So apparently sometimes Will Ferrell does random commercials for Old Milwaukee that only air in local markets, and this one went down in North Platte, Nebraska (the Platte River might be familiar to some from the Oregon Trail computer game).
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Guess what nature’s hand grenades are?
Happy Halloween. The magical moment in this clip from That 70s Show is at 3:50. It lasts 30 seconds, but I just love it.
Also, whilst I was searching for a video of the moment I discovered this…
This aired after the ‘Weekend Update’ segment of last weekend’s Saturday Night Live premiere.
I had to stop fast-forwarding, rewind and watch again.
Also Steve Nash and apparently Hope Solo. But I am far more entertained by Seth Meyers. Obviously.
I was briefly distracted from the yellow during halftime when it appeared that the apocalypse might in fact be at hand. Or maybe that was just wishful thinking that I succumbed to during Fergie’s whatever with Slash. No words.
Although, if you are looking for some words, these were a couple of choice ones from the twittersphere, which almost broke due to the mayhem of #sb45.
Frankly, the commercials on display weren’t even all that entertaining. Dozens were in fact painful. So painful that is has taken me days (and the incidental re-viewing of one of the winners) to write this post.
Then there was the Volkswagen commercial encouraging young [dark] practitioners of The Force, gaining Voldemort’s appreciation.
Chrysler on the other hand, added to the proof that commercial endorsements are a big part of Eminem’s comeback. Also, that he doesn’t mind sharing a tiny bit of his limelight with a national champion figure skater, Alissa Czisny, who appeared briefly in the ad.
Not that I’d have realized it was her if not for Twitter.
Honorable mentions to the Coke spot featuring soldiers in nineteenth-century garb, patrolling opposite sides of a border and—surprise—bonding over the deliciousness of Coke.
Second honorable mention to the entertaining NFL fans montage of classic sitcoms, including Alf, Marcia’s nose, Newman’s Cowboy get-up and Uncle Jesse.
But the commercial most appreciated in my living room, the commercial that was snarky hilarious…
Thank you Verizon.
I still love my Droid.
So I was perusing the internet for my dream job this morning and once again Craigslist brought me joy.
For instance, the Chicago Police Department—yes, the real police—post on Craigslist. I mean, you would think that most people considering becoming cops could figure that out without skimming Craigslist, something clearly meant to aid people with useless M.A.s like myself.
On the other hand… I had never considered that if I became a police officer I could work in the canine handling unit… wait a minute… hrmmmmm…
Do you want to be in a Super Bowl Doritos commercial?
So you know, if you’re looking for your big break… I just gave it to you on a silver platter.
Happy Monday. You are welcome.
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It’s been a while since I lent my expert voice to commercials. Today the theme is alcohol, in honor of the weekend. The ads ranging from the past several months are officially the Words to Bumble top five for their distinctive category… until we revisit the subject that is.
5. In fifth place we have the regally douchey Chivas “Live with Chivalry” campaign featuring young chosen Brits being… young chosen Brits. I love hating it so much that it made the top rather than the worst ofs. I just like when people can hold the door open, personally…
It’s the extended version, featuring rowers. Hah-ha!
4. [UPDATE] Number four is up for grabs. Let me know what you think. Interact! You can do it. Fourth place goes to an Absolut spot for a few reasons: the usage of “Ceremony” by New Order, the fantastic design and marketing history behind Absolut, and sense of fresh that I get when I see the spot. This is the extended version from YouTube. The creation of words disseminating their message– a little weird; the overall aesthetic– enjoyable and clean, you can almost forget that it is for not great Scandinavian vodka. And I love the sound editing.
3. Stella Artois reran a commercial during the Olympics [I think], that centered around failed competitors in a cycling race [possibly the Tour de France in theory?]. They combined the minimalist Stella style (centered around cutting through some thick frothy foam and the associated sounds of Stella on tap) with vintagey footage and a vaguely sporty narrative. All the dialogue is in French, but easy enough for a non-speaker to follow and ends with “Perfection has its price.” Plus, it is pretty entertaining there at the Bar du Sport.
2. For the first runner-up: Who could forget the hilarious Dos Equis “Most Interesting Man in the World” campaign? My sister and father would wait for it, impersonate it, text it. We are a strange bunch my family. Not a lot need to be said, Dos Equis presented the world with a Latin Chuck Norris, and the world readily embraced a new hero.
1. And the prize goes to one of my favorite ads about anything every: Jameson Whiskey and facing down a giant Octopus. I love a good octopus… far away from me. It’s brilliant for several reasons” short but complete, clever and entertaining narrative, the late-eighteenth-century vibe speaks to my historic design inclinations, and the story is unique to the brand– you’re drinking something established, something a man dove into the sea and faced a sea monster to save, ostensibly for you. I believe it, don’t you?
I love an octopus. Also, they have been trending, which you would know if you were one of the four people who read a blog post on that old failed blog, in which I presented a very professional report on my findings at the BUST Magazine Holiday Craftacular.