perfect sense because it comes to us courtesy of that agency with the website that is so "over-the-top, too-cool-for-school and testosterone-laden, it makes Mad Men look like an AWNY convention on steroids...uh...progesterone," Amalgamated.

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by Steve Hall    May-12-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials



Pearle Vision Helps Mothers With Adoption

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Well, damn! Who knew choosing an eyeglass retailer had anything to do with adoption? With nothing more than a black and white still over which the camera pans and the tagline, "we want you to see more," Arnold explains Pearle Vision is now the place to go if you're considering adoption.

To be fair, it's all part of Pearle's ongoing campaign as Arnold's Meredith Vellines explains, "The 'I have seen' campaign has been running since July 2007 and illustrates how Pearle Vision values the importance of sight and improves people's lives by helping them see the world better. All of the creative elements, including the television, are shot in black-and-white by famed fashion and art photographer, Donald Graham, whose work is in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the International Center of Photography."

by Steve Hall    May- 9-08    
Topic: Commercials, Strange



Attention David Beckham Lovers! Sharpie Spot to Give Good Look

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David Beckham has been tapped by Sharpie and will appear in a new commercial for the pen maker airing July 15. Press information says the spot "shows Beckham using a Sharpie to autograph a variety of unusual items for fans, but when the time comes to return the Sharpie to its owner, Beckham resists. Ultimately, his quick moves and clever thinking lead to a happy ending, but in the process, viewers get a good laugh - and a good look at Beckham."

We we do hope that's indeed true because laughing is good therapy as is drooling over a hottie such as Beckham himself.

by Steve Hall    May- 8-08    
Topic: Brands, Celebrity, Commercials



Honda Has A Choir, Audi Has Gymnasts

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OK so we've had an entire choir imitate the sound a Honda makes. Now we have an army of gymnasts doing a routine to the actual and mixed sounds of to Audi R6. Created by BBH London and edited by Cut + Run, the spot is airing in the UK and is said to debut in the US shortly. Nicely done.

by Steve Hall    May- 8-08    
Topic: Commercials, Good



Axe Angels In Need of Men

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After all these years of creating unattainable fantasy, Axe wants to deliver the real thing. With a new commercial tagged, "You're needed at the Axe cottage" which has gorgeous bored women wishing there were men around, Axe is offering four winners a stay at the Axe cottage in Canada's Muskoka Lakes region complete with home theater, personal chef, waterfront, hot tub and the Axe Angels. Where does one enter?

by Steve Hall    May- 6-08    
Topic: Commercials, Good



Anachronistic Truth Campaign Commercial Gets Blank Stare

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Continuing its illogical idiocy, the Truth campaign has dredged up yet another decades old quote from a "tobacco company executive" who is now likely dead if not certainly retired. This executive, in response to a claim smoking cigarettes during pregnancy can lead to low birth weight said, "...some women would prefer smaller babies."

This is idiotic on so many levels. First, it's an anachronism from 1971. Times have changed and no human with a brain in their head would ever say that today. If this ad ran in 1971, it would make sense. Today, it's a complete disconnect. Attempting to slam a tobacco company for something someone said 37 years ago is just stupid. Second, maybe women did and still do want smaller babies. After all, who really wants to squeeze out a 15 pound fattie? Maybe the guy was repeating something he heard while drunk at a cocktail party and it was taken totally out of context.

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by Steve Hall    May- 6-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Cause, Commercials, Worst








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