Best Commercials of SuperBowl XLVII

The SuperBowl ads are what most people are anticipating if they favorite teams are not playing in the game. This year not only was I not impressed with the game (keep in mind- I know pretty much nothing about football), but the commercials also bored me. However, there were some diamonds in the rough that made me laugh. And if you can make me laugh- then I consider that decent marketing. Here are my top choices of SuperBowl XLVII commercials in order of what I felt was the best (funniest):

1. Honestly, nothing makes me laugh harder than a screaming goat that has had his Doritos taken from him. I love how Doritos let the fans vote on the best commercial. In addition, I am really impressed that these were FAN-MADE commercials. This was a great way to engage the lovers of Doritos. 

2.  I found this GoDaddy commercial to be repulsive but I am infatuated with their tag line “When sexy meets smart, your small business scores.” Also, they used Twitter to engage the fans with the hashtag #TheKiss. I am sure there were some pretty interesting hashtags last night but I will allow you to do that research yourself ;).

3. Oreo was ahead of the game this year by using the social network Instagram to get users to choose a side – cream or cookie? Kudos to them for thinking outside of the box and using one of the newest and most popular social networks to brands. Besides that, I love the irony of people fighting/agruing while whispering in a library.

4. There are a lot of great elements that were incorporated into this commercial. I thought it was clever that the tag line “Live Mas” inspired Taco Bell to decide to have the background music (“We Are Young” By FUN) play in Spanish. Using old people to break the stereotype that Taco Bell is not only for the young and rebellious was also an ingenious idea. It also represented that just because your old does not mean you cannot enjoy the delicious goodness of Taco Bell- especially late at night.

5. “Come back when you have a team.” All I can say it was an awesome way to present the seven passenger Hyundai Santa Fe while spicing it up with humorous kids involved.

What were your favorite SuperBowl XVLII commercials and why?

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American Horror Story: Murder House Vs. Asylum

It seems like just yesterday was October 17, 2012 and I began watching American Horror Story Asylum. Even though I am sad that the season wrap up, I am very excited to see what is in store for American Horror Story 3. Both seasons of American Horror Story have been disturbing, creepy, and controversial. Yet, which season had our skin cringing more?  Let’s breakdown the elements of both seasons to find out which one scarier.

American Horror Story (Original: Murder House):

Each episode took the viewers back to a period of time that took place in the haunted house, specifically what was known as the murder house. A majority of the ghosts and characters were introduced during the glance of the past. It was a great way to predict what would go on in each episode because after it became routine each week that an older time period would be introduced, you knew another character (ghost) would be featured in that episode.

The element of a Romeo and Juliet love story made the first season more than just a horror story. I looked forward each week to seeing the love of Tate and Violet develop. It was also tragic to see the love between Ben and Vivian dwindle. I felt that one of the biggest questions during the season was – can love conquer all? However, it seems that evil was a force to be reckoned with in the murder house.

Evil lived and lurked inside of murder house. Many of the ghosts blamed the house for their destruction. Yet, it  was not the house that tore people and families apart, it was them creating their own demise. Each person that died in that house, had problems before living there that made them bitter, guilty, and angry. Speaking of trouble ridden characters, there was one is particular, who stole the show with their amazing acting.

The cruelest character of them all in the first season was played by Jessica Lange. I could not help but to hate and love her at the same time. She was greedy, conniving, sassy, and brilliant. One would have thought that the strife Constance (Jessica Lange) endured throughout her lifetime that she would have went insane or died. But, she prevailed by staying strong and sneaky. Even with wonderful actors and actresses, there is still one thing this season lacked.

At the time that the first season ended, I am not sure how many fans were aware that the new season would be a completely different story. I could not believe that everyone from the Harmin family died and their new soul purpose would be to keep the living away from murder house. It was cheesy which made me question why the entire season was shocking and mortifying. After having some time to reflect upon the ending, I can understand the reason why everyone needed to die. The only way for the Harmin family to ever be happy again was if they were reunited through death. Plus, we were still given a creepy ending as we watched the demon child sitting in his rocking chair as he smiles down at his dead nanny.

American Horror Story Asylum:

When I first heard that this season would take place in an asylum, I was thrilled. Nothing scares me more than a bunch of psychopaths. However, this season almost had too many scenarios going on to keep track of. There was a dictating nun, a narcissistic pastor, the devil, a nazi scientist, a mass murder that acted as a psychiatrist, aliens, the angel of death, and a nosy reporter. There were many different stories and although they all fit together in the end, it was a lot to keep track of. Let’s start off with talking about actors’ performances.

I loved Lily Rabe’s performance of the devil this season. She was phenomenal, we saw some of her cruel ways in season one as she played the first owner of murder house, but this season she outdid herself. Her transition from a sweet innocent nun to the devil that shows no mercy to anyone was impeccable.  Jessica Lange as the dictating nun was perfect. It was amazing to see how powerful she starts off in the season and how she is slowly conquered. It was karma to see her evil ways come back to haunt her.

Another star performance was, Sarah Paulson, who steals the show this season. Her character was feisty and lovable at the same time. She played a tough victim that refuses to give up until she succeeds and I loved how she continued that behavior throughout the entire season. Besides amazing performances, the biggest shocker of the season had to do with Blood Face.

What shocked me the most this season was Bloody Face being revealed. I could not believe it was the psychiatrist, Dr. Thredson. I was convinced until he was revealed that he was someone that we could consider a protagonist. However, him ending up to be the biggest lunatic of them all (besides his son) was a perfect twist in the middle of the season. Even with shocking twist, turns, and performances, there was still some parts of the season that disappointed me.

Besides too many different stories and conflicts going on during AHS Asylum, bringing aliens into the mix was ridiculous and farfetched. I do understand that Murphy included the aliens because this season took place in the 60’s when alien invasions were something humans were terrified of. I believe it reduced how scary the season was and should not have been mixed in with mass murders and the devil.

I enjoyed the ending of this season more than the first because it gave me closure by how the last episode wrapped up. The flashback to Sister Jude talking to Lana from the first episode made watching the whole season worth it. Sister Jude talks about Lana snooping too hard for what she wants to find out. And Sister Jude says, “If you look into the face of evil, evil will look right back.” I thought this left many interpretations about Lana as a person and what she went through the whole season because she went searching for evil.

After comparing the two seasons, I  believe that season one was a better because it was a more terrifying storyline. People dying in their own home and haunting it for eternity, is just plain creepy. I hope season three will be the best season yet! Which season was your favorite and why?

Most Anticipated Movies of 2013 (According to Me)

As an avid movie lover, it is only right that I discuss the movies of 2013 that excite me. There are a lot of remakes and sequels to hit the big screen this year, as well new thrillers and movies based on popular novels. Let’s take a look at the movies I cannot wait to see.

gangster-squadGangster Squad: Everything about this trailer makes me excited to see this movie. From Ryan Gosling’s accent to Emma Stone once again teaming up with Ryan Gosling. It just seems awesome. For the past couple weeks, I have heard the movie reviews from various radio stations saying the movie was excellent. In addition, many bloggers have said that is was a fast paced movie, which is what I prefer. Unfortunately, Rotten Tomatoes gave Gangster Squad a 33%. The only way to find out if the movies was great or not, is to go and see it! I predict that it will not be the average gangster movie. I think it will have a twist and be a movie SideEffects2013Posterwe can remember throughout 2013.

Side Effects: I have no idea who Rooney Mara is, but all I know is that she looks dangerous in this movie- and I LIKE IT. From watching the trailer, it appears that the movie has to do with a woman taking a medication and possibly becoming a murder or more of a sociopath than she already was. That is just my guess- either way it looks suspenseful and intriguing. Plus- Channing Tatum is in it and it will be interesting to see him play in a thriller as opposed to a comedy or romance. It is about time!

carrie2013Carrie (2013): I am jumping for joy, this is the remake I have been waiting for. When I think back to the original Carrie movie, it was terrifying when I was kid. However, if I was to watch the poor quality of the visual effects now, I know that I would be disappointed. This is exactly why this movie needed a remake! Besides, Chloë Grace Moretz is in it! This fifteen year old girl could not be any creepier. She has haunted my dreams since I watched Let Me In (2010).

World War Z: When I saw the trailer to this in theaters, I was on the edge of my seat. I was so enthralled by the trailer, that I had to re-watch it on YouTube, once I got home fWorld War Z cutdownrom the movies. I am usually not a Brad Pitt fan but, he looks like a born leader in this movie that is ready to save the world from some type of zombie apocalypse. Apparently, World War Z was originally a book so I hope it follows the storyline in the novel and does not disappoint readers!

Despicable Me 2: Now do not think I am crazy, but I recently just saw the first Despicable despicable-me-2Me and I LOVED IT. Everything about this movie was adorable and funny. As usual, a movie would not be good if I did not shed some type of tear at the end (I promise it was a happy tear). From the trailer, which did not give much of a clue as to what the plot is- it seems like there might be an alien invasion involved. Regardless, I am sure it will be a cute movie, but I am not sure how it will top the adorableness of the first one!

What movies are you looking forward to seeing in 2013?