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Blank Check with Griffin & David

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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.

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.

Location:

New York, NY

Description:

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.

Language:

English

Contact:

862-684-2408


Episodes

Mikey and Nicky with Olivia Craighead

4/18/2021
Grab 15 cups of cream, brush up on your Meisner Technique, and listen in as The Two Friends (Griffin & David) discuss the Two Friends MIKEY & NICKY, with special guest Olivia Craighead (Iconography podcast). While we’re still discussing the films of Elaine May, this episode also serves as a celebration of “Short King With A Tall Face” John Cassavetes, and recognizes 1976 for what it was - a banner year for Ned Beatty. This episode is sponsored by: Purple - (purple.com/check10 CODE:...

Duration:02:29:47

The Heartbreak Kid with Avery Edison

4/11/2021
Writer and comedian Avery Edison joins this week to discuss 1972’s The Heartbreak Kid! Topics include: how May’s directing elevated the Neil Simon screenplay, the performances from Cybill Shepherd, Jeannie Berlin, Charles Grodin, the delightful cringe of the comedy, and more! This episode is sponsored by: Ritual (ritual.com/blankcheck) Bombas (bombas.com/check) BetterHelp (betterhelp.com/check) Check out Avery's scripted podcast Swings And Roundabouts! Join our Patreon at...

Duration:02:35:10

A New Leaf

4/4/2021
Heavens! It’s technically April, but we’re talking MAY! The guys kick off our Elaine May mini series with her debut feature A New Leaf, while also diving deep into her history as an improv and sketch comedy trailblazer. This episode also marks the return of Ben’s nicknames, and includes a wild ride through the top box office hits of 1971. Billy Jack, anyone? This episode is sponsored by: Indeed (indeed.com/check) Stamps.com (CODE: CHECK) Brooklinen (CODE: BLANKCHECK) Join our...

Duration:02:12:24

The Sixth Annual Blank Check Awards with Joe Reid

3/28/2021
Griffin and David welcome back Joe Reid for the 6th annual Blankie Awards Ceremony for Excellence in Films. Together they present their own personal nominations and winners for the upcoming 93rd Academy Awards. This roundtable discussion looks at all the major categories, as well as, references deep cut cinema you may have missed. This episode is sponsored by: Purple - (purple.com/check10 CODE: CHECK10) HelloFresh - (hellofresh.com/blankcheck12 CODE: CHECK12) 3CHI Cannabinoids -...

Duration:02:45:05

Moana with Lenika Cruz

3/21/2021
Griffin and David are finally doing it! They are CONSIDERING THE COCONUT! In addition to the coconut they also have an in-depth conversation about Musker and Clements’ final (and best?) film together, 2016's Moana. A departure from their typical 2D animation style, and a shift from Disney’s typical Princess / Prince structure, their first fully CG film delves into a Polynesian mythology AND makes everyone cry. They are joined this week by Lenika Cruz (The Atlantic) and discuss heavy topics...

Duration:02:14:48

The Princess and the Frog with James III

3/14/2021
Just when they thought they were out, Musker & Clements are called back in to helm 2009's The Princess and the Frog. After 7 years in directorial semi-retirement, John and Ron bring Disney animated films back to its musical roots in this historic fairytale starring Disney's first Black princess. James III (Black Men Can’t Jump In Hollywood) joins this week to discuss the missteps, Keith David’s body of work, how cool Louis the jazz loving alligator is and more! This episode is sponsored...

Duration:02:25:03

Treasure Planet with Emma Stefansky

3/7/2021
This is the BOUNCE BABY!!! This week, the gang heads to 2002’s Treasure Planet. But what would the Phil Collins bump have done for this movie? Can a CGI character have a wig, when everyone’s hair is fake? Should this movie have been called “Poochie Planet”? They are joined by guest Emma “BOOKS” Stefansky (@stefabsky, entertainment staff writer @thrillist). Also, stick around until the end to hear what Ben thinks of all the Harry Potter movies, especially Dobby. This episode is...

Duration:02:31:06

Hercules with Larry Owens

2/27/2021
BC welcomes multi-hyphenate Larry Owens (A Strange Loop) for a discussion on 1997's Hercules! This episode is sponsored by: Purple - purple.com/check10 HelloFresh - hellofresh.com/blankcheck10 MUBI - mubi.com/check Join our Patreon at patreon.com/blankcheck Follow us @blankcheckpod on Twitter and Instagram! Buy some real nerdy merch at shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com

Duration:01:59:50

Aladdin with Jerah Milligan

2/21/2021
#thetwofriends try and stay one jump ahead of the breadline and one swing ahead of the sword on this week's Aladdin episode as part of the mini series on the animated films of John Musker and Ron Clements. Jerah Milligan (Black Men Can’t Jump In Hollywood) joins to discuss the influence of Aladdin, adult humor in kid's movies, what if Aladdin had a hoodie and which songs are bangers and which aren’t. This episode is sponsored by: Brooklinen - (CODE: CHECK) Mack Weldon - (CODE:...

Duration:02:17:02

The Little Mermaid with Esther Zuckerman

2/14/2021
Esther Zuckerman (Thrillist) returns to discuss 1989’s massive hit, The Little Mermaid! Topics include: the musical contributions of Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, the upcoming live action remake, Ursula in human form as Vanessa, and more! This episode is sponsored by: Ritual (ritual.com/blankcheck) Bombas (bombas.com/check) MUBI (mubi.com/check) Check out Esther's book: A Field Guide to Internet Boyfriends: Meme-Worthy Celebrity Crushes from A to Z Join our Patreon at...

Duration:02:31:42

The Great Mouse Detective with Fran Hoepfner

2/7/2021
All new, all fun! Blank Check launches a brand new mini series on the animated films of John Musker and Ron Clements. Writer and Ratigan stan, Fran Hoepfner (Bright Wall/Dark Room), joins to discuss the duo’s first project together as co-directors of The Great Mouse Detective. Topics include: the Disney renaissance, Sing-Along Songs VHS tapes, Sherlock Holmes, Steampunk, frozen rats and more! This episode is sponsored by: Stamps.com Hims (forhims.com/blank) BetterHelp...

Duration:02:20:00

The Witches with Richard Lawson

1/30/2021
Over four months and 19 movies, we have finally reached the end of our mini series on the films of Robert Zemeckis! Richard Lawson (Vanity Fair) joins to discuss 2020's The Witches and #thetwofriends offer up their filmography rankings. This episode is sponsored by: MUBI (mubi.com/check) HelloFresh (hellofresh.com/blankcheck10) Brooklinen (brooklinen.com/) Join our Patreon at patreon.com/blankcheck Follow us @blankcheckpod on Twitter and Instagram! Buy some real nerdy merch at...

Duration:02:20:16

Welcome to Marwen with Emily Yoshida

1/24/2021
Emily Yoshida is back to welcome you to Marwen! This episode is sponsored by: Noom (noom.com/check) Bombas (bombas.com/check) Purple (purple.com/check10) Join our Patreon at patreon.com/blankcheck Follow us @blankcheckpod on Twitter and Instagram! Buy some real nerdy merch at shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com

Duration:02:37:24

Allied with Chris Weitz

1/17/2021
Now in the final stretch of the Zemeckis mini series, Chris Weitz returns to discuss 2016's WWII spy thriller, Allied. This episode is sponsored by: Betterhelp (betterhelp.com/Check) Ritual (ritual.com/BLANKCHECK) MUBI (mubi.com/check) Join our Patreon at patreon.com/blankcheck Follow us @blankcheckpod on Twitter and Instagram! Buy some real nerdy merch at shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com

Duration:02:13:40

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1/10/2021
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Duration:02:37:58

Wonder Woman 1984

1/3/2021
On the week of its release in December of 2020, Griffin and David discussed Wonder Woman 1984. Together they examine the heated online discourse, Wiig's film career post-SNL, the state of the superhero movie and of course wish stones and how they work! Special thanks to The Great American Novel for the new studio version of the theme song! Please check out their music on Bandcamp and Spotify. This episode is sponsored by: MUBI (Mubi.com/check) Hello Fresh (Hellofresh.com/blankcheck10...

Duration:02:36:42

The Walk with J.D. Amato

12/27/2020
In 1974 Philippe Petit performed his infamous walk between the Twin Towers. Director Robert Zemeckis many years later after discovering the story in a children's novel would create a 3D film based on this event. But most importantly in 2018, J.D. Amato appeared on Blank Check to discuss the motion picture technology of Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk. Continuing in that tradition, J.D. returns for the third annual Talking the Walk. But this time instead of high frame rate, J.D. explores The...

Duration:02:35:58

Flight with Olivia Craighead

12/20/2020
After twelve years since releasing a live action film, Zemeckis comes back to the living with 2012's addiction drama, Flight. Olivia Craighead (Iconography podcast) joins #thetwofriends to discuss the misleading trailer and marketing, consider Melissa Leo, and help answer technical questions like how to roll a plane. This episode is sponsored by: Theragun.com/checkMackweldon.com/checkBrooklinen.com Join our Patreon at patreon.com/blankcheck Follow us @blankcheckpod on Twitter and...

Duration:02:26:21

A Christmas Carol with Emily VanDerWerff

12/13/2020
What's today? Why its Christmas Carol day! Film critic Emily VanDerWerff (Vox) returns to discuss Disney's 2009 take on the classic holiday tale. The gang talks Jim Carrey's career, the best and worst Christmas movies, and Keeping up with the Clauses. Check out untitled slow christmas compilation volume 1! This episode is sponsored by: Stamps (stamps.com CODE: Check) Keeps (Keeps.com/check) Noom (noom.com/check) Join our Patreon at patreon.com/blankcheck Follow us @blankcheckpod on...

Duration:02:35:27

Beowulf with Jordan Hoffman

12/6/2020
This is Beowulf! Yes, in 2007, Bobby Z took the Old English epic poem and, once again using cutting edge mo-cap technology, delivered a 3-D movie that this week's guest, Jordan Hoffman, aptly describes as "resembling a PlayStation 3 cut scene". Also discussed is Crispin Glover's performance as Grendel, Angelina Jolie's hatred for this film, the background behind the Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary screenplay, and the PG-13 rating despite all the violence and horniness. Check out Jordan's...

Duration:02:08:43