An Adult Macaulay Culkin Stays Home Alone With The Google Assistant

This one is currently #1 on YouTube’s Trending videos, with more with 7.5 million views since being released yesterday. And for good reason…it’s a wildly entertaining Home Alone parody, with the now 38-year-old Macaulay Culkin. My personal favorite part is “Operation Kevin” with the Kevin Durant figure. Well done, Google.

 

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Verizon’s Unboxing Commercial With The Google Pixel 3

The ubiquitous and annoying Thomas Middleditch is back for yet another Verizon spot. This one is set up as an unboxing video, a silly phenomenon where people videotape themselves opening up packages. Why they’re popular, I’ll never know. Anyway, he’s unboxing the new Google Pixel 3. A couple approaches, and the woman asks how the camera is. It’s not just a camera…it also has the power of Google Lens, which lets you search what you see. Thomas takes a picture of the man’s special edition sneakers and may have discovered where to find them. The woman is played by Mimi Davila…anyone know who plays the man?

 

Google: Kevin Durant Ponders The Royal Wedding

Apparently, I missed Google’s gummy bear commercial with Kevin Durant last month. But now Google has a new spot with the exact same setup…Durant’s in the weight room and thinking. This time, it’s even more amusing, as he’s looking forward to the Royal Wedding. But it’s going to be at 11 AM in London, which means 3 AM in Oakland…so he’d better set an alarm. Luckily, the Google Assistant’s got KD covered.

2014: Make It Happen!

Google Chrome’s inspiring video from 2011 still rings true. Make it happen! I’ll see you next year.

A Man Is Reunited With His Long-Lost Family Thanks To Google Earth

As a 5 year old, Saroo Brierly boarded a runaway train in his native India and became separated from his family. After wandering the streets of Kolkata for weeks, he entered an orphanage, and ended up being adopted by a family in Australia. Still, Saroo wanted to find his family. People said it was like finding a needle in a haystack, but 26 years later, he found his family with the help of exhaustive searching on Google Earth. Google’s ads excel at the storytelling aspects, and this is another amazing one. You can read the entire story in Saroo Brierly’s book A Long Way Home. Great job.

2013: Make It Happen!

Google Chrome’s inspiring video from last year still rings very true. Make it happen!

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.

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