Movies, music, lesbian seduction. There was a little something for everyone in the ad world this week. David Griner ranked the 25 best movies advertising. Macy's congratulated the wrong team (again) after a sports championship. One agency was accused of stealing another's lesbian-foreplay commercial plot. And Crispin Porter + Bogusky said goodbye to Burger King with a wonderfully sadistic final campaign. Read on for the flame-broiled details.
25 Best Ad Movies Ever
So many movies about advertising, but no real way to rank them. Or is there? We developed a foolproof system of dubious science to finally compile a definitive list. The 25 Best Advertising Movies Ever Made
Macy's Big NBA Goof
Macy's has trouble with sports championships. In 2009, the chain bought newspaper ads congratulating the Phillies for winning the World Series, even though they had lost to the Yankees. Last week, it happened again, as new Macy's ads saluted the Miami Heat—right after they lost the NBA championship to the Dallas Mavericks. Macy's Mistakenly Congratulates Miami Heat in Newspaper Ads
Deceitful lesbians faux-seducing other women so they can steal their possessions? Seems like a rare advertising plot. Or not. Did one agency steal the idea from another? Wicked Lesbian Foreplay: An Idea Worth Stealing?
Crispin Porter + Bogusky finished its run on Burger King with a worthy coda: Whopper Lust. The campaign is centered around DirecTV channel 111, which is airing endless footage of a spinning Whopper. Watch for five minutes, and get a free Whopper. Watch for 10, and get two free Whoppers. And so on. Advertising as punishment—an appropriate farewell from a dumped agency. 'Whopper Lust': CP+B's Wonderful Swan Song on Burger King
Crazy Joy From Japan
The most insanely hypnotic spot of the week, for Suntory Rickey cocktails, starring Japanese TV personality Becky in all the roles. Watch and wonder. Japanese Suntory Cocktail Spot Is Crazy, Hypnotic and a Big Hit
Rob Zombie's Laundry Ad
Yes, Rob Zombie directed a commercial for Woolite. It has a horror theme. But you know, it's still a commercial for Woolite. Rob Zombie Directs Horror-Movie Parody for Woolite
The Chocolate Website
In Portugal, brewer Sagres promoted a chocolate stout with a website sculpted entirely in chocolate. The ultimate nerd candy. Mmm, a Website Made Entirely of Chocolate
Worst Attack Ad Ever
Filmmaker Ladd Ehlinger Jr. put together this crazy-offensive spot attacking Janice Hahn, a Democrat running for Congress in California. Perhaps the most racist and sexist campaign ad ever. Is This the Most Racist and Offensive Political Ad Ever Made?
The Audio Print Ad
The week's most innovative creative: an audio print ad for Brazil's Skol Sensation music festival, wrapped around the spine of Playboy magazine. A mini-chip was inserted in the ad, allowing users to listen to an audio message whispered by a young woman. By F/Nazca Saatchi & Saatchi. Audio Print Ad in 'Playboy' Talks Up Brazilian Music Festival
'Time' Video-Game Cover
Time magazine threw in the towel, allowing its iconic cover to be used for a Call of Duty ad. Don't shoot the messenger! 'Time' Magazine Cover Turned Into Apocalyptic 'Call of Duty' Ad