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Made for Television1981

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  • 3.6
A dense assemblage of excerpts from television commercials juxtaposed to a soundtack of extraordinary facts about human beings. MADE FOR TELEVISION presents a humorous and critical view of TV advertising manipulation.

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This really says a quite a bit about turn of the 80s culture. It's a rapid fire succession of advertisements served with bite sized factoids. I cannot help but think the streams of social media sites are a modern take of this same model of cultivated consumerism and commoditized infotainment.

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This really says a quite a bit about turn of the 80s culture. It's a rapid fire succession of advertisements served with bite sized factoids. I cannot help but think the streams of social media sites are a modern take of this same model of cultivated consumerism and commoditized infotainment.

1 member likes this review
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Something so interesting about the voice of the narrator, great images.

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Mildly amusing. The final statement has since been proven incorrect. The brain grows new neurons and constructs new neural pathways as needed, esp. in the case of injury.

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Extremely witty! Watch how the soundtrack lines up perfectly with the classic commercials. I really enjoyed this one.

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I liked the videos. The narration was a little cloying so I turned the sound off.

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Fascinating and bewildering. Appropriate for a documentation of physical trivia and tv commercials.

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Who knew?

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Odd and interesting facts; entertaining and often heinously manipulative advertising images.

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Wow, that was very odd, but oddly entertaining.

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Are you being programmed? No. It's already happened to you, long before you could even spell the word.

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a lot of facts there i didn't know!

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I don't know why this film is narrated by the voice of a cartoonish hick. I do know that the narration is unmistakeably from Ripley's Believe It Or Not. The value of the commercial clips is more in the ups and downs of their intrinsic strangeness than in the cleverness of their juxtaposition with Ripley's factoids.

Funny, and not just a bit unsettling...

wow. so many of those commercials came leaping back to me from the caverns of my memory.

lots of facts

The facts are interesting, the images carefully assembled to enhance them. I would have given this another star if it weren't for the slightly irritating "Forrest Gump" imitation of the narrator. Still, I don't resent having invested four minutes to watch.

I always keep an ear to the ground for bizarre facts I can whip out later at dinner parties. This short delivers them by the bucket-full, and at breakneck speed too. Toss in a montage of vintage television commercials and you have yourself a stimulating and satisfying little diversion.

Wonderful!!!

pretty good

under-whelming

Very stylized. Many of the facts are now common truisms. Truth be told I couldn't make it all the way through.

I enjoyed every bit of this except for the overdone fake accent on the narrator.

Awesome facts and hilarious footage

Worth the 4 minutes!