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Too many commercials.

Everywhere you go advertising is thrown at you.  From the margin on every web page showing you an ad for something you looked at yesterday at or on eBay, to the signs behind left field at the baseball game, to billboards on your way to work and quick-talking radio ads on your way home.

But once in a while you don’t mind so much.  Take the Dos Equis “Most Interesting Man in the World” commercials.  We’ve given our thumbs up to several past ads here at, like Jean-Claude Van Damme doing the splits in his Volvo commercial, Dwayne Johnson “The Rock” and his sci-fi milk ad, the Volkswagen Star Wars Cantina re-creation commercial went above and beyond, too.

So what are the best commercials you’ve seen this year?

GE has a new commercial featuring a giant muppet-like fellow that should get some consideration for all the emotion it packs into a fantasy-themed promotion.  Check it out here:

Earlier this year genre favorites Mark Strong (Green Lantern, Sherlock Holmes), Ben Kingsley (Iron Man 3, Sneakers, Gandhi), and Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers, Thor 2) created a fun commercial for Jaguar with a British villain theme.  If you missed it earlier, here it is an extended version:

Child actors that are good at what they do are few and far between.  Anna Paquin in The Piano.  Tatum O’Neal in Paper Moon.  Maria Lark in Medium.  Then we see this kid (Christian Ganiere) in the new Subaru Legacy commercials this year and think there’s some real potential here.  Here the star of the commercial mimics pretty darned well everyone’s average bad day:

One of the oldest public service campaigns features Smokey Bear, and he’s back again, this time celebrating his 70th birthday Clint Eastwood style:

So what do you think are the best commercials of 2014?

In case you haven’t seen the most recent Dos Equis ads, here they are:

And now back to our regular programming.

C.J. Bunce

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