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B & Q
"Later Means Never"
60s
24 Sep 2021
B & Q take a stand against inertia in this compelling animated commercial. Directed by Sam Gainsborough, the film sees a dad paralysed by inaction who finally manages to shake off the accumulated dust of putting things off 'for later'. It's an inspiring sight for those who didn't embrace the home improvement trend during lockdown.

Sex Education
"Opening Scene"
83s
24 Sep 2021
Anime takes a risque turn in this entertaining film for Netflix comedy-drama Sex Education. Director Yibu Hu embraces fan fiction at it's finest as an alien finds herself discarded by her society... and seeks salvation in the wasteland in a myriad of different ways. Crisply drawn animation draws viewers into the sci-fi world on display, while matter-of-fact narration reminds us that we're in a very consciously created narrative.

Dubai
"A Captivating Saga"
66s
24 Sep 2021
Dubai's tourism board continue their expensive bid to entice visitors with another glossy film trailer. Oddly disconnected from previous instalment 'A Five Star Mission', Zac Efron and Jessica Alba return to tease another nebulous action movie with non-specific dialogue, sleek action shots, and very little else.

Radiohead
"If You Say The Word"
4 mins 20s
24 Sep 2021
This Radiohead promo reminds DAVID of a Nature Valley commercial from 2009, wherein a farmer must gather townies and take them back to the city. Suffice to say that the Radiohead version is far more melancholy. Two men search nearby woods and fields for anyone in office wear; some are easy prey, but others require cunning to take down.

Mr Green
"Roulette"
30s
23 Sep 2021
Mr Green's titular mascot resembles Batman villain the Riddler sans question marks. This 30" ad still hits viewers with a poser: why does everyone love the guy so much? Perhaps he's got sweets under his hat, or he just reminds folk of the green man at traffic lights. Whatever the reason, it's not enough to draw viewers into his world.

Jack Daniel's
"Infinite Apple"
30s
23 Sep 2021
There's more than a hint of 'Seven Nation Army' to this Jack Daniel's commercial. The same tunnel effect is used to promote the brand's Tennessee Apple variant, with punters urged to "pick boldly" in the drinks aisle. It's a slick effort that skews far younger than the brand's previous trips to Lynchburg, Tennessee.

CoppaFeel!
"Know Yourself"
60s
23 Sep 2021
Breast cancer awareness charity Coppafeel encourage boob-owners of all stripes to get to know themselves in this delicately shot commercial. Director Jess Kohl captures bodies of all shapes, sizes, and genders with a forensic eye for detail, ensuring that every wrinkle, roll, and fold is presented with loving care.

NatWest
"Day or Night"
30s
23 Sep 2021
A follow-up to NatWest's 'Tomorrow Begins Today' ad introduces another multi-faceted protagonist - a woman who shares a bed with her Tomorrow Night and Yesterday selves. Whatever their place on the timeline, the goal is a new flat away from parents and a sinister Furby - something the advertised bank can help with via video chat.

Short Films
"Get Out and See The Worlds"
2 mins 35s
23 Sep 2021
Art collective Meow Wolf present what they're calling the world's first 'trans-dimensional travel ad' with this intriguing short film. Blending a vintage aesthetic with thoroughly modern VFX, the film follows a Snowpiercer-esque train on a trip through mountains, underwater, and seemingly across the boundaries of reality. Perhaps this is what Journey meant when they described "the midnight train going anywhere."

Toyota Tundra
"Born From Invincible"
60s
23 Sep 2021
Toyota mark seventy years of trucking with this sturdy commercial from Saatchi & Saatchi and director Antoine Bardou-Jacquet. Like a racing video game with all stages unlocked, the ad drives through snow storms, dust clouds, stampedes, and - in an emotional nod to current events - wildfires.

Social Distance Dance Club
"Official Trailer"
1 min 58s
23 Sep 2021
Earlier this year, musician David Byrne and others launched the Social Distance Dance Club in New York. According to this two-minute promo, one BroadwayWorld critic's "soul felt broken open" by the event. We don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing, but the full film by director Danilo Parra may satisfy curious minds.

LNER
"Bounce"
40s
22 Sep 2021
A good seat goes a long way, says this breezy ad for London North Eastern Railway (LNER). The protagonist remains seated throughout the 40" film, but still manages to work, play, read, and watch a film before she arrives at Mum's house for dinner. Thanks to some nifty set design and transition shots, the brand make an enthusiastic case for rail travel.

Dromona
"Make Ours Yours"
60s
22 Sep 2021
Northern Irish dairy purveyors Dromona extol the tastiness of their wares in this pair of food-laden ads. Viewers are invited into a family kitchen for breakfast and lunch, as a stack of pancakes and cheese toasties are prepared with loving attention to detail. A sweet father-daughter interaction in the second clip cements the wholesome vibe.

RNIB
"WhatsIn Store"
2 mins 04s
21 Sep 2021
The RNIB draw attention to the everyday struggles of those with sight loss in this intriguing film. The charity present a shop whose wares have been stripped of their labelling - presented in plain packaging for customers to attempt to navigate. The two-minute runtime feels stretched, but the hidden camera concept holds up.

Homeserve
"Candlelit Dinner"
30s
21 Sep 2021
Not every candlelit dinner is intentional, says this 20" HomeServe ad, with a couple decidedly miffed at their gloomy situation. When the lights do come on, it's thanks to one of the home repairs and improvements firm's engineers...and no thanks to a certain four-legged opportunist with eyes on dessert.

Tiffany & Co.
"About Love"
90s
22 Sep 2021
Any commercial starring Beyoncé and Jay-Z, music's de facto power couple, is bound to draw attention, and this Tiffany & Co. ad is a doozy. Part home video, part ode to Audrey Hepburn, and all dripping in wealth, it's a significant flex by the near-two-hundred-year-old brand. Yet it's Tiffany's past that haunts the 90" film.

TradingView
"They See Nothing"
45s
22 Sep 2021
British climber Leo Houlding stars in this gnarly piece of work for stock market trading website TradingView. Filmed at Malham Cove (recognisable to fans of both Harry Potter and The Trip), the ad sees Houlding visualise the eighty-metre-high climb from below and the torn skin/broken holds that may follow.

Volvo
"Happy Drivers, Happy Dogs"
48s
22 Sep 2021
A pack of pleased pooches live their best lives in this communication from Volvo. The VNL truck with Turbo Compound makes 'saving fuel fun', as evidenced by the wide variety of pups enjoying their time riding shotgun in the cab. One cat even makes it into the passenger hall of fame... although the window stays firmly closed for everyone's sake.

Priya Ragu
"Lockdown"
2 mins 52s
22 Sep 2021
Tamil-Swiss singer-songwriter Priya Ragu tackles lockdown in stylish fashion in this latest promo. Rather than literally depict the purgatory of screens, silence, and the same four walls many have been suffering through over the course of the pandemic, the artist and director Dumas Haddad take a metaphorical approach - focusing on two dancers who mirror each other's movements despite the barriers between them.

Rainbow Riches Casino
"The Rainbow Hunter"
30s
22 Sep 2021
Ads for mobile games can be disheartening, but this Rainbow Riches Casino plug is a fun trip. A pair of rainbow hunters (think entry-level storm chasers) hit the road in search of multicoloured weather events, armed with enough elaborate equipment to make Doc Brown jealous. Directing duo BLOK's zippy montage proves the hunt is harder than it seems.

Short Films
"A Portrait of The Mountain"
8 mins 06s
22 Sep 2021
This intimate portrait of Hafthor Bjornsson - who found fame playing The Mountain in Game of Thrones - is an enthralling study in how physicality can affect one's psyche. 6'9" Bjornsson competed in strongman competitions for over a decade and was declared the world's strongest man in 2018, yet packed it all in to train as a boxer.

Frontline19
"One Crisis Has Caused Another "
2 mins
22 Sep 2021
The mental health crisis running rampant among healthcare workers is brought into the spotlight by this poignant film. Directing duo Novemba zero in on the toll taken on those treating victims of the Covid-19 pandemic, bringing untold stories of post-traumatic turmoil out of the shadows throughout the film's two-minute runtime.

Camaieu
"Uniform"
73s
22 Sep 2021
French clothing retailer Camaieu take a backseat in this industrious commercial, focusing instead on the cast's workwear. Thus, we see female pilots, chefs, firefighters, and others perform their duties before changing into more casual threads. However, viewers must stick around until the 60" mark to grasp this switch.

Lego
"The Damp Knight's Tale"
85s
21 Sep 2021
Childhood imagination meets grown-up ingenuity in this intriguing commercial for Lego. The film presents a seemingly simple problem - how do you get a knight in full plate armour across a lake? - and then tinkers with solutions over the course of 85". From emergency swimming lessons to creative construction, an entire village of mismatched characters comes together to get the job done.

Temptations
"Tasty Human"
30s
21 Sep 2021
Cats are encouraged to embrace their ominous natures this Halloween in a quirky pair of ads for Temptations. The Jeff Low-directed duo introduce audiences to the brand's 'Tasty Human' treats... although DAVID was relieved to find out that the morsels are actually chicken, liver, or beef flavoured. Developing a taste for actual human flesh is the last thing some of the mogs we know need...

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