Blank Check with Griffin & David

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.


Love & Basketball with Carl Tart
Aug 9 • 152 min
Julie & Julia with Romilly Newman
Aug 2 • 146 min
Bewitched with Dana Schwartz
Jul 26 • 164 min
Lucky Numbers with Alex Ross Perry
Jul 19 • 177 min
You’ve Got Mail with Bobby Finger & Lindsey Weber
Jul 12 • 133 min
Michael with Kevin Porter
Jul 5 • 139 min
Mixed Nuts with Charles Rogers
Jun 28 • 118 min
Sleepless in Seattle with Katey Rich
Jun 21 • 159 min
This Is My Life with Michelle Collins
Jun 14 • 118 min
When Harry Met Sally… with Dana Stevens
Jun 7 • 149 min
Stargate
May 30 • 126 min
Twilight Zone: Nightmare at 20,000 Feet
May 28 • 68 min
Mad Max: Fury Road with Emily Yoshida
May 24 • 133 min
Happy Feet Two with Sara Rubin
May 17 • 110 min
Paramount Presents: Wayne’s World Live Watch Party
May 13 • 5 min
Happy Feet with Caitlin Durante
May 10 • 119 min
Babe: Pig in the City with Travis McElroy
May 3 • 126 min
Lorenzo’s Oil with Bilge Ebiri
Apr 26 • 139 min
The Witches of Eastwick with K. Austin Collins
Apr 19 • 127 min
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome with David Ehrlich
Apr 12 • 139 min
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior with Jon Gabrus
Apr 5 • 145 min
Mad Max
Mar 29 • 121 min
5th Anniversary Special
Mar 22 • 147 min
Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids
Mar 19 • 68 min
Ricki and the Flash with Bobby Finger & Lindsey Weber
Mar 15 • 125 min
A Master Builder with John Hodgman
Mar 8 • 135 min
Rachel Getting Married with Ayo Edibiri and Olivia Craighead
Mar 1 • 136 min
The Manchurian Candidate with the Flop House: Dan McCoy, Stuart Wellington, and Elliott Kalan
Feb 23 • 126 min
Birds of Prey with Ang Ferraguto, Emma Stefansky, Ashleigh Heaton, and Preeti Chhibber
Feb 16 • 135 min
The Truth About Charlie with David Lowery
Feb 9 • 138 min
The Fifth Annual Blank Check Awards with Joe Reid
Feb 2 • 109 min
Beloved with Jourdain Searles
Jan 26 • 129 min
Philadelphia with Richard Lawson
Jan 19 • 141 min
Silence of the Lambs with Emily Vanderwerff
Jan 12 • 161 min
Married to the Mob with Ang Ferraguto
Jan 5 • 139 min
The Rise of Skywalker
Dec 22, 2019 • 150 min
Something Wild with Scott Aukerman
Dec 15, 2019 • 141 min
Stop Making Sense with Demi Adejuyigbe
Dec 8, 2019 • 139 min
Swing Shift
Dec 1, 2019 • 113 min
Melvin and Howard (and Jordan Hoffman)
Nov 24, 2019 • 135 min
Citizens Band/ Last Embrace with Justin McElroy
Nov 17, 2019 • 124 min
Caged Heat/ Crazy Mama/ Fighting Mad
Nov 10, 2019 • 129 min
The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness
Nov 7, 2019 • 64 min
The Wind Rises
Nov 3, 2019 • 117 min
Ponyo on the Cliff with Shirley Li
Oct 27, 2019 • 133 min
Gemini Man
Oct 20, 2019 • 108 min
Joker
Oct 13, 2019 • 119 min
Howl’s Moving Castle with David Ehrlich
Oct 6, 2019 • 139 min
Spirited Away with David Rees
Sep 29, 2019 • 162 min
Princess Mononoke with Griffin McElroy
Sep 22, 2019 • 129 min
Porco Rosso with Justin Charity
Sep 15, 2019 • 143 min
Kiki’s Delivery Service with Caroline Framke
Sep 8, 2019 • 115 min
My Neighbor Totoro with J.D. Amato
Sep 1, 2019 • 152 min
Castle in the Sky with Emily Yoshida
Aug 25, 2019 • 147 min
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind with Lulu Wang
Aug 18, 2019 • 131 min
The Castle of Cagliostro
Aug 11, 2019 • 124 min
Blackhat with Bilge Ebiri
Aug 4, 2019 • 130 min
Miami Vice - Pilot Episode
Aug 1, 2019 • 84 min
Public Enemies with Fran Hoepfner
Jul 28, 2019 • 92 min
The Lion King
Jul 21, 2019 • 127 min
Miami Vice
Jul 14, 2019 • 166 min
Collateral with Katey Rich
Jul 7, 2019 • 112 min
Ali with Jamelle Bouie
Jun 30, 2019 • 140 min
The Insider with Andy Levy
Jun 23, 2019 • 152 min
Heat with Jon Gabrus
Jun 16, 2019 • 173 min
The Last of the Mohicans with Dana Stevens
Jun 9, 2019 • 128 min
Manhunter with Chris Cabin and Eric Szyszka
Jun 2, 2019 • 132 min
The Keep with Alex Ross Perry
May 26, 2019 • 167 min
Thief
May 19, 2019 • 128 min
Pokémon: Detective Pikachu with Dan Hernandez & Benji Samit
May 12, 2019 • 134 min
On the week of it’s release in May of 2019, Blank Check invited screenwriters of Detective Pikachu, Dan Hernandez & Benji Samit, to offer a behind-the-scenes look into the development and writing process of this film! But what other media influenced…
Assassin’s Creed
May 5, 2019 • 119 min
This week is a special Ben’s Choice episode. He selected 2016’s excellent video game adaptation, Assassin’s Creed. But is it very good? Yes. Do they talk about apples? YES! Is there a lot of discussion about Marion Cotillard believing this project was a…
Dumbo with Karen Han
Apr 28, 2019 • 146 min
Karen Han (Polygon) returns to discuss 2019’s Dumbo! But what member of Blank Check likes a bossy girl? Was actor Brendan Hines insecure about the fact that he might be too conventionally handsome to be a Karen’s Boy? What should happen to bad elephant…
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children with Emma Stefansky
Apr 21, 2019 • 116 min
Writer, Emma Stefansky (Thrillist), joins Griffin and David to talk about 2016’s fantasy flop: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Together they examine the peculiarities of the children, the novel by Ransom Riggs, crossbows and famous people who…
Big Eyes with Richard Lawson
Apr 14, 2019 • 123 min
Richard Lawson returns to discuss the late-Burton effort: 2014’s Big Eyes. But why are the eyes so big? Should Christoph Waltz be the star of his own network TV sitcom? How did Burton pull off making the focus of this movie about the main character’s…
Dark Shadows with Jamie Loftus
Apr 7, 2019 • 111 min
This week on Blank Check, comedian Jamie Loftus [The Bechdel Cast](https://www.bechdelcast.com/) discusses 2012’s goth soap opera, Dark Shadows. But has Timmy “the boy from Burbank” Burton become the hill man in his later years? Where is Sullyville…
Alice in Wonderland with Todd VanDerWerff
Mar 31, 2019 • 128 min
Griffin and David welcome back Todd VanDerWerff ([Vox](https://www.vox.com/authors/todd-vanderwerff)) to discuss 2010’s CGI fantasy Alice in Wonderland! Together they examine Burton’s greatest failure. This episode is sponsored by…
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street with Michael Cerveris
Mar 24, 2019 • 125 min
Tony award winning actor, Michael Cerveris, joins Griffin and David to discuss 2007’s film adaption of the renowned Stephen Sondheim musical, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Why did Tim Burton cut The Ballad of Sweeney Todd? Does Michael…
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with Pilot Viruet
Mar 17, 2019 • 146 min
Writer, Pilot Viruet returns to Blank Check to discuss 2005’s remake, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. But, at one point, were Al Pacino and Robert De Niro considering doing a Willy Wonka picture? What are the gang’s Peter Farrelly rankings? What do you…
Big Fish with Chris Gethard
Mar 10, 2019 • 151 min
Chris Gethard [Beautiful/Anonymous podcast](https://www.earwolf.com/show/beautiful-anonymous/) returns to Blank Check to discuss 2003’s father and son fantasy, Big Fish. And also, to talk about Star Wars some more. But does Big Fish’s ending pay out like…
Planet of the Apes with Matt Singer
Mar 3, 2019 • 119 min
Film critic, Matt Singer ([ScreenCrush.com](https://screencrush.com/)), joins Griffin and David to discuss 2001’s universally maligned franchise reboot, Planet of the Apes. Together they examine Burton’s missteps, Wahlberg’s distain for being in this…
Sleepy Hollow with David Lowery
Feb 24, 2019 • 158 min
Writer and director, David Lowery (The Old Man & the Gun, A Ghost Story) joins Griffin and David to discuss 1999’s procedural horror, Sleepy Hollow. But when we die does the headless horseman come for us? Who are the cheek bone boys? Was Taylor Hicks a…
The Fourth Annual Blank Check Awards with Joe Reid
Feb 17, 2019 • 137 min
Griffin and David welcome back Joe Reid for the 4th annual Blankie Awards where together they present their own personal nominations and winners for the upcoming 91st Academy Awards. This roundtable discussion looks at all the major categories, as well…
Mars Attacks! with Paul F. Tompkins
Feb 10, 2019 • 118 min
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…
Ed Wood with John Hodgman
Feb 3, 2019 • 126 min
John Hodgman [Judge John Hodgman podcast](https://www.maximumfun.org/shows/judge-john-hodgman) joins Griffin and David to discuss 1994’s celebration of Hollywood’s greatest outcast, Ed Wood. Was this Burton’s finest film? What is the history of Bela…
Batman Returns with Emily Yoshida
Jan 27, 2019 • 124 min
Emily Yoshida [Night Call podcast](https://audioboom.com/channel/night-call) 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…
Glass
Jan 20, 2019 • 139 min
On the week of it’s release in January of 2019, Griffin and David discussed M. Night Shyamalan’s latest offering, Glass. But did the hosts find this film to be a “glassterpiece”? What is Papa executive privilege time? If you had to guess what would you…
Edward Scissorhands with Julio Torres
Jan 13, 2019 • 105 min
This week on Blank Check Julio Torres (Saturday Night Live) discusses 1990’s proto-Tumblr Frankenstein remake fantasy, Edward Scissorhands. But is Cole Sprouse the young Johnny Depp of 2019? Should one aspire to create an esoteric Halloween costume with…
Batman with K. Austin Collins
Jan 6, 2019 • 120 min
Blank Check continues it’s mini series covering the films of director Tim Burton with the genre defining 1989 superhero movie, Batman. What was this film’s impact on the industry for years to come? What other actors were in the running to play the Joker?…
Aquaman
Dec 23, 2018 • 129 min
On the week of its release in December of 2018, Griffin and David discussed the latest offering in the DCEU: Aquaman. But how many Oscars did David throw at the screening? is Orm a name? Did Ben’s brain break? Together they examine director James Wan’s…
Beetlejuice with Rebecca Bulnes
Dec 16, 2018 • 133 min
Friend and host of [Classroom Crush podcast](https://www.classroomcrush.com/), Rebecca Bulnes, joins Griffin and David to discuss 1988’s masterpiece, Beetlejuice! But was this film nearly called Scared Sheetless? Is this Alec Baldwin at his most handsome?…
Pee-wee’s Big Adventure
Dec 9, 2018 • 111 min
This week Griffin and David begin a new mini-series on the films of Tim Burton! Together they discuss the origins of the character Pee-wee and Burton’s background in animation and being a goth boy from Burbank, California. This episode is sponsored by:…
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Dec 2, 2018 • 147 min
This week on Blank Check is a discussion of Wreck-it-Ralph and Ralph Breaks the Internet. Together, Griffin, David and Producer Ben examine the history of Disney Animation sequels, Chekhov’s Mentos, types of metals and the origins of Spies in Disguise.…
Home Again with Richard Lawson
Nov 25, 2018 • 120 min
In the final special bonus episode of our mini-series on the films of Nancy Meyers, Griffin and David invite Richard Lawson (Vanity Fair) to weigh in on her daughter Hallie Meyers-Shyer’s directorial debut: Home Again. But what if boys were nice? Was this…
The Intern with Jamie Lee
Nov 18, 2018 • 103 min
Comedian, writer and actor Jamie Lee (HBO’s Crashing) joins Griffin and David to discuss Meyers’ most recent offering, 2015’s The Intern. But what was Griffin and Jamie’s experience auditioning for this movie? Why is the husband so lame and unlikable? Is…
It’s Complicated with Sarah-Violet Bliss
Nov 11, 2018 • 115 min
Writer/director Sarah-Violet Bliss (Search Party) joins Griffin and David to discuss 2009’s masterpiece, It’s Complicated. But what are the two things everyone knows about Alec Baldwin? Who has the name Agnes anymore? Is it really complicated tho?…
The Holiday with Fran Hoepfner
Nov 4, 2018 • 147 min
Writer, Fran Hoepfner joins Griffin and David to discuss 2006’s house swap rom-com, The Holiday. But Is foreplay really overrated? Was John Krasinski in The Holiday the Adam Driver of Lincoln of 2006? Is Garden State the most iconic New Jersey movie…
Something’s Gotta Give with Bobby Finger
Oct 28, 2018 • 138 min
Bobby Finger ([Who? Weekly podcast](https://www.whoweekly.us/)) returns to Blank Check for a discussion of 2003’s aging romance, Something’s Gotta Give. Together they examine Bobby’s passion for Meyers’ films, Crazy Town’s “Butterfly” and the careers of…
What Women Want with Lola Kirke
Oct 21, 2018 • 103 min
Actress and singer-songwriter, Lola Kirke (Mozart in the Jungle) joins Griffin and David to discuss 2000’s high-concept rom-com, What Women Want. Together they examine the careers of Helen Hunt and Mel Gibson, the other benefits of electrocution and how…
The Parent Trap with Elena Lazic and Mani Lazic
Oct 14, 2018 • 124 min
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.…
A Star Is Born
Oct 7, 2018 • 137 min
On the week of it’s release in October of 2018, Griffin and David discussed A Star Is Born. This episode is sponsored by [Legacybox](https://legacybox.com/check), [RXBAR](https://www.rxbar.com/check) CODE: CHECK and [Dead Man…
Space Jam with James Newman
Sep 30, 2018 • 135 min
This week, James Newman joins Blank Check for another family edition episode to discuss the 1996 Michael Jordan and Looney Tunes crossover, Space Jam. This episode is sponsored by [Talkspace](https://talkspace.com/check) (CODE: CHECK),…
Chosen - The Hire
Sep 27, 2018 • 48 min
Griffin and David review the Ang Lee directed short film, [Chosen](https://youtu.be/Z6azAviqGvs), created as part of the BMW film series “The Hire,” rank Lee’s filmography and briefly examine Clive Owen’s career trajectory in 2001. This episode is…
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk with J.D. Amato
Sep 23, 2018 • 155 min
Blank it, thank it! J.D. Amato (The President Show) returns, in the last episode of our mini series devoted to the filmography of director Ang Lee, to discuss 2016’s high frame rate Iraq War drama, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. But what makes this…
Life of Pi with Ray Tintori
Sep 16, 2018 • 141 min
Filmmaker Ray Tintori joins Griffin and David to discuss 2012’s Oscar award winning drama, Life of Pi. But was Tobey Maguire in an early cut of the movie wearing a terrible wig? Did Ray’s mother work as a script supervisor on this film? Does Ang Lee know…
Taking Woodstock with Alex Ross Perry
Sep 9, 2018 • 156 min
Writer and director Alex Ross Perry (Christopher Robin) returns to Blank Check to discuss 2009’s Taking Woodstock. But is this a comedy tho? Did this film win AARP’s Movies for Grownups Award for Best Grownup Love Story? Is the portrayal of an LSD…
Lust, Caution with Chris Weitz
Sep 2, 2018 • 120 min
Director, screenwriter and producer Chris Weitz (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, The Twilight Saga: New Moon) joins Griffin and David to discuss 2007’s extreme erotic espionage period thriller: Lust, Caution. But what makes this NC-17 rated film a blank…
Brokeback Mountain with Las Culturistas
Aug 26, 2018 • 117 min
Comedians and the hosts of Las Culturistas podcast (foreverdogproductions.com) Matt Rogers and Bowen Yang join Griffin and David to discuss 2005’s western romance, Brokeback Mountain. Together they examine the careers of Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal,…
Hulk
Aug 19, 2018 • 140 min
This week is all about 2003’s Hulk. The origins of this project. How Ang Lee played the Hulk on set. Our hosts favorite film genre: the bad dad Nick Nolte. The juxtaposition of serious and comic books in the filmmaking. How the hulk hands kid’s toy comes…
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon with David Ehrlich
Aug 12, 2018 • 130 min
David Ehrlich (IndieWire) joins Griffin and David for an in-depth conversation on 2000’s Wuxia epic, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Together they examine the sweaty nature of the Police inspector Tsai and his daughter, eye performance, cave life and…
Ride with the Devil with Peter Labuza
Aug 5, 2018 • 112 min
Peter Labuza (The Cinephiliacs podcast, Village Voice) joins Griffin and David to discuss the 1999 Civil War epic, Ride with the Devil. But is Jim Caviezel a weirdo? Does Tobey get his nub back? What is a skuzzin? Together they examine the careers of…
The Ice Storm with Emily Yoshida
Jul 29, 2018 • 111 min
Emily Yoshida (Night Call podcast) returns to discuss 1997’s bleak drama, The Ice Storm. But what drew Ang Lee to this project? Is ‘HU’ a good shorthand for hook up? Is this one of the top films to portray the winter in the Northeast? Together they…
Hotel Transylvania Trilogy
Jul 22, 2018 • 131 min
Griffin and David present a special episode covering the Hotel Transylvania films and tv series. But how do the monsters pay for staying at the hotel and do they ever leave? What is the recent history behind Sony Pictures Animation? Do the hosts open toys…
Sense and Sensibility with Shirley Li
Jul 15, 2018 • 118 min
This week Shirley Li (Entertainment Weekly) joins Griffin and David to discuss 1995’s period drama, Sense and Sensibility. But how accurate are the hosts impressions of Alan Rickman? What were the circumstances behind Emma Thompson adapting this script?…
Eat Drink Man Woman with Alison Willmore
Jul 8, 2018 • 101 min
Alison Willmore (BuzzFeed) joins Griffin and David to discuss 1994’s family and food dramedy, Eat Drink Man Woman. This episode is sponsored by Casper (casper.com/savings) and Hims (forhims.com/check).
Pushing Hands/The Wedding Banquet
Jul 1, 2018 • 83 min
In the debut episode of our new mini series devoted to the films of director Ang Lee, Griffin and David start with his first 2 feature films: Pushing Hands and The Wedding Banquet. Join the hosts as they try to understand how these early attempts would…
Family Dog - Amazing Stories
Jun 28, 2018 • 51 min
Griffin and David review an episode of the 1993 television series Amazing Stories directed by Brad Bird: Family Dog. This episode is sponsored by Never Seen It podcast.
Incredibles 2
Jun 24, 2018 • 140 min
On the week of it’s release in June of 2018, Griffin and David discussed Incredibles 2. In the final episode of our mini series on the films of director Brad Bird we examine the record breaking box office hit sequel, a new card system, the fourth new new…
Tomorrowland
Jun 17, 2018 • 110 min
This week, Griffin and David discuss 2015’s retrofuturist sci-fi flop, Tomorrowland. This episode is sponsored by Unspooled podcast, eLiquid.com (eliquid.com/check PROMO: CHECK) and SimpleContacts (simplecontacts.com/blank PROMO: BLANK). Music selection:…
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
Jun 10, 2018 • 130 min
Griffin and David discuss the fourth installment of the popular franchise: Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. But why was Tom Cruise’s whole career on the line? Did David Sims attend a red carpet event for this movie weirdly in Britain? Ofcourse we all…
Ratatouille with Romilly Newman and Joey Sims
Jun 3, 2018 • 134 min
In another family edition episode, this week, siblings Romilly Newman and Joey Sims help discuss 2007’s rat foodie journey, Ratatouille. But what were the circumstances behind Bird being brought onto this project? What was the cultural impact of this…
Solo: A Star Wars Story
May 27, 2018 • 142 min
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.
The Incredibles with Rebecca Drysdale
May 20, 2018 • 152 min
Writer and comedian Rebecca Drysdale (Key and Peele, High Maintenance) joins Griffin and David for a conversation on the animated superhero family adventure, The Incredibles. But what is Syndrome’s villainous motivations? Is Rebecca the Pixar of people?…
The Iron Giant
May 13, 2018 • 126 min
This week Blank Check begins a new mini series reviewing the filmography of director Brad Bird with a discussion of 1999’s critically acclaimed animated feature, The Iron Giant. But does the Iron Giant wear a shirt? Did the studio request this movie be…
Josie and the Pussycats with Angela Ferraguto
May 6, 2018 • 140 min
This week is with special guest, Angela Ferraguto, associate producer and social media manager for this very podcast! And for this episode she picked 2001’s satirical rock comedy, Josie and the Pussycats. But was Griffin a big Rachael Leigh Cook fan…
How Do You Know
Apr 29, 2018 • 99 min
In the final episode of our mini series devoted to the filmography of James L. Brooks, Griffin and David discuss the disastrous 2010 film How Do You Know. But why would Brooks at this moment in history sympathize with the business executives being held…
Spanglish with Richard Lawson
Apr 22, 2018 • 129 min
Richard Lawson (author of All We Can Do Is Wait) returns to discuss 2004’s Spanglish. But is this movie really about James L. Brooks attempting to justify why he wants to sleep with his maid? Is it believable a character has never seen a man cry? Is this…
As Good as It Gets with Chris Gethard
Apr 15, 2018 • 140 min
Chris Gethard (the Chris Gethard Show on TruTV, Beautiful/Anonymous podcast) joins Griffin and David to discuss 1997’s OCD dramedy, As Good as It Gets. But is the dog the fourth lead of this film? Should the term ‘residuals’ be changed to ‘Ratzenbergers?’…
I’ll Do Anything: The Musical Cut with Esther Zuckerman
Apr 12, 2018 • 59 min
James L. Brooks had originally shot I’ll Do Anything as a musical. But in the test screening it was so disastrous the studio insisted he cut all the musical sequences out and reshoot new scenes to fill it in. Having reviewed that theatrical cut, Griffin…
I’ll Do Anything with Esther Zuckerman
Apr 8, 2018 • 117 min
Writer and friend of the show Esther Zuckerman joins Griffin and David to discuss 1994’s I’ll Do Anything. But was this film originally developed and shot as a musical only to be reedited into a mostly non-musical? Were prolific musicians Prince, Sinéad…
Ready Player One
Apr 1, 2018 • 117 min
In March of 2018, Griffin and David discussed director Steven Spielberg’s new film Ready Player One. But did Griffin audition for a part? Was Gene Wilder rumored to have been considered for one of the roles? Will only 90’s and 2000’s kids understand the…
March Madness 2018 Recap - Round 3
Mar 29, 2018 • 17 min
Another b-b-b-b-bonus episode recapping Blank Check’s March Madness bracket! Who were the winners and losers? Who will make into the final 4? Is this still a spot on drivetime sports talk radio parody? Tune in to find out and remember to get in on all the…
Broadcast News with Katey Rich
Mar 25, 2018 • 118 min
Katey Rich (Vanity Fair) returns to discuss 1987’s dramedy masterpiece, Broadcast News. But what journalist and news producer helped inspire and advise Brooks? What actress was originally the female lead but backed out last minute? Who is Charlie?…
Terms of Endearment with Valorie Curry
Mar 18, 2018 • 130 min
This week Blank Check starts a new mini series reviewing the filmography of director James L. Brooks. And joining Griffin and David on today’s episode is Valorie Curry (The Tick) to discuss the 1983 Academy Award winning debut drama, Terms of Endearment.…
March Madness 2018 Recap - Round 1
Mar 15, 2018 • 27 min
Griffin and David unleashed a March Madness bracket pitting directors against one another. The filmmaker deemed the champion will decide a future mini series coming in the fall. In a *spot on* drivetime sports talk radio style, the hosts walk through the…
Running Scared with Paul Scheer
Mar 11, 2018 • 100 min
This week is with special guest Paul Scheer (How Did This Get Made? podcast) who picked a favorite film from his youth: 1986’s underrated buddy cop movie Running Scared. But should more films have an extended middle act where the main characters just go…
Elle with Emily Yoshida
Mar 4, 2018 • 123 min
In the final installment of our ‘Paul Verhoeven in Hollywood’ mini series, Emily Yoshida (Night Call Podcast) returns for a special bonus episode on 2016’s pitch black French dramedy, Elle. But what other actresses were considered for the lead role even…
Hollow Man with Alex Ross Perry
Feb 25, 2018 • 128 min
Writer/director Alex Ross Perry (Nostalgia, Golden Exits) returns to Blank Check to discuss 2000’s invisible sci-fi slasher, Hollow Man. But why is this not your grandfather’s invisible man movie? What was the running Joey Slotnick bit on The Late Late…
Starship Troopers with J.D. Amato
Feb 18, 2018 • 144 min
J.D. Amato (The Chris Gethard Show) joins Griffin and David to discuss 1997’s bug war sci-fi, Starship Troopers. This episode is sponsored by Serial Box - False Idols.
Showgirls with Caroline Framke
Feb 11, 2018 • 133 min
Caroline Framke (Vox) joins Griffin and David to discuss 1995’s iconic erotic drama Showgirls. But was screenwriter Eszterhas’ original pitch scribbled on a cocktail napkin? Is this film a parable for Hollywood? Where is the character Nomi from? Together…
The Third Annual Blank Check Awards with Joe Reid
Feb 4, 2018 • 139 min
Griffin and David welcome back Joe Reid (The Decider) for the 3rd annual Blankie Awards where together they present their own personal nominations and winners for the upcoming 90th Academy Awards. This roundtable discussion looks at all the major…
Basic Instinct with Miriam Bale
Jan 28, 2018 • 96 min
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?…
Total Recall with Andrew Jupin and Stephen Sajdak
Jan 21, 2018 • 117 min
Joining Griffin and David this week is Andrew Jupin and Stephen Sajdak, 2 of the 4 co-hosts of the We Hate Movies podcast. Together they discuss 1990’s _twisted_ sci-fi thriller, Total Recall. But how much creative control did Arnold have over this film?…
RoboCop
Jan 14, 2018 • 147 min
Griffin and David discuss dystopian action satire, 1987’s RoboCop. But is old Detroit a cancer and the cancer is crime? Was this film a deconstruction of the American hero mythology? Is it true that Verhoeven initially read half a page of the script and…
Flesh+Blood
Jan 7, 2018 • 96 min
This week’s episode begins a new mini series (Podship Casters) covering the Hollywood films of director Paul Verhoeven. Already an accomplished filmmaker in the Netherlands, 1985 marked his American debut with the unpleasantly realistic period piece,…
The Post
Dec 31, 2017 • 88 min
In November of 2017, Griffin and David attended the first screening of Nixon era political thriller, The Post. But did it really only take 9 months to make this film after Spielberg first read the script? Was there intention to make a movie about the…
The Last Jedi
Dec 18, 2017 • 160 min
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.
Avatarland/The Second Blank Check Mailbag
Dec 10, 2017 • 118 min
#thetwofriends once again answer listener submitted questions! Plus, Griffin discusses his recent trip to Pandora – The World of Avatar at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. But how would Griffin and David fix Men in Black II? Does Avatar work better…
Lost in Space with Joey Sims
Dec 3, 2017 • 116 min
This week is a special family edition episode with brother of David, Joey Sims, who picked a favorite film of the Sims’ boys youth: 1998’s failed sci-fi adaptation Lost in Space. When did the age of nostalgic reboots begin in American cinema? What is…
Justice League
Nov 26, 2017 • 114 min
On the week of it’s release in November of 2017, Griffin and David discussed the newest film in DC Extended Universe: Justice League. But is Superman still gone even though Henry Cavill is second billed? Just how many times was this movie reshot and is it…
Detroit with Black Men Can’t Jump In Hollywood
Nov 19, 2017 • 110 min
Jonathan Braylock, Jerah Milligan and James III, hosts of Black Men Can’t Jump In Hollywood podcast, join Griffin and David to discuss 2017’s period crime drama, Detroit. But was this a story that needed to be told? Is the racist white cop technically the…
Zero Dark Thirty with Demi Adejuyigbe
Nov 12, 2017 • 125 min
Demi Adejuyigbe (The Good Place, Gilmore Guys) joins Griffin and David to discuss 2012’s American revenge political thriller, Zero Dark Thirty. But is the CIA agent this movie is based on somewhat problematic? Can either host do a decent Gandolfini? Will…
The Hurt Locker with Sonia Saraiya
Nov 5, 2017 • 137 min
Sonia Saraiya (Variety) joins Griffin and David to discuss 2008’s bomb action-drama, The Hurt Locker. But will filming in 120 degree desert heat affect a production? How does this movie score with audiences and critics for its portrayal of the Iraq War?…
K-19: The Widowmaker with Richard Lawson
Oct 29, 2017 • 109 min
Co-host of the Little Gold Men podcast and friend of the show, Richard Lawson (Vanity Fair) joins Griffin and David to discuss 2002’s submarine disaster K-19: The Widowmaker. But how was National Geographic involved in this production? What was the impact…
The Weight of Water with Karen Han and Emma Stefansky
Oct 22, 2017 • 112 min
Karen Han (Slashfilm) and Emma Stefansky (ScreenCrush) join #thetwofriends to discuss 2001’s confused thriller, The Weight of Water. But what is the weight of water exactly? Was Elizabeth Hurley really ever a punk? Does Producer Ben get annoyed during the…
Strange Days with Emily Yoshida
Oct 15, 2017 • 128 min
Emily Yoshida (Vulture) returns this week to discuss 1995’s neo-noir, Strange Days. But why is Kathryn Bigelow so hardcore? Was Bono a potential candidate for a role in this film? When was Emily’s mother on Wheel of Fortune? Together they discuss Ray…
Point Break with Lux Alptraum
Oct 8, 2017 • 110 min
Writer/Performer Lux Alptraum joins Griffin and David to discuss 1991’s iconic surf heist, Point Break. But is this one of the sexiest boy films of all time? Is Bigelow a nihilist or a realist? Is Bodhi’s ultimate plan really just death by giant wave?…
Blue Steel with Jordan Hoffman
Oct 1, 2017 • 106 min
Jordan Hoffman (Engage: The Official Star Trek podcast) joins Griffin and David to discuss 1989’s crime thriller, Blue Steel. Would Jamie Lee Curtis and Bigelow’s careers been different if this film had been more successful? Does it pass the Bechdel test?…
Near Dark with Mani Lazic
Sep 24, 2017 • 107 min
Mani Lazic (Little White Lies) joins Griffin and David to discuss 1987’s western meets vampire thriller, Near Dark. But why is this film out of print? Can a normal blood transfusion heal a person of vampire? Is this movie very sexy? Together they examine…
The Loveless
Sep 17, 2017 • 80 min
Introducing a new mini series on the complete filmography of director Kathryn Bigelow! This week Griffin and David begin with her 1982 debut feature, The Loveless, about a wild 1950’s motorcycle gang in small-town America. But who is co-director Monty…
The Devil Wears Prada with Romilly Newman
Sep 10, 2017 • 133 min
This week’s special episode is our first ever family edition with sister of Griffin, Romilly Newman, who picked one of her favorite films: 2006’s fashionable dramedy, The Devil Wears Prada. But is Runway magazine an accurate interpretation of Vogue…
Here Today Gone Trevorrow - An Emergency Minisode
Sep 7, 2017 • 25 min
In a special bonus emergency minisode, Griffin and David call in remotely to weigh in/celebrate the firing of director Colin Trevorrow from Star Wars: Episode IX. But are the reports true that Colin is a bit arrogant? Did Kathleen Kennedy see The Book of…
Dunkirk with Bilge Ebiri
Sep 3, 2017 • 130 min
In the final episode of our mini series devoted to the filmography of Christopher Nolan, Bilge Ebiri (Village Voice) joins Griffin and David to discuss 2017’s war thriller, Dunkirk. But how do the movie’s different temporalities align? What are other ways…
Interstellar
Aug 27, 2017 • 138 min
This week, a tired Griffin and a rested David discuss 2014’s time traveling space odyssey, Interstellar. But how are gravity and love intertwined? Is spinning during space travel the new normal? How is Spielberg involved in this film? Together they…
Talking Maul Live @ DCM19 with Peter Serafinowicz
Aug 20, 2017 • 50 min
Live from the 19th annual Del Close Marathon in New York City, Peter Serafinowicz (The Tick) joins Griffin and David for a serious conversation about Peter’s role as the voice of Darth Maul in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. This special…
The Dark Knight Rises
Aug 13, 2017 • 119 min
Griffin and David complete Nolan’s Batman Trilogy with a discussion of 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises. But is it true the director’s brother and frequent collaborator, Jonathan Nolan, presented Christopher with a 400 page script? Were there any other rumors…
Inception
Aug 6, 2017 • 120 min
Griffin and David present a very special episode on 2010’s dream heist, Inception.
The Dark Knight
Jul 30, 2017 • 129 min
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…
The Prestige with Alison Willmore
Jul 23, 2017 • 114 min
Host of Filmspotting: SVU podcast, Alison Willmore (BuzzFeed), joins Griffin and David to discuss one of the three magician films of 2006, The Prestige. But is this movie a sequel to Twins? How does it fit into the Nolan canon? Piper Perabo tho? Together…
Batman Begins
Jul 16, 2017 • 118 min
Griffin and David discuss the first film in Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy, Batman Begins. What happened behind-the-scenes at Warner Bros. post-Batman & Robin? How did Nolan help contribute to the current trend of peak superhero cinema? Will Batman vape in…
Insomnia with Alex Ross Perry
Jul 9, 2017 • 115 min
Writer and director, Alex Ross Perry (Golden Exits), joins Griffin and David to discuss 2002’s psychological thriller remake, Insomnia. But does this movie fit into the tradition of the auteur’s bizarre third feature? What has changed about Al Pacino’s…
Memento with Amy Nicholson
Jul 2, 2017 • 111 min
Amy Nicholson (MTV News) joins Griffin and David this week to discuss 2000’s fractured crime drama, Memento. But how was Christopher’s brother, Jonathan Nolan, involved in this project? What is it about this strange art film that enabled it to crossover…
Following
Jun 25, 2017 • 93 min
In the first episode of a new mini series focusing on the filmography of Christopher Nolan, Griffin and David discuss the 1998 debut feature, Following. But how have conmen or “confidence men” influenced the director’s later work? How was the burgeoning…
The Book of Henry
Jun 18, 2017 • 91 min
On the week of it’s release in June of 2017, Griffin and David discussed the new Colin Trevorrow film: The Book of Henry.
The First Blank Check Mailbag
Jun 11, 2017 • 120 min
#thetwofriends use this episode to field questions from their listeners. Where do they get their bagels from? What did they think about Fate of the Furious? Does the voice actor who voices a Sith lord qualify as a full on Sith lord? What podcasts do they…
Wonder Woman
Jun 4, 2017 • 109 min
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.
Clifford
May 28, 2017 • 81 min
Our special episode this week: a discussion of 1994’s miscreant child portrayed by a grown man comedy, Clifford. Together, Griffin, David and Producer Ben examine Dinosaur World, sketch comedy movies, Martin Short and Charles Grodin’s careers and Producer…
The BFG
May 20, 2017 • 84 min
In the final episode of our mini series devoted to Spielberg’s DreamWorks years, Blank Check reviews 2016’s animated giant adventure, the BFG. But why is saying ‘BFG’ so satisfying? Does this film have a plot? What podcasts does the Queen listen to?…
Bridge of Spies
May 13, 2017 • 101 min
Griffin and David this week gush over 2015’s Cold War drama, Bridge of Spies. But how does this film fall into Tom Hanks’ beginning a new phase in his career? What is the standing man? What was the Coen Brothers’ involvement in the screenplay? Together…
Lincoln
May 7, 2017 • 116 min
Griffin and David look to Spielberg’s 2012 historical drama, Lincoln. But exactly how many Abraham Lincoln biographies did screenwriter Tony Kushner read? Does this movie remind one of a long winded story about an old mill? Was Liam Neeson really…
War Horse with Pilot Viruet
Apr 29, 2017 • 90 min
Pilot Viruet (Vice) returns to Blank Check to talk about the WWI horse romance film, War Horse. But what is basically the main motivation for every character in this film? Is there a backstory behind naming the horse Joey? Will the word ‘horse’ be said…
The Adventures of Tintin with Joe Garden
Apr 22, 2017 • 118 min
Joe Garden (The Onion) joins Griffin and David this week to discuss the mo-cap animated action/mystery, The Adventures of Tintin. But what was Peter Jackson’s involvement in the project? How is the character Tintin like a fine sparkling wine? Is Will &…
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull with David Ehrlich
Apr 15, 2017 • 117 min
David Ehrlich (IndieWire) returns to Blank Check to discuss 2008’s polarized franchise reboot, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. But are the rumors true that there is a superior early version of this screenplay? Is George Lucas to blame…
Munich with Todd VanDerWerff
Apr 9, 2017 • 94 min
Todd VanDerWerff (Vox) joins Griffin and David this week to discuss 2005’s Israeli espionage thriller, Munich. But is this movie’s lasting legacy being a reference in Knocked Up? What does it mean when Jeffrey Wells leaves behind his hat? What was with…
War of the Worlds with J.D. Amato
Apr 2, 2017 • 136 min
J.D. Amato (My Brother, My Brother and Me) makes his third appearance on Blank Check, this week discussing 2005’s sci-fi doomsday The War of the Worlds. Why would this film mark the conclusion of the Cruise and Spielberg partnership? How much of tangent…
The Terminal with Jerah Milligan
Mar 25, 2017 • 115 min
This week’s guest, Jerah Milligan (Comedy Central), finally completes our trifecta of co-hosts from the excellent podcast Blank Men Can’t Jump In Hollywood joining Blank Check. The topic of discussion: 2004’s stranded at the airport dramedy The Terminal.…
Blank Check
Mar 17, 2017 • 94 min
For their 100th episode Griffin and David decided to celebrate the occasion and finally deliver on the their listeners pleas to get meta and review their namesake movie, 1994’s kid flick: Blank Check. Music selection: “東京 HAZE (extended tape version)”…
Catch Me If You Can
Mar 10, 2017 • 116 min
This week, Griffin and David discuss 2002’s coming of age scammer drama based on a true story: Catch Me If You Can.
Minority Report with Joanna Robinson
Mar 6, 2017 • 125 min
Joanna Robinson (Vanity Fair) joins Griffin and David to discuss 2002’s dystopian thriller: Minority Report.
A.I. Artificial Intelligence with David Rees
Feb 25, 2017 • 119 min
David Rees (Going Deep with David Rees) joins Griffin and David to discuss 2001’s robot boy sci-fi: A.I. Artificial Intelligence.
The Second Annual Blank Check Awards with Joe Reid
Feb 16, 2017 • 134 min
On this week’s special episode, Griffin and David are once again joined by Joe Reid (The Decider) to present their personal nominations for the upcoming 89th Academy Awards. This roundtable discussion looks to all the major categories and offers engaging…
Saving Private Ryan with Richard Lawson
Feb 11, 2017 • 104 min
In our third episode of Spielberg: The DreamWorks Years mini series, Griffin and David are joined by Richard Lawson (Vanity Fair) to discuss 1998’s war drama Saving Private Ryan.
Amistad
Feb 4, 2017 • 68 min
Griffin and David look to Spielberg’s next film (also released in 1997) Amistad. But what are the glaringly problematic issues with this movie? Could a more suited director and screen writer have been brought onto the production? How long has Sir Anthony…
The Lost World: Jurassic Park
Jan 28, 2017 • 101 min
The debut of our new mini series on the filmography of Steven Spielberg begins with 1997’s Lost World: Jurassic Park. Post-Oscar wins for Best Director and Best Picture, Steven took four years off before directing this sequel. In that time he founded his…
Split
Jan 21, 2017 • 139 min
On the week of it’s release in January of 2017, Griffin and David discussed the new M. Night Shyamalan film: Split. Together they examine James McAvoy’s career, horror troupes, the outstanding cinematography and ruminate on the movie’s HUGE twist.
Best of the Revenge of the Podcast
Jan 15, 2017 • 168 min
Presenting a best of episode with all the favorite moments from our mini series on Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.
Best of the Attack of the Podcast
Jan 8, 2017 • 157 min
Presenting a best of episode with all the favorite moments from our mini series on Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones.
Best of the Phantom Podcast
Jan 1, 2017 • 109 min
Presenting a best of episode with all the favorite moments from our mini series on Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Dec 16, 2016 • 131 min
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…
The Man Who Knew Too Little
Dec 9, 2016 • 93 min
Our special episode this week: a discussion of 1997’s spy comedy The Man Who Knew Too Little. But how would you picture a Boris the Butcher to look? What are Producer Ben’s favorite bits? And why does Griffin know so much about box office stats? Together…
Toruk: The First Flight with Rachel Lang
Dec 3, 2016 • 99 min
On September 11th, Blank Check & friends attended the Cirque du Soleil/Avatar crossover Toruk: First Flight at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. But is this show more than just rope dancing? Was the Toruk app worth the download? Does this tie into the…
Avatar
Nov 26, 2016 • 102 min
This week the BC crew discusses 2009’s 3D sci-fi epic Avatar. But are trees nature’s internet? Is this the ultimate cultural appropriation movie? Does the public need four more Avatar movies? Together they examine the performances of the cast including…
Aliens of the Deep/Ghosts of the Abyss
Nov 18, 2016 • 64 min
Griffin and David this week discussed two documentaries directed by James Cameron: 2003’s Ghost of the Abyss and 2006’s Aliens of the Deep. But what were the early days of IMAX like? What kind of very rich person loves risking their lives in a submarine?…
Titanic with Emily Yoshida and Katey Rich - Part Two
Nov 11, 2016 • 121 min
Griffin and David continue their discussion of Titanic with Emily Yoshida (Spin Magazine) and Katey Rich (Vanity Fair). But are Cameron’s drawings basic? Why is Neil deGrasse Tyson such a star bummer? Could a car really get THAT steamy? Together, they…
Titanic with Emily Yoshida and Katey Rich - Part One
Nov 3, 2016 • 96 min
Emily Yoshida (Spin Magazine) and Katey Rich (Vanity Fair) return to discuss 1997’s epic romance Titanic with special guest Charlie “the baby” Rich! Thats right, Blank Check has brought IN the women and children to our podboat to dive deep into some…
True Lies
Oct 28, 2016 • 99 min
Griffin and David this week discuss 1994’s action comedy remake, True Lies. But how does this film relate to Cameron’s marriages? Was the character Spencer Trilby, played by Charlton Heston, an intentional Nick Fury rip off? Just how gross is the…
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
Oct 23, 2016 • 91 min
Days before its official release, Griffin and David discussed 2016’s action thriller sequel Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.
Terminator 2: Judgement Day with Sam Rogal
Oct 16, 2016 • 139 min
Sam Rogal (Magnet Theatre) joins Griffin and David to discuss the 1991 hit sequel Terminator 2: Judgement Day. But do the special effects still hold up over twenty years later? What influenced the decision to make Arnold Schwarzenegger a good robot? Did…
The Abyss with Josh Ruben
Oct 7, 2016 • 121 min
Josh Ruben (CollegeHumor) joins Griffin and David to discuss the 1989 underwater alien thriller The Abyss. But why exactly is this movie impossible to find anywhere on the internet? Just how much of wet nightmare was this production for the cast and crew?…
Aliens with Fran Hoepfner
Oct 1, 2016 • 128 min
Fran Hoepfner (ClickHole) joins Griffin and David to discuss the 1986 horror/sci-fi sequel Aliens. But how did James go about pitching this project to studio executives? What exactly is Paul Reiser mad about? Could Private Vasquez be anymore of a badass?…
The Terminator with Rachel Sanders
Sep 25, 2016 • 119 min
Rachel Sanders (Buzzfeed) joins Griffin and David to discuss James Cameron’s 1984 game changing action sci-fi, The Terminator. But why did this movie become a model for major studios for the next 30+ years? How has the special effects aged? What happened…
Piranha II: The Spawning
Sep 18, 2016 • 81 min
In the debut episode of a new mini series examining the filmography of James Cameron, Griffin and David discuss 1981’s B horror, Piranha II: The Spawning. But what is the story behind Cameron’s first “unofficial” offering as a director? What was the main…
Under Siege 2: Dark Territory
Sep 7, 2016 • 110 min
Griffin, David and guest host Producer Ben present a special episode this week: a discussion of 1995’s action thriller Under Siege 2: Dark Territory. But is it true the co-founder of CAA and former Disney president, Michael Ovitz, bet he could make even a…
Roadies with Layne Montgomery
Sep 4, 2016 • 125 min
Musician and Blank Check theme song creator Layne Montgomery (The Romantic Comedy) joins #thetwofriends to lock the gates in our final episode of the Cameron Crowe mini series and discuss Crowe’s most recent project, the Showtime series Roadies. But does…
Aloha with Esther Zuckerman
Aug 26, 2016 • 129 min
Nearing the end of the Cameron Crowe mini series, Esther Zuckerman (The A.V. Club) joins Griffin and David to discuss the writer/director’s most recent theatrical release, 2015’s space militarization romantic comedy, Aloha. But doesn’t someone in Emma…
We Bought a Zoo
Aug 21, 2016 • 107 min
Griffin and David this week discuss 2011’s zoo dramedy, We Bought a Zoo. But does the film live up to it’s title? Does someone actually buy a zoo? Together #thetwofriends examine the performances of Elle Fanning, ScarJo and John Michael Higgins as ‘Bad…
Elizabethtown
Aug 11, 2016 • 113 min
Blank Check returns to Cameron Crowe’s filmography with an in-depth discussion of 2005’s tragic comedy, Elizabethtown. But how would one best describe the custom exercise bike Bloom’s character outfits with knives? Would Marc Maron have been better suited…
Suicide Squad
Aug 6, 2016 • 114 min
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…
Denim Invasion Live @ DCM18 with John Trowbridge
Jul 26, 2016 • 49 min
Live from the 18th annual Del Close Marathon in New York City, John Trowbridge (Huffington Post) joins Griffin and David to discuss the Cameron Crowe directed, 2002 Gap commercial entitled “Denim Invasion.” What details can be drawn from this 40 second…
Vanilla Sky with Richard Lawson
Jul 22, 2016 • 123 min
Richard Lawson (Vanity Fair) returns to Blank Check this week to discuss 2001’s Vanilla Sky. But just how blue collar is actor Timothy Spall? Does Tom Cruise’s character, the media magnate, also know director Steven Spielberg? Does your body make a…
Almost Famous
Jul 15, 2016 • 107 min
The BC crew sets their sights on the Academy Award winning, semi-autobiographical film, Almost Famous. But what are some of the differences between the theatrical release and Untitled: The Bootleg Cut? What are Griffin and David’s thoughts on Marc Maron…
Jerry Maguire
Jul 7, 2016 • 123 min
Griffin and David this week “show you the money” with 1996’s decade defining film Jerry Maguire. What was the impact of this movie? How many memorable terms and phrases did Crowe invent that have gone on to become common place vernacular in our culture?…
Singles
Jun 30, 2016 • 81 min
Griffin and David look to Crowe’s next film, 1992’s Grunge-tinged romcom Singles. But how realistically does this movie, set in Seattle, portray yuppie culture? Who the hell is actor Campbell Scott and why is he in a leading role? What’s with Producer…
Say Anything…
Jun 23, 2016 • 110 min
In the debut episode of a new mini-series examining the filmography of Cameron Crowe, Griffin and David discuss the iconic 1989 romcom: Say Anything… What is Crowe’s origin story? How was he involved with Fast Times at Ridgemont High? Is this John…
Fletch
Jun 17, 2016 • 100 min
In this week’s special episode, guest host Producer Ben has been given his own “Blank Check” for selecting a one-off film to review and he’s cashing it in with 1985’s cult comedy Fletch. Is this one of Chevy Chase’s strongest performances? What happened…
The Animatrix
Jun 10, 2016 • 107 min
In the final episode of the Podchowski Casters mini series, Griffin and David discuss 2003’s collection of animated short films detailing the Matrix expanded universe, The Animatrix. Are Part I and Part II of Second Renaissance a successful prequel to the…
Sense8
Jun 3, 2016 • 104 min
Nearing the end of the Wachowski mini series, this week Griffin and David discuss the most recent project by the prolific filmmakers, 2015’s Netflix series Sense8. But is it worth binging all twelve hour long episodes in a few days? What are the hosts…
Jupiter Ascending
May 27, 2016 • 128 min
This week Griffin and David discuss the Wachowski’s most recent theatrical release, 2015’s intergalactic sci-fi, Jupiter Ascending. What is the Wachowski’s latest innovation in this film? Why make the very attractive Channing Tatum look like a dog? Is the…
Cloud Atlas with Bobby Finger
May 19, 2016 • 99 min
Bobby Finger (Jezebel) joins Griffin and David to discuss 2012’s Cloud Atlas. Why is one of the most expensive independent films of all time considered to be such a critical failure? Do we like the future talk? How long is this movie tho? Together they…
Speed Racer with Emily Yoshida and J.D. Amato
May 16, 2016 • 117 min
Guests Emily Yoshida (The Verge) and J.D. Amato (The Chris Gethard Show) make their return to Blank Check to examine 2008’s Speed Racer. But why does everyone on the panel love this movie and disagree with the criticism it received? How was this film…
The Matrix Revolutions
May 5, 2016 • 87 min
Concluding the Matrix trilogy, Griffin and David examine The Matrix Revolutions. But why gruesomely blind our hero Neo? What is the franchise’s message about love? Was this ending the right choice? Together, they discuss the unnecessary storyline between…
The Matrix Reloaded
Apr 28, 2016 • 111 min
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…
The Matrix
Apr 25, 2016 • 112 min
This week, Griffin and David discuss the Wachowski’s game changing 1999 film, the Matrix. Just how big of an influence was this movie on mainstream cinema? Other than the nu metal, has this film aged gracefully? How can this only be the siblings second…
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice - The Lost Episode
Apr 22, 2016 • 42 min
March of 2016, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was released. All two hours and thirty-three minutes of it. The critics and fans agreed, Zach Snyder’s mess of a movie about Batman and Superman fighting was not well liked and made Ben sad. Also around…
Bound
Apr 18, 2016 • 98 min
Blank Check returns with another new mini series, this time examining the filmography of directors the Wachowskis. And like the past investigations (George Lucas, M. Night Shyamalan), Griffin and David aim to discover how did Hollywood go on to give these…
The Buried Secret of M. Night Shyamalan
Apr 12, 2016 • 74 min
In the final episode of the Pod Night Shyamacast mini series, Griffin and David discuss the SyFy Channel hoax documentary, 2004’s The Buried Secret of M. Night Shyamalan. Why is Academy Award nominated documentarian Nathaniel Kahn involved in this…
The Visit with Louis Peitzman
Apr 1, 2016 • 113 min
Louis Peitzman (BuzzFeed) joins Griffin and David to discuss the old person horror, 2015’s The Visit. But is the found footage device used in a effective way? Can the great Kathryn Hahn do no wrong? Does this mean M. Night’s very bad movie streak has…
After Earth with James III
Mar 25, 2016 • 97 min
James III (Black Men Can’t Jump In Hollywood Podcast) joins Griffin and David to discuss the incredibly dull, thinly veiled Scientology sci-fi, 2013’s After Earth. Beyond starring along side his son Jaden and being credited as a producer and original…
The Last Airbender with Seaton Smith
Mar 18, 2016 • 99 min
Seaton Smith (Mulaney, Late Night with Seth Meyers) joins Griffin and David to discuss 2010’s agonizing, unwatchable fantasy adventure, The Last Airbender. When adapting the the original animated series, why did M. Night try to incorporate ALL 20 episodes…
The Happening
Mar 14, 2016 • 103 min
This week, Griffin and David discuss M. Night’s first ever R rated film, 2008’s The Happening. But is wind scary? Are any of the actors convincing they haven’t completely checked out? Why am I talking to a plastic plant? Together, #TheTwoFriends examine…
Lady in the Water with Richard Lawson
Mar 7, 2016 • 108 min
Richard Lawson (Vanity Fair) joins Griffin and David to examine 2006’s egotistical bedtime martyr tale, Lady in the Water. Is M. Night trying to say something subtly about his film’s critics? Why is the lady never seen in the water? How is this a movie?…
The Village with David Ehrlich
Feb 29, 2016 • 101 min
David Ehrlich (Rolling Stone) joins Griffin and David this week for an in-depth analysis of 2004’s isolationist thriller, The Village. Why was this film so universally panned by critics and audiences? What was Adrien Brody thinking to sign up for this…
The First Annual Blank Check Awards with Joe Reid
Feb 22, 2016 • 111 min
On this week’s special episode, Griffin and David joined by guest, Joe Reid (The Decider), present their personal nominations for the upcoming 88th Academy Awards. This roundtable discussion looks to all the major categories and offers engaging criticism,…
Signs with Murf Meyer and Diana Kolsky
Feb 15, 2016 • 103 min
This week’s guests on the Shyamacast are ‘real life lovers’ Murf Meyer (The Chris Gethard Show) and Diana Kolsky (Above Average), hosts in their own right of Ménage à Trois Radio, also on the UCB Comedy podcast network! And for Blank Check’s ongoing…
Unbreakable with Matt Patches
Feb 8, 2016 • 101 min
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…
The Sixth Sense with Katey Rich
Feb 1, 2016 • 104 min
Joining Griffin and David on this week’s episode is special guest Katey Rich (Vanity Fair) to help examine Shyamalan’s 1999 breakout, career defining film: The Sixth Sense. How did this unknown writer/director convince Disney to pay him 3 million dollars…
Praying with Anger/Wide Awake
Jan 25, 2016 • 89 min
In the debut episode of the newly rebranded ‘Blank Check’, Griffin and David look to another director of supersized ego and skill: M. Night Shyamalan. Similar to their investigation of George Lucas’ Star Wars, the hosts aim to discover where exactly in…
The Podcast Reawakens with Emily Yoshida
Jan 11, 2016 • 103 min
Emily Yoshida (The Verge, A/V Club) joins Griffin and David to revisit Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Together, they discuss Emily’s childhood Star Wars fan fiction, an origin story based around a shared love of Beetlejuice, address the Mary Sue…
The Podcast Holiday Special with Pilot Viruet
Dec 24, 2015 • 77 min
In 1978, CBS aired a two-hour Star Wars holiday special. Only a year prior, A New Hope had been released to critical success and with the Empire Strikes Back in production and to be released in a year and half, this was Lucasfilm’s opportunity to keep…
The Podcast Awakens
Dec 21, 2015 • 115 min
One day after the release opening of Episode VII: The Force Awakens (SPOILER ALERT!), Griffin and David discussed their impressions on the first installment of the newly revamped franchise. Together, they examine the film’s similar story structure to A…
Return of the Podcast
Dec 17, 2015 • 85 min
Griffin and David return with an episode examining the 1983 conclusion to the ‘second’ trilogy Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. Together, they discuss George Lucas’ former marriage, Princess Leia’s golden bikini, those lovable Ewoks, telling a dying Yoda…
The Podcast Strikes Back
Dec 14, 2015 • 76 min
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…
A New Podcast
Dec 7, 2015 • 81 min
Griffin and David, having recently discovered Episode IV: A New Hope, discuss the 1977 film. Including, the rise of the rebel alliance, the children of Darth Vadar, the destruction of the Death Star and the biggest surprise of all: this film is amazing!…
Watch With Us LIVE! - Revenge Of The Podcast
Nov 30, 2015 • 146 min
Griffin and David, joined once again by director George Lucas, present a special live bonus episode where they watched the Revenge of the Sith and recorded their commentary. Includes amazing past guests, fan favorite segments, plenty of Georgie Porgie…
A Conversation with George Lucas - Revenge Of The Podcast
Nov 23, 2015 • 62 min
With Griffin and David nearing the end of their investigation into the Phantom Menace trilogy there were still a lot of unanswered questions. So they decided to invite a very special guest who played a central part in creating these three indie films to…
More Deleted Scenes with Mike Ryan - Revenge Of The Podcast
Nov 16, 2015 • 67 min
Mike Ryan (Uproxx) joins Griffin and David to discuss Revenge of the Sith’s deleted scenes and special featurettes: The Chosen One and Within a Minute - The Making of Episode III. Together, they examine George’s directing style, Producer Rick McCallum’s…
The Clone Wars Animated Series with Jonathan Braylock - Revenge Of The Podcast
Nov 6, 2015 • 98 min
Jonathan Braylock (Black Men Can’t Jump (In Hollywood) podcast) joins Griffin and David on this week’s episode to cover the entirety of the 2003-2005 animated television shorts Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Set during the three year gap between films Attack…
Our Performance Review 3.0 with Chris Gethard - Revenge Of The Podcast
Oct 30, 2015 • 102 min
This week Griffin and David complete their performance reviews of the Phantom Menace trilogy with special guest Chris Gethard (The Chris Gethard Show, Iron Man 3). Together they examine Revenge of the Sith’s entire cast and rate all the *major…
A Broken Heart with Sonia Saraiya - Revenge Of The Podcast
Oct 23, 2015 • 77 min
Griffin and David welcome another amazing guest this week, Sonia Saraiya (Salon, AV Club). Together, they examine the life and death of Padmé, including her pregnancy with half a baby, losing the will to live medically speaking, insisting a child murderer…
The Jedi Order with Mike Drucker - Revenge Of The Podcast
Oct 19, 2015 • 81 min
Joining Griffin and David on today’s episode is special guest Mike Drucker (The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon). Together, they discuss the MANY missteps of the Jedi council throughout the Phantom Menace saga, how these errors led to their ultimate…
Emperor Darth Sidious - Revenge Of The Podcast
Oct 2, 2015 • 77 min
A Naboo Senator. Then a Supreme Chancellor of the Galactic Republic. But WHO is this Phantom Menace? Could it really be the uptight Palpatine pulling all the strings? YUP! And guess what he’s a Sith lord too! In this episode, Griffin and David examine the…
The Downfall Of Anakin Skywalker - Revenge Of The Podcast
Sep 28, 2015 • 79 min
This week Griffin and David, whilst yelling into microphones, dive right into the river of ham that is Anakin’s origin story and the main crux of the Phantom Menace series: turning to the dark side and becoming Darth Vader. Also, the MANY mistakes the…
The Beginning of The End - Revenge Of The Podcast
Sep 21, 2015 • 70 min
The year was 2005. George Lucas returned with the third (and final) film in the Star Wars series: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith. Again, taking in the criticism from the previous two productions, has the director finally found a focus? Is this a good…
The Podcastic Two
Sep 14, 2015 • 79 min
In 1992, the original Fantastic Four movie was produced by Constantin Film solely to retain the rights of the franchise. Shot in 22 days, the low budget film was never to be officially released (unbenounced to the crew and the mostly Canadian cast.) Fast…
Watch With Us, Again - Attack Of The Podcast
Sep 8, 2015 • 147 min
Once again, Griffin and David in a very special bonus episode watched Attack of the Clones (for probably the last time) and recorded their commentary. So cue up that blu-ray and listen along with the hosts as they offer up their thoughts in real time.
The Deleted Scenes with Chase Mitchell - Attack Of The Podcast
Aug 28, 2015 • 77 min
Griffin and David welcome another amazing guest this week, Chase Mitchell (The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon). Together, they discuss deleted scenes like: Anakin hanging out with Padmé’s father (who is some bum), Jocasta Nu may have had a fling with…
Digital Filmmaking with J.D. Amato - Attack Of The Podcast
Aug 24, 2015 • 82 min
Joining Griffin and David this week is special guest J.D. Amato to discuss the behind-the-scenes making of this film, including, a featurette entitled: “Star Wars State Of The Art: The Pre-Visualization Of Episode II” (found in the initial DVD release of…
Politics - Attack Of The Podcast
Aug 10, 2015 • 65 min
7 episodes in and hosts David and Griffin are waning. This week, while attempting to discuss Senator Palpatine’s rise to power as Darth Sidious (the titular Phantom Menace), Count Doku pulling strings for the separatists, and just exactly what the…
Our Performance Review 2.0 - Attack Of The Podcast
Jul 29, 2015 • 87 min
In the sixth installment of the only podcast that exclusively talks about Attack of the Clones (formally just the Phantom Menace until discovering this sequel), Griffin and David once again examine the film’s entire cast and rate all the major…
Count Dooku with Morgan Evans - Attack Of The Podcast
Jul 20, 2015 • 81 min
This week, Griffin and David with special guest Morgan Evans pick up where they left off last episode (right after Anakin murders men, women and children) and take you, the listener, off to the bug planet of Geonosis! Together, they examine the revelation…
Romance with Rachel Lang - Attack Of The Podcast
Jul 13, 2015 • 73 min
Joining Griffin and David this week is friend of the show, Rachel Lang, to discuss the steamy romance that develops between Anakin and Padmé. Playing a major part in a film thats about a war happening in space, the scenes of going out to eat at a…
The Angst Of Anakin Skywalker - Attack Of The Podcast
Jul 6, 2015 • 68 min
Well he’s a teenager now: not in control of his emotions, hormone fueled, and in desperate need of discipline/a good spanking! So what does the Jedi council do? Well they put young Anakin in charge of protecting Padmé! You mean, an important Galactic…
The Mysterious Planet Kamino - Attack Of The Podcast
Jun 30, 2015 • 78 min
It was a dark and stormy night on planet Kamino. Detective Kenobi was far far away from home. He wondered to himself in the rain: why did Sifo-Dyas place an order for a clone army 10 years ago? Why was a bounty hunter named Jango Fett chosen as the clone…
Unrest In The Galactic Senate - Attack Of The Podcast
Jun 22, 2015 • 77 min
The year was 2002. It had been 3 years since the Phantom Menace. George Lucas returned with his second Star Wars release: Episode II - Attack of the Clones. But did ol’ George learn his lesson and adjust to some of the issues that critics and fans had…
Judging The Judge
Jun 8, 2015 • 86 min
One year ago acclaimed actors Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall appeared together in the film The Judge. The movie is about a big city lawyer returning to his childhood home where his father, the town’s judge, is suspected of killing someone after…
Watch With Us - The Phantom Podcast
Jun 1, 2015 • 147 min
Griffin and David in a bonus episode for all you GDP die hards, watched the Phantom Menace (one more time!) and recorded their commentary. So get out that blu-ray and listen along with the hosts as they offer up their thoughts in real time. You won’t…
Final Thoughts - The Phantom Podcast
May 26, 2015 • 75 min
All great investigations must at some point come to an end, and the case study of the Phantom Menace has (finally) reached it’s conclusion. Listen in as hosts Griffin and David share some last thoughts, read and play clips of fan’s own interpretations and…
Fan Fiction - The Phantom Podcast
May 19, 2015 • 58 min
It’s week nine into the investigation and the case is not coming together. Sooo, Griffin and David have decided to dig deep and explore the strange world of Phantom Menace fan fiction. Perhaps these stories will help them better understand the…
Merchandise - The Phantom Podcast
May 11, 2015 • 71 min
Toys. Kids love them. And so do Griffin and David. This movie’s entire production was funded by the sale of exclusive rights to the merchandising. And manufacturer Hasbro, pulled out all the stops including introducing technology that allowed the products…
The Podrace - The Phantom Podcast
May 4, 2015 • 74 min
The podrace sequence is the one part of this movie viewers seem to complain about the least. Griffin and David this week tackle all the elements of the Boonta Eve Classic including who are these racers and their backstories, discuss Watto and the Hutts,…
A Profile Of Jar Jar Binks And The Gungans - The Phantom Podcast
Apr 28, 2015 • 67 min
This week Griffin and David delve into the character we all know and love: Jar Jar Binks. How does an outcast of the Gungan society go on to save his people? The answer might just be tasteless comedy and a dash of racism. Would Jar Jar Binks’ character be…
Our Performance Review - The Phantom Podcast
Apr 20, 2015 • 79 min
In the fifth installment of the only podcast that exclusively talks about the Phantom Menace, Griffin and David look to the movie’s cast and rate all the major players–actor by actor. From finding Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan Kenobi weak to Natalie Portman…
Commentary with Connor Ratliff - The Phantom Podcast
Apr 13, 2015 • 84 min
Joining Griffin and David this week is host of the George Lucas Talk Show, Connor Ratliff, to discuss the commentary special feature included with the initial DVD release of the Phantom Menace. Together they review what members of the production crew…
The Jedi Council - The Phantom Podcast
Apr 6, 2015 • 74 min
This week Griffel and Simsbert discuss the Jedi Order. What are these mystical warriors all about? What is the Force? Why is Qui-Gon Jinn rigging chance cubes so that he can steal a child and casually take his blood? Their ongoing investigation reveals…
The Royalty Of Naboo - The Phantom Podcast
Mar 30, 2015 • 85 min
Queen elect, high school dropout, hand maiden? This week Griffin and David look at Queen Amidala and the history of the royalty of Naboo. Why was actress Natalie Portman widely trashed for her performance in this movie? With the complicated costumes, the…
In A Galaxy Far Far Away… - The Phantom Podcast
Mar 23, 2015 • 82 min
The year was 1999. It had been twenty-two years since George Lucas last directed a feature film. Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace was highly anticipated. But then why did the majority of audiences and critics hate it so much? Sixteen years later,…