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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Mary Reilly (1996) 21 May 2022

Roger and Nick discuss the much-derided Mary Reilly (1996).

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Fargo (1996) 14 May 2022

Noir of a kind, and incompetent criminals galore, as Nick and Roger discuss Fargo (1996).

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The English Patient (1996) 07 May 2022

Roger and Nick discuss The English Patient (1996).

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Strange Days (1995) 30 April 2022

A sideways return to noir, as Nick and Roger discuss Strange Days (1995).

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Apollo 13 (1995) 23 April 2022

Roger and Nick discuss Apollo 13 (1995).

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Re-Animator (1985) and Dagon (2001) 16 April 2022

In our first (but probably not last) Lovecraft-a-Thon, Nick and Roger discuss Re-Animator (1985) and Dagon (2001).

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In the Mouth of Madness (1994) 09 April 2022 - 1 comment

Roger and Nick discuss In the Mouth of Madness (1994).

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Last Action Hero (1993) 02 April 2022

Nick and Roger discuss the notorious bomb Last Action Hero (1993).

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Schindler's List (1993) 26 March 2022 - 4 comments

Roger and Nick discuss Schindler's List (1993).

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Reservoir Dogs (1992) 19 March 2022

Nick and Roger (face to face again) discuss Point Blank (1967) and Reservoir Dogs (1992).

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Unforgiven (1992) 12 March 2022 - 3 comments

Roger and Nick discuss a Western that maybe isn't as subversive as it wants you to think it is, Unforgiven (1992).

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Terminator 2 (1991) 26 February 2022 - 5 comments

Nick and Roger discuss The Terminator (1984) and Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991).

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Thelma & Louise (1991) 26 February 2022

Roger and Nick discuss our second Ridley Scott film, Thelma & Louise (1991).

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Back to the Future (1985-1990) 19 February 2022

Nick and Roger discuss Back to the Future (1985), Back to the Future Part II (1989) and Back to the Future Part III (1990).

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Goodfellas (1990) 12 February 2022

Roger and Nick return to Scorsese and de Niro to discuss Goodfellas (1990).

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Heathers (1989) 05 February 2022

Nick and Roger discuss Heathers (1989).

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Do The Right Thing (1989) 29 January 2022

Roger and Nick (face to face!) discuss Do The Right Thing (1989).

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Die Hard (1988) 22 January 2022

Nick and Roger discuss Die Hard (1988).

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Cinema Paradiso (1988) 15 January 2022

Nick and Roger with special guest MaryAnn Johanson discuss Cinema Paradiso.

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Vietnam-a-Thon 08 January 2022 - 3 comments

Particularly after Aliens, a consideration of Vietnam films seemed inevitable, so Nick and Roger discuss Platoon (1986), Full Metal Jacket (1987 and Good Morning, Vietnam (1987.

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A short break 01 January 2022 - 2 comments

We're taking a bit of a break for health and family reasons, but we hope to be back later in January.

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