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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  1. Posted by Robert at 02:23am on 22 July 2023

    For purely selfish reasons, as it will excuse another re-watch of my own, I’d encourage you to visit 1986 for John Carpenter’s Big Trouble in Little China.

    Like Casablanca it’s a film that always seems to be fun to talk about.

  2. Posted by Nick at 12:56am on 29 July 2023

    Ooh! I heartily endorse this suggestion.

  3. Posted by RogerBW at 08:55am on 29 July 2023

    OK, we can start with "who is the hero in this story and who's the scrappy sidekick" and move on from there…

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