KISS KISS, BANG BANG: The Cabin in the Woods of Noir? – That Thing You Like #90

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang

KISS KISS, BANG BANG! It’s a neo-noir charm fest! Sort of.

Brian and Chris talk about what makes this movie pop, how serious its problems with women are, and then spend 30 minutes discussing how to reconcile difficult texts from past generations, particularly due to how much media makes the same damn mistakes today. It’s one of our favourite podcasts ever, mainly because we struggle (as always) to really wrap our brains around some difficult stuff. Which is always the best, secretly, because that’s what life’s about.

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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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TTYL #6 – Iron Man 3

iron-man-3-tony-stark-robert-downey-jrIt’s an IRON MAN 3 podcast! That Thing You Like‘s first movie review is flying across the sky like a streak of red and gold, and gently landing in the welcoming arms of your preferred podcast downloading tool.

As you might have seen from it’s 78% on Rotten Tomatoes, it’s proving to be a slightly divisive film. But don’t worry – only That Thing You Like has the DEFINITIVE report on whether or not it’s actually any good. Spoilers: It is only kind of good. Even though Shane Black and RDJ are a perfect writer/actor tag-team and the movie has wit and quips to spare, it has some real problems.

We cast caution to the wind and answer the hard-hitting questions: How charming is Robert Downey Jr.? Is it better than Iron Man 2? How inconsequential are Don Cheadle and Gwyneth Paltrow to the film’s plot? And how stupid is everything that’s not Robert Downey Jr.?

Spoilers again: Pretty stupid. But we watched the movie good, and have prepared our thoughts for you at the links below. Agree with us? Disagree with us? Feeling largely indifferent? Get down to the comments and express yo’ self.

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