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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A Better Tomorrow (1986) 17 February 2024

Nick and Roger strap on our pairs of pistols and embrace each other in a brotherly (and manly) manner as we consider John Woo's breakout film A Better Tomorrow (1986).

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RoboCop (1987) 27 January 2024

Roger and Nick have twenty seconds to comply with RoboCop (1987).

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Battle Beyond the Magnificent Seven Samurai 13 January 2024 - 1 comment

Roger and Nick grunt in a manly and honourable way as we look back at The Seven Samurai (1954), The Magnificent Seven (1970) and Battle Beyond the Stars (1980).

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Robin Hood 30 December 2023

Roger and Nick don our tights and feathered hats to consider Douglas Fairbanks in Robin Hood (1922), The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), Robin Hood (1973), Robin and Marian (1976), Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) and Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993).

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The Wages of Fear (1953) 04 November 2023

Nick and Roger practice their truck drivin' songs for 1953's The Wages of Fear.

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The Most Dangerous Game (1932) 07 October 2023 - 4 comments

Roger and Nick visit possibly one of the most widely remade and imitated films: The Most Dangerous Game (1932).

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Big Trouble in Little China (1986) 16 September 2023 - 2 comments

Nick and Roger rewatch the film that could have been Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon fourteen years early: Big Trouble in Little China.

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North by Northwest (1959) 02 September 2023 - 4 comments

Nick and Roger watch the first James Bond film, or at least the one that gave them most of their ideas: North by Northwest (1959).

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Vertigo (1958) 26 August 2023

Roger and Nick watch a film that's gradually come to be regarded as the Best Ever: Hitchcock's Vertigo (1958).

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The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) 19 August 2023

Nick and Roger watch another Huston/Bogart collaboration: The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948).

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After Indy 12 August 2023 - 3 comments

Roger and Nick watch a couple of films derided as ripoffs of Raiders of the Lost Ark: High Road to China (1983) and Romancing the Stone (1984).

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Commando, Predator and The Running Man 05 August 2023

Nick and Roger discuss three classics (?) of Arnold Schwarzenegger's early career: Commando (1985), Predator (1987) and The Running Man (1987).

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The Matrix tetralogy (1999-2021) 01 July 2023

Roger and Nick discuss all four Matrix films: The Matrix, Reloaded, Revolutions and Resurrections.

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Incredibles 2 (2018) 07 May 2023

Roger and Nick discuss The Incredibles and Incredibles 2.

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Mad Heidi (2022) and The VelociPastor (2018) 01 April 2023

Nick and Roger are joined by special guest Shim as we step up several levels of film quality to discuss those modern masterpieces Mad Heidi (2022) and The VelociPastor (2018).

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Max Max Fury Road (2015) 25 March 2023

Roger and Nick don our spiked leather and consider Mad Max (1979), Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981), Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985) and Mad Max: Fury Road (2015).

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(Recorded face to face in an acoustically bright room, apologies for that.)

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Children of Men (2006) 08 October 2022

Roger and Nick discuss Children of Men (2006).

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A History of Violence (2005) 24 September 2022 - 2 comments

Roger and Nick discuss A History of Violence (2005).

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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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Die Hard (1988) 22 January 2022

Nick and Roger discuss Die Hard (1988).

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Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) 09 October 2021 - 5 comments

Roger and Nick discuss Raiders of the Lost Ark.

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