#SB50: Advertisements Gone to the Dogs

I’m the last person to ever sit through a game of football yet watching the Superbowl for me is less about the game itself and more about the ads throughout and the food I get to munch on while I’m watching.

 

Doritos Ultrasound

This commercial definitely caught my attention but it also gave me the creeps a slight bit. I’d give it a 3.5/5 stars for creativity but it lost 1.5 stars for the creepy factor.

Paypal: There’s New Money in Town

 This commercial made me and my dog take notice because we are huge Lovatics (fans of Demi Lovato)because of the use of Demi Lovato’s song, “Confident” but as far as what Paypal was advertising, it was hard to tell. Do they have a new feature on their site? Is it easier to use their site? Or were they advertising Paypal makes you feel confident with your money. 2 out of 5 stars.

                Apartments.com

This commercial was very smart and clever and featured rapper Lil Wayne. 4.5 out of 5 stars

Shock Top: Unfiltered Talk

This commercial was funny and had my attention throughout, and at the end of it, I was definitely craving a beer. 4.5/5 stars.

Buick: The Big Game Meets The Big Day

                Featuring rising talent Emily Rajenkowski, most known for her role opposite Zac Efron in We Are Your Friends, and Obdell Beckham, Jr. It was funny and clever, and I knew what product they were advertising by the end. 3.5/5 stars.

Dollar Shave Club: Zeke

This ad definitely kept my attention, grossed me out, and had me considering signing my dad up. 4 out of 5 stars.

Acura: What He Said

Featuring Van Halen, this commercial got the point across and was one of the few car commercials that didn’t annoy me. 4.5/5

                QuickenLoans: RocketMortgage

I like that they suspended things in the air in this ad but still got the concept across. 4/5

                Hyndai: Ryanville

Who doesn’t get distracted looking at Ryan Reynolds? Clever ad and got the point across. Another car commercial that didn’t annoy me. 4.5/5

                Budlight Party

This was one of my favorite commercials of the night. Super smart. Amy Schumer is way hot right now, and I love when she says: “It’s not too big, I mean, you can handle it.” I laughed out loud. Very entertaining commercial. Genius concept using the caucus as the theme. I’m definitely a voting member of the #BudlightParty. 5/5

Skittles: The Portrait

Very clever and features Aerosmith legend, Steven Tyler. 4.5/5

Prius: Heck On Wheels

This commercial definitely made me want a red prius. This was incredibly clever centering around a police chase in a prius that becomes a national phenomenon. 4.5/5

                Coke: Ant Man vs The Hulk

                This commercial was clever, as most Coke ads are, advertising the new mini Coke by comparing it to Ant Man and the Hulk.

Butterfinger: Bolder Than Bold

This commercial was good but not great. A little predicatable for someone who studied marketing. 3.5/5

                Kia: Christopher Walken

This was funny and as a Kia customer, I definitely like how they advertised the new Optima. 4/5

T-Mobile: Drake

This commercial had me erupting in racauous laughter. So funny and still got the point across. 4.5/5

Colgate: Turn Off The Water

A very socially conscious ad that still got the point across in terms of brand and product. Very clever. 4.5/5

Third Place Finish: Turbotax

This commercial was a little dull until he called for his dog and it was named Turbo Tax. Also, TurboTax is a great way to file your taxes absolutely free, and your refund comes super quick.

Second Place: Doritos Dogs

                As a dog lover and proud owner of two beauties, let me tell you. Dogs love doritos. This commercial was absolutely brilliant and totally appealed to me as a dog lover.

First Place: Heinz Ketchup

My daschund Katrina is one of my favorites and this commercial just made me so entirely happy, all the while I ended up craving a hot dog. Honestly, that’s just right now since I’m incredibly hungry.

All in all, if you want your product or brand to shine, have a dog in your commercial. Trust me on this.

#GreaseLive: GREASE is definitely the word

On January 31, 2016, Fox’s musical remake of the hit musical movie, Grease went live starring Julianne Hough as Sandy, Aaron Tveit as Danny, and Vanessa Hudgens as Rizzo.

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GREASE: LIVE: (L-R): Keke Palmer, Kether Donohue, Julianne Hough, Andrew Call, Carly Rae Jespen, Carlos PenaVega Aaron Tveit, David Del Rio, Jordan Fisher and Vanessa Hudgens in GREASE: LIVE airing LIVE Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 (7:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. Cr: Tommy Garcia/FOX

The musical started out with a killer cover of “Grease is The Word” by pop chart sensation Jessie J as well as a cover of “Beauty School Dropout” during the live performance by 90’s favorites, Boyz II Men.

Everyone did phenomenal and it’s hard to pick a star but I’d have to say that notable moments for this reviewer would be:

Vanessa Hudgens performance throughout despite the death of her father, Greg Hudgins, the night before. Despite the devastating loss, Hudgens showed true professionalism as well as the depth of her talent as a singer, dancer, and actress. The show was also dedicated in his honor. I was absolutely blown away by how well she performed that I almost forgot that Sandy and Danny are the major characters of the musical, and Rizzo is only a minor character. Yet, last night, Rizzo became the star of this new rendition of a 1970’s classic.

Another crazy and notable moment was when Didi Conn, who played Frenchie in the original movie, starred as Vi the diner waitress, who shares a scene with Frenchie (played by Carly Rae Jepsen). Joe Jonas even made an appearance during the big American Bandstand dance scene.

Newbie Aaron Tveit isn’t a musical newb at all, and brought a new perspective and demeanor to the role of Danny. His IMDB shows that he’s starred in a role on hit tv show Gossip Girl and in the 2012 film version of L`es Miserables. Julianne Hough on the other hand, gave Sandy a sexy edge while still upholding the mold of the original role, and even gave a quick nod to Dancing With The Stars.

Overall, I give the musical five out of five stars and can’t wait for Fox’s next live musical project as I will be definitely be tuning in.

 

 

 

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Elle King Will Make You “Love Stuff” Off Her Debut Album

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I bet you don’t know who Elle King even is. If, like myself, you came across a blurb about her in Cosmopolitan magazine, you googled her single “Ex’s and Oh’s” because they said you would be playing on repeat. Cosmopolitan magazine was not playing. From the moment I found this video 

I had it on repeat. That was two weeks ago. On February 17, 2015, Elle King’s debut album Love Stuff was released by RCA records. Daughter of famed comedic actor Rob Schneider, Elle King’s bluesy rock and roll sound could make her the female version of Jonny Lang. My favorites from the album beside the single Ex’s and Oh’s  are America’s Sweetheart (a song that declares she is who she is and “if you try to change her, you can go to hell,”) and Make You Smile. Trust me, with one listen, Elle King will command your attention and make you love the stuff she sings about.

Editor’s Note: This post originally appeared on DailySelectBlog.com in February 2015 which has since been shut down. Writer owns all copyright to the above review.