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Victoria's Secret: "Model"

by Richard Keller, posted Feb 3rd 2008 10:58PM

Uh, bludawhat?

Do I really have to say anything about this ad? It features a Victoria's Secret model dressed in a lingerie, holding a football, and looking sensually into the camera. I guess if there words to say about this ad they would be: perfect, wonderful, best ad ever, amazing, and...Duh!

Hey, it's the Super Bowl -- holiday for the male chauvinist pig! You expect me to be sensitive and caring? If you want that then call Alan Alda or Hugh Grant. Me, I'm just going to stare at her a little bit more.

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E-trade: "Baby Trader"

by JJ Hawkins, posted Feb 3rd 2008 10:53PM
Stick a baby in a Super Bowl commercial and make it talk and you're guaranteed to have the nation talking about it the next morning.

Stick a baby in a Super Bowl commercial and make it talk and puke? You've probably still got a winning combination on your hand even though it's absolutely disgusting watching anything puke.

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Gatorade: "Thirsty Dog"

by Richard Keller, posted Feb 3rd 2008 10:48PM

I have never owned a pet in my life here on planet Earth. So, watching a 30 second commercial of a dog lapping up the water in his bowl wasn't that intriguing to me. Maybe it was interesting for pet owners as they were able to compare the way this dog drank as opposed to their dogs.

Having said that, I think that this was a clever ad pointing out that we humans should be replenishing our bodies with fluids just like our pets do. Granted, we need to do this with Gatorade, as the ad states, not with good old fashioned water. That, of course, would be sacrilege. Frankly, I think the Derek Jeter ad was more entertaining than this one.

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Hyundai: "The Genesis"

by JJ Hawkins, posted Feb 3rd 2008 10:41PM
Guess what I'm not going to be doing Summer of 2008?

Buying a Hyundai Genesis, that's what.

It's not that I think Hyundai makes a bad car. On the contrary, I think that Hyundai makes atrocious cars. Everyone that I know that has ever owned one wishes they would have gotten a Honda or a bicycle. I'm not even kidding.

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Doritos: "Mouse Trap"

by Jen Creer, posted Feb 3rd 2008 10:32PM
This was a decent commercial too. We hear opera music from Carmen, and a man in a suit with slicked back hair is using Doritos to set a mouse trap. He sets his trap, and then sits back in a comfy armchair. He is sitting in the chair, listening to the music and he starts stuffing his face with Doritos. Suddenly, the wall contorts as a huge figure starts bursting through the wall and comes at the man. A huge, human-sized mouse (obviously a guy in a mouse suit) tips the chair back to the floor and starts beating Opera Guy for his Doritos.

I admit it. I laughed out loud.

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Taco Bell: "Fiesta Platters"

by Richard Keller, posted Feb 3rd 2008 10:31PM

Good commercial, bad food

Here's the thing...I thought this was an okay commercial, with the smoky-eyed mariachi player enticing these two office workers to enjoy their Taco Bell Fiesta Platter at a table rather than during a meeting. I even liked the whip crack sound effect when the female office worker was put under the mariachi player's spell. Then they showed a picture of the Fiesta Platter...Urk.

One of the most unappetizing platters I have ever seen on a commercial. Nothing better than seeing all that food crowded on a tiny plastic tray. If they had presented it better maybe it would have worked for me. Instead, the whole commercial was ruined. Perhaps they need to rehire the Taco Bell dog again to bring the customer's back.

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Pepsi: "Justin Timberlake"

by Jen Creer, posted Feb 3rd 2008 10:25PM
Okay, FINALLY! This is really the first, genuine Super Bowl ad of the night. And yes, I laughed out loud when Justin Timberlake got his privates rammed three times into a mail box pole. What a good sport he is to do this commercial. And of course, we get it from Pepsi. If you missed it, Justin has just chastised a friend of his for being immature for sticking chopsticks up his nose, when Justin gets sucked out of a restaurant... literally. The more the gorgeous, Marianne-from-Gilligan's-Island-type bikini-clad woman sucks on her Pepsi, the more Justin gets sucked through traffic, through playing fields, into mailbox poles...

It's an ad for winning MP3s and Pepsi and something else. I don't know-- go watch it. But it was funny, and a decently done Super Bowl ad for really the first time this evening.

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CareerBuilder: "Spider"

by JJ Hawkins, posted Feb 3rd 2008 10:24PM
Do you have a special person in your life that is eternally optimistic?

When you've got a bad case of the Mondays, is there some annoyingly perky person at your workplace who is always chipper and talking about what a great day it is?

Then perhaps you can relate to this commercial as much as I did.

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T-Mobile: "Chuck and Dwayne"

by Jen Creer, posted Feb 3rd 2008 10:17PM
This was a really funny commercial, especially because it was so well-performed by basketball players Dwayne Wade and Charles Barkley. Charles Barkley (Chuck) puts Dwayne into his "Top Five" on T-Mobile, so he can call him anytime. At first, Dwayne is delighted and tells Barkley to go ahead and call him. Flatter soon turns to frustration as Barkley calls to talk game tips, the definition of HD (High Definition), and because he is bored. Wade resorts to ducking "Chuck's" calls and hiding to get away from him.

Maybe you have to see it. It's right under the jump.

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Coca-Cola: "Dueling Parade Balloons"

by Richard Keller, posted Feb 3rd 2008 10:09PM

Underdog and Stewie battle it out for a bottle of Coke

On a cool Thanksgiving morning old (Underdog) and new (Stewie from Family Guy) parade balloons battle it out for a inflatable bottle of Coca-Cola. As they cross the skyline of New York City fists fly and heads are butted. But, in the end, neither is the one who claims the prize. That honor goes to the honorable Charlie Brown, who seems to have finally won something in his life.

This was a cute and gentle commercial by Cola-Cola, which rarely disappoints when it comes to Super Bowl ads. I never realized that the Underdog and Stewie Thanksgiving Day balloons had such angry looks on their faces. That was an advantage in this commercial as we saw the two balloons battling it out. I enjoyed when Underdog slammed Stewie against the building. Nice job overall.

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Planters: "Unibrow"

by Jen Creer, posted Feb 3rd 2008 10:08PM
::Snort:: I kind of loved this commercial. I hope to see this one again. It's very cleverly done: The way to a man's heart really is through is stomach, which is sort of through his sense of smell. How brilliant: Use cashews as a perfume and have men stumbling all over you, even though you have a unibrow that makes you more suitable as a mate, probably, for a caveman.

The song-- what is that song? "I love you baaaaby," was a perfect touch. That woman they found had some real sass too, flipping her hair and sashaying her hips. Even if she was hard to look at. It was a fun commercial-- even though watching it didn't really make me feel like eating cashews, or even really eating at all.

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Sunsilk: "Hair Icons"

by Richard Keller, posted Feb 3rd 2008 10:05PM

Sunsilk-- Hair Icons

So, this is what half a million dollars pays for during the Super Bowl, huh? A 30-second commercial about three hair icons (not to be confused with America's Next Hair Icon): Madonna, Shakira and Marilyn Monroe. Nothing really spectacular, just some pop art images of those three with background music sung by each of them.

I'm trying to figure out who this commercial was targeted for. Obviously, they were aiming for all of the women who are watching the Super Bowl. But, with all of the testosterone flowing in these other commercials it seems like this ad got lost in the crowd. Plus, how many guys really know who Shakira is (other when there friends show them how hot she is). Frankly, Sunsilk's commercial money could have been used better elsewhere.

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Bridgestone: "Headlights"

by JJ Hawkins, posted Feb 3rd 2008 10:00PM
This was the funniest commercial I've sen all night. There wasn't quite as long of a buildup as the squirrel commercial earlier in the night, but it was equal to if not funnier.

It started out innocently enough. The driver did a great job avoiding the innocent little deer chilling haphazardly in the street.

Then it got interesting. I couldn't quite tell what I was looking at, then imagine my surprise when Alice Cooper was in crouching in the middle of the road holding a snake. Okay, that was a little random, but I guess that's pretty funny...what could possibly be next?

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Walt Disney Presents: The Chronicles of Narnia, Prince Caspian

by Jen Creer, posted Feb 3rd 2008 9:57PM
I am exactly the demographic for this commercial. I feel like Disney threw me a bone or something. The commercial was too short, darn it! I now have to go and hunt down the full-length trailer. But I saw enough to see the actor who played Tristan Thorn's young father Dunstan: Ben Barnes. He plays Prince Caspian. Hubba hubba. How nice to see the children from the first movie, albeit grown a little older now.

The commercial was far too short to really be satisfying though: Either advertising really is that expensive for the Super Bowl, or people are just really falling short of the mark this year. I haven't really seen any commercials that would have made the Super Bowl worth watching this year on their own.

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Bud Light: "Carlos Mencia"

by Jen Creer, posted Feb 3rd 2008 9:51PM
Carlos Mencia (is he a comedian?) tells a group of male immigrants in a bar that American chicks "dig a guy with an accent." So, they attempt to hit on women not through having accents, but through saying things like, "You have the thighs of a sherpa."

One woman is with a guy who truly does have an accent, pronouncing Bud Light as "Bood Light." I am not sure what the message is here: American women like accents, and that overcomes everything else? American women like accents, but don't mention our thighs? Or this commercial was stupid, offensive, and now it's over?

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