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Rant is back!

After a lengthier than expected absence, the rants are now back.  I guess I’ve built up quite a stockpile of things to vent my spleen about in all this time!

I’d like to kick-off with something that we’ve all been afflicted by at some point in our lives…the badly dubbed advert.  I’ll move on to some examples further on, but I think what is the question here is just a big fat, WHY?  Surely if you, as a company can afford to advertise on TV, you have a decent bank balance and can afford an extra few grand to pay local actors and make your advert.  However crappy and cheap looking it may well be.

And just as surely, if you don’t want to pay out for local actors, then avoid having conversations in your ads.  Just avoid the issue and spare us all these awfully dubbed scenes of domestic bliss and harmony – even if in some cases they’re so horrifically awful they’re funny.  Don’t get me wrong…ads don’t all have to be amazing; I understand you don’t need a field of burning sugar cane to sell window cleaner.  But they should at least treat the audience and lest we forget, customers with a bit of respect and a modicum of sense.

It’s not that I’m even in the market for a lot of these products – I don’t like chocolate, don’t have grey hair that I want to cover-up, don’t like cold rice pudding served in a tiny plastic pot, don’t have spots, can wipe my own bottom without the help of a cartoon frog and don’t have a problem with bad smells in my home.  But what I am in the market for is an advertiser who perhaps has a vague cultural interest in the markets they’re advertising in; who can actually be arsed to pay a bit more to have a better end product than the competition.

Over the years there have been quite a few no doubt, but here’s my selection, past and present.  Please comment and add some more.  Plus a clip of a particularly bad example from the people at Glade and Mr Muscle.  Enjoy.

(You’ll notice there’s a common theme across the adverts / products – they are all what is known as FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods) and are all made by huge corporations: Ferrero, P&G, SCJohnson etc.  Quite clearly they don’t give that much of a sh*t, despite the billions they make each year).

Ferrero Rocher (a classic in the 70s/80s and still a classic today), Lindt chocolate adverts.  Oust and Febreeze.  Muller Rice.  Just for Men.  Kinder Surprise.  Clearasil.  Kandoo kiddies bottom wipes.

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Michael Cera between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis

In honor of the US release of Scott Pilgrim vs The World this week, I thought I’d dig up this hilarious video of Michael Cera with Zach Galifianakis at funnyordie!

Check out the video after the jump if you haven’t seen it yet!

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Episode 10 Double Feature: Kick-Ass and Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

For our 10th Episode we give you two reviews for the price of one free podcast! This week Upodcast team also talks about the iPad launch, cooking with a coffee pot and solar powered back packs

A spoiler free discussion on Kick-Ass that we got to watch earlier as Asim and Martin are lucky to live in Blighty.

We also have a full review for Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, the first part of the Swedish film adaptation of the Millenium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson. Check out the trailers and full episode to stream or download after the jump! Read More

Episode 9 SciFi Classic – Soylent Green

The Upodcast team visits the 70’s for the first time on the show and enjoys watching the one and only Mr. Charlton Heston!

Check out the podcast, the Soylent Green trailer and the full show notes after the jump!

The underwhelming trinity of this week is:

Ahmed discovers a very troubling leaflet about 80% of Belgium’s being stressed out, plus hear how he makes Asim and Martin his medical guinea pigs ,it will leave you laughing your heads off!

Stats of the week teaches us how Burger King too weird, McDonalds not honest, both could learn a thing or two from White Castle.

This week’s Genre is the 70’s SCi Fi Legend: Soylent Green. Directed by Richard Fleischer mostly know for his ACADEMY AWARD WINNER! Best documentary of 1947 in Design for Death and Doctor Dolittle (1967) . Let us know what you thought of the show in the comments section

Here is the trailer:

Don’t forget to check out our new buddies on http://currysmugglers.com/ you’ll definetly have a blast with these guys!

You can send us your mails with suggestions on feedback@upodcasting.com and spread the word on UPODCAST!

As usual the music for this episode is provided by our good friend DJ Iron

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Episode 2 Horror- Black Sheep

Small ticket entertainment we may be, but you can’t accuse us of not trying to visit the corners of the world

 

India one week and New Zealand the next. That’s right folks for episode 2 we visit the land of Lord of the Rings and apparently some demented man-eating sheep – check out the trailer for Black Sheep below

 

But before the main event, we also have the underwhelming trinity!!!

Ahmed wants to go 3D TV

Martin shares a musical 3-some from his collection

And Asim shares some really good film scenes from some really bad films!

You can always e-mail us at feedback@upodcasting.com. Join us next week for an all new episode and an underwhelming experience!

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