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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Moon (2009) 02 December 2023

Roger and Nick confront questions of their own identity in Moon (2009).


  1. Posted by Shim at 08:19pm on 13 December 2023

    Another fun episode; I hadn't even heard of this film so it's always interesting to hear your takes.

    I wonder if we could construct a semi-plausible explanation for the contrived situation by looking at it as a corporate and contractual fiddle? Along the lines of, say, Amey handling Sheffield tree maintenance on the cheap by just cutting down thousands of trees.

    "Well, the contract requires we provide maintenance for at least 300 years..." "OK, so you know those defective clones, the project that fell through cos they only last 3 years? We tell them we're sending 100 cryosleeping highly-trained maintenance techs. Pay a tech off to get some DNA rights, run off clones, ship them off." "That makes no sense." "Is it convincing enough for the CEO to sign off on it, though?"

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