This week, Eric and Matt discuss whether or not to step aboard the Essex for the Moby Dick inspired “In the Heart of the Sea” and recap a week that brought a new collection of acoustic Jack White recordings as well as some excellent satirical comedy.
Finally, we ride out to West Texas to chew on the THING of the Week: Hell or High Water, a new era indie-western that manages to feel like an instant classic and refreshingly new. As you will hear, we do our best to temper your expectations to maximize your viewing exper….AAAAAGH, just put on some giddy-up music and get out and see this movie, ITS EXCELLENT!!
This weeks episode of the THING is brought to you by the 2016 Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, happening worldwide on Sunday September 25th.The DGR is focused on raising funds and awareness for men’s health by bringing together the vintage, retro and classic inspired motorcycle community for a one day dapper celebration. To find a ride near you and to learn more about how you can donate to Suicide Awareness and Prostate Cancer Research, visit www.gentlemansride.com
Eric and Matt ‘rassle up a week of creative goodness by discussing the work and enduring legacy of Woody Allen, praising the genre bending mastery of writer Benjamin Percy, and take a THROWBACK to 1985 for the cult classic Real Genius. Or, as Chris Knight says, “It is yet another in a long series of diversions in an attempt to avoid responsibility”…truly words to live by.
Finally, for the Thing of the Week this week, Eric and Matt discuss the beautiful, thoughtful, one-of-a-kind family adventure drama Captain Fantastic. It’s a great discussion on the absurdity of civilization, the power of family, and what it means to truly be alive. Come on in and join the party, it’s like Noam Chomsky day came early!
This weeks episode is brought to you by the 2016 Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, an annual charity motorcycle ride focused on raising funds for Prostate Cancer Research and Suicide Awareness, two of the biggest issues facing men worldwide. Find a ride near you and make a contribution to men’s health at www.gentlemansride.com
Eric and Matt are back to recap a week that included an audience with Rock Royalty (Sir Paul McCartney himself), a look at the life and times of legendary creative force Nora Ephron, and a THROWBACK to 1986 for some Big Trouble in Little China (as ‘Ol Jack always says, “What the hell”).
The main event this week is a look at the newly released “Dont Think Twice”, about an aging improv troupe looking at the next phase in life. The guys take on the heavy topics of creativity, growing up, ambition, love and loss that are all posed by this masterwork from writer and director Mike Birbiglia. You will want to pull up a seat and say “yes and” to this weeks installment of The Thing…is that how that works?!
Eric and Matt discuss the challenge in finding a fresh, compelling summer blockbuster. They also talk Bill Simmons new Sports/Pop Culture HBO project, the latest from the Avetts, and get meta with some talk about Infinite Jest and the future of Virtual Reality. Put on your VR helmet and check in to The THING at your own risk, you may never want to leave….
The Thing returns this week with our first ever music episode! Join Matt and Eric as they count down their top 5 current acts and delve into what makes music the perfect vehicle for finding The Thing. They also revisit Will Arnett’s groundbreaking Netflix series Flaked and spend some moments remembering a few greats who recently left us: Garry Shandling and Jim Harrison. This week’s episode is brought to you by our friends at Wandering Soul Touring company, check out their website at www.wanderdingsoultc.com!