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Oldipus Complex

Like many red-blooded Americans, I spent my Sunday afternoon watching Andy Dalton certify himself as the best worst starting quarterback in the NFL. Amidst the bevy of moments where Dalton did what Dalton does (interceptions, fumbles, red hair) - and Philip River's timeless bolo tie - I tuned out, instead opting to focus on a particularly intense QuizUp match up I was engaged in (untouchable in Logos, btw.) Despite my typically laser-like focus on such stimulating ventures, my eyes and brain were torn away from my iPhone screen by a delicate, slightly off-pitch voice angelically humming a song in my…
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January 10, 2014
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Ad of the Week: A Well-Oiled Machine

Quick survey: Do you like any of the following: A) Astonishing acts of beauty and grace B) Finely-tuned machines (human or otherwise) C) Lush sunsets D) A-list movie stars If you answered yes to any of these questions, then Volvo's latest TV spot "The Epic Split" was crafted with you in mind. Starring everyone's favorite Belgian, Jean-Claude Van Damme - more commonly known as "The Muscles from Brussels" - the spot begins with the frame focused tightly on Van Damme's face. As JCVD dives into his dialogue, the camera beings to pull out, slowly revealing our hero standing atop two…
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November 14, 2013
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10.24.13 Ad of the Week

Who doesn't love trick-or-treat humor, cute babies in ridiculous Star Wars Halloween costumes or awesome strategic plans to go to the house with the most candy. Oh yeah, and I guess throw in some cool features of the latest Verizon products and you are good to go for some mini Halloween entertainment. Verizon always pulls out all the stops with their advertising efforts, especially around the holidays. This ad showcases a family going trick-or-treating in star wars getup strategically in route to the house with the best candy, of course, using their new smartphones, tablets, and smartwatch. Could there be…
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October 24, 2013
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10.17.13 Ad of the Week

About two weeks ago, Samsung began airing a series of television spots introducing their latest release in technology products, the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. One of the commercials features a sort of "supercut" spot that combines shots of similar gadgets in use from classic science fiction televisions and movies. From Knight Rider's Michael Knight speaking to his car, to Captain Kirk using his wrist-based Communicator to make orders, to George Jetson asking his watch for the time; the advertisement does an outstanding job of connecting with several generations of viewers to remind them of how some of their past heroes utilized…
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October 17, 2013