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 Most Dangerous Game (1932) 07 October 2023

Roger and Nick visit possibly one of the most widely remade and imitated films: The Most Dangerous Game (1932).


Tags: action

  1. Posted by J Michael Cule at 01:12pm on 07 October 2023

    Michael's Literary History corner:

    The villain who knows he's a villain goes back through Victorian melodrama to Shakespeare's RICHARD III, Marlowe's JEW OF MALTA and through them to the Vices in medieval mystery plays.

    You can have almost as much fun with a villain who knows he's avilain but must turn a suave and kindly face to the rest of the world. This comes in two varieties: the one where it's an acutal surprise that they're the baddie and the one where the glint in their eyes lets the audience know what the score is.

  2. Posted by RogerBW at 04:08pm on 10 October 2023

    It's not a type I like in general, because it doesn't match real life: almost everyone will tell themselves that their victims aren't really people like us, or it's sad but it's necessary for the greater good, or whatever they need to believe. (As we've talked about on IRTD of course.)

    But this is a glorious performance.

  3. Posted by Shimmin at 09:38am on 01 November 2023

    On modern sensibilities: I'm now envisioning an updated version where they're both wildlife photographers.

  4. Posted by RogerBW at 11:15am on 01 November 2023

    "But have you ever shot… the most dangerous celeb?"

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