Holy Crap, Don’t Look Ethel! — Swindle and the VMAS and Batman too

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To say that last weekend was boring would be the furthest from the truth.  In fact, it could be said that it got downright ugly.  At least to some, it would be.

First up, I have good news and bad news for Jennette McCurdy.

The good news is that her Nickelodeon show “Sam & Cat” has finally hit its stride after 8 episodes and finally looks somewhat promising.  The episode “#MommaGoomer” finally has characters from Victorious as guest stars, most notably Sikowicz. This show may not die a quick death after all.

However, the same cannot be said for the latest Nickelodeon movie “Swindle” that premiered last weekend.  This movie promised an “all-star cast” with actors from “Big Time Rush”, “Sam & Cat”, “Supah Ninjas” and the now-cancelled “How to Rock”.  The lead actress of this show was Jennette McCurdy, who played an over-the-top young actress and Noah Munck, who still seems that he was still playing the same character from the previous movie of “Nicky Deuce”.

The premise of the story was when a very old baseball card was found in a wall by a couple of teenagers and they decided to take it to a local collector shop to try to sell it.  He offered them a couple hundred dollars for it, when he knowingly knew it was worth well over a million dollars.

Unfortunately, this is where the real story ends.  What happens from this point forward is a mish-mash of scenes that have absolutely no connections at all with each other as they go chasing to get their card back from the swindler.

Sadly, this movie lasts for 2 hours and is probably the worst 2 hours I have seen in a long time.  Ironically, the script ended 20 minutes into this train wreck.

Oh wait, other worse Nickelodeon movies “Fred: the Movie” and “Best Player”, which also star Jennette McCurdy, could be considered a triple feature of bad movies that were just bad career moves, one right after another.  Somebody please get this girl a new agent before we find her like Amanda Bynes or Lindsay Lohan.

At the end of this movie, the viewer is given a very short preview of the next Nickelodeon movie called “Jinxed” airing this fall.  This movie stars Ciara Bravo from “Big Time Rush”, also in this movie as well.  Judging from this preview, this movie looks like another loser.  I will have a review after it airs later this year.

My recommendation:  Don’t be swindled by “Swindle”.  This is overhyped garbage with a lack of storyline.

My score:  2



Now onto another event of the past weekend: the MTV Video Music Awards.

I did not watch this show completely, only parts of it.  However, I saw enough to realize one thing:  it had its share of its annual shock value.

Most notably was the whole Miley Cyrus performance with Robin Thicke.  As this performance, it had enough gyrating as any stripper show would probably have and then some.

While many complained about someone so young doing this sort of thing, nobody held a gun to their head to watch this.  It is quite apparent that Miley is no longer Disney material anymore.  She has finally grown up whether we wanted her to or not.  I certainly have reluctantly accepted her post-Hannah Montana image.

Ironically, where were all these complainers when the movie “Spring Breakers” came out earlier this year?  This was a nudity filled R-rated movie that featured Disney darlings Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens along with ABCFamily (also owned by Disney) star Ashley Benson.  I think that this would be much more of a reputation killer than Miley’s VMA performance.

One thing I found interesting was that this show was scheduled for 2 ½ hours, yet this show clocked in at about 2 hours 25 minutes.  While it was nice to finally get a short show, it makes me wonder if they ran out of acts or whether people just got bored.  It was not uncommon in years past to see this show running close to 3 hours or longer.  Maybe the VMAs are finally running out of steam or maybe just running out of shocking things to feed us every year.

Since I did not see this entire show, I won’t give this show a score as it would not be fair, but from what I did see I would say watch if not easily offended.

Lastly, I must comment on Ben Affleck as the new Batman.  This is the worse choice ever!!  Did they pick the first name out of their alphabetic rolodex?  What’s next in their casting: Kirk Douglas as Robin and Lady Gaga as the Joker?  Seriously, I am not looking forward to this at all.  My expectations of the Superman/Batman movie have all but been ruined now.

Overall, it appeared that last weekend was full of bad performances and the anticipation of future bad performances.


The Day of the Lawbreakers

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This week’s post is being posted in all my blogs as I feel it is that important to be presented everywhere.  Enjoy this week’s post.


When I started thinking about what I was going to write about this week, I was pretty much at a loss, not because of lack of topic rather which topic I was going to discuss.


That was until this morning, when everything nearly came crashing down physically.  If ever you thought that laws could be broken, today was the day and it happened in spades.


It all started around 8:30am this morning.  I live down a dead-end street clearly marked as such.  I also live on a road perpendicular to a busy road where 18-wheelers drive down constantly.  Usually everything is fine with no problems that was until today.  Apparently, according to some GPS systems, my street is a shortcut pass-through to the place where these trucks are supposed to go, which is very wrong.


Today, one dumb truck driver ignored all the dead-end street signs and decided to travel down my street.  The problem was that the driver was unable to turn is vehicle around given the brick business building across from my house.  As ugly fate would have it, in the process of trying to turn his truck, he rammed the corner of the brick building significantly enough to knock several bricks out of the building and cause significant damage to it.


When the driver tried to straighten his truck, he moved the trash bins out for collection up further into our yard then proceeded to turn his vehicle up onto our lawn doing significant damage to that along with cracking our driveway.  After the driver got out of my yard and parked his vehicle across the street on the side of the building, I went out to go over to the police car that was there during this entire incident.  As I was approaching the police car, I saw the truck driver approaching my lawn to put the trash cans back at the end of our yard.


At this point, I yelled over to the driver on “who is going to pay for the damage done to our lawn?”  Either the guy didn’t hear me or didn’t want to hear me as he stepped into his vehicle and drove away.  I talked to the cop and asked him what I was supposed to do as this guy did significant damage to our yard.  He refused to write-up a report for the damage done.  The cop said that it was OUR responsibility to contact the company for what had happened and to get a settlement from them.


Isn’t it the police’s responsibility to collect information on property damage, not the citizen to having to deal with the truck’s owner?  Apparently the cop was much more interested in the damaged building without caring at all about the damage done to our lawn.  Is this what we really pay cops for, to let stupid people destroy people’s property with no ramifications?


This was just the beginning of just where the day went downhill with lawbreakers.  The second one came from uncle.


For the first time in about 10 years, my aunt and uncle came to visit us from Texas.  Apparently his wild cowboy ways has gotten the best of him.  As first of all, he really doesn’t like wearing a seat belt while driving.  Since we went several miles with him unbuckled it bothered me that we could possibly get stopped because of his ignorance.


To add insult to injury, he made a left hand turn on a red light onto a busy road.  It is apparent that he has no respect for the rules of the road.  Where are the police when all this is happening?  Probably the cop was taking a break after the truck/building/lawn accident.


It seems to me that the police have their priorities all messed up as they don’t do what is important and do a half-ass job at what they do.  It is not surprising that my day with my relatives ended 3 short hours after it began.  I wish them good luck that they don’t get stopped by ignoring some simple road rule.  It is no wonder why so many criminals get away because the cops don’t do their job.


Thankfully, I had enough time to write this post while staring out the window looking at our torn up lawn and the damaged building across the street.  Who knows what tomorrow will bring…maybe that will be next week’s post.


Of Likes, Friends, and Followers…


This week’s blog post is being distributed to all my blogs as I feel that it is important information.  Thank you and please enjoy it.


Yesterday in my Facebook inbox, I received what appeared at first to be a pretty nasty message from one of my Facebook friends.  The person was angry of the types of things showing up within their News Feed sidebar of “People You May Know”.


Now I can understand this person’s frustration of seeing things that offend them.  I have this same issue with other people as well.  That part is the subject of a future posting.


Unfortunately, I have absolutely NO control of what you see in your feed.  I can’t alter any of the settings to prevent you or anybody else from seeing it all.  This is a sad bug to the privacy of Facebook as it allows everybody to see everything you do.


As this friend wanted to do was to unfriend me and then re-friend me to try to end this problem.  Unfortunately, this would never be a solution as this will always come back.


So do I believe that I should take care of what I click on just to please others?  My answer is definitely not.  Realistically, people should just “man up” and accept the way Facebook operates works warts and all.


So let’s break down the 3 individual problems with the Facebook timeline.


  1. 1.      Likes – As I writing this I have just a little more than 3400 liked pages.  To many people, this may not be many or it may be excessive depending on their own Facebook usage.  Unfortunately, my likes may never be the same as yours, but sometimes they still show up on friend’s sidebar just because I like them.
  2. 2.      Friends – You don’t have to be friends with anybody else if you don’t want to.  However, Facebook wants you to be friends with the friends of others.  This can be bad if these others post things that may not be appropriate.  As of this writing, I have about 950 friends so don’t be surprised if one or two may show up in that sidebar to be added to your friends.  This to me is the biggest problem as I feel that others should not see who I friend as I don’t care who my friends decide to add as friends themselves.  Hopefully, you are as confused as I am over all this.
  3. 3.      Follow – This should actually be renamed “stalking” as it allows you to become friends with someone without getting their approval.  While this feature needs to be enabled by the user, I feel that I would have no control over who sees what I post no matter what.  I like to be in control of who are my friends and who sees what I write.


My bottom line recommendation is to do what I do:  JUST IGNORE THINGS YOU DON’T LIKE!!  Wanting to unfriend someone just ticks them off and doesn’t really solve anything.


So how did I handle the message?  I just deleted it like it never happened as the person found their own non unfriending procedure.  Good for them.  Hopefully, I don’t get anymore complaints, but I expect it at some point down the line.


Special Notice:  I have decided to reopen my Twitter account to everyone without getting approval.  My hope is that I can get more followers as my follow numbers have been stagnant for months.  I also feel that by reopening my Twitter account, I can get my messages out there much easier.  However, if any harassment comes along, I will put a protection back on the account.  I am hoping that I won’t have to do this again.  You can follow me safely at @louisbrown.