In the depths of the summer swelter, it might be pleasant to
be reminded of cooler climes, so…
Monster-of-the-Week: …this week let’s give the nod to the
impressive abominable snowman…
...in this Farmers Insurance commercial who throws a huge
snowball into somebody’s car, while J. K. Simmons warns that the policy holder,
if they aren’t smart enough to be with Farmers, might not be covered for such a
The ad led me to wonder: Really? Farmers offers a policy
that will cover your car against damages from a giant snowball flung by a furry
ice monster? Not bad.
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I directed Shakespeare's Measure for Measure at Southwest Shakespeare Festival, and a short film called Holding Back the Dawn, based on a short story by my friend Barry Graham.
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