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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Lawrence of Arabia (1962) 13 July 2024

Nick and Roger look at the sort of Epic! film that just doesn't get made any more, 1962's Lawrence of Arabia. (Actual historica accuracy can wait by the back door in case we need you.)

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Cidade de Deus (2002) 29 June 2024

Roger and Nick won't last long enough on the streets to starve, in 2002's Cidade de Deus.

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Citizen Kane (1941) 15 June 2024

This Orson Welles guy may be fine on the radio, but can he make a movie? Nick and Roger look at his directorial debut, 1941's Citizen Kane.

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No Country For Old Men (2007) 01 June 2024

Roger and Nick get hot in the dust once more in 2007's No Country For Old Men (2007).

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Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) 18 May 2024

Nick and Roger continue our efforts to become a John Carpenter podcast with a look at his second film, 1976's Assault on Precinct 13.

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The Third Man (1949) 04 May 2024

Roger and Nick don our trenchcoats and explore the sewers with The Third Man (1949).

We also commend to your attention the Orson Welles Findus outtakes.

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Battleship Potemkin (1925) 20 April 2024 - 10 comments

Nick and Roger take on our first banned film (not certified in the UK until 1954, "X"/"18" certificate until 1987) with 1925's Battleship Potemkin.

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The Big Short (2015) 13 April 2024

Roger and Nick continue our exploration of the world of finance with The Big Short (2015).

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All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace (2011) 06 April 2024 - 4 comments

Nick and Roger take on our first documentary (arguably, not a film at all) with 2011's All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace) .

If you haven't watched it, we recommend the Wikipedia summary of the subject matter.

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Gaslight (1940 and 1944) 23 March 2024

Roger and Nick try not to worry our pretty little heads about the Gaslight (1940) and Gaslight (1944).

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