Film Rant Posts

In 2016, Noel published his first book, Adventures in VHS. Find out more about the book, and how to buy a copy, here.

More...Adventures in VHS

While I do take some pride in occasionally being considered the movie nerd in the room, I have to admit I sometimes struggle with the more typical questions it leads to. Do I have a favourite film? Sure, but it’ll be a different one next week. What’s the best film…

More...The Ten Christmas Commandments of Clark W Griswold

If you grew up in Manchester in the 1980s, one constant was always Granada Television. Like most things in this fantastic city, it was much more than just a regional variant of something that existed in London, it was something that lived and breathed its own unique air. To list all the…

More...One last look inside Granada Studios Manchester

The way we do everything is changing. According to the internet (which never lied to us), the way we shop is changing, the way we learn is changing. Even the way we eat… changing. It’s evolution baby. But is change really such a good thing? For over a decade now,…

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It’s fair to say that since I the day I started writing a book, a lot has changed. And almost certainly the biggest life change I’ve gone through is becoming a dad for the first time. Now, I know what you’re thinking. You didn’t come here to read another bad…

More...Kids films. They aren’t scary enough.

Rediscovered archive article, originally posted in November 2014… It’s been just over a week since I saw Interstellar, one of the year’s biggest and probably most important theatrical releases. Biggest because it’s from the director of Inception and The Dark Knight Trilogy. Most important because that same filmmaker is one…

More...Is Christopher Nolan the Morrissey of filmmaking?

Well, that’s it. Next week, the final physical copies of Adventures in VHS will go out the door, bringing five years of writing, movie watching, collecting video tapes, podcasting, editing, designing, proof reading, marketing and packaging to an end. The book has been fired out in the post to people…

More...RIP Adventures in VHS

I’ve decided this year I need a new challenge. So, I’ll be dipping my toe into a bit of fictional writing… something I haven’t done since school.

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