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 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: @TTYLshow!
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 free on YouTube.
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: @TTYLshow
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 @TTYLshow 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.
info_outline 218 - The Incredibles 05/29/2018
218 - The Incredibles THE INCREDIBLES is Pixar and Brad Bird's love letter to / subversion of the superhero genre - but how does it hold up? With Incredibles 2 on the horizon, we rewatch and celebrate what makes The Incredibles still a smart, great, emotional family film. Plus, we try to unpack the one line of this movie that makes everyone thing Brad Bird is into Ayn Rand. See you next week for CATASTROPHE seasons 2 and 3!
info_outline 217 - Avengers: Infinity War 05/15/2018
217 - Avengers: Infinity War Marvel's AVENGERS Infinity War is shattering box-office records and earning some high praise along the way. So why are we so down on it? We suss out our complicated feelings about this movie's use of fan-favorite characters like Captain America and Black Panther, the problems with Thanos' middling "villain with conviction" motivation, and the convergence of so much smirking wisecracks. Are we excited for Avengers 4? Who can say at this point?
info_outline 216 - Annihilation 04/25/2018
216 - Annihilation We're back! ANNIHILATION is Alex Garland's sci-fi follow up to EX MACHINA, a movie we gave LIKEY OF THE YEAR award honours to back in 2015. And it is EXTREMELY our shit. We talk about complicated themes about self-destruction, trauma, and change, Natalie Portman's amazing performance, and even Oscar Isaac's questionable accent. Plus, we give our take on the ending of Annihilation, and how much it moved us. Enjoy!
info_outline 215 - Coco 03/26/2018
215 - Coco Pixar's COCO just won the Academy Award for Best Animated film. But maybe it's the start of a Pixar renaissance? We talk about this slightly unheralded Disney Pixar release, the amazing use of colour and visual design, and of course, a flood of Pixar related Coco tears. Note: We're off next week while Brian is on vacation, but will be back the week of April 9th!
info_outline 214 - Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me 03/14/2018
214 - Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me Twin Peaks - FIRE WALK WITH ME: Disjointed mess, or underrated psychological horror masterpiece? Why not both? We review David Lynch's critically panned Twin Peaks prequel, learning more about Laura Palmer, Cheryl Lee's AMAZING performance, and what it has to say about trauma, abuse, and the nature of Bob and Leland. Plus, more thoughts on our upcoming Twin Peaks: The Return episode!
info_outline 213 - Black Panther 02/28/2018
213 - Black Panther Marvel's BLACK PANTHER is having a moment. A critical, cultural moment. We talk (as best as two white men can) about the sheer joy and excitement of this film, how Black Panther transcends the typical Marvel superhero formula, the joy that is Shuri, Killmonger's complicated trauma and ideology, and more! Let us know what you thought of Black Panther! Get us at on Facebook or Twitter anytime, earbuds.
info_outline 212 - Twin Peaks: Seasons 1 and 2 02/22/2018
212 - Twin Peaks: Seasons 1 and 2 TWIN PEAKS. David Lynch and Mark Frost's original TV-series has been hailed as a classic for years. And now we've finally seen it! We talk the strange thematic depth of Twin Peaks' soap opera meets supernatural mind-bender vibe, the wild cast of characters, and the endless joy of Dale Cooper. Plus, dream logic, Laura Palmer, BOB, and more! And for the real PEAKS heads, stay tuned for our upcoming FIRE WALK WITH ME and TWIN PEAKS: THE RETURN episodes.
info_outline 211 - American Vandal 02/13/2018
211 - American Vandal Netflix's AMERICAN VANDAL was a sleeper contender for the best show of 2017. It's a pitch perfect satire of the Netflix's own true crime shows (not to mention Serial), a legitimately interesting faux-mystery, and completely committed to dick jokes. But how can it possibly make all three work in harmony? Listen to find out! Plus, our theories on #WhoDidTheDicks. Let us know your American Vandal thoughts, and tell a friend about the show! <3 you, Earbuds. Twitter Facebook
info_outline 210 - 2017 Likey Awards! (Best movie, show, music, game of the year) 02/04/2018
210 - 2017 Likey Awards! (Best movie, show, music, game of the year) It's Hollywood's REAL biggest night! Help us celebrate all the good that 2017 had to offer as we look at the best movie, tv show, music, game, social media, and more of the year! How do you feel about The Good Place? Or Twin Peaks? Or Get Out? Well all these things and MORE may be discussed! Break out your fanciest dresswear, rock the red carpet, and meet us inside for a great time.
info_outline 209 - Star Wars: The Last Jedi 01/21/2018
209 - Star Wars: The Last Jedi December brought us another STAR WARS! We talk THE LAST JEDI with keeper of the sacred texts, Tyler Heppell! Why is the movie so emotionally strong, and a little plot weak? Why are internet fanboys so mad about Rian Johnson's take on Luke Skywalker? How do we feel about porgs? When did Carrie Fisher make us cry? It's a mostly positive, fun Star Wars time - enjoy our first episode of 2018!
info_outline 208 - Get Out 12/25/2017
208 - Get Out This Christmas, remember: SPOOKVEMBER NEVER SLEEPS! Celebrate the holiday season with our overdue review of Jordan Peele's amazing GET OUT! We talk a lot about how this movie articulates something that's difficult for two white men to really add anything of substance to. It's amazing, and fun, and funny, and everyone should see it. Happy holidays, earbuds!
info_outline 207 - Thor: Ragnarok 12/08/2017
207 - Thor: Ragnarok THOR: RAGNAROK is Marvel's latest... and they've actually done an interesting, good movie! We talk about a lot during this episode, including Taika Waititi's influence on Marvel, the spectre of colonialism, and the abandonment of the Shakespearean-dramedy of the first Thor. But we also take time to celebrate the first Thor, because, seriously - We love Thor. Did you also enjoy this cosmic laugh factory?