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Griffin Newman is a comedian. David Sims is a film critic. Together they over-analyze directors' filmographies. 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.

Griffin Newman is a comedian. David Sims is a film critic. Together they over-analyze directors' filmographies. 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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New York, NY

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Griffin Newman is a comedian. David Sims is a film critic. Together they over-analyze directors' filmographies. 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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862-684-2408


Episodes

Joker

10/13/2019
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HA HA HA! On the week of its release in October of 2019, Griffin and David discussed Joker. Together they examine all the unearned controversy surrounding the film, Todd Phillips' career, the performances of Joaquin Phoenix and Robert De Niro, the portrayal of a gritty 1970's New York City and more! This episode is sponsored by Brooklinen (https://www.brooklinen.com/) CODE: CHECK, 8Hours (https://www.8hours.com/) and KiwiCo (https://www.kiwico.com/blank) . Music Selection: "Entrance of the...

Duration:01:58:49

Howl's Moving Castle with David Ehrlich

10/6/2019
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David Ehrlich (IndieWire (https://www.indiewire.com/author/david-ehrlich/) ) returns for our mini-series' namesake episode on 2014's walking castle fantasy, Howl's Moving Castle! Together they examine analog versus digital animation effects, a talking fire, being a bird warrior and more! This episode is sponsored by Honey (https://www.honey.com/check) , Mubi (https://mubi.com/check) and Talkspace (https://talkspace.com) CODE: CHECK.

Duration:02:18:27

Spirited Away with David Rees

9/29/2019
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Humorist, David Rees, returns to Blank Check discuss one of the greatest animated films of all time, Spirited Away. Together they examine dream logic, Shrek, David Rees presents an important review of Spirited Away from Nigel Andrews at the Financial Times and plenty more! This episode is sponsored by Stamps.com (https://www.stamps.com/) CODE: CHECK, Bespoke (http://boxofawesome.com/) CODE: CHECK and Noom (https://www.noom.com/check) .

Duration:02:40:45

Princess Mononoke with Griffin McElroy

9/22/2019
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Griffin McElroy (My Brother, My Brother and Me, The Adventure Zone (https://www.themcelroy.family/) ) joins #thetwofriends to discuss 1997's eco-friendly adventure, Princess Mononoke! Together they examine melting giant evil spaghetti boars, bones, tasty immortality heads, being raised by wolves and more! This episode is sponsored by Mubi (https://mubi.com/check) , Liquid Death (https://liquiddeath.com/check) and KiwiCo (https://www.kiwico.com/blank) . Plus, check out The Adventure Zone's...

Duration:02:08:11

Porco Rosso with Justin Charity

9/15/2019
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Justin Charity (The Ringer) joins Griffin and David to discuss 1992's flying pig, Porco Rosso. Together they examine fascism, Space Camp, turning into a pig and more. This episode is sponsored by Stamps.com (https://www.stamps.com/) CODE: CHECK, Brooklinen (https://www.brooklinen.com/) CODE: CHECK, Legacy Box (https://legacybox.com/check) and A Life Lived podcast (https://audioboom.com/channels/4998114) .

Duration:02:21:45

Kiki's Delivery Service with Caroline Framke

9/8/2019
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Caroline Framke (Variety) joins #thetwofriends to discuss 1989's coming-of-age witch tale, Kiki's Delivery Service. Together they examine fish in pies, being a delivery witch, the Jumanji: The Next Level trailer (spoilers!) and that time Griffin met Lorne Michaels. This episode is sponsored by Brooklinen (https://www.brooklinen.com/) CODE: CHECK, Feals (https://feals.com/check) and Honey (https://www.joinhoney.com/check) .

Duration:01:53:56

My Neighbor Totoro with J.D. Amato

9/1/2019
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J.D. Amato returns to discuss the 1988's acclaimed childhood tale, My Neighbor Totoro. Together they examine subs vs dubs, collecting limited edition merchandise and J.D. calls David and Producer Ben to apologize! This episode is sponsored by Talkspace (https://www.talkspace.com/) CODE: CHECK, Noom (https://www.noom.com/check) and MUBI (https://mubi.com/check) .

Duration:02:30:48

Castle in the Sky with Emily Yoshida

8/25/2019
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Emily Yoshida returns to discuss 1986's Castle in the Sky! But what is the appeal of a Miyazaki film? Is 'chaotic good' a Miyazaki character type? A kind moss robot we stan? Together with the #thetwofriends they examine large adult sky pirate sons, going ham and eggs, Angus the movie, the Studio Ghibli theme park and more! This episode is sponsored by Liquid Death (https://liquiddeath.com/check) , Stamps.com (https://www.stamps.com/) CODE: CHECK and Scentbird...

Duration:02:25:36

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind with Lulu Wang

8/18/2019
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Writer/director Lulu Wang joins #thetwofriends to discuss Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, as well as, her recent film The Farewell (https://a24films.com/films/the-farewell) . This episode is sponsored by MUBI (https://mubi.com/check) , Butcher Box (https://www.butcherbox.com/check) or CODE: CHECK and Hims (https://www.forhims.com/blank) .

Duration:02:10:18

The Castle of Cagliostro

8/11/2019
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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 (https://www.brooklinen.com/) CODE: CHECK, Away (https://www.awaytravel.com/check) CODE: CHECK and Bespoke (http://boxofawesome.com) CODE: CHECK.

Duration:02:02:58

Blackhat with Bilge Ebiri

8/4/2019
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Film critic, Bilge Ebiri, joins #thetwofriends to discuss 2015's hacker flop Blackhat. This episode is sponsored by Legacybox (https://legacybox.com/check) , Talkspace (https://www.talkspace.com/) CODE: CHECK and Bespoke Post (http://boxofawesome.com/) CODE: CHECK.

Duration:02:09:11

Miami Vice - Pilot Episode

8/1/2019
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Griffin and David review the 1984 Miami Vice television series pilot entitled "Brother's Keeper" in a special b-b-b-b-bonus episode, reference the term 'podfade' from a recent New York Times article (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/18/style/why-are-there-so-many-podcasts.html) and examine the careers of Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas. This episode is sponsored by MUBI (https://mubi.com/check) .

Duration:01:23:21

Public Enemies with Fran Hoepfner

7/28/2019
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Writer, Fran Hoepfner joins #thetwofriends to discuss 2009's gritty bank robber romance, Public Enemies. Together they examine the merits of the phrase dumb egg, a vaping incident, pulling a classic “Chewbacca” and was Christian Bale nominated for David’s ‘Hard to Make the 5’ list? This episode is sponsored by Noom (https://www.noom.com/check) , Petal (https://www.petalcard.com/check) and Scentbird (https://www.scentbird.com/check) CODE: CHECK. [Editor's Note: Due to equipment failure the...

Duration:01:31:07

The Lion King

7/21/2019
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On the week of its release in July of 2019, Griffin and David discussed The Lion King. Together they examine the photorealism angle, Disney’s legacy, as well as, the recent Cats trailer and the dawn of digital fur technology. This episode is sponsored by Hims (https://www.forhims.com/check) , Stamps.com (https://www.stamps.com/) CODE: CHECK and MUBI (https://mubi.com/) .

Duration:02:05:44

Miami Vice

7/14/2019
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Are you a fiend for mojitos? We are. Grab your shades and grease back your hair cause Blank Check is discussing 2006’s film remake of Miami Vice! Together they examine the storied history of this production, the performances of Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx, grenade rules, casting Russell Crowe as Donkey Kong and more! This episode is sponsored by Brooklinen (https://www.brooklinen.com/) CODE: CHECK and Bespoke Post (http://boxofawesome.com) CODE: CHECK.

Duration:02:44:36

Collateral with Katey Rich

7/7/2019
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#thetwofriends welcome back Katey Rich (Vanity Fair) to discuss 2004's Cruise/Foxx thriller Collateral. Together they examine the initial casting of Adam Sandler as the cab driver, as well as, the entire cast's excellent performances, contemplate a coyote and more. This episode is sponsored by Talkspace (https://talkspace.com/) CODE: CHECK and Legacybox (https://legacybox.com/) CODE: CHECK.

Duration:01:51:12

Ali with Jamelle Bouie

6/30/2019
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This week, Jamelle Bouie (The New York Times) joins to discuss 2001’s unorthodox biopic, Ali. Together they examine the relationship between Ali and sports broadcaster Howard Cosell, the Peter Newman interview, Will Smith and the rest of the excellent cast's performances and so much more. Plus, Jamelle tries the Spies in Disguise challenge! This episode is sponsored by Scentbird (https://www.scentbird.com/check) , MUBI (https://mubi.com) and Noom (https://noom.com/check) .

Duration:02:19:21

The Insider with Andy Levy

6/23/2019
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This week, Andy Levy joins Griffin and David to discuss 1999's 60 Minutes biopic, The Insider. Together they examine the performances of Al Pacino, Russell Crowe, and Christopher Plummer, go off on a The Good Shepherd tangent, present some Joe Camel casting options and more! This episode is sponsored by Manscaped (https://www.manscaped.com/) CODE: CHECK and MUBI (https://mubi.com/) .

Duration:02:31:27

Heat with Jon Gabrus

6/16/2019
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Comedian Jon Gabrus joins Griffin and David for an epic conversation on 1995's Cops and Robbers aren't so different movie, Heat. But what did director William Friedkin call Al Pacino in his biography? Is someone reading a metal making book at the bar mysterious? Who is the legendary Craig Castaldo AKA Radio Man? Together they examine the performances of Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro, Dad cinema, the diner scene and more! This episode is sponsored by Bespoke (http://boxofawesome.com) CODE:...

Duration:02:52:30

The Last of the Mohicans with Dana Stevens

6/9/2019
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Dana Stevens (Slate) joins Griffin and David to discuss 1992's new world frontier adaptation, The Last of the Mohicans. Together they examine Mann and Daniel Day-Lewis spending a month in the forest of North Carolina learning the skills and tools needed to survive in the eighteenth-century wilderness, the legacy of character "Natty" Bumppo, the films of Buster Keaton and more! This episode is sponsored by Brooklinen (https://www.brooklinen.com/) CODE: CHECK, Talkspace...

Duration:02:07:17