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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Das Boot (1981) 02 October 2021

Nick and Roger discuss Das Boot.


Tags: war

  1. Posted by J Michael Cule at 10:52am on 15 October 2021

    THE CRUEL SEA is about British ships hunting submarines. Jack Hawkins and Donald Sinden being heroic. It's quite good.

    And you can't call Ulrich Steinhilper the inventor of word processing. He came up with the term (in German) and even that is disputed by Americans. He was a big promoter of the technology though and IBM Germany apologised for ignoring him once the idea had made it big. (I had to go and look him up: it is conceivable that you know more than me.)

  2. Posted by RogerBW at 11:17am on 15 October 2021

    He claimed to have invented the idea (independently), and written about it, before anyone else, and to the best of my knowledge nobody ever supplied evidence against that.

    (I highly recommend his books. Fighter pilot in the early days of the war, PoW for the rest of it, first in England then in Canada; multiple nearly-successful escapes.)

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