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 Thomas Crown Affairs 25 November 2023

Nick and Roger get into cool crime and smooth jazz with The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) and its remake The Thomas Crown Affair (1999).


Tags: crime

  1. Posted by J Michael Cule at 03:28pm on 25 November 2023

    I would have been fourteen when it came out and I think I saw it in the cinema on one of the school trips to Cornwall my father organised. (Which got his family cheap but rather repetitive Easter holidays over several years.)

    Naturally at that age the chess scene was pure gold being pumped into my hormones. I'm not sure I really understood what the 'smouldering' scenes were all about and the plot as a whole rather baffled me.

    If I were to see it again I'd probably be the same, minus the hormones.

  2. Posted by Robert at 02:26pm on 27 November 2023

    I saw the 1999 Thomas Crown Affair in the theatre as an undergrad and enjoyed it well enough but for some reason it was the first DVD I got. Would have been Christmas 2001 and I got the DVD player and that one DVD for Christmas from my parents. So I watched it many times more than I would have otherwise and I particularly enjoyed the soundtrack. Nina Simone always does good work and the glider piano piece added a considerable element of whimsy to it. If anything, at least Pierce Brosnan’s Crown seems to enjoy what he’s doing in a way that carries me. And it introduced some of my friends to Magritte a bit earlier than they might have found him in Arkansas.

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