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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Jaws (1975) 24 July 2021

Nick and Roger discuss Jaws.


Tags: horror

  1. Posted by Noble Kale at 12:37pm on 24 July 2021

    That moment where Roger discusses the air tanks and Nick let's out a little despairing 'Oh, Roger...'.

    Excellent episode!

  2. Posted by RogerBW at 01:13pm on 24 July 2021

    [innocent look]

    To be fair the film never calls them "oxygen tanks" – which of course they wouldn't be. That seems to be a later invention.

  3. Posted by Nick Marsh at 08:15am on 30 July 2021

    I tried not to be too worried that Roger would hate it. It was a great relief that he didn’t but I still had my delicate moments!

  4. Posted by Shimmin at 10:29am on 03 December 2021

    I enjoyed this a lot, despite having never seen it (but then, I've never seen virtually everything). Great discussion as always.

    Re: the conflict over whether to close the beaches/ski slopes/desert/Tesco. I'd like to see one where a gigantic animal is sighted and scientists demand the closure of the beach to protect it.

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