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iPhone 7 - Romeo & Juliet (2016) :30 (USA)

iPhone 7 - Romeo & Juliet (2016) :30 (USA)

It's exactly 4 seconds into this ad that I figure out the "surprising twist" that will tie it all together, but I love watching little kids all dressed up act as if movie in stars in a cinematic version of Shakesphere, so it has my full attention anyway.

 

Sandy Hook Promise "Evan" (2016) 2:28 (USA)

Sandy Hook Promise "Evan" (2016) 2:28 (USA)

In a nice bit of storytelling, we watch how a highschool flirt develops over anonymous messages exchanged by scribbling on desks in the school library.

 

Prada "Past Forward" (2016) 12:47 (USA)

Prada "Past Forward" (2016) 12:47 (USA)

David O Russell does a loving pastiche to Hitchcock in this film for Prada called Past Forward. Russell was given free range by Miuccia Prada and the result is arguably one of his best.

 

Norton Security - Santa Got Secure (2016) 2:30 (USA)

Norton Security -  Santa Got Secure (2016) 2:30 (USA)

Last year, Norton released the viral hit films "Santa Got Hacked", in which a very luddite Santa Claus gets hacked by the Bah Hum Bug--almost destroying the holidays. Almost.

 

Crayola - Audition - (2016) :30 (USA)

Crayola - Audition - (2016) :30 (USA)

The “Audition” campaign not only reunites Aardman Nathan Love with McGarryBowen, who previously collaborated on live-action/animation projects, but marks the launch of the Crayola brand’s first-ever national broadcast push featuring four distinct, animated versions of its vi

 

H&M "Come together" (2016) 3:52 (USA)

H&M "Come together" (2016) 3:52 (USA)

It's Monday, and nearly December. Are you feeling a bit sad that Thanksgiving is over and Christmas is coming and there hasn't been a decent fashion ad directed by an American auteur? H&M's got you covered.

 

Apple "Frankie's Holiday" (2016) 2:00 (USA)

Apple "Frankie's Holiday" (2016) 2:00 (USA)

Slept on this for a minute because I wanted to enjoy Thanksgiving but this strange ad features Frankenstein getting into the Christmas spirit for the townspeople with his iPhone and some caroling. Why? Damned if I know.

 

THE GODS THEMSELVES - Tech Boys (2016) 4:08 (USA)

THE GODS THEMSELVES - Tech Boys (2016) 4:08 (USA)

The God's Themselves have a new single I can't stop listening to called "Tech Boys." It's a slice of 80's dance on a white soundstage.

 

adidas Originals TUBULAR Blackout (2016) :15 (USA)

 adidas Originals TUBULAR Blackout (2016) :15 (USA)

Damian Lillard scribbles stuff in this spot while a headline ominously asks "Who runs the runway?" That's quite the dose of paranoia for this short spot.

 

adidas Originals "TUBULAR Blackballed" (2016) :15 (USA)

adidas Originals "TUBULAR Blackballed" (2016) :15 (USA)

Who runs the runway? Portland Trailblazer Damian Lillard, perhaps? I have no idea. This spot feels like it's trying way too hard. Although I'm not sure what it's trying to do, to be honest.

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