I think we generally understand what the other is saying, whether we agree or not. A few quick responses.
"painful" was a joke except it is no joke for the few minutes it takes me to get out of bed and into a hot shower.
re nostalgia, yes it can and famously has worked but in advertising the proof is in the bottom line and those ads are a net loss. I am referring btw to Rudin's nostalgia for the way things were (something that extends to how he envisions his "toxic" impresario self) when big ad splashes were de rigueur, not to the look/feel of the artwork. Oh and re "waste his money," never fear, it ain't his. lol
I have nothing against your enjoyment of the ads. As I tried to convey, I was commenting exclusively on the bang for the buck, which is a joke.