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Otherkin
"React"
3 mins 07s
19 July 2017
UK Promos

Dublin outfit Otherkin create exuberant, thrashy guitar rock that hails from an era when energy was an instrument in its own right. The frantic pace, full-on vocals and squally riff of 'React' is infectious: you know that if it's put on in any room where there's more than a square metre of empty space, pretty much everyone nearby will rush in to fill the vacuum and get moshing.

Director Ciaran Lyons adds extra oomph to an already lively performance video with brightly-coloured, simple backdrops and the introduction of a lumbering giant of a chap determined to turn the band into raspberry jam. It's fun, not too slick, and well worth a watch.

Opel
"Leadership"

Matt said:

Actually it feels like a trailer for a film I don't want to watch. Quite what Klopp's involvement is a bit of a mystery.


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Otherkin
"React"
3 mins 07s
19 Jul 2017
Dublin outfit Otherkin create exuberant, thrashy guitar rock that hails from an era when energy was an instrument in its own right. The frantic pace, full-on vocals and squally riff of 'React' is infectious: you know that if there's more than a square metre of empty space in any room where it's playing, pretty much everyone nearby will rush in to fill the vacuum and get moshing.

The All-American Rejects
"Sweat / Close Your Eyes"
11 mins
19 Jul 2017
Jamie Thraves explores identity in this pair of promos for the All-American Reject's first album in five years. The promos - which function as a short film despite showcasing two separate tracks - explore identity in a unique, poignant way rarely seen (let alone pulled off with such aplomb) in under twelve minutes. Things begin with 'Sweat', in which we're introduced to singer and sometime actor Tyson Ritter playing Betsy, a cross-dressing prostitute.

Opel
"Leadership"
2 mins 20s
19 Jul 2017
One wouldn’t immediately associate Opel with the new world order, but the marque clearly have a Mr Robot fan on staff. This cinematic commercial wears its tech-noir influences on its sleeve. The main protagonist is a computer hacker determined to crash The System - while her targets squirm, she prepares to strike.

Samsung
"Do Anything"
30s
19 Jul 2017
This rapid montage by M. Blash for Samsung's new Galaxy Tab S3 is all about creativity. We see the tech in action via quick cuts, as the product jumps between being used as a notepad, laptop, and canvas. The slick visuals and rhythmic soundtrack make the S3 look like the cool alternative to pen and paper, ready to capture lighting-fast flashes of inspiration at any moment.

Björn Borg
"Beyond the Borders"
2 mins 09s
19 Jul 2017
Sportswear brand Björn Borg - named after the Swedish tennis legend - commission an unusual match. The location? The US-Mexico border. Donald Trump will be delighted. With a Border Patrol official as their umpire, youngsters from both nations enjoy a friendly rally. Constant radio chatter and helicopter shots support the idea this is a dicey affair.

British Airways
"Safety Video"
6 mins 06s
19 Jul 2017
This amusing collaboration between British Airways and Comic Relief ensures passengers won't forget to fasten their seatbelts any time soon. The star-studded film features appearances from British celebrities as disparate as Oscar winning actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, Gillian Anderson, and... Mr Bean. 'People Just Do Nothing's Chabuddy G leads proceedings with... skill.

The Horrors
"Machine"
4 mins 09s
19 Jul 2017
The Horrors frontman Faris Badwan introduces ‘Machine’ with: “Your smile is nothing to live for”. As opening lines go, that is cold. The warmth of previous album ‘Luminous’ is replaced by talk of “mannequin moves” and “cold simulation”. As for the promo, digital filmmaker Jon Emmony presents a hypnotic sequence of biomechanical mutations.

McDonald's
"Park to Pitch"
20s
18 Jul 2017
With the Women’s European Championships underway, McDonald’s reveal how budding mascots can join the Netherlands action. Likeable animation depicts one girl’s journey from park kickabout to accompanying the England national team. Let’s see if the women can show their male counterparts how it’s done at Euro 2017.

ao.com
"Cold Call"
30s
18 Jul 2017
AO's web chatting family is back for another parent-led conversation. Last time the folks were having an endless stream of appliances delivered in the background - now they've turned their attention to their son's white goods. All as a pretext for a family BBQ, of course. Simon looks reluctant... at least all that fridge space will hold plenty of beer.

Booking.com
"Magnús Magnússon"
20s
18 Jul 2017
Magnús Magnússon (no, not that one) records his trip to Uganda for Booking.com. The travel website wants us to believe their employees are full of the “booking dot yeah” spirit. Alas, a frantic montage featuring a pig’s anus and Magnússon vomiting on the side of the road doesn't inspire confidence. More like “booking dot meh”.

McDonnells
"Soiree"
30s
18 Jul 2017
McDonnells curry sauce have created a shameless spoof of that cheesy classic ad: 'The Ambassador's Party' for Ferrero Rocher. Complete with vast pyramid of golden fries and the immortal - if paraphrased - line "Wiz zeece chips curry you are really spoiling us", it's a deliciously faithful send-up that bears lots of repeat watching.

Sälen
"So Rude"
3 mins 37s
17 Jul 2017
Sälen - a band who chose their name by throwing a dart at a map - create poppy electronica with an icy edge. Vocalist Ellie Kamio sounds deceptively sweet, but her lyrics - with track titles like 'Diseasey' and 'Heartbreak Diet' - are full of glacial disillusion. Their star is currently rising, and director/animator Kent Hugo mines Sälen's coldness with a CG promo that leaves nowhere to hide.

VO5
"Heads Up"
60s
17 Jul 2017
This playful ad for VO5 shows a pair of screamingly cool teenagers getting up to benign mischief about town. Fuelled by their ever-changing hairstyles, they muck around at a skating rink, dance at a festival, and indulge in a spot of karaoke. A graphic transition of the brand's colours comes between each scene of harmless fun - no cider in the park for these hipsters.

Nike
"Skates"
60s
18 Jul 2017
Nike’s irreverent streak continues with this disco-infused commercial. It’s a West Coast showdown between the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers. When Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson receives the ball, his opponents suffer a bad case of the skates. This gridiron tussle suddenly turns into a roller disco - complete with lighting pinched from Studio 54.

Macmillan
"Coffee Table"
60s
18 Jul 2017
The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is back, and Macmillan want more to get their bake on. This 60” commercial features a well-rounded cast of brewers, bakers, and, well, M&S shoppers. We like the proud look on the mechanic’s face as his colleagues tuck in. An effective reminder that anyone can contribute to this year's event.

Morrisons
"First Day"
40s
18 Jul 2017
Morrisons gets ready for term time with this amiable ad. A lad gears up for his first day at school, complete with pictures in his new uniform (a lovely, nonplussed performance), cuddly tiger backpack, and the nail-biting drive to the gates. He seems rather put out until lunch time rolls around, at which point he makes a new friend over tiger baps. Sweet stuff.

Sky Sports
"Butterflies"
60s
17 Jul 2017
Looks like Sky Sports have borrowed a few butterflies from their Sky Arts colleagues. Blue and red wings fill the screen as various sporting venues materialize, including Lord’s, Eden Park, and Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium. As the broadcaster revamps its sports line-up, subscribers are reminded of Sky’s sporting legacy through evocative commentary.

New Balance
"Callum Hawkins"
77s
18 Jul 2017
As England captain Joe Root gets used to life under the cosh, New Balance introduce their latest brand ambassador. Distance runner Callum Hawkins invites us on a picturesque training session. This is no fun run, however: just hearing “seventeen miles a day” is enough to induce blisters. For Hawkins, it’s all in a day’s work.

Honda
"Dream Makers"
90s
18 Jul 2017
This artistic ad for Honda explores the process of filmmaking, concentrating on the transition of ideas from page to screen. We see scripts coming to life - black and white words flowing into monochrome sketches which quickly gain colour, depth, and motion. The mix of live action, CG, and animation is kept in delicate balance by directors James Allen and Michael Skrgatic.

TM Insurance
"Milestone"
1 min 45s
18 Jul 2017
Some ads incorporate dance for the sake of it, but directing duo Samuel and Gunnar have other ideas. The Icelanders depict a love story in reverse for TM Insurance. Beginning in 2052, this is time travel with a skip in its step. The central couple’s love of dance endures through good times and bad times - with the advertised insurer providing silent support.

Danger Mouse
"Chase Me (ft Run The Jewels & Big Boi)"
3 mins 54s
6 Jul 2017
It’s 'Baby Driver', but not as we know it. The eponymous Baby (Ansel Elgort) has a new crew in the backseat: Run the Jewels. This promo-stroke-movie trailer flits between rapping getaways and footage from Edgar Wright’s latest. While Run the Jewels flee a bank robbery, Danger Mouse and Big Boi evade the Atlanta fuzz.

Renault
"Rosemary Smith"
3 mins 40s
11 Jul 2017
Renault have released this compelling film about Rosemary Smith: rally driver, racing champion, and oldest person to drive a 800bhp race car. Directing team Michel + Nico give us an intimate insight into her nerves before the record-breaking drive, intercut with glimpses of Rosemary's life behind the wheel.

Virgin Media
"Football Tunnel"
60s
17 Jul 2017
As players loosen those muscles and pine for transfers, Virgin Media welcome the 2017/18 Premier League season with some vocal support. This lad enjoys a quiet kickabout in a familiar-looking tunnel. He’s not alone for long, though - not when the Saints are marching on. Mark Jenkinson takes the fibre optic reins from Rogue colleague Sam Brown.

Next
"Far and Wide"
30s
14 Jul 2017
Dodger the dog returns to announce another Next sale in this summery ad. We see the pooch traverse Britain, from coast to countryside and beyond. He makes use of public transport along the way and even hitches a ride in a motorbike's sidecar (complete with safety goggles, naturally) - all with the hope of being first in line when the new sale opens.

MBNA Credit Cards
"Team"
30s
17 Jul 2017
The MBNA Credit Geeks are back to assist hapless punters with their financial decisions. A dad is unimpressed with his kid's budget approach to music practice, but the geek squad roll up in a familiar van (should we call them the G-Team?) to sort things with an upgraded kit and noise-cancelling headphones. We particularly like the hole-punch A-Team reference at the end - effective work.


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