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car commercial with Bo & Luke Duke

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I realize many people don’t watch TV commercials anymore, or at least try to avoid them.  Many commercials are dumb and annoying.  However, every once in a while someone creates an awesome commercial, and the one below may be the best commercial of all-time.  The premise is AutoTrader helping Bo and Luke Duke find a new car.

If you aren’t familiar with the characters, they’re from The Dukes of Hazzard, which was an awesome TV show of the ’80s that you should check out.  It was much better than the movies.

And there’s no way they’d replace the General Lee, even with a Viper.  Imagine how the Viper would fare after one of those jumps… Admittedly, the original cars didn’t always survive, but they actually did the jumps and landed them.

[Update: Apparently AutoTrader pulled the video because of the confederate flag conspiracy.  What predictable knee-jerk overreaction.  Anyway, the video is updated to another source now.  It’s still a cool commercial.  And I don’t think you can even see a confederate flag in the whole video.  So why was it censored?  Think about it…]

famous car chase in shopping mall recreated

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If you start with a car chase scene inside a shopping mall (which sounds awesome), and it features the Blues Brothers (which makes it definitely awesome), then recreate the original classic movie clip with stop-motion video using LEGO blocks, you have a YouTube video worth watching.

At the end of the video, they link to a side-by-side comparison of the original scene in the movie, so you can see how close they got to it.

An interesting trivia tidbit about the mall chase scene is that it was actually filmed inside a mall.  There was no CGI trickery going on — it was 1980, after all — and it wasn’t on some fake Hollywood set or made with miniatures.  They found a mall that was scheduled to be demolished, so they helped with the demolition on the inside.  🙂  Also interesting is that the other car chases were actually filmed in and around Chicago, Illinois.  It would’ve been neat to be around for that!

If you haven’t ever seen the Blues Brothers movie, I’m not sure what to say.  Wait, never mind, I know — you need to see it!  The Blues Brothers is one of the best movies of all time.  I’m not kidding.  It has a great story, great acting, awesome music, many car chases (including setting the world record for most car crashes in one scene), and many quotable lines.  It also features many famous actors and musicians: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Carrie Fisher (who played Princess Leia in Star Wars, but wields a flamethrower and rocket launcher here), “the band”, John Candy, Frank Oz, Steven Spielberg, James Brown, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, and more.  (Let me add that the movie contains some explicit language, but if you can find the TV version it has all that edited out.)

Here’s an idea — someone should make a video game of the movie.  You’ve got music making, car chases, lots of military to evade — there’s potential here.  Sure, the storyline might have to be somewhat linear, but there are retelling games of Star Wars, Batman, Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings, Marvel Super Heroes, etc. by LEGO.  It could be a lot of fun.  Someone should make this happen.  LEGO Blues Brothers would rock!  I would buy it.

when words aren’t enough…

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When words aren’t enough…

Say it with bacon!  If only this would work with women… but in reality, it would likely result in disasterousness (which may not be an actual word, but it would be bad).  Ironically, this would impress guys.  A girl could give cooked bacon to a guy and he would think she must really like him.  (Who ever said men and women are the same?  Maybe someone should write a book similar to “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus” but include a chapter about food.  Men can relate to that, and would be more interested in reading the book.  Well, since most men don’t read, maybe it should come with bacon…)

epic fails in amateur athletics

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Some readers have requested more funny videos, so I’m bringing you another one.  It’s easy enough to find funny videos by searching YouTube, but that usually ends up wasting a lot of time, so I don’t do that too often.  This video happens to be a commercial for Liberty Mutual Insurance called Amateur Athletes.  Normally I’d prefer to link to a non-commercial video, but this one is actually pretty good.  It could also be called athletics gone wrong or epic fails in athletics.

If you’re still unsure about whether or not to spend 30 seconds watching this, here’s what happens: There’s a guy who tries to dunk a basketball but fails in a spectacular way, a guy who tries to do a roundhouse kick but learns he’s no Chuck Norris, and a guy throwing a football that starts a fire in a tailgater’s car.  Classic stuff…  I bet they had fun making this commercial.

There needs to be more commercials where stuff catches on fire…  🙂

it happens to the best of us

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Recently a professional tennis player hit a serve that not only missed the court, but it went into the crowd, about 20 rows deep.  This is professional tennis, at one of the biggest tournaments of the year.  And this was not just some no-name tennis player, it was Li Na, who is ranked #5 in the world, and made it to the final of the Australian Open.  It’s kinda refreshing that a great player can have an amateur-like moment… it made me feel better about my game.  It also goes along with one of my favorite sayings while playing sports: “It happens to the best of us”.  (And it’s ironic, because the next time I played tennis, I went for a full-power backhand winner with topspin, but the ball hit the frame instead, sending it really high in the air and sailing over the fence.)

I like how the crowd cheered when it happened.  And the camera had to zoom way out to see where the ball landed.  At least she has a good sense of humor and could joke about it afterward.

dancing in a restaurant

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I saw a commercial tonight that was kinda amusing because of the overreactions in it (as they clearly state), but it got me to thinking.  First, the commercial, for Applebee’s:

These actors do a passable job of getting their groove on, but I thought about how this might apply to some of my lunch outings with the guys.  If some of my friends got up and started trying to dance all funky, people all around the restaurant might lose their appetite.  Some folks need to keep their “moves” at home.  I’m jus’ sayin’…  🙂

Farmer Style (Gangnam Style Parody)

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I heard that the most-watched video of all-time is the Gangnam Style video by PSY, so I watched it to see what all the hub-bub was about.  It’s a catchy beat, the dancing is weird, but I don’t see how it has over 1.1 billion views.  If you haven’t seen it, it’s a music video from South Korea.  That’s it.  It’s not the best music video I’ve ever seen — it just went viral somehow.  Who said music videos are dead?  I’m not continuing the trend of linking to it, though, because it’s not totally family-friendly.

However, I came across a parody that gives you the gist of it, with the music and style, but with different lyrics, in English.  It’s random and silly (like the original).