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Lipton Tea
"Keala Kennelly"
60s
23 March 2017
USA Tea

With all the dramatic and hard-hitting sports-based ads around, it's nice to know that sometimes even the athletically gifted enjoy a cup of tea and a sit down. The connection between surfer Keala Kennelly throwing herself into treacherous waves and caffeinated beverages may be tenuous, but this beautifully-shot film feels inspiring nonetheless.

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Lipton Tea
"Keala Kennelly"
60s
23 Mar 2017
With all the dramatic and hard-hitting sports-based ads around, it's nice to know that sometimes even the athletically gifted enjoy a cup of tea and a sit down. The connection between surfer Keala Kennelly throwing herself into treacherous waves and caffeinated beverages may be tenuous, but this beautifully-shot film feels inspiring nonetheless.

Emirates
"Electronic Devices"
20s
22 Mar 2017
Emirates have released a topical extract from their recent ad starring Jennifer Aniston. The airlline is making the best of a recent ban on electronics being carried on flights from nine countries, cheekily pointing out they've got so much in-flight entertainment available that nothing extra is required to keep boredom at bay. No word as to whether their TVs have Candy Crush though...

Domino's Pizza
"Home for Pizza"
1 min 42s
20 Mar 2017
Having starred in ‘Stranger Things,’ Joe Keery should feel at home in Eighties throwbacks. Now the tousled heartthrob takes the lead in this lovely homage to 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' from Domino's. Keery navigates backyards and trampolines in a race home. He's not trying to evade parents or thwart a vengeful sister, though... the man's got pizza on the way.

Raymond James
"Doors"
60s
17 Mar 2017
In this US ad for Raymond James, a couple's life is depicted via copious opening doors. The motif may be familiar, but each vignette conveys the passing time well. The advertised institution pays tribute to those who've toiled and achieved together, and suggests their financial expertise can help them embrace even more opportunities in later life.

Raymond James
"Kevin"
60s
17 Mar 2017
As Dylan Moran once observed, everyone wants to hear their name said a certain way. This engaging commercial for wealth management firm Raymond James introduces us to Kevin - a name comprised of two syllables and many inflections.

Enterprise
"An American Icon"
1 min 39s
20 Mar 2017
A hundred seconds spent in the company of Morgan Heim gives us a real insight into the conservation photographer's life. It's a tribute to director Jay Buim that - despite its brevity - this film never feels rushed. Cinematographer Kyle D Repka manages to capture the beautiful snowy landscapes in a fashion which reminds us that this is Heim's obsession and provides us with a sense that she is a highly capable photographer without us needing to see her work.

Short Films
"Do What You Can't"
3 mins 52s
16 Mar 2017
Youtuber Casey Neistat has racked up three and a half million views with this energetically upbeat video. Addressing the film to 'the haters' and 'doubters', Neistat rails against conformity over a montage of people doing things they were told they couldn't do.

Castrol Edge
"Fast & Furious 8"
2 mins 28s
17 Mar 2017
'Fast & Furious 8' - or 'The Fate of the Furious' for Stateside readers - partners with Castrol Edge for this action-packed simulation. Stuntwoman Debbie Evans is challenged by series veteran Michelle Rodriguez to evade tanks and Russian submarines on an icy lake - just your regular Sunday afternoon drive, eh? Good to see the stunt driver take top billing for once.

Capital One
"Ringtone"
30s
14 Mar 2017
In an instalment of Capital One's March Madness campaign featuring even more star power than usual, Gloria Gaynor makes a cameo as a flight attendant when the usual suspects decide to recreate last year's car-aoke. The real marvel here is that this was the best take they could get from Spike Lee, who seems to have something of a mental block when it comes to song lyrics.

Hotels.com
"Binge"
30s
16 Mar 2017
Binge-watching may seem like a good idea, Captain Obvious warns, but it's all too easy to lose an entire weekend without even noticing. The link to Hotels.com is tenuous, but there's a lovely performance from the couple who've missed grandpa's 99th birthday (and funeral, it transpires); particularly the guy - who discovers he's grown a beard and can no longer stand up despite 'actively trying'.

Drib
"Trailer"
46s
16 Mar 2017
The inspiration behind Kristoffer Borgli’s ‘Drib’ is stranger than fiction. YouTube prankster Amir Asgharnejad - famed for provoking passers-by with violent results - embarked on an ill-fated partnership with a well-known energy drink (rebranded as Drib for, ahem, legal reasons). This punchy trailer promises a darkly comic look at modern marketing.

Capital One
"Snack Hoodie"
30s
14 Mar 2017
Charles Barkley, Samuel L Jackson and Spike Lee (who also directed) are sitting down to watch an unspecified sports game and eat snacks together, as always, when Charles decides to bring out his new invention, the 'snack hoodie'. They share a bit of banter, some very enthusiastic laughter and general good times, all while helping themselves to the crisps from the mountain spilling out of Charles's hood.

Sherwin-Williams
"Safari"
30s
15 Mar 2017
It took 30,000 paint swatches, 24 production artists, and 5,600 hours' work to bring this stunning safari animation to life. Elephants stomp across the plains, meerkats cock their heads inquisitively, and flamingoes take flight - all constructed from the colour charts we pick up at B&Q and promptly forget about.

Capital One
"Clapper"
30s
14 Mar 2017
So far we’ve seen the Capital One dream team of Samuel L. Jackson, Charles Barkley, and Spike Lee enjoy themselves on a plane; now they’re watching the big game at Barkley’s gaff. Alas, Barkley still thinks a Clapper switch is the height of technology. Jackson and Lee aren't impressed, though it's good to know there's always a party going on in Barkley's head.

Apple
"Sticker Fight"
60s
15 Mar 2017
Still have trouble sorting your emojis from your emoticons? Well, Apple is ready complicate even things further. This frenetic ad introduces ‘texting stickers’: pop culture-inspired embellishments for instant messaging. A citywide tagging spree ensues with Stewie Griffin, Dr. Frank N. Furter, and the Hungry Caterpillar just some of the e-adhesives on display.

Capital One
"Steaks"
30s
14 Mar 2017
Samuel L. Jackson, Charles Barkley and Spike Lee return for another series of ads focused on the merciless ribbing which denotes true friendship. Having upgraded to air travel since Capital One's last March Madness campaign, the crew chow down on some in-flight grub... until they realise they're missing out on a once-in-a-lifetime pun.

Hickey Freeman
"Cory Bond"
90s
14 Mar 2017
From bread factory worker to successful model, Tennessee-born Cory Bond has enjoyed an odd career trajectory. When you move to New York City, you’ve got to embrace every opportunity. Bond describes what it takes to stay true to yourself in the Big Apple. Of course, dressing the part is also key… and that’s where suit maker Hickey Freeman comes in.

BMW
"Director"
50s
10 Mar 2017
We were pondering giving the BMW M4 a director’s credit on this ad, but we’ll let RSA’s Henrik Hansen take all the glory. The featured coupé pursues its silver 4 Series companion with a camera attached to the grill, allowing it to capture some nifty footage in the process. Nervous camera operators will be hoping this doesn't put them out of a job.

ONE Campaign
"Every Girl Counts"
1 min 42s
10 Mar 2017
It’s been interesting to watch advertisers and organisations engage with International Women’s Day; now it's the ONE Campaign's turn. A brief animated segment leads us into a montage of diverse individuals representing girls denied an education. The lobby group hopes this optimistic sequence counts for something in the long run.

Jose Cuervo
"Last Days"
2 mins
7 Mar 2017
It's the end of the world as we know it... and with a little tequila we'll feel just fine. Jose Cuervo encourage us to live in the moment in this poignantly defiant film, set in a remote dive bar as the apocalypse looms. Some of the bar's patrons flee and take their chances in the storm, while others decide to stay put and wait for the inevitable.

Verizon
"Half House"
60s
1 Mar 2017
This whimsical Verizon commercial takes us into 8½ Maple Street - an address which takes the term ‘halfway home’ to extreme levels. Good luck to the estate agent who ever has to shift this place. Still, the family seems content with their ultra-cosy existence. Always helps when you’ve got rapid upload and download speeds in every cubby-hole.

Audible
"1984"
30s
1 Mar 2017
Nimoy-approved Spock actor Zachary Quinto reads a prescient passage from George Orwell's '1984' in this ad for Audible. While no commentary is given, the extract's relevance to the current political climate around 'foreigners' can't be ignored. One of several bold spots which aired before and during the Oscars, each film featured an actor performing a potentially-political piece from popular literature.

Verizon
"Instant Internet"
60s
1 Mar 2017
This quirky film from Verizon shows a montage of things which only take a instant to happen in order to illustrate their broadband speeds. Bubbles pop, static shocks zap, and one chap loses a year's worth of beard in one snip. It's unusual for a provider to focus on their upload as well as download speeds, and director Kevin Thomas manages to emphasise both with style.

GNC
"Courage To Change"
60s
1 Mar 2017
This ad from supplement producer GNC features people from all walks of life striving to create change, accompanied by a dramatic voiceover and drum-heavy soundtrack. The spot stirred up controversy when it was unexpectedly dropped from its Super Bowl slot only six days before the big game, for reasons some might say are flimsy at most.

Rolex
"Celebrating Cinema"
60s
27 Feb 2017
This Rolex ad was broadcast during this year’s Academy Award ceremony... perhaps those in charge of the Best Picture envelope had one eye on it. The watch is shown to be a supporting player in films such as ‘Network’ and ‘Apocalypse Now’. Movie lovers will enjoy listing the flicks, while the brand marks its cinematic heritage before product placement exploded.

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