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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  1. Posted by J Michael Cule at 01:48pm on 27 May 2022

    I believe the first no-make-up-no-effects transformation from Jeykll to Hyde was Spencer Tracy in the 1941 film. Tracy was reportedly happy with the effects he achieved: others were more doubtful about whether he could clearly distinguish the two personalities.

    This movie got the pronounciation right if by right you mean the way the Scots pronounce it.

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