That Thing You Like
That Thing You Like is a podcast about tv, movies, media and what they say about the world! Each week, two lifelong best friends break down the pop culture landscape - one thing at a time.
info_outline 248 - Little Women 03/24/2020
248 - Little Women It's been awhile! Brian and Chris return from hiatus to talk LITTLE WOMEN, a sharp adaptation of a canonical text that neither of us have read or seen before! Listen as two men tell you why media that centres the experience of women is important! #Justice4Greta Note: This episode was recorded before the COVID-19 outbreak in North America. As such, it'll likely be our last episode recorded in the same location for awhile, but if you're wondering why we don't talk about it much in the ep, there you go.
info_outline 247 - Booksmart 10/17/2019
247 - Booksmart BOOKSMART is the movie of the year. Best picture winner, 2019, already locked up. Alright, this might be a small exaggeration. But BOOKSMART rules! Brian saw it on release and has been evangelical about it ever since! Chris finally saw it and now also knows the joy! We talk Olivia Wilde's directing debut, the incredible characters of Molly and Amy, the pitch perfect soundtrack, and debate the nature of cringe comedy. Let's get (consensually) bashed!
info_outline 246 - Bon Appetit 09/18/2019
246 - Bon Appetit The BON APPETIT brand has been making YouTube videos for years - so why are they taking off now? And why are we helplessly in love with them? In this ep, we celebrate the charming, Springfield-esque nature of the Test Kitchen, talk Bon Appetit's strong blend of personalities, and even do a rarely seen That Thing You Like draft to build our own three person cooking teams! Basically, we love Claire and Brad and Chris and all of them forever. Enjoy the lovefest.
info_outline 245 - Deadwood the Movie 08/16/2019
245 - Deadwood the Movie HBO's DEADWOOD was a Good+ show taken before its time. One Brian and Chris both love and have never really had the chance to talk about. But good news: 2019 saw the release of the long rumoured Deadwood movie! And it's FANTASTIC. (Brian cried.) We talk about wrapping up loose ends 13 years later and poignant grace notes for Al, Bullock and Trixie, plus the dialogue that's never been better. Fan of Deadwood? Did you love the movie? Or maybe hate it? Let us know on Twitter @!
info_outline 244 - Us 08/03/2019
244 - Us Jordan Peele's US is a wonder of a film, and maybe even more fun to pull apart than Get Out? After both seeing it a little belatedly, we sit down to celebrate the INCREDIBLE performance of Lupita Nyong'o and how the movie makes you complicit in cheering on oppression, and once again return to "elevated horror" as a bad term. Watch Us! Let us know what you thought of Us!
info_outline 243 - Pokemon Detective Pikachu 07/06/2019
243 - Pokemon Detective Pikachu Pokemon DETECTIVE PIKACHU is the live action Pokemon movie we all wanted when we were kids. Back when we wanted to be the very best. Like NO ONE ever was! We talk about Ryme City and its incredibly fully realized world, the Ryan Reynolds voice vs Pikachu cuteness, our thoughts on Pokemon that aren't the original 151, and decide which Pokemon we would be our Pokemon partners! Enjoy!
info_outline 242 - Ranking the Marvel Cinematic Universe! 06/06/2019
242 - Ranking the Marvel Cinematic Universe! AVENGERS: ENDGAME is still fresh in our mind, if somewhat less fresh fresh in our hearts. So we thought - why not OPEN THE PORTALS and bring all of our Marvel friends together for one last Phases 1-3 ride. We're joined by brother of the show Andy Shirlaw to build a CONSENSUS ranking of the Marvel movies. We all have to agree! No voting! People make arguments! It's fun to argue about lists! It's even more fun to build them!
info_outline 241 - Avengers: Endgame 05/21/2019
241 - Avengers: Endgame Marvel's AVENGERS: ENDGAME marks the end of an era. An era that's continuing with other Avengers? We sit down after our great disliking of Avengers: Infinity War to talk about everything we were surprised to LOVE AND ADORE about Endgame! The core Avengers! The most dramatic flash forward in cinematic history! The Leftovers of it all! The great character moments! And oh, the tears we shed.
info_outline 240 - Game of Thrones: Final Season and Finale Predictions 04/30/2019
240 - Game of Thrones: Final Season and Finale Predictions GAME OF THRONES time, for one of the last times! The Long Night is here, certain people have become Knights of the Seven Kingdoms, and all draws to a dragon-filled conclusion. How do we feel about Game of Thrones Season 8 so far? Who will sit the Iron Throne, and more importantly, who would we vote for in an election? Who could they still kill that would be shocking? All this, plus thoughts on the entire Game of Thrones experience!
info_outline 239 - Captain Marvel 03/31/2019
239 - Captain Marvel Marvel's CAPTAIN MARVEL smashed the box-office, and the man-baby tears were as delicious as ever. It's 2019, and a female-led Marvel superhero movie was WAY overdue... but why are we kind of split on this one? In this ep, we give our Captain Marvel review with full spoilers, talk about the surprisingly heady use of microaggressions and gaslighting as villainy, and touch on its VERY interesting ideas about war refugees and a Skrull diaspora.
info_outline 238 - Hereditary 03/11/2019
238 - Hereditary HEREDITARY, Ari Aster's 2018 horror movie, probably should have earned Toni Collette an Oscar nomination. It didn't! Because there's no justice and Paimon reigns. We review a horror movie that transcends horror, talk about the film's incredible use of tension, and sing the praises of #WokePaimon.
info_outline 237 - The 2018 Likeys! (Best Movies, TV Shows, Music of 2018) 02/22/2019
237 - The 2018 Likeys! (Best Movies, TV Shows, Music of 2018) It's 2018's biggest night! The stars are out for the FIFTH annual Likey awards, as That Thing You Like awards our best movies, best TV shows, best music, best games, and best everything else of 2018. Plus, a special Most Disappointing Likey that was reserved for a very special, very deserving, Avengers Infinity War. Did Good Place repeat as Best TV Show? What movies stuck with us in 2018? Did we remember to listen to ANY new music? Find out in this year's show! Don't forget to rate, review, subscribe, and all that other stuff, earbuds. <3
info_outline 236 - Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 02/12/2019
236 - Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE is a complete gem and easily one of the best Spider-Man films ever made. So why didn't it click with more with a wider audience? Is the world not ready for a Spider-Verse? We talk about what makes this movie stand apart from other Marvel superhero films, the mind-bendingly great animation and action, and our desperate need for a full-length Jake Johnson mid-life crises Spider-man movie. We loved this movie, and you would too - go see it.
info_outline 235 - Paddington 2 (and Paddington 1!) 01/24/2019
235 - Paddington 2 (and Paddington 1!) PADDINGTON is a movie about a kind bear. PADDINGTON 2 is a movie about an even kinder bear who... reforms a prison? And in the first one, Paddington makes a convincing case against Brexit paranoia? The kind bear has a lot going on! We review and discuss the films of a beloved (though not to us) childhood icon, the race to the I.P. bottom, and Ben Whishaw's incredible vocal performance. The Paddington films are a celebration of joy, warmth and the rare films that are truly for the entire family, with not a hint of irony to be found - don't miss out! Let us know what you think about the kind bear on Twitter: @!
info_outline 234 - Incredibles 2 12/23/2018
234 - Incredibles 2 Pixar and Brad Bird have reunited for INCREDIBLES 2, a sequel that has... something on its mind? Focused on Elastigirl while Mr. Incredible spends time learning the value and joy of parenthood, Incredibles 2 tells an always entertaining but thematically muddy story, but one that's always a joy to watch. We talk the incredible action sequences, the fun new characters, some slightly confusing villain motivations, and how much we loved seeing more in this world. Merry Holidays, earbuds!
info_outline 233 - Hilda 11/29/2018
233 - Hilda Another day, another Netflix show. But HILDA stands out from the crowd. It's packed to the brim with charm, smarts, and some pretty incredible world-building, to say nothing of Luke Pearson's amazing art and character design. We discuss the relentless courage and optimism of Hilda herself, the super fun adventures she gets up to, and how the show dramatizes the pros and cons of City vs Rural upbringing. Hilda's a definite gem - don't miss it!
info_outline 232 - Finding Big Country 11/15/2018
232 - Finding Big Country FINDING BIG COUNTRY might seem like a Vancouver-focused interest story at first, but director Kat Jayme's look at Vancouver's rocky relationship with NBA basketball has more to say than you might think. Through a hunt for former Vancouver Grizzlies star Bryant Reeves, Jayme tells a personal story about adjusting to life when it doesn't go your way and gets at what can make sports fandom a positive, inspiring part of life. We LOVED Finding Big Country's look at fandom, what happens when star athletes don't quite "make it", and a city's fractured memory of a dead franchise - we bet you will too! You can watch FINDING BIG COUNTRY .
info_outline 231 - American Vandal Season 2 11/06/2018
231 - American Vandal Season 2 AMERICAN VANDAL was Netflix's surprise comedy smash of 2017 and we can't believe they cancelled it! But with a turdburglar on the loose, what are two mockumentarians to do but pick up where the true crime satire left off? We talk about American Vandal's surprisingly thoughtful second season, our favourite characters, and how the show ends on a grace note about our modern exposed lives. Check it out! Note: This episode was recorded and briefly lost, but recovered! Unfortunately it was recorded before the cancellation news hit.
info_outline 230 - Raw 10/23/2018
230 - Raw SPOOKVEMBER IS UPON US! RAW (or Grave, in France) is a 2016 with a real appetite. A hunger, if you will. Possibly even a craving. RAW's ambitious script and confident directing by Julia Ducourneau take it FAR beyond your average gory cannibalism thriller, and firmly into a unique place that explores conformity, sisterhood, female desire, and coming of age. Plus, what the HELL is up with French Veterinary school? You should definitely watch RAW - find out why!
info_outline 229 - Camping 09/26/2018
229 - Camping CAMPING. After a lifetime spent in the Pacific Northwest, Chris and Brian have THOUGHTS and FEELINGS about camping. What better way to celebrate summer than to finally settle an age old question: Is camping... good? We talk fireside hangouts, horrifying shower experiences, and the pressure to spend warm weather seasons in the great outdoors. If you live anywhere nature friendly and feel ambivalent about being outside, this is the episode for you!
info_outline 228 - The Replacements 09/11/2018
228 - The Replacements NFL Football is back - what better time to revisit THE REPLACEMENTS? It's a harmless screwball NFL comedy about a lovable band of football misfits! Or... is it actually super weird politically, and an artifact of an even more anti-union, anti-labour attitude towards sports strikes, and strikes in general? Keanu Reeves and Gene Hackman may be two all time greats, but even their charm can't diminish how WEIRD The Replacements feels in 2018. Listen as we talk NFL football, sports fandoms, and regressive politics that weren't seen as "political!"
info_outline 227 - A Knight's Tale 09/01/2018
227 - A Knight's Tale A KNIGHT'S TALE is the kind of movie that just doesn't get made these days. Brian Helgeland's 2001 jousting romp has a cast of future stars and a winning story - but more importantly, it has VOICE. We talk about A Knight's Tale holding up better than our nostalgia could have predicted, baby Heath Ledger on the come up, and marvel at how a casting director called their shot on Heath, Alan Tudyk, Mark Addy, Shannon Sossamon, Paul Bettany and Laura Fraser. Enjoy! Let us know your own Knight's Tale thoughts on Twitter:
info_outline 226 - NJPW G1 Climax 28 Review 08/18/2018
226 - NJPW G1 Climax 28 Review NEW JAPAN PRO WRESTLING is still our new favourite thing, and we're only too happy to review our first full NJPW G1 Climax experience! With Kenny Omega, Kota Ibushi, Hiroshi Tanahashi, and basically EVERYONE getting a wonderful in-tournament character arc, we're ready to say this is some of our favourite wrestling ever. We discuss all the great matches, the majesty of Toru Yano, where we think the Golden Lovers go from here, and the absolutely incredible finals. Plus, the one WWE trope that will BREAK YOUR BRAIN. Who are your NJPW favourites? Like the G1? Talk to us on Twitter!
info_outline 225 - Train to Busan 08/01/2018
225 - Train to Busan Is TRAIN TO BUSAN is 2016's best kept movie secret? Probably! This zombie movie is far more than your average brainless thriller - the action is fresh, the characters are fantastic, the zombies look incredible... but those aren't what pushed it over the top for us. This movie has brains and heart to spare, and it somehow manages to deliver a fantastic message about the importance and value of helping others in times of crisis. Watch this movie, and let us know what you think!
info_outline 224 - Catastrophe (Season 2 and 3) 07/23/2018
224 - Catastrophe (Season 2 and 3) After our first episode, we fell off CATASTOPHE. What a mistake! A month ago, we returned to Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney's amazing, moving show and found a lot to love. Complicated and touching in equal parts, Catastrophe seasons two and three dealt with difficult subject matter with some radical honesty, and we couldn't be more excited for season four. Get caught up now, thank us later!
info_outline 223 - Dark 07/13/2018
223 - Dark Netflix's DARK flew under the radar last Fall, but we're in love, even if we're late to the party. We talk about the stunning German scenery and production quality, amazing take on time travel, and Dark's fixation on generational emotional traumas. Plus, after a wild ending, how excited are we for season two? Enjoy! (and watch Dark! Seriously.)
info_outline 222 - Ratatouille 07/07/2018
222 - Ratatouille RATATOUILLE! Brad Bird's second Pixar film is way more than a peasant dish. With Incredibles 2 in theatres, we turn back the clock to Bird's sophomore Pixar film and discuss it's troubled production, amazing artwork, and beautiful message. Does the hair pulling work? Is Ratatouille... the best Pixar film?
info_outline 221 - Marvelous Mrs. Maisel 06/28/2018
221 - Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Amy Sherman-Palladino (Gilmore Girls, Bunheads) has come to the world of Amazon Prime Video streaming! MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL is an absolute delight, full of charm, visual style, and pointed commentary on the struggles women face to break into male-dominated spaces. We talk the amazing performances of Rachel Brosnahan and Alex Borstein, the possibly-intentional "go away heat" of Joel Maisel, and how much we were won over by Mrs. Maisel in general! This is definitely a must-watch. Thanks for listening, and see you next week for RATATOUILLE!
info_outline 220 - New Japan Pro Wrestling (and NJPW Dominion) 06/19/2018
220 - New Japan Pro Wrestling (and NJPW Dominion) NEW JAPAN PRO WRESTLING just wrapped up NJPW Dominion 2018, and it was a show for the ages, with Kenny Omega and Kazuchika Okada putting on maybe the greatest wrestling match of all time. All of this means one thing: That Thing You Like finally returns to wrestling! Brian's been a NJPW fan for nearly two years, and Chris has seen all of two events, so we talk extensively about how differently New Japan makes us FEEL compares to WWE, and how it recaptures some of the magic of watching wrestling and "not knowing". Plus, Brian shares favourite things about attending two NJPW events live!
info_outline 219 - Hail, Ceasar! 06/09/2018
219 - Hail, Ceasar! HAIL, CEASAR is a wild, old-time Hollywood romp from the incredible Coen Brothers. But is there something else going on beneath the surface? We talk about some loving homages to the "golden age" of cinema, why that golden age may not have been so great, and discuss the Coen Brothers' filmography as a whole. Next week's thing you like: NEW JAPAN PRO WRESTLING.