Ribbon of Memes

It's been over a century and a quarter since the first moving picture was committed to celluloid - the "ribbon of dreams", as Orson Welles mellifluously intoned.

And so, welcome, one and all, to Ribbon of Memes, a new podcast in which Roger Bell_West and Nick Marsh supply grateful listeners hot takes about films considered masterpieces by critics or filmgoers in general.

The rules: we choose one "masterpiece" from every year from the earliest days of cinema to our dreadful modern dystopia. Do we agree these films are classics? Are we entertained? Did we even understand what the film was trying to say? The questions are endless!*

We start in 1973 (for reasons explained in the first podcast) and progress vaguely chronologically (unless we think of another film that makes an interesting comparison to the one we have just seen, or are otherwise distracted by shiny new things).

Yes, that's right, we decided that what the world really needed was two more uninformed middle-aged white guys telling the world about media largely produced by similar people. Find out whether we were right or not herein!

*Actually, no, that's most of them.

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Diner (1982) 15 October 2021 - 1 comment

Nick and Roger discuss Diner.

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Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) 09 October 2021 - 5 comments

Roger and Nick discuss Raiders of the Lost Ark.

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Das Boot (1981) 02 October 2021 - 2 comments

Nick and Roger discuss Das Boot.

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Airplane! (1980) 25 September 2021

Roger and Nick discuss Zero Hour! and Airplane!.

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Raging Bull (1980) 18 September 2021

Roger and Nick discuss Raging Bull.

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Dawn of the Dead (1978) 11 September 2021

Nick and Roger discuss Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead.

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Apocalypse Now (1979) 04 September 2021

Roger and Nick discuss Apocalypse Now.

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The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) 28 August 2021 - 2 comments

Nick, Roger and Shawna discuss The Day the Earth Stood Still and Plan 9 From Outer Space.

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Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) 14 August 2021 - 1 comment

Roger and Nick discuss Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

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Network (1976) 07 August 2021

Roger and Nick discuss Network.

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The Man Who Would Be King (1975) 31 July 2021 - 2 comments

Roger and Nick discuss The Man Who Would Be King.

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Jaws (1975) 24 July 2021 - 3 comments

Nick and Roger discuss Jaws.

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The Maltese Falcon (1941) 17 July 2021

In our first (official) Noir-a-Thon, Roger and Nick discuss The Maltese Falcon (1941), with inevitable references to The Maltese Falcon (1931), Satan Met a Lady (1936), The Big Sleep (1946) and The Long Goodbye (1973)

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Chinatown (1974) 10 July 2021

Roger and Nick discuss Chinatown.

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Bonnie and Clyde (1967) 03 July 2021

Nick and Roger jump back in time to discuss Bonnie and Clyde.

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Badlands (1973) 26 June 2021 - 2 comments

In our inaugural episode, Roger and Nick discuss Badlands.

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