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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Sweet Smell of Success (1957) 14 October 2023

By request of listener Gus, Nick and Roger dive back into noir and come out dirty, in 1957's Sweet Smell of Success.

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Double Indemnity (1944) 29 July 2023

Roger and Nick return to our spiritual noir homes with Double Indemnity (1944).

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Dark City (1998) 18 June 2022 - 2 comments

Roger and Nick discuss Dark City (1998).

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The Big Lebowski (1998) 11 June 2022 - 2 comments

The best Chandler parody ever, or just some dude? Nick and Roger discuss The Big Lebowski (1998).

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L.A. Confidential (1997) 28 May 2022 - 3 comments

Noir of a kind, and incompetent criminals galore, as Nick and Roger discuss L.A. Confidential (1997).

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Fargo (1996) 14 May 2022

Noir of a kind, and incompetent criminals galore, as Nick and Roger discuss Fargo (1996).

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Strange Days (1995) 30 April 2022

A sideways return to noir, as Nick and Roger discuss Strange Days (1995).

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The Maltese Falcon (1941) 17 July 2021

In our first (official) Noir-a-Thon, Roger and Nick discuss The Maltese Falcon (1941), with inevitable references to The Maltese Falcon (1931), Satan Met a Lady (1936), The Big Sleep (1946) and The Long Goodbye (1973)

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Chinatown (1974) 10 July 2021

Roger and Nick discuss Chinatown.

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