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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The Artist (2011) 07 January 2023

Nick and Roger discuss The Artist (2011).


  1. Posted by J Michael Cule at 08:08pm on 08 January 2023

    The immensely long silent epic Nick was remembering has to be D W Griffiths INTOLERANCE, set in four different time periods. As far as I can tell by reading about it, it was Griffiths attempting to show that he wasn't a bad guy (after he created BIRTH OF A NATION) and saying that Intolerance was a Bad Thing. (Yes, it does sound suspiciously like someone telling the people who objected to his bigotry that they should be more tolerant but I'm willing to go through life without watching the thing.)

    The twist was that he was French? Maurice CHevalier thou shouldst be living at this hour!

  2. Posted by RogerBW at 08:11pm on 08 January 2023

    Oh, of course, Intolerance. Not, I admit, one that lives at the front of my mind.

    I'm not even sure that that's meant to be a big twist. I mean, it's not a heavy accent, and surely if Dujardin had wanted to portray "a voice unacceptable on film" he had more obvious options? Hard to say.

  3. Posted by Nick at 12:34am on 09 January 2023

    Intolerance! That’s the one! Holy smokes that one dragged.

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