Are you also frightened?

Art Director from Dublin.This blog will mainly feature; Art, design, advertising, fashion, culture, film, music, TV and nonsense.

Grimes is back. Thank bloody christ, things were getting boring, with the breakup of The Knife and all. Go featuring Blood Diamonds. Play it loud. 

Harmony Korine and Die Antwoord working together is like heaven to me ( Add in Dior and the results could be worryingly meh… There are elements of this ad Korine directed that are truly stunning; the room filled with flowers, the low fi footage (gorgeous!), the neon and the remix of Die Antwoord’s ‘Enter the Ninja’. I could do without the grand, stately room but overall I wish more perfume ads followed this vein. A lovely mix of pretty yet sexy. 

Midnight Juggernauts bat (cat) shit crazy video for Systematic. This may be one of the most magical things my little eyes have ever seen. Thank you for this, truly, thank you. 

Her is an outstanding film. Beautiful cinematography with a believable and relatable concept of a not too distant future that is both aesthetically intriguing, those trousers, and technologically possible. Remarkable performance by Phoenix who keeps you enthralled throughout. #her 

Don’t Hug me I’m Scared II where Time turns out to be an utter dick. The follow up to Becky and Joe from This Is It Collective’s utterly fantastic and still my favourite thing on the internet, Don’t Hug me I’m Scared 

Fantastic safe driving ad from New Zealand. It is really rather gut wrenching.

Very impressed by this Pantene Ad from BBDO Guerrero that challenges the double standards faced by women at work. It does lose it a little with the titles at the end. It is very much in keeping with the direction and commentary that my LowLow Adland Gal presented I feel it is important that more work is produced in this vein in order to challenge the way women are represented in advertising and ultimately in the real world. I am sad to say I have seen far to many ads recently that perpetuate acceptable sexiest stereotyping.

The making of the John Lewis Christmas ad. It brings a whole level of wow to it and adds greater charm. Bloody good work. 

The @HarveyNicholas Christmas ad is my favourite this year. Fantastic insight, some really nice acting and to top it off they made this idea live with the customer being able to buy the elastic bands instore. 

John St (@thetweetofjohn) are so spot on with this. I hate that fake stunt bollox. Thanks for making this! 

Dan Flavin at Tate Modern Part 2 #tatemodern #danflavin (at Tate Modern)

Wanna be cool? Get Chris Walken being his bad ass self and a deep, throbbing track by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds called, you guessed it,  ’We Real Cool’ and you got a cool ad right?! Right? Yeah, the ad is pretty cool, the art direction is stunning but ultimately it is a cool ad from a brand that really just aint that cool. 

I utterly adore this series of poster for Lars Von Trier’s Nymphomaniac, a movie which I am very much looking forward to. Moments of climax, perfect. 

'So you want to be a Writer?' by Charles Bukowski used for a Dewar's White Label ad. They are a whiskey brand and Bukowski was an alcoholic, that is the first issue. I struggle with this ad, I adore Bukowski and 'So you want to be Writer?' is a fantastic example of the man's work. And then as an advertiser I can see the attraction of the poem, its power, the emotion, the bitter rant of a brilliant man. It reminds me to an extent of the Levi's Go Forth campaign from a couple of years ago, the new pioneers, a great premise, beautifully executed, yet somehow hollow, void of the emotion of 'So you want to be a Writer?'. God, I can see the attraction of using it, it is powerful, but does that make this ad powerful? I don't think so. 

The Scarecrow (by chipotle) really is beautifully made. Those sad cow eyes, get me every time! Great message, of course it is associated to a large food chain but it really does put across their ethos in a clever way that is a direct comparison to their competitors. Great use of music, Fiona Apple’s vocal is as haunting as the visual. 

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