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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Lawrence of Arabia (1962) 13 July 2024

Nick and Roger look at the sort of Epic! film that just doesn't get made any more, 1962's Lawrence of Arabia. (Actual historica accuracy can wait by the back door in case we need you.)

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Casablanca (1942) 31 December 2022 - 2 comments

Roger, Nick and Jon discuss Casablanca (1942).

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Inglourious Basterds (2009) 03 December 2022

Roger and Nick discuss Inglourious Basterds (2009).

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Red Cliff (2008) 19 November 2022

Nick and Roger discuss Red Cliff (2008 (and part 2).

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The Hurt Locker (2008) 12 November 2022 - 5 comments

Roger and Nick discuss The Hurt Locker (2008).

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Vietnam-a-Thon 08 January 2022 - 3 comments

Particularly after Aliens, a consideration of Vietnam films seemed inevitable, so Nick and Roger discuss Platoon (1986), Full Metal Jacket (1987) and Good Morning, Vietnam (1987).

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Das Boot (1981) 02 October 2021 - 2 comments

Nick and Roger discuss Das Boot.

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Apocalypse Now (1979) 04 September 2021

Roger and Nick discuss Apocalypse Now.

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The Man Who Would Be King (1975) 31 July 2021 - 2 comments

Roger and Nick discuss The Man Who Would Be King.

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