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Blank Check with Griffin & David

Not just another bad movie podcast, Blank Check reviews directors' complete filmographies episode to episode. Specifically, the auteurs whose early successes afforded them the rare ‘blank check’ from Hollywood to produce passion projects. Each new miniseries, hosts Griffin Newman and David Sims delve into the works of film’s most outsized personalities in painstakingly hilarious detail.

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Contact with Jamie Bell

Actor, Jamie Bell joins this week to discuss 1997's Contact! This episode is sponsored by: Theragun (Theragun.com/check) Noom (noom.com/check) Stamps (stamps.com CODE: Check)Join our Patreon at patreon.com/blankcheck Follow us @blankcheckpod on Twitter and Instagram! Buy some real nerdy merch @ shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com

2hr 8mins

8 Nov 2020

Rank #1

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The Castle of Cagliostro

This week marks the beginning of a new series on the films of director Hayao Miyazaki! Together they present a brief background of Miyazaki, explore the history of Lupin the 3rd franchise, debate what DJ Khaled actually does and more! This episode is sponsored by Brooklinen CODE: CHECK, Away CODE: CHECK and Bespoke CODE: CHECK.

2hr 4mins

11 Aug 2019

Rank #2

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Wonder Woman

On the week of it’s release in May of 2017, Griffin and David discussed the newest release in DC Extended Universe: Wonder Woman. Recorded at the Sims’ residence in Brooklyn, NY.

1hr 48mins

5 Jun 2017

Rank #3

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The Parent Trap with Elena Lazic and Mani Lazic

This week Blank Check begins our first ever “fans choice” mini series reviewing the filmography of director Nancy Meyers. Film critics, models and IDENTICAL TWINS Elena and Mani Lazic join Griffin and David to discuss the 1998 remake of The Parent Trap. Together they discuss prank wars, Randy rosé and flying on the Concorde. This episode is sponsored by ZipRecruiter and Storm of Spoilers. Music Selection: “Swinging in the 7th” by Dana Boulé Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License.

2hr 4mins

14 Oct 2018

Rank #4

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The Manchurian Candidate with the Flop House: Dan McCoy, Stuart Wellington, and Elliott Kalan

The Flop House joins Blank Check to talk about this remake that was like okay, but definitely better than the last Demme remake. Is Meryl good or weird? Why is a pack of cards so sexy? How many films and TV shows are there about last men? How do you get rid of ants? What mysteries are still left unanswered? And what does the Flop House think about Trolls the Experience? This episode is sponsored by: Bombas Keeps Mack Weldon (Code: CHECK) SFX: "Organ" by caquet; "movietheatreambience"  by NoiseCollector;  "curtain on rail" by Khanyi_190188; and "COUCH - falling on couch" by Jay6Waza. Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License.

2hr 6mins

23 Feb 2020

Rank #5

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Basic Instinct with Miriam Bale

Film critic Miriam Bale joins Griffin and David to discuss 1992’s sexy thriller, Basic Instinct. But what about the dialogue gives away this is a Eszterhas script? Does Jeanne Tripplehorn always play herself? Where are there cowboy bars in San Francisco? Together they examine the careers of Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone, ice picking, the infamous leg crossing scene and poor Beth. This episode is sponsored by RXBAR and Audible.

1hr 36mins

28 Jan 2018

Rank #6

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The Podcast Strikes Back

This week, Griffin and David move onto the 1980 film Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. Together, they discuss the sexual tension between Han Solo and Princess Leia, Vadar as a dad, C-3PO’s charm, Billy Dee Williams’ portrayal of the very sleazy Lando Calrissian and so much more! Also, this is G & D fans last chance to submit your suggestions and receive your Griffmas cards! Email us at: griffinanddavidpresent@gmail.com

1hr 16mins

14 Dec 2015

Rank #7

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Batman Returns with Emily Yoshida

Emily Yoshida Night Call podcast is back to discuss 1992's demented superhero sequel, Batman Returns. But was this the first movie to notice Christopher Walken talks kind of funny? Is The Penguin's black mouth ooze attractive? Who are your favorite cloud villains? Together they examine the iconic performances from Danny DeVito and Michelle Pfeiffer, Batman as the love interest, parental backlash, and chubby digits. This episode is sponsored by Brooklinen CODE: CHECK; Joybird and Stamps.com CODE: CHECK. Check out Emily Yoshida's recent articles for Vulture

2hr 4mins

27 Jan 2019

Rank #8

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Mars Attacks! with Paul F. Tompkins

Blank Check continues its mini-series covering the films of director Tim Burton with the alien invasion comedy, Mars Attacks! But what are the origins of development for this 1960's trading card IP? How does this movie compare to Independence Day 20 years later? Does David have a half-sister, and if so, why has she never been mentioned before? Joined by comedian, Paul F. Tompkins (BoJack Horsman), they discuss the various performances of this stacked ensemble cast, the unusual billing, face goop, Entourage the movie and extreme Burton stereotypes such as happy suburban people and haunted ghost children. This episode is sponsored by Robinhood and eero CODE: CHECK. And be sure to check out Paul at Vancouver's Just for Laughs Festival Sunday, February 17th with 'Mr. Jackson & Mr. Tompkins: A Two-Gentleman Improv Show'!

1hr 58mins

10 Feb 2019

Rank #9

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

On the day of it’s release in December of 2016, Griffin and David discussed the highly anticipated spinoff Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Together they examine the new planets, Darth Vader’s milk bath, Peter Cushing’s return and why Star Wars films require great jackets.

2hr 11mins

17 Dec 2016

Rank #10

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The Dark Knight

Griffin and David this week discuss the second film in Nolan’s Batman Trilogy, The Dark Knight. How was Michael Mann’s Heat an influence on this movie? What does Commissioner Gordon mean by “playing it close to the vest?” Also, why so serious? Together they examine the electrifying performance of Heath Ledger, Nolan’s love for temporalities, Maggie Gyllenhaal as Rachel Dawes and why the Academy Award for Best Picture category changes after this movie comes out.

2hr 9mins

30 Jul 2017

Rank #11

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Solo: A Star Wars Story

On the week of it’s release in May of 2018, Griffin and David discussed Solo: A Star Wars Story. This episode is sponsored by RXBAR (RXBAR.com/check PROMO: check) and WeTransfer.

2hr 22mins

27 May 2018

Rank #12

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Griffin and David present a very special episode on 2010’s dream heist, Inception.


6 Aug 2017

Rank #13

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Ponyo on the Cliff with Shirley Li

Writer, Shirley Li (The Atlantic) joins Griffin & David to discuss 2008's better Little Mermaid, Ponyo on the Cliff! Together they examine Ponyo's love of ham/Sosuke, offer up fresh Men In Black International takes, present life hacks such as bringing a fish back to life with vodka and yes, the dog is off the leash. This episode is sponsored by Bespoke Post CODE: CHECK, Bombas and FIGS CODE: CHECK.

2hr 13mins

27 Oct 2019

Rank #14

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Mad Max: Fury Road with Emily Yoshida

Emily Yoshida (Night Call podcast) joins #thetwofriends to discuss George Miller's magnum opus Mad Max: Fury Road. Together they examine the masterful world building, the flawed leadership of Immortan Joe, lumps, the performances of Charlize Theron, Tom Hardy, Nicholas Hoult and so much more! This episode is sponsored by: Purple (CODE: Check) SFX: "VVZ-A#3-2.wav" by sorohanro; "Vuvuzela-04.wav" by theTone; "horror ambience 07.wav" by klankbeeld. Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License.

2hr 13mins

24 May 2020

Rank #15

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The Last Jedi

On the day of it’s release in December of 2017, Griffin and David discussed Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi. This episode is sponsored by Dollar Shave Club and Sci-Fi.com’s Cerberus Rex.

2hr 40mins

18 Dec 2017

Rank #16

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Suicide Squad

On the day of it’s release in August of 2016, Griffin and David discussed DC Comic’s latest offering Suicide Squad. But did Jared Leto going so method for The Joker pay off? What’s up with Katana’s sword and does it by any chance capture souls? What’s this talk of Marvel paying off critics? Together the hosts examine Will Smith’s performance as Deadshot, Warner Bros. Pictures desperate strategy for the DC franchise and offer up their own ways to fix this mess of a movie. Plus, did Orlando Bloom stage his dick pics with Katy Perry and just how did the the lantern turn green for the Green Lantern?

1hr 54mins

6 Aug 2016

Rank #17

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Unbreakable with Matt Patches

Matt Patches (Thrillist, Grantland) joins Griffin and David this week to discuss Shyamalan’s fourth feature, Unbreakable. This sad and muted superhero film where mostly nothing happens was seen by many critics and fans as a “sophomore slump” when released in 2000. But what are some of it’s redeeming qualities? How does it stand out among the Marvel superhero movie craze in the years that followed? Oh and is there a twist you ask? Well listen along as the gang unpacks the making and reception of Unbreakable, together examine the stylistic choices incorporating the visual language of comic books, begin to notice a pattern of recurring themes related to loveless marriages and disturbed children, and try to shake the dead eyes of Spencer Treat Clark.

1hr 41mins

8 Feb 2016

Rank #18

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The Matrix Reloaded

This week, Griffin and David examine the highly anticipated 2003 follow up, The Matrix Reloaded. Was it a misstep to build this release around a video game (Enter the Matrix) most viewers hadn’t played and an animated series (The Animatrix) most of the audience hadn’t seen? Was it worth bringing Agent Smith back? Does David convince Griffin to reevaluate his feeling towards this film? Listen along as they discuss how most of the characters in this movie represent computer programs, the tragic loss of actress Gloria Foster during the production, the grossness of the Merovingian and Producer Ben shares his thoughts on The Keymaker.

1hr 51mins

28 Apr 2016

Rank #19

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Used Cars with Jason Mantzoukas & Paul Scheer

How Did This Get Made’s Paul Scheer (Black Monday, The League) returns with Jason Mantzoukas (Big Mouth, Brooklyn Nine-Nine) for a rare-Rated R Zemeckis – Used Cars (1980). Topics in this episode include the unique star power of Kurt Russell throughout his career, unpacking the bad luck sequence, and a general look at the state of major studio comedies. This episode is sponsored by: Better Help (betterhelp.com/check) Mack Weldon (mackweldon.com/check CODE: Check)  Hawthorne (hawthorne.co CODE: Check)   Join our Patreon at patreon.com/blankcheck Follow us @blankcheckpod on Twitter and Instagram! Merch is available at shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com

3hr 5mins

13 Sep 2020

Rank #20