Manners Maketh Man when Bond Girls Aren’t Bond Girls (Minor Spoilers- Kingsman- The Golden Circle)

Manners Maketh Man when Bond Girls Aren’t Bond Girls (Minor Spoilers- Kingsman- The Golden Circle)

“Manners Maketh Man.”  The proverb first appears in William Horman’s Vulgaria in 1519, but has found its contemporary articulation in Matthew Vaughn’s 2014 pulp-action spy romp: Kingsman: The Secret Service.  And this fall’s sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, takes manners beyond pressed pin-striped suites and polite conversational etiquette.  Manners means no more ‘Bond Girls.’ For decades, James Bond has been an archetype of refined, sophisticated masculinity. The well-dressed, articulate, and charismatic MI6 agent has dined with the highest of society,…

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My #1 Animated Feature on Netflix is…

My #1 Animated Feature on Netflix is…

Last week’s post ended with a cliff hanger of sorts.  One Redditor very compassionately commented “Coming next week?  F*ck you.”  People are sweet.  In all honesty, I had originally planned to include #1, but the post was becoming too large.  And I decided my last post deserved it’s own post.  So what could possibly take my number one spot over Fantasia? 1. BoJack Horseman Am I serious?  Yessir!  Dear readers, I beg you to hear me out.  The show follows 90s…

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My Top 5 Animated Picks on Netflix

My Top 5 Animated Picks on Netflix

Hello everyone! This past weekend I had the joy of watching the pilot episode of Disney’s reboot of Ducktales with my wife. If you haven’t seen the new Ducktales pilot, you can watch it on YouTube. The show is a wonderfully fresh take on this late 80’s treasure. Huey, Dewy and Louie all have distinct personalities (enhanced by the impeccable voice talents of Danny Pudi, Ben Schwartz, and Bobby Moynihan). And perhaps the greatest change is Scrooge McDuck’s role as…

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A Prayer After Charlottesville

A Prayer After Charlottesville

I do not have the words.  I do not have the words to express my anger and grief at seeing swastikas and and klansmen marching down the streets of Charlottesville.  I do not have words for my disgust at a President who ultimately refuses to condemn the evil that Nazism and White Supremacy unapologetically profess.  I have no words for Jerry Falwell Jr.’s blaspheming silence who at times I hear more loudly than the President’s and pundit’s foul, Anti-Christ words….

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Dear Mr. President, Please Watch Godzilla (An Open Letter)

Dear Mr. President, Please Watch Godzilla (An Open Letter)

Dear Mr. President, Please watch Godzilla.  I’m not sure what kind of movies you typically watch in your leisure, but this film is a classic and certainly worth your time, I promise you.  You may be familiar with Godzilla as the the giant lizard monster that ravages Tokyo.  But do you know the origins of Godzilla?  Originally titled Gojira, this 1954 film tells the story of beast created by American nuclear testing in the South Pacific.  The testing resurrects and…

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Wedding Season: Let’s Talk About that Garter Toss

Wedding Season: Let’s Talk About that Garter Toss

Wedding season is upon us in full swing! Several weeks ago, my wife and I attended a wedding. It was a blast, as any wedding should be. The bride and groom are both wonderful people. There was food, drink, and dancing. What more could you ask for? Like most weddings, the festivities included the bouquet toss and garter toss. If you’ve been at a wedding reception in the US, you have more than likely seen this ritual. To begin, all…

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Do Heroes Fight Skybeams? (Accidental Minor Spoilers for Spider-Man: Homecoming)

Do Heroes Fight Skybeams? (Accidental Minor Spoilers for Spider-Man: Homecoming)

Last week I shared some thoughts on the latest installment of the DCEU, Wonder Woman. I tried to stay focused on that film, but found myself floundering around with broader thoughts concerning superheroes in cinema. A friend and I were discussing Wonder Woman and he suggested that (spoiler ahead!) the scene of Diana courageously crossing No Man’s Land was the most heroic moment in a superhero movie since Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man was willing to remain maskless in front of dozen…

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Wonder Woman: The Hero We Deserve (Minor Spoilers)

Wonder Woman: The Hero We Deserve (Minor Spoilers)

I have always been a fan of DC Comics. The pantheon of DC heroes is simply iconic. Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman have largely defined everything we expect in superheroes. DC is still going strong in the DC: Rebirth titles, which I wrote on here. Decades ago, these heroes set the bar. So imagine my disappointment when the DCEU, was turning into a total mess of a cinematic universe. I, for one, did not despise Man of Steel or Batman…

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Jacob Travlers Goes on an Indefinite Hiatus

Jacob Travlers Goes on an Indefinite Hiatus

Can I share a secret with you all? Writing fiction can be challenging, especially if what one is writing is a long, plot driven narrative that requires cohesion and few (hopefully none) plot holes and incongruities. Frankly, The Life and Times of Jacob Travlers has turned out to be more than I can chew in this season of my life. When I first began this story, I aspired to write a serial epic in the style of the pulp stories…

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A Year Later

A Year Later

Holy guacamole! Noggin Squall has been live on the world wide web for over a year! Honestly, I’m a little surprised. I have the unfortunate tendency to dream up cool ideas, then abandon them rather quickly, and then regret that project’s indefinite hiatus and/or death six months later. But not here! I’m still blogging strong (ish) since May 24, 2016. When I started this blog, it had no clear focus. On the About page, I describe the blog as “my…

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