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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The Dead (1987) 25 December 2021

Nick and Roger discuss The Dead.


At the time of writing, this was available on YouTube.

Tags: drama

  1. Posted by Noble Kale at 02:13pm on 27 December 2021

    Ouch, this one (the movie) didn't go down well. Sounds like the kind of movie that'd lose you 'movie choice' privileges with the family for a few years.

    The reason I feel that Nick may have thought Anjelica Huston was in Witches of Eastwick, is that she's the head Witch in the first The Witches adaptation?

  2. Posted by RogerBW at 03:51pm on 27 December 2021

    And yet it's a lot closer to amazingly good than most dull film about unhappy people ever manages…

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