Celebrities Tell Holiday Stories For Best Buy


It's hard work making a price and item commercial interesting. But we think Crispin Porter + Bogusky may have done it with their Best Buy holiday campaigns which employs celebrities who read customized holiday stories. In all, there will be 11 spots featuring Will Arnett, Maya Rudolph, LL Cool J and Jason Schwartzman. The spots were directed by Will Speck and Josh Gordon (The Switch, Blades of Glory, Cavemen) and three-time Academy Award-winning director of photography Bob Richardson (Django Unchained, Hugo, Kill Bill, Shutter Island, Casino, Platoon).

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by Steve Hall    Oct-29-13    
Topic: Commercials

We Blame Our Dislike of This M&C Saatchi Campaign on Blackfish


Well this is kind of a stretch. In an effort to convince us life can be so much better if you can get a handle on what you need to do to insure you will be able to retire comfortably, Swedish pension company SPP handed a starving musician an audience.

Now, we have nothing against starving musicians making it in the brutally difficult world of commercial music and the notion of a corporation helping an individual achieve success is laudable but corporations can't do this for every single individual.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-28-13    
Topic: Commercials

CougarLife Ad Banned For Putting 'Immature Girls' in Their Place


Oh somehow we'll get in trouble again for this one but what the hell. Young women in Australia are angered over a CougarLife ad which features porn star Julia Ann trashing "immature girls who think they're all that."

In the ad, she stuffs a hamburger in one girl's face saying, "you need a sandwich." She tells another catty lady "you fold sweaters for a living" after the girl spitefully says to her date, "oh, so you're a computer geek." Finally, after a third freeloader says "buy me a drink" to her date, Ann shoves the girl out of her chair and says to the guy, "How about I buy you a drink."

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by Steve Hall    Oct-25-13    
Topic: Commercials, Policy, Racy

This Mcgarrybowen Honda CR-V Ad Will Make You Say 'Huh?' And 'Cool!' All at Once


Hmm. All this just to sell a car. Well, this is advertising after all and not car salesmanship. With car salesmanship the goal is to move metal. With car advertising, well, the goal isn't always so clear. Sure, car brands want the sales needle to move but as with most advertising, there seems to be a lot of shenanigans on the way to that sale.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-22-13    
Topic: Best, Commercials

Women Are Just Eye Candy in This Y&R-Created Time Travel Montage For Valvoline


You've seen it before. You know what to expect. It usually comes from brands with a long history. And the concept is always the same. That said, somehow, this Young & Rubicam-created, MassMarket-effected commercial for Valvoline works well enough.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-21-13    
Topic: Commercials

Is This Chainsaw Massacre-Themed Fuel Additive Ad Offensive to Women?


While this chainsaw massacre-themed ad for Star Tron Enzyme Fuel Treatment may certainly be offensive to women it's also offensive on another level. It's a terrible ad. How do these things get made? Who creates them? Who approves them? What were these people thinking?

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by Steve Hall    Oct-16-13    
Topic: Commercials

Enterprise Rent-A-Car Wants to Help This Dad Avoid Embarrassment of Driving His Daughter's Pink Car


Heeding the fact that one in eight people will get into an auto accident this year and that, following those accidents, vehicles are in the shop for an average of 13 days resulting in vehicle owners borrowing family cars, hitching rides, or paying out-of-pocket rental fees of up to $400, Enterprise Rent-A-Car is highlighting the importance of rental reimbursement coverage.

Why? Well, because they want you to rent from them instead of using your daughter's pink car like the frustrated father in this hilarious new commercial.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-10-13    
Topic: Commercials

Telecom NZ So Awesome It's Like Burning Man Crossed With Alice in Wonderland


What the hell? Who gets this excited about their mobile carrier? No matter how many free WiFi spots, 4G upgrades or big data plans, no one is going to go frolic through the woods like a hipster exploring Alice in Wonderland's back yard as if it were Burning Man.

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by Steve Hall    Oct- 9-13    
Topic: Commercials

30-Year-Old Men Play Stupid High School Tricks on Drunk Friends


It's a forgone conclusion that men are idiots, right? Think of it this way. If an alien ship were to orbit the planet and take a look at the plethora of beer commercials floating around the interwebs, they could only come to one conclusion. Men, when consuming -- or even just thinking about consuming -- beer, are blithering buffoons who have no socially redeeming qualities.

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by Steve Hall    Oct- 9-13    
Topic: Commercials, Worst

Chickens Sing Human League's 'Don't You Want Me' to Sell Chicken


None of you under the age of, say, 35, will understand the freakishly odd appeal of the Human League's 1981 hit "Don't You Want Me." It was the number one song on the Billboard 100 in July 1982 for three weeks when a place called "Brothers 4" in Falmouth Heights on Cape Cod was the place to be seen. OK, the place to be seen if you were a college kid toiling in the Cape Cod restaurant scene and you choice of nighttime activity was slightly limited.

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by Steve Hall    Oct- 8-13    
Topic: Commercials

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