Sears Has People Randomly And Hilariously Running Into Appliances On The Beach

Alright, so it’s not really a new commercial, but still a fun one. You gotta love how it starts off as a stereotypical fashion-type ad, with the happy couple frolicking on the beach. And then…BAM! Totally random, and totally hilarious too. Good job, Sears.

Citi Can Make You Less Boring

I almost feel like this guy could be me, if I had more money. Giada is quite attractive, although yeah, her head is pretty gigantic. And speaking of attractive…Alicia Keys. Beautiful. The song is “Girl On Fire.”  So go Jack! Way to show Lauren! Use that Citi card with Private Pass! Granted, Jack still might be boring, but at least he does more interesting things now. And in case you’re wondering, Lauren is played by Jocelyn Deboer.

Ohh, I hadn’t seen these. So Jack has (had?) a passion for wearing khakis (his favorite color too) and eating oatmeal and vanilla ice cream. Guess he really was boring.

That McDonald’s Commercial With The Guy Who Has To Move Back Home

This McDonald’s Extra Value Menu ad has been running for a while now, and I’ve wanted to write about it for a while. But it just showed up on YouTube a few days ago. Anyway, this is probably one of the most realistic commercials currently airing. Moving back home as an adult can be frustrating, and it’s something that many in the so-called “Boomerang Generation” have to deal with. The “loft space” reply by Will is something of a clever sidestep. Although I question his judgement if he considers the Daily Double such a great deal. It’s the same as a McDouble, but an extra $0.99 for lettuce, tomatoes, and mayo. Not really worth it if you ask me.

And another notable aspect of this commercial is a ridiculously stupid manufactured controversy that has come up with it. Seems a Tea Party group in Ohio is angry because the ad “suggests lying is okay, and stereotypes young blacks as liars.” Yeah. Seriously. That sort of reminds me of last year’s milk kerfuffle, except about 100 times dumber.

Backstreet’s Back…For Old Navy

Old Navy’s commercials have always veered towards campy/retro/annoying, and lately as evidenced by the Beverly Hills 90210 spots, they’re on a major ’90s kick. Thinking about the ’90s as retro makes us ’90s kids feel old. Anyway, the Backstreet Boys are in this Old Navy skinny jeans commercial, featuring their hit “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” (to this day, it’s still a big guilty pleasure song and video). I knew that BSB had played in NYC last weekend, but I didn’t know it was an Old Navy sponsored show. The more you know, guys.

Samsung Takes Another Shot At The Apple Cult

Well guys…the iPhone 5 comes out tomorrow. If you’re not a loser camping out, you probably won’t be one of the first to get it. I’m sure the new iPhone is great (it’s already setting sales records), but I just don’t understand camping out for consumer products. Don’t get it. And this is the angle Samsung takes with their new commercial for the Galaxy S III. It’s a continuation of “The Next Big Thing Is Already Here” campaign, created by 72andSunny.

Funny stuff. His parents? How lame. Just as lame as waiting in a long-ass line. In summary, they’re both great smartphones, and it really comes down to image.

Internet Explorer 9’s Striking Song

Close to six months ago, I wrote about a new commercial for Internet Explorer 9 with a memorable song. A newer version has been playing for a while now.

In the original post, I stated “the song is “Too Close” by Alex Clare, which just debuted at #68 on the Billboard Hot 100 due in large part to its use in this commercial.” And now? “Too Close” just entered the top 10 and still looks to be rising. It also spent 4 weeks at #1 on the Alternative Songs chart. Looking at the #1 Alternative Songs this year, at least four others were in national commercials before hitting big. Those include Fun’s “We Are Young” (Chevy Super Bowl commercial, “We Are Young” was also #1 on the Hot 100), The Black Keys’ “Gold on the Ceiling” (NCAA March Madness), Grouplove’s “Tongue Tied” (iPod Touch), and the current Alternative #1, “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers (Bing). Has use in advertising become a passport to alternative rock stardom?

Google Chrome’s Sweet “Jess Time” Spot

I usually love Google’s videos, but I wasn’t a fan of Google Chrome’s lame Mark Potter commercial.  Judging from the fact that I got clobbered in the comments section, a lot of people did like it though. Luckily, Google is back on their game with this one. “Jess Time” tells the story of a daughter (Jess) and her father (Elliott). We learn that the mother in the family has recently died. Losing a parent seems like an incredibly tough matter…something I don’t want to think about. Even harder would be losing a parent soon before moving to college, a huge transition time. Through various Google Chrome applications, Jess and Elliott help each other adjust to life’s changes. Sweet, genuine, and just nice. The song is “Broken Chair” by Chris and Thomas. And Jess is played by Celeste Arias.

Aaron Rodgers Eats Pizza Hut With Some Dudes

I guess these Pizza Hut loving guys have moved on from Reggie Bush (who actually had the best performance of his career last year). But after the season Aaron Rodgers had, it’s understandable. These commercials are both somewhat charming and lunkheaded. The real reason for this post is because people have wondered about the song. It’s “Tonight Is the Night” by Outasight. Quite a catchy tune, which explains why it’s popped up in numerous commercials…Pepsi and Honda Civic being notable examples.

Remembering 9/11: Spike Lee And Empire State Of Mind

I wrote about this video when it came out. And now, a year later on the 11th anniversary of 9/11, it seems like a good time to revisit. Spectacular work…I love that it doesn’t come across as an ad. The viewer isn’t aware that it was sponsored by State Farm until the last few seconds. And of course, watching this has added significance now that I live in New York City.

This Magical Commercial From Norway’s Wideroe

Airlines have a terrible reputation in the United States. But they’ve created some great advertising worldwide. Just looking back at the archive of my blog, I find an adorable ad from American Airlines, this epic spot for British Airways (one of my favorite from last year), and these United Airlines commercials which get a boost from Rhapsody in Blue. Add another great airline ad to the roster. This ad for Norwegian regional airline Wideroe has a whole lot going for it. Beautiful setting, a cute kid, the kindly grandfather who vaguely resembles an older and friendlier Sig Hansen, and a nice song (“Youth” by Daughter). A story about a magic trick ends up being magical itself.

10/2 update: An in-depth look at this spot from Adweek.

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