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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Casablanca (1942) 31 December 2022 - 2 comments

Roger, Nick and Jon discuss Casablanca (1942).

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Never Let Me Go (2010) 24 December 2022 - 5 comments

Nick and Roger discuss Never Let Me Go (2010).

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Four Lions (2010) 17 December 2022

Roger and Nick discuss Four Lions (2010).

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District 9 (2009) 10 December 2022

Nick and Roger discuss District 9 (2009.

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Inglourious Basterds (2009) 03 December 2022

Roger and Nick discuss Inglourious Basterds (2009).

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Red Cliff (2008) 19 November 2022

Nick and Roger discuss Red Cliff (2008 (and part 2).

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The Hurt Locker (2008) 12 November 2022 - 5 comments

Roger and Nick discuss The Hurt Locker (2008).

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28 Days Later (2002) and 28 Weeks Later (2007) 29 October 2022 - 4 comments

Nick and Roger discuss 28 Days Later (2002) and 28 Weeks Later (2007).

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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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Pan's Labyrinth (2006) 15 October 2022

Nick and Roger discuss Pan's Labyrinth (2006).

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Children of Men (2006) 08 October 2022

Roger and Nick discuss Children of Men (2006).

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Walk the Line (2005) 01 October 2022

Nick and Roger discuss Walk the Line (2005).

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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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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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Primer (2004) 10 September 2022

Roger and Nick discuss Primer (2004).

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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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Minority Report (2002) 20 August 2022

Nick and Roger discuss Minority Report (2002).

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The Pianist (2002) 13 August 2022 - 4 comments

Roger and Nick discuss The Pianist (2002).

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Ghosts of Mars (2001) 06 August 2022

Nick and Roger discuss the widely-hated Ghosts of Mars (2001). Spoiler: we didn't hate it.

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Mulholland Drive (2001) 30 July 2022 - 2 comments

Roger and Nick discuss Mulholland Drive (2001). Is it a cinematic soliloquy of citrus significance? Or a film-noir fruit cocktail of fair-dinkum fantasmagoria?

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Traffic (2000) 23 July 2022

Nick and Roger discuss Traffic (2000).

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Nosferatu (1922) and Shadow of the Vampire (2000) 16 July 2022 - 2 comments

Roger and Nick discuss Nosferatu (1922) and Shadow of the Vampire (2000).

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Dogma (1999) 09 July 2022 - 2 comments

Nick and Roger discuss Dogma (1999).

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Magnolia (1999) 02 July 2022 - 1 comment

Roger and Nick discuss Magnolia (1999).

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First Anniversary 25 June 2022

Nick and Roger look back on our first year of podcasting.

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Dark City (1998) 18 June 2022 - 2 comments

Roger and Nick discuss Dark City (1998).

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The Big Lebowski (1998) 11 June 2022 - 2 comments

The best Chandler parody ever, or just some dude? Nick and Roger discuss The Big Lebowski (1998).

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Grosse Pointe Blank (1997) 04 June 2022

Roger and Nick discuss Grosse Pointe Blank (1997).

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L.A. Confidential (1997) 28 May 2022 - 3 comments

Noir of a kind, and incompetent criminals galore, as Nick and Roger discuss L.A. Confidential (1997).

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Mary Reilly (1996) 21 May 2022 - 1 comment

Roger and Nick discuss the much-derided Mary Reilly (1996).

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Fargo (1996) 14 May 2022

Noir of a kind, and incompetent criminals galore, as Nick and Roger discuss Fargo (1996).

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The English Patient (1996) 07 May 2022

Roger and Nick discuss The English Patient (1996).

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Strange Days (1995) 30 April 2022

A sideways return to noir, as Nick and Roger discuss Strange Days (1995).

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Apollo 13 (1995) 23 April 2022

Roger and Nick discuss Apollo 13 (1995).

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Re-Animator (1985) and Dagon (2001) 16 April 2022

In our first (but probably not last) Lovecraft-a-Thon, Nick and Roger discuss Re-Animator (1985) and Dagon (2001).

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In the Mouth of Madness (1994) 09 April 2022 - 1 comment

Roger and Nick discuss In the Mouth of Madness (1994).

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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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Schindler's List (1993) 26 March 2022 - 4 comments

Roger and Nick discuss Schindler's List (1993).

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Reservoir Dogs (1992) 19 March 2022

Nick and Roger (face to face again) discuss Point Blank (1967) and Reservoir Dogs (1992).

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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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Terminator 2 (1991) 26 February 2022 - 5 comments

Nick and Roger discuss The Terminator (1984) and Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991).

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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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RoboCop (1987) 27 January 2022

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

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Die Hard (1988) 22 January 2022

Nick and Roger discuss Die Hard (1988).

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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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Vietnam-a-Thon 08 January 2022 - 3 comments

Particularly after Aliens, a consideration of Vietnam films seemed inevitable, so Nick and Roger discuss Platoon (1986), Full Metal Jacket (1987 and Good Morning, Vietnam (1987.

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A short break 01 January 2022 - 2 comments

We're taking a bit of a break for health and family reasons, but we hope to be back later in January.

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