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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Mulholland Drive (2001) 30 July 2022

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?


  1. Posted by Shimmin at 02:37pm on 11 August 2022

    Thoroughly enjoyable (and great for making dozens of near-identical spreadsheets to), thanks lads! More enjoyable than the film, I'm confident.

  2. Posted by Nick Marsh at 11:14pm on 12 August 2022

    You may say so. I couldn’t possibly comment.

    Alright, yes, yes you’re right.

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