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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Argo (2012) 21 January 2023

Nick and Roger discuss Argo (2012).


Tags: drama

  1. Posted by J Michael Cule at 01:06pm on 21 January 2023

    I dunno. This foofarah gets made, gets praise, gets prizes and LORD OF LIGHT stays in permanent Development Hell?

    I love that book and I've been waiting for an adaptation of it since forever.

    Ah well, I suppose I'd only be disappointed if it actually happened. There are so many good bits to the story that they would be bound to cut something great and it's so much of its time that there would be stuff the producers would be bound to feel were questionable now. (The Transgender bits could be a minefield.)

    I do think that 'the fit has hit the shan' works better in Lovecraftian stuff though.


    An Aged Fanboy

  2. Posted by RogerBW at 01:22pm on 21 January 2023

    My understanding is that the Lord of Light project degenerated into lawsuits and accusations of embezzlement and nobody really knows where the money went. So anyone taking it on now would have to try to untangle that as well as making the actual film.

  3. Posted by J Michael Cule at 11:51pm on 21 January 2023

    According to Wikipedia there was talk of a TV adaptation (which would be better according to my way of thinking) about four years ago. No more word since then.

    But the precedent of the MIRACLEMAN mess doesn't make me optimistic.

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