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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Sunset Boulevard (1950) 09 March 2024

Roger and Nick are living in faded glory as we invite you to visit us in Sunset Boulevard (1950).


Tags: noir

  1. Posted by Lydia at 06:33am on 10 March 2024

    Love this film.

    I've always seen parallels between the final scene when she walks down the stairs and the climatic scene in Taxi Driver when the police enter after Travis has killed the pimps. Both scenes use a dreamlike effect by having the actors stand still. I've always wondered if Scorsese was referencing Sunset Boulevard.

  2. Posted by Nick at 01:00pm on 10 March 2024

    Oh that’s a very good point - I hadn’t made the connection but it has a similar feeling of them walking off into fantasy. I strongly suspect she’ll not go to prison either…

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