*This is a lie. The Thing Podcast is actually "a weekly wade through the popular creative current to find those moments that help us feel connected to the bigger creative consciousness, aka The Thing." Hosts Matt and Eric are actually friends of mine and have super perceptive things to say about movies, TV, music, books and more. To me, they have a fresh take on judging content. Rather than ranking, giving a thumbs up or down, or starts, they decide whether something is "the thing" or not. In other words, the focus is on whether they connected with something in a personal way. They have good taste, and most of the time I agree with them.** If you like to dig deeper into the entertainment you consume, The Thing Podcast is definitely worth a listen.
**But not always! For example, both Matt and Eric have given up on Louis CK's brilliant new web show "Horace and Pete." Horace and Pete is THE THING guys, Horace and Pete is THE THING! It's a play, basically, it's basically Cheers with no jokes. The acting is superb, the writing is superb. In a lot of ways it reminds me of the short stories of Raymond Carver. It's a bit hard to get into at first because it's very dry. There's very little music, and it's hard on our short modern attention spans, but it's totally worth sticking with. In fact, the format of the show is part of the point. It plays into the themes of the show and how technology has changed the way we interact with each other, and how different generations interact with each other. I could go on and on, but let me just say that Horace and Pete is definitely worth checking out here. You can do this, guys from The Thing Podcast! You're veterans of The Wire, for Pete's sake!