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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It's a Wonderful Miracle on 34th Street 23 December 2023 - 4 comments

Nick and Roger discuss Miracle on 34th Street (1947) and It's a Wonderful Life (1946).

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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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Promising Young Woman (2020) 03 June 2023

Roger and Nick discuss Promising Young Woman.

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Roma (2017) 29 April 2023 - 3 comments

Nick and Roger discuss Roma.

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) 15 April 2023

Nick and Roger consider character arcs and vengeance films as we look at 2017's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

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Arrival (2016) 08 April 2023

Roger and Nick with special guest Shim get terribly earnest to discuss Arrival (2016).

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Spotlight (2015) 18 March 2023 - 1 comment

Nick and Roger put on our green eyeshades and ecclesiastical rings to discuss Spotlight (2015).

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

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Birdman (2014) 18 February 2023

All in one take, Nick and Roger discuss Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014).

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Before trilogy (1995-2013) 04 February 2023

Nick and Roger discuss Before Sunrise (1995), Before Sunset (2004), and Before Midnight (2013).

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Argo (2012) 21 January 2023 - 3 comments

Nick and Roger discuss Argo (2012).

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There Will Be Blood (2007) 22 October 2022

Roger and Nick discuss There Will Be Blood (2007).

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Walk the Line (2005) 01 October 2022

Nick and Roger discuss Walk the Line (2005).

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Vera Drake (2004) 17 September 2022

Nick and Roger discuss Vera Drake (2004). (Note that while this is already tagged "explicit", like every episode, we do go into a bit of detail about the mechanics of abortion as depicted here, so you may not want to listen to this where people can overhear you.)

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Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) 02 September 2022

Nick and Roger discuss Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003).

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Lost in Translation (2003) 27 August 2022

Roger and Nick discuss Lost in Translation (2003) and wonder: are we the baddies?

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The Pianist (2002) 13 August 2022 - 4 comments

Roger and Nick discuss The Pianist (2002).

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Magnolia (1999) 02 July 2022 - 1 comment

Roger and Nick discuss Magnolia (1999).

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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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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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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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Cinema Paradiso (1988) 15 January 2022

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

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The Dead (1987) 25 December 2021 - 2 comments

Nick and Roger discuss The Dead.

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Stand By Me (1986) 11 December 2021 - 3 comments

Nick and Roger discuss Stand By Me.

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The Breakfast Club (1985) 04 December 2021 - 2 comments

Roger and Nick discuss The Breakfast Club.

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Dance With a Stranger (1985) 27 November 2021 - 2 comments

Nick and Roger discuss Dance With a Stranger.

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Blood Simple (1984) 20 November 2021 - 4 comments

Roger and Nick discuss Blood Simple.

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Paris, Texas (1984) 13 November 2021 - 1 comment

Nick and Roger with special guest MaryAnn Johanson discuss Paris, Texas.

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Local Hero (1983) 06 November 2021

Roger and Nick discuss Local Hero.

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Raging Bull (1980) 18 September 2021

Roger and Nick discuss Raging Bull.

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Network (1976) 07 August 2021

Roger and Nick discuss Network.

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The Man Who Would Be King (1975) 31 July 2021 - 2 comments

Roger and Nick discuss The Man Who Would Be King.

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