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    • Life still moves pretty fastHaving 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.

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Wednesday, 26th April.
Betwen 2.30pm and 4.30pm.

The LSE, Sheffield Street, Holborn, London, WC2.

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Rail Delivery Group
"Improvements"
40s
20 March 2017

We're not particularly keen on the phrase "post-truth era" at DAVID, suggesting - as it does - that lying in public is a new idea but it's tempting to use it to describe this extraordinary piece of propaganda on behalf of Britain's train network.

The ad itself is well made but you cannot overlook its complete failure to acknowledge the problems generated by a creaking infrastructure and the dysfunctional relationship between train companies and trade unions.

While it's true that the rail network "carries twice as many passengers as twenty years ago" and this is genuinely a good excuse for its struggle to provide a decent service, it's disingenuous to suggest that all is well. Southern Rail's customers - or victims as they prefer to think of themselves - have to endure a dreadful service which is further blighted by cancellations and strikes. There is no expectation that trains will run on time or that you will get a seat.

Unfortunately, it probably won't be too long before the service offered by Southern serves as a model for the other train companies as they too sacrifice the customer experience on the altar of profit.

Rather than spending money falsely representing the railways as a beacon of good living, the rail companies should put their money together to provide a plan to fix all that ails it. And they should start by promising zero dividends for shareholders until they can guarantee that the trains will run on time and everyone can have a seat.

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J D Williams
"Spring into Summer"
30s
17 March 2017

JD Williams has been well and truly brought into the 21st century. What was a fusty old brand aimed at women presumed to be past all that fashion nonsense has been transformed over the course of several ads. Not only does this latest have a distinct look all of its own, it comes with a music track that gives it extra clout and credibility.

Sofi Tukker's uber-cool brand of dance-electronic-bossanova is the perfect fit for Sam Faulkner's assemblage of soaring models and flower backdrops; and is beautifully unexpected too. Even the old standby line 'Spring into Summer' - so familiar in mail order catalogues - has had fresh life breathed into it. Good stuff.

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Board to death.

You’ve got to hand it to the humble board game. Despite the competition posed by games consoles, smartphones, and Netflix and chill (other streaming services are available), tabletop games have enjoyed something of a renaissance of late.

Wholesome, good-natured competition for friends and family… it was only a matter of time before someone took it to the dark side. Enter 1stAveMachine’s Baz and ‘Game of Death’.


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Domino's Pizza
"Home for Pizza"
1 min 42s
20 March 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.

Just like Matthew Broderick's truant teen, 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.

Director Matt Lenski ensures it's a well-shot recreation of the the 1986 original's chase scene. Even Alan Ruck a.k.a. Cameron Frye cameos as a befuddled driver. No sign of Bueller's leopardskin waistcoat, but you can't have everything.

Even if the link between the film and the brand is somewhat tenuous (one scene did take place in a pizzeria), the ad chimes well with the current trend for Eighties revivals while promoting the brand's thoroughly modern tracker widget.

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iZettle
"Football"
50s
17 March 2017

iZettle have released a series of ads - created by Round & Round and directed by Lukas Hammar - focused on, uh, 'true' historical moments when people refused to take no for an answer. It's all part of their 'Do Your Thing' campaign, which champions the bravery of small businesses.

While we can't comment on this ad's historical accuracy (though we like to think this is exactly how the beautiful game was born), it certainly tells an entertaining version of events. Both performances here are lovely; the tremulous young peasant woman and grouchy old master playing off each other with aplomb.

Other films in the campaign tackle the contentious invention of the baguette and the noble struggle of the Dutch bloke who fought to develop orange carrots. A focus on things changing the world in a minor but unique way feels like a spot-on approach for iZettle's small business target market - great work all round.

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