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Most annoying commercial jingles on TV

Posted by silentarchimedes on November 2, 2008

This post was originally written to talk about how annoying the Save by Zero and Five Dollar Footlongs commercials were, but now I’m expanding it to all annoying commercial jingles since November 02, 2008.

LET ME UPGRADE – DIRECTV – Beyonce

This commercial is annoying on three levels. One, the jingle is freaking annoying and just letting Beyonce sing “Let me upgrade” does not make it less annoying. Two, randomly showing Beyonce’s legs and body during the commercial makes it even more annoying because it has nothing to do with DirecTV. Finally, am I the only one that has always thought that Beyonce cannot dance. All she does is convulse with hard swinging movements from side to side.

SAVE BY ZERO – TOYOTA  (11/2/08)

Apparently I’m not the only one. Even Esquire has written about it -

The Inside Story of “Saved By Zero,” the Toyota Commercial That’s Keeping You Up at Night
FIVE DOLLAR FOOTLONGS – SUBWAY (11/2/08)

Here’s Slate’s take on the commercial -

Jingle Hell The diabolical geniuses behind Subway’s “five-dollar foot-long” song.
PRICELESS – MASTERCARD (11/2/08)

Oh, The Mastercard Priceless commercials continue to annoy me like hell. They got lucky having success with it the first year it was out. It’s over 10 to 15 years old now. Can’t you think of anything new? Jeesh…
And the Mac making fun of Windows commercials? I’m a big Apple fan, but umm, those commercials are annoying and stupid.

While we’re at it, what about the most annoying jingle in recent commercial history.

VONAGE

I’ll be nice and at least put a visually appealing Vonage commercial, but boy, that jingle makes me want to jump out the window.

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Movie Review: Stop-Loss

Posted by silentarchimedes on November 2, 2008

Cast: Ryan Phillippe, Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Abbie Cornish
Director: Kimberly Peirce

Stop-Loss

Stop-Loss

A quick review on the Iraq War movie, Stop-Loss. Although the movie only grossed $11 million on a $25 million dollar budget, it’s pretty apparent that the low numbers were impacted by the country’s disdain for the war and the setting in of war fatigue. America is still not ready to confront the many negative effects of the war because the reason for the war is unpopular. In a way, it’s unfortunate because the deaths and injuries of the many young soldiers still have not received the honor and attention they deserve. Instead the country has focused on the politics of the war, the economic effects of the war, and the negative treatment of enemy combatants. Stop-Loss is an attempt to address the controversial rule that allows the government to extend a soldier’s tour of duty without his consent. What the movie calls a back-door draft. The reason is to maintain combat strength and readiness in the war zone due to inadequacies in soldier numbers or experience. According to the movie, over 80,000 soldiers have been stop-lossed during the first five years of the Iraq War.

SYNOPSIS

The movie follows Staff Sargeant Brandon King’s return from the Iraq War and then shockingly stop-lossed right when he is ready to begin civilian life again. In leading up to the stop-loss, King realizes that the war has dramatically changed his soldiers and himself. Many of them are having difficulty adjusting to civilian life and patching up previous relationships. These observations contribute to his increasingly disdain for the war and the stop-loss was the ultimate last straw. He escapes from the barracks and becomes a fugitive. The rest of the movie follows his journey in seeking justice and also how he copes with his soldiers, the ethics surrounding the stop-loss, and his love for the country.

COMMENTS

Phillippe and Tatum

Ryan Phillippe and Channing Tatum

This movie wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be, considering all the negative reviews about it. However, it is a very simplistic movie where the story line hinges on King’s belief the stop-loss is unjust. In trying to bring attention to the stop-loss process through the actions of King, the movie fails to develop any supporting characters. King’s best friend, Sargeant Steve Shriver’s actions are stereotypical and somewhat inconsistent at times. Michelle, Steve’s fiance, who joins King on his journey has no personality at all. It’s difficult to understand where her loyalties stand. The movie also fails in expressing the urgency of King’s fugitive status. King and Michelle drive her blue car throughout the entire process without any thought of trying to ditch the car. Any sign of the chase by police is glossed over several times by simply showing a random police car slowly driving around.

The movie is listed as 1 hour, 51 minutes, but it could have been roughly 20 to 30 minutes shorter. Phillippe actually does a decent job portraying King, and what he was given, a character with little actual development and stereotypical Texan life of cowboy hats, rifles, beer, country dancing, etc. Tatum also does a decent job with what he was given with, but Tatum has not fully proven himself as a lead dramatic role.

5 stars

Rating: 6 stars

Overall, I give Stop-Loss a 6 out of 10 stars.

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