THE HOBBIT: BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES – The Best Comedy of 2014! | That Thing You Like #92

battle elk

THE HOBBIT movies are bad. Really bad. But, the first two are bad in the worst way – the boring way. The third? It’s the right kind of bad. The “Comedy of the Year” kind of bad. With THE HOBBIT: BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES in theatres, Brian and Chris are joined by Tolkien-enthusiast (and good friend) Tyler Heppell to talk about a movie that doesn’t understand its own tone, our favourite comedy beats, and how we rate all the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings movies.

Plus, we eulogize an elk, and tell the SUPER SECRET ORIGIN OF THE GOOD+ to SHIT- REVIEW SCALE!

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Our Guest: Tyler Heppell – @TheTheProfessor

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Sherlock – That Thing You Like #43

Sherlock and Moriarty slash!

SHERLOCK LIVES! THAT THING YOU LIKE couldn’t stay away from the classic-detective / tumblr-superstar that is BBC’s Sherlock – we’ve seen all of season three, and have organized our thoughts thusly into podcast form! As always, it’s a full spoiler smack-down, so be warned! But the show gave us a lot to discuss aside from plot points: Is Stephen Moffatt sexist? Did he totally ruin Irene Adler as a character? Why does the show make so many “Not gay!” jokes?

And finally, how does John not see the deep desire, the longing in Sherlock’s voice, as they stare at each other across the flat at 221B Baker Street? It had been a rough stretch for Dr. Watson, but Sherlock had always been there. As a friend. Or… something more? John often found himsel- WOOPS, SORRY GUYS, DIDN’T MEAN TO GO ALL TUMBLR / SLASHFIC ON YOU.

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That Thing You Like #24 – The World’s End

The World's End

Like a refreshing pint of amber ale, That Thing You Like is here to provide some tasty analysis of the final act of The Cornetto Trilogy, The World’s End. Is it funny? Definitely. Is it the hilarious, warm celebration of friendship and cinema that the first two movies are? LISTEN AND FIND OUT.

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[FULL SPOILERS AHEAD.]

Except that, as The World’s End shows us, a pint with friends isn’t always just about a pint with friends. The film is altogether heavier than its predecessors, and pointedly addresses both the ever-present “man-child” trope, as well as the unfortunately poisonous nature of some friendships in general.

Remember when we did that other episode about the films of Edgar Wright? The World’s End is a brilliant companion piece to those films. Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz may be hilarious comedies, but at their core, both are about the true power of friendship, and how important it is to personal development. Without spoiling anything here, it seems like Wright and Pegg had something a little different to say about friendship and personal growth this time around.

But! We loved it! Yay! A movie that we liked! I already can’t wait to see it again and get even MORE out of the experience. Maybe in around five years, the world will have unpacked the deeper references and themes of the film the way they have Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. But, at first blush? We’re calling it the movie of the year.

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