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 Birds (1963) 09 September 2023

Roger and Nick conclude our Hitchcock-a-thon with The Birds (1963). Ca-caw!


Tags: horror

  1. Posted by J Michael Cule at 03:02pm on 09 September 2023

    I remember watching THE BIRDS and thinking that the moving parts didn't seem to have any sort of connection with each other. It's second only to COOL HAND LUKE on my 'WTF is this movie about' list.

    I would recommend you take a look at PSYCHO: it really is nearly as good as everybody says it is and a lot more of a unified narrative than THE BIRDS.

    (Of his later films I can remember one good scene in TORN CURTAIN: the one where Paul Newman helps murder someone by stuffing them into a gas oven. The rest... gone with the wind.)

  2. Posted by RogerBW at 04:03pm on 09 September 2023

    I reckon the "greats" that we haven't touched yet are probably Psycho, Rope, and Rear Window. If we want to go earlier, perhaps The Lady Vanishes.

  3. Posted by Nick at 07:47pm on 10 September 2023

    I think Rope is considered rather flawed and gimmicky, but I don’t care, I love it anyway. Psycho similarly - I saw it at a young age and it gave me a mortal fear of stairs for several years, but it’s not my favourite Hitch. That would be Rear Window.

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