Wednesday, 7 March 2007

The Long Blondes - Giddy Stratospheres

The Long Blondes are like Marmite. No, I don't mean they're brown, sticky and good on toast. I mean you'll love them or hate them. Personally I love them. This is the video to their recent single ‘Giddy Stratospheres’ and everything about this video fits the style of the band. It is visually stunning.

It is themed like a 70s disco. With mirror balls and strobe lighting. Everything glitters and although you find yourself enraptured by the pretty colours and sexy clothes and make-up, it does not distract you from the song in the slightest. The video just adds to the brilliance of this track and kind of gives it a face. Now when I hear this song on the radio, my mind goes to a 70’s disco and I find myself dancing in Topshop.

If you like the Long Blondes, then chances are you’ve already seen this video and love it. If you don’t like the band, or haven’t heard of them you might hate it. But if you don't, then I can guaruntee you'll love it. Like Marmite.

Hollow Easter

Well, here it is your latest comedy fix. Let us turn our minds to easter and the message behind it.

Easter is a time for gorging on eggs, watching fluffy bunnies carrying yellow chicks in baskets, whilst the big mother duck looks on and smiles.

In order to achieve a sense of balance in the presentation of comedy, I must obey the polls of You Tube and represent the wider comedy appetite. So, here for your own viewing pleasure… EDDIE IZZARD.

Eddie Izzard is hilarious in this short clip and expresses his idea of the true meaning of Easter. He explains that the chocolate egg represents the crucifix upon which Jesus died, for the sins of mankind.

This fully justifies the consumption of large quantities of chocolate and other such delicacies. He compares the story of Christ to present day Easter values in such a way, causing you to smile with a twinge of guilty recognition.

You cannot help but laugh at his witticisms, which he delivers in a kimono style pinafore and PVC trousers, topped off with full drag make-up. This short piece is funny but they are short one-liners, which will soon fade from the mind, and you will begin to wonder what it was that was so funny. However it should be said that his jokes convey a deeper message should you care to look. So for those who agree with the questionable habits of Easter you may enjoy this satirical depiction of another standard holiday.

Tiger shows us his 'ball control'

Golf. A bit of a funny sport really. It seems you spend more time casually moping around after the ball you've just smashed 200 yards away then you do actually swinging and hitting. Alas, the saviour that is Tiger Woods. Arguably the biggest world sports star since Michael Jordan, Tiger has bought to the game a sense of 'cool', which coupled with his huge sponsorship with Nike, has made him the face of the sport for the last decade.

In Forbes' last listing of Highest paid sports stars, Tiger Woods came out on top, with earnings of $87 million, at the age of just 30. When you compare that to David Beckham, probably our biggest sports player, his $32.5 million looks rather small. So what is all the fuss about?

This video is from a TV advert aired back in 1999. At the time it caused a lot of controversy, as it was advertising Nike, although Tiger's main club sponsor was Titleist. Cue huge lawsuits, days of negotiations and eventually an agreement which I guess made all three parties a whole lot happier and a whole lot richer.

However, what is of real importance here is the true skill on show. The World No 1 has won 12 Major Championships, has more wins on the PGA Tour than any other active golfer, and has been awarded the PGA Tour Player of the Year a record eight times. And although not showing his true golfing potential in this video, the samba-style skill on display is symbolic of Tiger and everything he is about - Pure Class.

The video itself is great, and I couldn't help but stare, jaw-dropped in amazement. The accompanying Caribbean music adds to the sense of enjoyment, as-if Tiger himself is just playing around. A true 'Nike advert', no doubt it easily did the job in pushing more people into buying Nike golf products. If not at least it encouraged golfers across the world to pick up their clubs in an effort to recreate Tiger's silky skills. Some didn't do too bad either. So if you like golf, give it a go, and maybe share your video attempts here on ReviewTube.

Tube of the Day - Dove campaign for real beauty

That time again folks. Oh yes - it's Tube of the Day! Rather than pick a video of my real interests (Sports, Gadgets and Games), I have decided to go off beat with this one and look at fashion, make-up, and a little PhotoShop for good measure (couldn't resist the gadgets).

The video is made by Dove as part of their campaign for real beauty. It shows the journey from minger to model (well, maybe that's a bit harsh) in a cleverly edited and super fast-forwarded clip. So take, an average looking woman, spend 5 hours in hair and make up, shoot a range of photos, which in turn are altered, refined and touched up to perfection via PhotoShop and voila... you have your billboard supermodel.

Dove asks; "
How did our idea of beauty become so distorted?" Well surely their constant bombardment of personal care products along with the million other similar companies offering self enhancing products has a part to play in this. This argument was voiced too by some of the comments left on YouTube, arguing Dove have "purchased the argument for embracing women for who they are, regardless of how they look, problem being that Dove is still pitching us a product to make ourselves look better." Well said that man, erm or woman!

Regardless, this video is still a real eye opener, and shows how much can really be done these days with the right know-how. In paradox to this, I found this little 'beauty', which is equally amazing, if not more humorous. Presumabley again, this video must have been made by Dove, yet it could be some form of copy-cat film. If Dove is really campaigning for 'real beauty', surely this should be the new routine for preparing their models for photo shoots. Slob evolution rules!