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Milka
"The Time Machine"
90s
11 November 2016
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Milka's Christmas commercial goes for whimsical with a capital W. This intrepid inventor tries to bring the big day forward with a homemade time machine, paying homage to the 1960 film of the same name. While he takes his contraption for a test drive, his family complete the illusion with some rapid-fire decorating. Perfectly amiable Christmas fare, though what are they going to do for the rest of December?

Aldi
"Hunger of The Gods"

Alexander said:

^ sure is. Actors name is Colin Michael Carmichael!


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Milka
"The Time Machine"
90s
11 Nov 2016
Milka's Christmas commercial goes for whimsical with a capital W. This intrepid inventor tries to bring the big day forward with a homemade time machine, paying homage to the 1960 film of the same name. While he takes his contraption for a test drive, his family complete the illusion with some rapid-fire decorating. Perfectly amiable Christmas fare, though what are they going to do for the rest of December?

S7
"The Best Planet"
1 min 40s
5 Oct 2016
When all's said and done, planet Earth's got a lot going for it, eh? This globe-spanning film from airline S7 and director AG Rojas reminds us that Earth's multi-layered beauty is there waiting for us to enjoy. The advertised airline wants us to embrace the world we know best - and does an impressive job of appealing to our inner explorer.

FIFA 17
"The Chant"
80s
26 Sep 2016
This technical sophistication of the current generation of games consoles means the beautiful game has rarely looked more convincing. EA Sports' FIFA series consistently wins plaudits for its near-broadcast standard presentation, and the roar from the crowd is captured in all its glory in this immersive ad for FIFA 17. The camera follows a Manchester United starlet from the dressing room to the pitch.

AB Inbev
"Infected By Music"
3 mins
20 Jul 2016
Is it a promo? Is it a commercial? Is it branded content? Who cares? Whatever it is, it's an absolute triumph that's absolutely pumping with energy. The track was created by TiŰsto and Jauz - DJ/Producers from Holland and Los Angeles respectively and it's a perfect piece of music to promote Inbev's sponsorship of the Tomorrowland Festival. The annual event takes place in the Belgian town of Boom - no, seriously! - which sits between Antwerp and Brussels.

Booking.com
"Get Booking"
60s
10 Jun 2016
DAVID doesn't know who provided the voiceover for this commercial but he knows it isn't Peter Serafinowicz... and that is a matter of some regret. Serafinowicz brought his customary archness to the original work for this campaign and - as we noted at the time - elevated the visual material into a lovely zone of self-parody.

Nike
"Defiance"
60s
26 Apr 2016
This interesting commercial examining Greece's preparations for the Olympics acknowledges that the European country is up against it, and presses Nike's famous exhortation 'just do it' as a plan of action. Problematically though, it tacitly admits Nike - as a headline sponsor - has failed to ensure the promised legacy is delivered and this massively damages the communication of this message.

Nike
"Spark Brilliance"
90s
6 Apr 2016
Paris Saint-Germain and France midfielder Blaise Matuidi is the star of Nike's energetic tribute to the moments that trigger a lifelong passion for football. For Matuidi, it was watching Jay-Jay Okocha (the man famously described as "so good, they named him twice") on the television screen. He may get put in his place early on, but years of distance running finally earns him a berth at the heart of Les Bleus' midfield.

Milka
"The Biscuit Jar"
60s
6 Apr 2016
Another sugary sweet offering from Milka brings us to the fictional town of Lilaberg as a girl searches for the perfect biscuit jar. └ la 'Toy Story', the receptacles on sale in this old-timey shop subtly try to attract her attention. She only has eyes for one, though - and we learn why when she shares an afternoon bickie with her grandfather.

Milka
"The Strongman"
90s
6 Apr 2016
Personal taste will determine whether this new ad for Milka indulges the sweet tooth or erodes it. Nonetheless, there is some lovely production design present in this tale of a little boy travelling to see his favourite circus act in the flesh. While the young 'un isn't quite as powerful as Gustavus, the strongman makes him believe otherwise with the help of a chocolate bar.

Booking.com
"Battle"
30s
1 Mar 2016
Booking.com kicks off a new campaign proclaiming that holidays can be the perfect time to indulge our most beloved pursuits. A gravelly VO lends an aura of seduction to the proposition while a couple are shown going medieval on each other, as it were. A neat reminder as to the variety of activities that can shape our time away, and that the advertised website can help get us closer to them.

Booking.com
"Inner Warrior"
30s
1 Mar 2016
Booking.com kick off a new campaign proclaiming that holidays can be the perfect time to indulge our most beloved pursuits. This family is determined to embrace new cultures and do so with an animated attempt at a woodland Haka in New Zealand. Thanks to the featured website, their adventurous spirit and ideal accommodation go hand in hand.

Booking.com
"Truffles"
30s
1 Mar 2016
Booking.com kick off a new campaign proclaiming that holidays can be the perfect time to indulge our most beloved pursuits. This execution pits one truffle fiend against another in the picturesque French countryside, while the well-chosen VO encourages fellow foodies to use the accommodation site and achieve culinary bliss on their vacation.

Booking.com
"Best 2016 Ever"
30s
13 Jan 2016
2016 receives the movie trailer it deserves in this super ad for Booking.com. As the sequel to 2015, there's a lot of pressure on this year to deliver. After all, who knows if we'll get another 2016 in the future? What better way then to help improve its chances than to turn that dream holiday into a reality through the featured website?

EA Sports
"Lloyd's Team"
23 mins 45s
8 Jan 2016
Goodness this is long. At nearly 24 minutes, it's actually longer than a non-BBC sitcom and - although it provides plenty of laughs - it's actually hard to imagine anyone watching the whole thing. In fact, DAVID hesitates to admit a lack of professionalism, but can anyone let us know if anything interesting happens in the last ten minutes!

FIFA 16
"Reindeer Games"
30s
15 Dec 2015
This fun ad has Sergio AgŘero and Lionel Messi enjoying a brief winter break playing FIFA 16 at Santa's gaff. Despite the two showing they have just as much skill on the console as in real life, the reindeer aren't impressed. Despite Dasher's brio, the Xbox One controller is much more suited to human hands than for hooves. Best stick to the sleigh-pulling, chaps.

Heineken
"The Chase"
90s
21 Sep 2015
Daniel Craig plays second fiddle to a young woman on a pair of waterskis in W+K Amsterdam's Heineken swansong, and it's a fantastic way to bow out. Craig makes good his escape from a gang of villains in a Mediterranean fishing village by jumping into a motor boat but doesn't realised it was being prepared for a jaunty bit of water sports.

FIFA 16
"Play Beautiful"
2 mins
17 Sep 2015
To worship at the altar of football is a familiar idea, but in launching the latest iteration of their long-running FIFA franchise, EA Sports aims to elevate the beautiful game into the realm of opera, high art, and the cultural elite. The end result may not please Classic FM, but it's good fun nonetheless.

Booking.com
"Wing It"
45s
29 Jul 2015
Reminiscent of a terrific lastminute.com film from earlier this summer, a breathless piece of work from W+K (Amsterdam) has Booking.com providing the same joie de vivre when it comes to holidays. A sun-kissed montage of improvised holiday plans brilliantly conveys the rush of a spontaneous getaway.

Heineken
"The Insider"
1 min 40s
16 Jun 2015
Holidaymakers looking for a tranquil city break might want to avoid Paris with this spontaneous tourist guide on the loose. Upon spotting a group of people preparing for a staid trip down the Seine, the protagonist commandeers them for a tour they'll never forget as he explores some of the city's less familiar corners.

Fifa 15
"Bitter Sweet"
80s
21 May 2015
Lionel Messi has tasted both victory and defeat during his astonishing football career and this surreal commercial for the latest edition of the FIFA video game suggested his tears can be distilled into a delicious confectionery based on the sweetness of winning and the bitterness of losing. The 'commentary' errs on the side of obviousness but otherwise this is a well-worked piece.

Tesco Mobile
"Wake Up Call"
40s
11 May 2015
The perky protagonist of this engaging jaunt seeks to raise the nation from their telecommunications slumber and trumpet the benefits of Tesco Mobile's services. There are some nice touches nestled throughout - who'd have thought roosters could operate smartphones? - and the locations featured effectively demonstrate the coverage the operator aims to provide.

Booking.com
"Jet Lag"
30s
25 Apr 2015
A woman who has arrived at her hotel in Tokyo is in a very different timezone from her psyche and she struggles unsuccessfully to get to sleep. The bright morning would be enough to drive her insane if she hadn't had the foresight to use the advertised service to book a room with a switch that shuts the blinds and return her to peaceful darkness.

Booking.com
"Farewell"
30s
24 Apr 2015
Another fantastic instalment in this terrific campaign has a man reluctant to leave the island where he's enjoyed unparalleled hospitality; and thus confounds everybody - including the VO - by diving into the sea and swimming back to the waving islanders. The 'conversation' between the VO and the man's inner monologue is pretty funny but it's everyone's response that really makes this an outstanding piece of work.

Booking.com
"Football Match"
30s
29 Mar 2015
Disconsolate footie fans trudge back to their accommodation after a crushing defeat. Luckily there is life after loss at a luxury hotel suite courtesy of Booking.com. The holiday company continue their fine run of form with another set of engagingly quirky protagonists and a script that ramps up the twist to the word 'booking'.

Desperados
"Verde"
15s
25 Mar 2015
If tequila-flavoured beer alone isn't enough of an affront to your jaded palate, then get yourself a bottle of Desperados Verde which lobs lime and mint into the mix. These 15 second ads for the brand don't just get your attention, they reach out and strangle your eyeballs. Nicely done, though - and perfect for the type who'll enjoy this combination. Flaming sambuša chaser, anyone?

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