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Look At Me Now, I'm Just Makin' My Play

When filming cars for movies or commercials, coordinating the availability of exotic, high-performance, or new vehicles--along with the location, the filming, and setting up the perfect shot--can be difficult and expensive. For a shoot, you need the car--that is, until now. The next car you see onscreen may actually be The Blackbird.
posted by mattdidthat on Jun 23, 2016 - 61 comments

The age of soothing imagery and blue liquid is dead.

Blood (commercial from UK). (Bodyform previously)
posted by BrotherCaine on Jun 5, 2016 - 53 comments

Norfolk Southern, What's your Function

The Norfolk Southern Railroad in 2013 premiered a pretty radical television commercial for a railroad in these times. Riffed from a possibly recognizable song and directed by cinematographer Samuel Bayer, who has produced music videos for rock bands including The Rolling Stones, Metallica, Nirvana, Aerosmith, The Cranberries, Smashing Pumpkins, & Justin Timberlake, it drew heavily on the skills of working railroaders and the precise maneuvering of tens of thousands of tons of heavy equipment. Making Of.
posted by pjern on May 25, 2016 - 22 comments

Cumulative and Compounding Opportunity Costs

How do you quantify the effects of things that don't happen to you? "The whole point of living in a culture is that much of the labor of perception and judgment is done for you, spread through media, and absorbed through an imperceptible process that has no single author." (previously; via)
posted by kliuless on Feb 27, 2016 - 2 comments

(Sail Away)

"Enya emerges from the shadows wearing a full-length black taffeta dress and a velvet shrug. She’s 54, but she has the skin of someone much younger — or someone who spends most of her time in an Irish castle. She looks like a mix of Deanna Troi and my mom, which is to say, she is the most beautiful woman in the world. She appears, nods as the room applauds her, and disappears without a word. “Now, for a light mingle,” the exec announces." -- Anne Helen Petersen on Enya, her avoidance of celebrity, her history, her massively successful career, and her castles.
posted by The Whelk on Nov 23, 2015 - 68 comments

Listen closely, we'll only play this once (and very fast)

The Extreme Minuet is "the world's fastest coin-toss orchestra of 43 people" performing one of Mozart's minuets in about 3 seconds, then played back at a much slower speed to hear the performance stretched to its usual length and speed. [SLYT, Suntory commercial shot with Phantom 4K camera] [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Nov 6, 2015 - 28 comments

Poopsi Blue

If you are a human being who poops from your butt, you should consider viewing this informative Squatty Potty commercial. (Relevant previously.)
posted by swift on Oct 8, 2015 - 63 comments

If we do not find new images, we will perish

"The Fall" is a 2006 adventure fantasy film directed by Tarsem Singh. The opening title sequence is the "perfect example of a director’s absolute control over his vision." Ebert described the movie as "a mad folly, an extravagant visual orgy, a free-fall from reality into uncharted realms. Surely it is one of the wildest indulgences a director has ever granted himself. Tarsem... has made a movie that you might want to see for no other reason than because it exists. There will never be another like it. " [more inside]
posted by growabrain on Oct 2, 2015 - 39 comments

Cancel awards season. We have a winner.

You may think: "The last thing I want to do is intentionally watch a commercial for a Madden video game." You're wrong. (SLYT)
posted by 256 on Aug 22, 2015 - 60 comments


Jim Obergefell and John Arthur had been together nearly two decades when John was stricken by terminal ALS. With their union unconstitutional in Ohio, the couple turned to friends and family to fund a medical flight to Maryland, where they wed, tearfully, on the tarmac [prev.]. After John's death, however, Jim found himself embroiled in an ugly legal battle with his native state over the right to survivor status on John's death certificate -- a fight he eventually took all the way to the Supreme Court. And that's how this morning -- two years after U.S. v. Windsor, a dozen after Lawrence v. Texas, and at the crest of an unprecedented wave of social change -- the heartbreaking case of Obergefell v. Hodges has at long last rendered same-sex marriage legal nationwide in a 5-4 decision lead by Justice Anthony Kennedy. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Jun 26, 2015 - 1258 comments

Less Marc Jacobs More Jane Jacobs

Why is one of the most desirable neighborhoods in NYC full of shuttered storefronts?
posted by The Whelk on May 29, 2015 - 140 comments

Bid on YOUR waste profile!

Get ready to have your insides disrupted by SmartPipe, the Venmo of pipes! (adult swim, 11:01)
posted by The Whelk on May 16, 2015 - 22 comments

That time when Toronto had Johnny Cash machines

Retrontario remembers Johnny Cash advertising for Canada Trust, along with several other advertisements from the 80s.
posted by frimble on Apr 19, 2015 - 12 comments

Cody and the Gang are at the Park

You're not going anywhere without your Big Game Liquid Slam!
posted by stresstwig on Feb 3, 2015 - 8 comments

Freak Like Me

Empowered by cheap car insurance, Dave lets it all hang out. (Single Link Brit Ad YouTube)
posted by Purposeful Grimace on Jan 17, 2015 - 35 comments

In Honour of the One Day A Year This Changes

Only one day a year does this suggest anything but negativity... and in recognition of the change, I'd like to throw up one of my favourite retrospectives BetaMaxmas! Every year the posters and paneling changes, every year the programming advances a year, and every year I come back to vaguely remembered commercials and specials.
posted by LD Feral on Dec 24, 2014 - 10 comments

I want to rock and roll all night, and I don't have time to brew coffee.

In 2000, Kiss frontman Paul Stanley (sans makeup) filmed a commercial for Folger's Instant Coffee. It never aired. Now you know why. [SLYT]
posted by Room 641-A on Dec 22, 2014 - 105 comments

VCR Games: you just became the Luke Skywalker of the new Star Wars.

"With Christmas not far away, you may start seeing ads for video games that try to marry the VCR with traditional board games. Unhappily, that marriage more often resembles the bickering Lockhorns than the mild-mannered Nelsons. Here's a look at three of the games now out in 1986." But that's only a snapshot of the dynamic world of VCR board games, which peaked in the early 1990s with the Atmosfear series, known as Nightmare in Australia, where the game series was a huge cross-media empire, bigger than "Crocodile" Dundee. Another significant game was Star Wars: The Interactive Video Board Game, if for no other reason that it is canon and expands the story of the second Death Star. There are less than 100 VCR board games, and the videos for many of them are currently online, with more game documents and details on Board Game Geeks. By the end of the 1990s, the VCR was on the way out, replaced by DVD board games. Let's browse the isles of toy stores past, thanks to the crowd-sourced nostalgia that is the internet. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Nov 28, 2014 - 38 comments


Advertisement for Scroguard sexual product (SLYT, 1m35s)
posted by Greg Nog on Nov 3, 2014 - 54 comments

Very 70s Halloween tv specials. How very? Paul Lynde and KISS very.

Some 70s television programming for your Halloween viewing pleasure:
posted by Room 641-A on Oct 30, 2014 - 21 comments

BuzzFeed Motion Pictures President Ze Frank

Producer Michael Shamberg Wants to 'Invent the Future' With BuzzFeed Motion Pictures - "I don't think there's ever been a Hollywood R&D model like we have here." (previously 1,2,3) [more inside]
posted by kliuless on Aug 13, 2014 - 28 comments

What "Up" Did In Ten Minutes, We Can Do In Three

We've looked before at the trend of tear jerking commercials in Thailand. They are still at it, with this, and this, and this, and--oh God--this.
posted by Pater Aletheias on Jul 4, 2014 - 27 comments

Stop Motion? Robots? CGI? WHAT ARE THEY!?!?

The Energizer Bunny debuted in 1989 and quickly became one of the most successful advertising campaigns in media. Five years later, Duracell decided to do an eye-catching campaign of their own. The result was one of the most bizarre series of commercials of the 1990's. [more inside]
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on May 13, 2014 - 46 comments

There's no place like [home].

Hello, [insert tv market name]!! A collection of the ‘Hello News’ package produced by Gari Communications, sold to various TV networks, nationwide (and Australia.) Hello Bonus 1: Florence Warner sings “Hello Nashville” live, accompanied by the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. Hello Bonus 2: The Osmonds record a “Hello Utah” promo.
posted by Room 641-A on May 11, 2014 - 15 comments

Who is that man?

Perhaps you've seen a shorter version of Heineken's commercial "The Odyssey" on television. If you haven't seen the full-length piece, or if you haven't watched closely, you may not realize that the lead role is played by 20 different men, each "legendary" in his own way. Heineken has created an interactive version of the short advertising film, allowing you to click on each non-actor to see his casting interview. (Or you can just let it play and watch each man in his turn.) [total time ~48m] [more inside]
posted by hippybear on Apr 24, 2014 - 18 comments

Okay you got me.

Unsung Hero [SLYT] Warning: May cause intense sensation of heartstrings being tugged.
posted by Mike Mongo on Apr 12, 2014 - 24 comments

n'est-ce pas?

It took a while, but someone has finally lampooned Cadillac's much-derided "Poolside" commercial starring Neal McDonough. And not just any old someone: the Ford Motor Co.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Mar 29, 2014 - 106 comments

Cigarette TV Commercials

On January 2, 1971, the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act went into effect. In addition to adding a stronger health warning to cigarette packs, it banned cigarette advertising on radio and TV in the United States. (MLYT) [more inside]
posted by double block and bleed on Feb 6, 2014 - 47 comments

We are not your goddamn beer salesmen.

Budweiser paid for Super Bowl advertising that supposedly was trying to honor the troops. But the troops and veterans themselves have strong and thoughtful opinions about the existence of the ad, their choice of returning soldier, and what it says about companies and organizations who use veterans as props. [more inside]
posted by corb on Feb 5, 2014 - 217 comments

Sapeurs Star in the Best-Dressed Guinness Commercial

A recent Guiness ad featured Congolese sapeurs, and it's joyful to watch. (Sapeurs previous, & previously.)
posted by of strange foe on Jan 29, 2014 - 23 comments

Kopi Luwak

A remake of the famous business card scene from American Psycho — for a hipster jeans commercial. [slyt]
posted by cthuljew on Jan 21, 2014 - 38 comments


Two very different commercials about mothers.
1. Old Spice "Momsong"
2. P&G "Pick Them Back Up"
Bring your tissues for that second one.
posted by Rock Steady on Jan 9, 2014 - 53 comments

But everybody's like Cristal, Maybach, diamonds on your... timepiece?

It's the holiday season! Time to relax in front of the TV and shop for some new gear. Sit back and enjoy some of Samsung Mobile's horrifically tone-deaf commercials from 2013. The latest How to pick up women with Samsung Galaxy Gear arguably being the most cringeworthy.

Then there's Samsung doesn't understand Lorde's 'Royals;' uses it to advertise the Galaxy Note 3 to street urchins. Baffled housewife, studious Asian gamer and corporate ladder-climber discover what an SSD is. Samsung Evolution Kits for burpy, farty boyfriends. 10-year old boy in a Bentley (driven by a butler named "Benson") unpacks a Galaxy S4. And here's some coverage of Samsung's "shockingly sexist" Galaxy S4 launch event. [more inside]
posted by phaedon on Dec 22, 2013 - 84 comments

Mary! Did you hear that?

Ship My Trousers(SLYT, PepsiBlue) Previously
posted by donut_princess on Dec 17, 2013 - 29 comments

Thanks, Cinco! ;-)

The Cinco Family/Corporation is a fictional corporation which spans the television and internet works of comedian Bob Odenkirk. From 2007 to 2010, the comedy television program Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, served as an outlet for Cinco Products skits. The commercials and infomercials use green screen and special effects with the intent of mimicking the standard format of infomercials from the late 1980s and early 1990s, often lampooning technology from the same era (such as the Cinco MIDI Organizer). Generally, the goods and services sold by Cinco companies are a bizarre assortment of useless, pointless and/or physically harmful products, at least three of which require the removal of all of the user's teeth. [NSFW] [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on Dec 7, 2013 - 48 comments

Everybody loves forced perspective.

In the spirit of "Cog," here's Honda's "Illusions." Making of here. Via Hendrick Ball's "Grand Illusions."
posted by Marky on Nov 19, 2013 - 12 comments

You WILL believe a man can split!

The Most Epic of Splits is a Volvo commercial featuring Jean-Claude Van Damme, and contains no computer editing or trickery. Behind the Scenes. The commercial is one of a series of new advertisements for Volvo Trucks.
posted by blue_beetle on Nov 15, 2013 - 60 comments

Settlements will be paid in doubloons

When your name is "Jamie Casino", you're pretty much required to have a commercial that looks like this (SLYT).
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Oct 11, 2013 - 22 comments

I wanna be where you are

On a hazy February day in 2011, a special rainbow-colored train sped down the tracks to celebrate the newly-completed bullet train line spanning the island of Kyushu, Japan, and everybody came out to greet it.
posted by Sokka shot first on Aug 19, 2013 - 19 comments


Oreo Wonderfilled Anthem. And during which show did The Martin Agency decide to roll out its new, optimistic, and wonder filled (yes I know) Oreo ad campaign? Why, during the sometimes dark and always cynical show Mad Men, of course. [more inside]
posted by TrolleyOffTheTracks on Jun 16, 2013 - 35 comments


If you were watching late-night television in July 1998 you may have seen the half-hour informercial parody that the Beastie Boys produced to promote their upcoming album, Hello Nasty. The ad features Mike D, MCA , and Ad-Rock taking on roles to shill everything from the services of phone psychics to get-rich-quick scams to a food processor that plays songs from the upcoming LP. (Warning: video auto-loads.) [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on May 22, 2013 - 8 comments

Snitches get stitches, fool *BLEAT*

Mountain Dew Pulls 'Most Racist Commercial in History'. [more inside]
posted by item on May 1, 2013 - 262 comments

Right here?

Ship My Pants (SLYT, PepsiBlue)
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on Apr 16, 2013 - 72 comments

"Legal advocate for the injured, disabled, and urinated upon"

Barry Glazer is a legend in the world of local Baltimore commercials. He is the "Legal advocate for the injured, disabled, and urinated upon" All of his commercials can be found here. (WARNING EMBEDDED WMV) More Barry. And More.
posted by josher71 on Mar 26, 2013 - 11 comments

A bit of nostalgia for canucks who were kids in the 1970s (youtube vid)

I'd been searching for this for some time and recently discovered that someone had unearthed it. [more inside]
posted by SpecialSpaghettiBowl on Jan 26, 2013 - 30 comments

I say no to meth. *grin*

"Prison is full of people who have never rollerskated" (SL Friday YT)
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Dec 21, 2012 - 31 comments

Manly ramyun

Eat ramyun like a man (SLYT ramenblue)
posted by needled on Dec 16, 2012 - 52 comments

Old Spice Red

Dikembe Mutombo's 4 1/2 Weeks to Save the World is the tale of the struggle of Dikembe Mutombo to prevent the end of the world due to the Mayan calendar running out of time. You have to stop people from dancing Gangnam style and persuade Ohio to vote; you have to destroy cheap Black Friday toys; you have to destroy the Powerball winning numbers to prevent a literal Hollywood fatcat from producing another Vampire romance. And the game is an ad for a product that appears once in the loading screen. [more inside]
posted by ersatz on Dec 4, 2012 - 36 comments

Variations on a steem

Mia Gentile covers the Stanley Steemer jingle again (goth) and again (50s girl band) and again (a la Avril Lavigne) and...
posted by EJXD2 on Nov 27, 2012 - 17 comments


"Heisenberg—The Freshmaker!" [SLYT]
posted by Fizz on Aug 24, 2012 - 142 comments

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