28 December 2010

A NEW IMAGE OF THE CHRISTMAS WARS

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A display table of gift ideas at a local supermarket in December.

While you are recovering from this year's bout in the Christmas Wars and deciding toward which side you'll end up for the next one, consider this image as metaphor for what might actually be going on. In other words, if one is so concerned with either (1) "keeping Christ in Christmas" which now seems little to do with eschewing the "X-Mas" substitution and instead purely figurative or (2) forcing Jesus on people by saying "Merry Christmas" to people who might not celebrate it perhaps the Jesus-centered idea of Christmas isn't under attack by those things but instead the attack is illustrated in coincidental messages in the image above. What messages do you see?

Happy holidays! Yes, New Years (here) and King's Day (Spain), among others, are yet to come.

19 December 2010

ANDERSON AND COPPOLA'S STELLA ARTOIS COMMERCIAL

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Writer/directors Wes Anderson (The Royal Tenenbaums, The Fantastic Mr Fox, etc) and Roman Coppola (CQ, music videos for The Strokes etc) made an ad for InBev/Annheiser-Busch's Stella Artois brand which is based in Belgium. In my opinion, the beer is just ok but a nice choice among the more widely available brews in your average bar. While Stella is probably the most popular beer actually brewed in Belgium available in the United States, it doesn't at all typify the sort of brew most often referred to as "Belgian-style". Funny how that works.

I love Anderson's and Coppola's works and this ad is a bit of retro-modern James Bond-like fun. Enjoy.



 
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