Monday, February 28, 2011

The Oscars: The Good, The Bad, and The Just Plain Hideous!

Everyone loves the Oscars. Whether you watch it to see if your favorite critic movie wins, or if you are into what everyone is wearing, there is something for everyone to enjoy at this award show. I typically enjoy watching to see how good or bad the host does, especially with the opening scene.

I wasn't sure what to think when it was announced that Anne Hathaway and James Franco would be co-hosting the Oscars this year. I was a big fan of Billy Crystal and even Hugh Jackman as hosts, so these two youngsters had big shoes to fill. And I have to admit, they failed, miserably! I typically like Anne Hathaway, but she seemed to be overacting the whole night. And was it me or was James Franco high on something? It was childish and not very entertaining to watch. I just had a friend IM me and say, "But yeah, they need to bring back Billy Crystal or just have a holographic Bob Hope host." I couldn't agree with you more!

Another bad note was Cate Blanchett's dress. It looked like she rolled around in Dippin' Dots or she caught some disease that caused welts to grow on her clothing. Talk about fugly! While I think Melissa Leo wore her dress well, it looked like the designer took an old table cloth and turned it into a dress - like something out of a Project Runway challenge. I hope to god that Gwyneth Paltrow didn't pay someone to dress her for the night. Was she trying to dress like the Oscar statue?

Attire that impressed me were Hillary Swank, Mila Kunis, and Amy Adams. I thought they all looked stunning and wore Oscar-appropriate dresses. I also loved that Jennifer Hudson rocked her new body in her bright red dress.

Some of the highlights from the night were Melissa Leo dropping the f-bomb during her acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actress, Kurt Douglas rambling on before announcing the winner for Best Supporting Actress, and Justin Timberlake claiming to be Banksy. I also enjoyed seeing Taylor Lautner's abs during the humorous "Bed Intruder" use of auto-tune spoof. And what night isn't complete without an apperance from the queen herself, Oprah!

Highlight of the night for sure!

Oh, and did I mention that I won the Oscar pool at my office this year with 18 correct predictions? Go me!
It's may not be an Oscar but I'll take it!
What did you think of the night's event?

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Facebook Ad Fail - Livingsocial

I am all about these new coupon groups - Scoutmob, Groupon, Half Off Depot, Livingsocial, etc. I love a good deal, especially when it's for a place of business that I prefer and love or if it's for a new place I've been wanting to try but haven't had a reason to.

I am also for making a bucket list - you know, a list of things to do before you 'kick the bucket.' But how do coupons and bucket lists go together? Apparently, through Facebook ads!

Exhibit A:
I don't know about you, but I don't think that having a camel ride a bike through the vast desert of Atlanta, GA was ever or will ever be on my bucket list.

Exhibit B:
Not sure who thought this would be a good idea!? Go go gadget tank of water? I think this guy has watched Iron Man one too many times.

Exhibit C:
Yes! Please cut me a coupon of mighty Livingsocial for Six Flags Over Georgia so I can ride The Great American Scream Machine on roller skates! That's definitely a way to kick the bucket early...

Exhibit D:
When I grow up, I want to be just like this guy! Especially if there is a coupon for it.

Exhibit E:
Maybe this was supposed to be a coupon to see Cirque Du Soleil, not join the cast.

Exhibit F:
Screw swimming with dolphins - let's swim with the monkey!

Exhibit G:
I know you have seen this in a previous blog post, but I am bringing it back just to reiterate the point that this is an ad for Atlanta, not Niagara. I wonder if the Livingsocial ads for Niagara, NY have a photo of the fountain at Centennial Olympic Park in it.

Because Livingsocial has such an amazing ad campaign, Groupon even decided to jump on their bucket list theme and create an ad of their own to share on Facebook. I now present you with Exhibit H:

I can't tell if this is two sphinx making out or if you can get a coupon to cover yourself in wet sand and then kiss another sand monster. Either way, I'm sure it's a deal!

Monday, February 14, 2011

My Dislike for the Hallmark Holiday on February 14th

I make it no secret that I am not a fan of Valentine's Day. Never have been, never will. There are certain holidays that Hallmark has ruined for society, and Valentine's Day definitely takes the cake. Where should I begin?

To me, people shouldn't be told when to go out and buy their significant other flowers, candy, and presents to express their love. Little gestures should come every day of the year and shouldn't feel forced or pressured. And those items that society is telling you to purchase are always twice the price if you buy them around Valentine's Day versus the rest of the year. And talk about the struggle and pressure to get a dinner reservation. Why is there so much pressure to get a reservation on a Monday night with a select menu double the normal price? I think it's more romantic to do a nice dinner on a random night when your sig other isn't expecting it. Spontaneity and surprise are a bigger turn on, in my opinion.  

More like unnecessary
When you think of the god of love, do you honestly think that a fat grown man wearing a diaper and carrying a weapon is appropriate? Just saying...

I also hate how all of my single friends are reminded that they do not have anyone at this moment in their lives to celebrate with. I think that it puts a lot of unnecessary pressure on society for people to be in a relationship. You are supposed to grow the most as a person when you are independent and alone. Instead of making this day all about the love you have for your sig other, we should make it a reminder of how much love we are surrounded by from our family and friends and not focus so much on the relationship aspect. That's why the only part of this holiday that I look forward to is receiving a gift card from my dad with a cute card. This year, I got a gift card to Subway, which is WAY better than any box of fattening chocolates!

I am very pleased that the fiance and I are on the same page with this holiday. In fact, we share a poem with each other that used to hang on our refrigerator regarding this holiday. Let me share it with you:

Anti-Valentines Day Poem
 Hearts and roses and kisses galore,
What the hell is all that shit for?
People get mushy and start acting queer,
It is definitely the most annoying day of the year.
This day needs to get the hell over with and pass,
Before I shove something up Cupid's ass.
I'll spend the day so drunk I can't speak
And wear black for the rest of the week.
Guys act all sweet, but soon it will fade,
For all they are doing is trying to get laid.
The arrow Cupid shot at me must not have hit,
Cause I think this love thing is a crock of shit.
So, here's my story... what else can I say?
Love bites my ass... Fuck Valentines Day!
This was the illustration we displayed with the poem on our fridge

Happy Hallmark Day of Love to everyone who celebrates!

Monday, February 7, 2011

The Only Good Part of the Super Bowl was the Game

Wow, what a game that was last night! And this is coming from someone who had zero interest in either team or the NFL in general (unless it's the Falcons, Dolphins or Redskins - for the fiance's sake). I love watching the Super Bowl for the same reasons as most of the American population - the commercials, great food and company, and the halftime show. However, this year was a complete disappointment! And it all started off with Christina Aguilera's national anthem mishap.

Maybe I am over critical because I majored in advertising and work in the industry, but is it me or was every commercial either for a car company or a preview of a movie that I had zero interest in seeing? Now, some of the car commercials were excellent - VW: Darth Vader and Audi: Release the Hounds ads were both very clever. But did I really need to see car ads that I have had to endure for weeks on end? When I think Super Bowl, I think brand new, over-the-top, humorous ads. 

A few other good ones (but not as good as in the years past) were Bud Light: Kitchen Remodel, Doritos: Pug Attack, Snickers: Roseanne Barr, Best Buy: Ozzy and Bieber, and NFL: Favorite Fans. (You can watch all Super Bowl XLV ads here.)

This year I give the mediocre ad award to CarMax. Their ads were annoying and felt forced. So take this award with price you wannabe dealership - you clearly can't play with the bigwigs.

Insert CarMax's Creative Ad Director's Face Here
I will admit that I was actually excited for this year's halftime show. The FCC finally moved on from the JT/Janet Jackson 'boob incident' and had agreed to let someone relevant and on the radio perform at halftime. But just like the commercials and national anthem, it failed to impress. When I think of The Black Eyed Peas, I think fun, energetic, and a beat that makes me want to dance. While the show was upbeat, I couldn't enjoy it as much as I would have liked for a few reasons: 
  1. Fergie looks like a man, or as the fiance commented, "she looks like that manly chick from Third Rock From the Sun" - but I think she looks more like Kirsty Alley.
  2. Why didn't Usher just do the whole show and have a cameo by The Black Eyed Peas?
  3. I couldn't imagine signing up to wear a space outfit that glowed. I mean, really!?! 
  4. I really didn't know who the other two members of The Black Eyed were until last night (I knew Fergie and Will.I.Am), and honestly, they just looked out of place. 
I think they were both born with a penis.
Here's my idea for next year's halftime show: Justin Bieber with Pauly D spinning tracks dressed as the Bieb.  Priceless!