Archive for September, 2007

Best posting ever…

Saturday, September 29th, 2007

Typical FanboyFanboys.

Just saying the word makes me cringe.

If you are having trouble figuring out just what a fanboy is take a look at the Comic Book Guy from The Simpsons, he is the fanboy archetype. They tend to be the all knowing keepers of our popular culture. (more…)

Where have the real Mad Men gone?

Monday, September 24th, 2007

How to get ahead in advertisingMy friend Fred reminded me of another particularly offensive ad currently running on television – a car commercial where athletes are kidnapped and then hooked up, a la Coma, to automobiles – perhaps to steal their essence or something.

Normally, commercials are populated by people who appear to be on ecstasy, or are retarded or something, but this one is just too bizarre even for the twisted “creative geniuses” who now inhabit ad agencies. (more…)

Rethink should rethink the content of their ads…

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007

A number of people have been wondering who Solo Mobile’s ad agency is. Well, as near as I can determine, it is Rethink, one of those boutique advertising shops out in Vancouver. They’re young, they’re hip and they don’t know anything about history before 1975. (more…)

No context…

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

Adolf Hitler SupermodelMy friends over at Bell Mobility were embarrassed last week when it was revealed that one of their transit ads for their Solo Mobile product featured a young girl dressed in fashionable punk wearing a button that read “Belson was a gas”.

I would imagine that the offensive ad was likely put together by a young art director whose only historical context for it was that it was the title of a song by that ever popular combo, The Sex Pistols. Unfortunately, many people today do not remember that Bergen-Belsen was a notorious Nazi death camp , where 50,000 innocent people – most of them Jewish – were gassed out of existence. (more…)

TIFF for tat…

Friday, September 14th, 2007

Alone in the darkThis time of year people always ask me if I am going to the “Festival”.  I love movies, but I stay well away from downtown when the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is unravelling. 

Back in the late 70’s and through the 80’s the festival – known then as “Festival of Festivals” – was a relatively minor blip on the international film community’s radar.  Galas tended to be either esoteric foreign films or Hollywood dreck.  The real meat of the festival were the hundreds of interesting films from around the world.  For the true film lover it was a once a year orgy of cinematic delight. (more…)

Phil Spector faces a jury of his peers (if such a thing exists)…

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

Sideshow PhilThe latest celebrity murder trial in Hollywood has gone to the jury.  Phil Spector the originator of the famous “wall of sound” has cast his fate to a jury of his peers.

Phil, as you might recall, is as well known for the celebrities he has threatened with guns as the music he has produced.  Aritists he has worked with through the years run the gamut from The Beatles to The Ramones.The Real Sideshow Bob

The unsavoury entanglement that resulted in his legal difficulty had to do with a late night rendezvous with a B list actress that somehow resulted in gunplay and left the unfortunate B lister dead. 

Sad to say there will be no Barbarian Queen II. (more…)

Horror rises from the tomb…

Monday, September 10th, 2007

life-of-brian.jpgNot since the Hindenburg disaster has a gasbag crashed so spectacularly as Brian Mulroney did last night during CTV’s exclusive one on one with the former PM.  I thought that Ben Mulroney had the biggest ego on CTV, but his dear old dad really took it to the bank with an awe inspiring litany of name dropping and rival slagging. 

Mulroney, as you will remember, handed command of the ship of state over to hapless Kim Campbell after it had hit the iceberg.  A scant six months later the once mighty Progressive Conservative party had been reduced to two seats in Parliament. 

All Kim’s fault of course, for “mishandling things”. (more…)

Pecha Kucha, the Japanese art of getting to the point…

Thursday, September 6th, 2007

Through the gate!For all of us who have had to endure an never-ending PowerPoint presentation I point you to this article from the current issue of Wired.

Pecha Kucha is “chatter” in Japanese and only allows the presenter 20 slides that can only be displayed for 20 seconds each.

Author Daniel Pink even offers an excellent example of the concept.  The rules of Pecha Kucha should become the standard for every corporate presentation.

Flippity, Flop…

Thursday, September 6th, 2007

Brokeback LarrySenator Larry Craig (Republican, Idaho) was caught – hands down – in an airport washroom last June and charged with disorderly conduct after coming on to an undercover cop in the next stall. He entered a guilty plea and paid the fine and that should have been the end of the story.

But, Larry you see, puts the hip in hypocritical when it comes to sexual indiscretion. Craig, long an advocate of family values, was one of Bill Clinton’s harshest critics during the Monica Lewinsky affair, so he knew his way around a juicy sex scandal. (more…)

Has the fat lady sung for Pavarotti?

Wednesday, September 5th, 2007

Pavarotti I Wanna Be SedatedI am saddened to see that my old friend Luciano Pavarotti’s health has declined and they are calling in the fat lady to sing a final aria for the famous tenor. 

Ever since his debut as Rodolfo in La bohème in the grand opera house in in Reggio Emilia Pavarotti has been the premier tenor in the world.

Okay so we can forgive him for his occasional indulgences such as his starring role in the cinematic stinker “Yes, Georgio” and his album of cover versions of Ramones hits.  Pavarotti had a wonderful instrument and will be remembered as one of the great stars of the modern opera.

On a happier note…

Universal Home Video has suspended their forthcoming release of “Yes Georgio, the 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition”.

I wanna be your dog…

Tuesday, September 4th, 2007

Taste The Blood of Countess DraculaIggy Pop crooned this immortal classic years ago, but it came to mind the other day when I read that Leona Helmsley AKA “The Queen of Mean” left her pooch, Trouble, a Maltese $12 million in her will.

$12 million will buy a hell of a lot of Kibbles and Bits for this pampered pooch, but – and I emphasize this – will it buy the little mutt happiness?  (more…)