Writing on Advertising Age today, Bob Garfield, returning from vacation on the Adriatic coast "where hordes of young Eastern European women sashayed to and fro in overflowing bikinis and high heels" reducing him to "a slack jawed cliché of arrested adolescence," wonders if the Heineken DraughtKeg ad is the most sexist beer ad ever created.
After wading through Garfield's extensive hyperbole and detailed analysis of this commercial, he concludes, writing, "Berlin Cameron United has essentially animated the "perfect woman" joke. Whether intentionally or out of pure animal instinct uncivilized by the most basic notion of respect, they have reduced half the world to a man-servicing beer tap."
Fair enough but we wonder if women sometimes inadvertently play right into this girl-as-boy-toy perception as this girl seemingly does here becoming a keg stand play-thing for a couple of guys who, yes, did run out and buy the new Heineken Draught Keg. Innocuous college antics? Or precursor to sexism?
Yo, dawg. Apparently, Time Warner's All the Best Package let's you get down, virtually, of course with your homies around the world. Us? If we want to swap gang signs with an Indian hottie, we'll just jump on a plane to do it.
The headline pretty much says it all because there isn't much else going on in this commercial for Dutch shopping Mall Batavia Stad. Our friends ovr at Fresh Creation don't see the connection. Neither do we. Do you? (Here's your chance to get all conceptual)
Following Vera Wang, Jay-Z, Pharrell Williams, Mark Cuban, Mark Burnett and others, tennis champ Serena Williams is HP's nexy "achiever" in the company's "The Computer is Personal Again" campaign. Coming courtesy of Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, the campaign breaks today with a spot on USA, ESPN and online at SportsIllustrated.com, ESPN.com and Yahoo.
On August 31, a Serena-focused website will debut with all sorts of goodies like a blog, ring tones, videos, clothing and a documentary. Yes, it's all about achievement.
Behold: The latest Citroen ad for Brazil, starring Jack Bauer, who drives around puzzled when he finds his busy city street completely deserted.
Bauer gets out of the car to find out what's going on, only to discover that the chaos was around him all the time. The car has merely been couching him from it.
When you think about it, this is kind of like Footprints in the Sand: "It was then that I carried you," said God to his sad solitary sand-walker.
Depiction of Citroen as a protective life bubble is either really touching, or really insensitive considering the widening gap between rich and poor in Brazil, blah blah blah. We'll spare you the sociological analysis. It's not like anybody could ever really accuse Citroen of single-handedly stomping out a poor man's rainbow.
Aw, this is cute. Watch a mouthwatering actor try and fail repeatedly to say the word "orgasms" in the outtakes for this Lavalife ad, created by zig.
The funny thing is, every once in awhile he comes really close to getting it, then when action time comes he falls so short of expectations. How very much like the real thing...
The guy didn't make the cut in the final spot, but hey, we'll take one of those orgarms/orgasnuns/orgamsums anytime.
We're glad Subaru never tries to depict its Impreza as a super-sexy or even very fast car, because the only thing it really has going for it is its intellect. It's like that well-read but ugly girl in grade school.
Thus leveraging its best quality, this new ad for the Subaru Impreza has been cleverly titled "Peel Out." And instead of showing self-gratifying cuts of a Subaru burning precious tire across concrete (we actually can't even imagine that), it shows a Subaru jumping through pages of magazines after some drivers magically "peel out" of one.
There's probably more to it than that because the pressie was really long and gushy, but then we thought, if we need reading material to "get" a commercial, what the hell's the point?
Using that cause and effect thing, Norwegian agency SMFB has put together an ad for energy drink Gnist which begins with a boy pulling his heart of of his chest and ends with Bush calling home troops from around the world. It's better than it sounds. Really. Give it a watch.
Look! Look! It's another film! Yes, a film. Not a commercial. No siree, you naysayers, but an actual film that, well, sells Philips Ambilight TV. Nope. Nope. Just because the film is selling something doesn't mean it's a commercial We've been through that debate before. We think we lost.
Anyway, here's a teaser for upcoming Wong Kar Wai directed film which was, according to the press release, "inspired by the concept of seduction by light." The final film will premiere at IFA in Berlin August 30 and be shown on Ambilight TVs. Additionally, it will debut on Philips' Seduction by Light site.
Our favorite prima donna and McFly activist, Kan the Louis Vuitton Don, slated rhinofx to help create his music video for "Stronger," a song with a -- what? -- Daft Punk sample.
We usually roll our eyes when traditionally ad-oriented firms get into music videos or movies - mainly because these arenas seem like every self-deluded creative's wet dream - but the result for "Stronger" is a neat mash-up of Asian pop, hip-hop culture, sci-fi and animation. Say anything you want about Kanye, he always shoots for an interesting angle in his videos. Good call on rhinofx.