Ford’s Nuts Or Bolts Commercial

Overall, I find Ford’s “And is better” campaign to be very hit-or-miss (pun somewhat intended), but this one with nuts or bolts makes me laugh consistently. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Tullamore Dew Tells The Beautiful Tale Of A Lost Friend

So much good stuff lately. This seems like more of a short film than an ad for Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey, and it’s a great one. Surprisingly for such an Irish piece, it was created by New York agency Opperman Weiss and directed by the British Laurence Dunmore. Impaccably shot, it shows a group of friends in suits remembering a lost friend. The rainstorm and graveyard convey the melancholy of death. And they are mourning a kind of death…one that the viewer doesn’t quite expect and which turns out to be weirdly uplifting. I was definitely surprised by what happened. So lush and green. And the song, a rendition of the traditional Irish/Scottish folk song “The Parting Glass” wonderfully adds to the mood. Just beautiful.

Mike’s Golf Shop Buys Golf Clubs

Gotta love low-budget, local commercials…this brilliant one is from Chattanooga, TN. Mike’s Golf Shop buys golf clubs. Really. Owner Mike Mixson wants you to know that “we buy golf clubs!” Hat tip to AdFreak.

Foot Locker: Mike Tyson Returns Evander Holyfield’s Bitten-Off Ear

This great commercial created by BBDO New York starts with Kyrie Irving and his buddies being excited for the Week of Greatness at Foot Locker. Kyrie notes that it “feels like all is right with the world.” And thus starts his hilarously wistful daydream. Mike Tyson arrives at Evander Holyfield’s mansion and returns his ear, which he kept in formaldehyde (side note: part of Evander’s ear is actually at a great restaurant in my hometown of Cincinnati). Dennis Rodman buys a one-way ticket to North Korea. Craig Sager decides to burn his infamous suits. And Brett Favre knows when to quit…eating pie. Fantastic.

Tuesday Throwback: That Sprite Ad With The Terrifying Sun Fizz Mascot

So surreal and so funny. This one must have been a blast to make.

Kohl’s Has A Christmas Surprise

Some purists might object to Christmas/holiday-themed commercials starting earlier and earlier, but the creep is here to stay. As I’m writing this, I can see a neighboring apartment already has Christmas decorations up. And the store where I work brought in the ornament display in late September (I helped with this and definitely thought it was absurd). Anyway, TV will be filled with Christmas ads for the next 5 weeks. Here’s a very nice one from Kohl’s. It opens with an attractive, young couple decorating a living room. Pretty standard, right? But it’s the twist that gives this spot a lot of heart. The song is a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young”, performed by Emma’s Imagination.

Tuesday Throwback: DirecTV’s Hilarious Opulent Russian Guy

“Opulence, I has it” is one of the best commercial lines (and almost certainly the best opening line) in years. This DirecTV ad quickly became a meme after being released in the summer of 2010. That little giraffe always killed me. And I never noticed it before…but the “more on the Facingbook” at the end is also quite funny. The guy who plays Opulent Russian Guy is Timothy V. Murphy.

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That Cadillac Commercial With “Stacy’s Mom”

When I first saw this Cadillac ad during football, I thought I had seen it before. I remembered it as a car commercial from maybe 10 years ago…when “Stacy’s Mom” was a new song. Turns out it was a 2005 Dr. Pepper commercial which also featured a mom coming out of a car. So not exactly, but it’s good to know that I wasn’t going crazy. And in case you had forgotten, “Stacy’s Mom” was performed by Fountains of Wayne. And the mom is played by Magali Amadei.

Let’s Build: This Great Father-Son Lego Commercial

Despite the British accent, this ad was actually created by the curiously named Amsterdam agency We Are Pi. And it’s a great piece of work for Lego…the year’s 2nd best British father-son themed commercial behind Robinsons.


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