The 2013 Likey Awards! – That Thing You Like #42

2013 Likey Awards

It’s time, friends. Time to celebrate the best and worst of the year that was 2013! THAT THING YOU LIKE is here with our first inaugural LIKEY AWARDS to do just such a thing! Categories include: Best Surprise of 2013, The “Just Stop and Start Over” Award, and Best Social Media Follow of the year! These are truly prestigious categories, folks. Join us on a podcast night where ALL the stars come out, and we use the framing device of an awards show to talk about noteworthy things that maybe didn’t warrant an entire podcast! Plus, Beyonce talk. Beyonce, so hot right now. #Surfbort

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Happy 2013 all! And thanks immensely for listening to the show. If you liked it and want to help us out, please leave a rating and review on iTunes, or just tell your friends about the show. Spreading your love of That Thing You Like really is the perfect new year’s resolution!

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That Thing You Like #27 – Marvel’s The Avengers / Agents of SHIELD

Marvel's The Avengers

THAT THING YOU LIKE zaps it up! We finally got around to discussing THE AVENGERS – a movie that shines a light on what big-budget blockbusters can be, entertainment-wise. If those blockbusters focus on, you know, giving memorable characters some good dialogue, treating the audience with respect and creating crowning-moments-of-awesome that they actually earn. And also focus on having Joss Whedon; that guy is just the best.

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It may seem like a silly, men-in-armor-and-tights kind of joint, but beneath all that, THE AVENGERS is actually a testament to the importance of letting real character moments drive your story. Seriously. Everybody go read some Film Crit Hulk. We talk about how Whedon manages to not just create a solid action movie using pre-established characters, but also uses their interactions to make the characters more well-rounded and funnier – and thus, more compelling overall.

We go next level on a few elements of the movie, including Whedon’s characterization of ScarJo’s Black Widow, Mark Ruffalo’s amazing take on the hulk, and then spend a little while getting prepped for the (hopefully fun) Agents of SHIELD tv show, which premieres next week. Excited for the new show? Have thoughts about Marvel’s box-office-destroying masterpiece? Let us know!

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