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October 20, 2019
On the week of its release in October of 2019, Griffin and David discussed Gemini Man. Together they examine the performances of old and young Will Smith, Ang Lee's second attempt shooting at the high frame rate of 120 fps and in 3D and a young Benedict Wong. This episode is sponsored by UNTUCKit (https://www.untuckit.com/) CODE: CHECK, Away (https://www.awaytravel.com/check) CODE: CHECK and Liquid Death (https://liquiddeath.com/check) .
October 13, 2019
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 Gladiators" by Julius Fučík
October 6, 2019
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.
September 29, 2019
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) .
September 22, 2019
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 new book, Murder on the Rockport Limited (https://read.macmillan.com/the-adventure-zone/) ! Music is "Cool Hard Facts" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com/) . Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/) .
September 15, 2019
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) .
September 8, 2019
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) .
September 1, 2019
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) .
August 25, 2019
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 (https://www.scentbird.com/check) CODE: CHECK. Music selection by: "Digital Mk. 2" by Tri-Tachyon (http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Tri-Tachyon/) . Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) .
August 18, 2019
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) .
August 11, 2019
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.
August 4, 2019
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.
August 1, 2019
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) .
July 28, 2019
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 last 30 minutes of the episode were cut. Sorry for the disruption.]
July 21, 2019
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/) .
July 14, 2019
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.
July 7, 2019
#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.
June 30, 2019
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) .
June 23, 2019
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/) .
June 16, 2019
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: CHECK, Hims (http://forhims.com/check) , Stamps.com (https://stamps.com) CODE: CHECK and Visitations with Elijah Wood and Daniel Noah (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/visitations-with-elijah-wood-and-daniel-noah/id1465141490) .
June 9, 2019
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 (https://www.talkspace.com/) CODE: CHECK and Away (https://www.awaytravel.com/check) CODE: CHECK!
June 2, 2019
This week, Chris Cabin and Eric Szyszka of the We Hate Movies podcast (http://www.whmpodcast.com/) joins Griffin and David to discuss the original Hannibal Lecter film: 1986's Manhunter. But what motivated producer Dino De Laurentiis to scrap the adapted title Red Dragon in favor of Manhunter? Did Michael Mann's research involve becoming pen pals with an incarcerated murderer? Is poet and painter William Blake's Great Red Dragon on fleek? Together they examine the performances of William Petersen and Brian Cox, the work of novelist Thomas Harris and the complete Lecter-verse (including Hannibal Rising), Walt Disney’s frozen head and serial killer home design aesthetics. This episode is sponsored by Noom (https://www.noom.com/check) .
May 26, 2019
Alex Ross Perry (Her Smell) returns to Blank Check to discuss 1983's The Keep. But is this technically a movie? Why is there an extended tangent about the TV show Bones? Is there a movie where anyone eats pizza before E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial? Together they discuss the Mount Rushmore of 1980s: Verhoeven, Schrader, De Palma and Friedkin, the creator of the Moviefone and also talk about The Keep. This episode is sponsored by Mack Weldon (https://www.mackweldon.com/) CODE: CHECK and MUBI (https://mubi.com/check) .
May 19, 2019
Five months ago Blank Check began the Tim Burton mini-series. This week, though, marks a new director and a NEW mini-series with the filmography of one Michael Mann! Starting us of is the 1981 jewel stealing neo-noir, Thief. But were there literal wanted criminals on the set of this movie? Is James Cann the best at Twitter? What is Mann's top 10 Sight & Sound and is there a strange contemporary outlier? Together Griffin and David examine Michael Mann's background, the performances of Cann, Robert Prosky and Willie Nelson and spend some time on Dennis Farina's mustache. This episode is sponsored by Harry's (https://www.harrys.com/check) , Hello Fresh (https://www.hellofresh.com/check80) CODE: CHECK80 and 8hours (https://www.8hours.com/) . Music: "ShortSwingwav." by Valentin Sosnitskiy (https://freesound.org/people/ValentinSosnitskiy) . Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
May 12, 2019
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 elements of the story structure? What are Griffin and David's favorite Pokémon? How long did it take writer and director Steven E. de Souza to write Street Fighter? Together they examine fandom theory, world building, video game movies and explore the credit process and arbitration process. This episode is sponsored by [Stamps.com](https://stamps.com) CODE: CHECK, [Brooklinen](https://brooklinen.com) CODE: CHECK and [Hims](https://www.forhims.com/check).
May 5, 2019
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 documentary? YEAH!!! Together they examine the huge role Michael Fassbender played in this production, Justin Kurzel's moody directing, this film's relationship to the video game franchise and parkour. Plus, #thetwofriends announce the next 2 directors Blank Check will be covering in upcoming mini series! This episode is sponsored by [MUBI](https://mubi.com/check) and [Talkspace](http://talkspace.com) CODE: CHECK.
April 28, 2019
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 boys? Together they examine Disney trailers and critical predictions, frozen heads, Sims gets very mad about his boy Colin and they offer up their Burton rankings. This week is sponsored by [Noom](https://www.noom.com/check) , [Mack Weldon](https://www.mackweldon.com/) CODE: CHECK , [MUBI](https://mubi.com/check) and [Filmspotting](https://www.filmspotting.net/) podcast.
April 21, 2019
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 are EVEN hotter in person. This episode is sponsored by [Harry's](http://harrys.com/check) , [Brooklinen](https://brooklinen.com/) CODE: CHECK and [Dogman](https://www.dogmanthemovie.com/) a film by Matteo Garrone (Gomorrah). Now playing in New York and Los Angeles and coming to select cities April 26th. Watch the trailer [here](https://youtu.be/ewh0lBcEb2U) .
April 14, 2019
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 abuser? Together they examine the eyes (which are big), Margaret Keane's history and Alita: Battle Angel (which is also known as Big Eyes 2.) This episode is sponsored by [Hims](https://www.forhims.com/check), [Talkspace](http://talkspace.com/) CODE: CHECK and [Away](https://www.awaytravel.com/check) CODE: CHECK. Plus, check out past (and future) guests Richard and Joanna Robinson's podcast [Still Watching: Game of Thrones](https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/still-watching-game-of-thrones/id1328561705?mt=2). Get Richard's book [All We Can Do Is Wait](https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/546024/all-we-can-do-is-wait-by-richard-lawson/9780448494128/)!
April 7, 2019
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 located in America? Why does the climatic fight scene only further reinforce ones disliking of Depp? Together they examine Jamie's history with the original series, Hot Topic's influence, the problem with Deadpool being someone's favorite comedian and Alfred Molina we stan. This episode is sponsored by [Stamps.com](http://stamps.com), [Robinhood](http://check.robinhood.com) and [Talkspace](https://talkspace.com/check) CODE: CHECK.
March 31, 2019
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 [MUBI](https://mubi.com/check), [Hello Fresh](https://www.hellofresh.com/check80) CODE: CHECK80 and [Noom](http://noom.com/check).
March 24, 2019
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 have a take on National Treasure: Book of Secrets? Timothy Spall goes big? Together they examine how the film holds up against the live production, the trailer lacking singing, letter writing with Sondheim and Michael's experience portraying Sweeney Todd in the 2005 Broadway revival. This episode is sponsored by [Brooklinen](https://brooklinen.com) CODE: CHECK, [care/of](http://takecareof.com/) CODE: CHECK50 and [Molekule](https://molekule.com/) CODE: CHECK. And check out Michael Cerveris' band, [Loose Cattle](http://www.loosecattleband.com/)!
March 17, 2019
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 call a doctor’s jacket? Together they examine the four grandparents in bed, the trained squirrels and more! This episode is sponsored by [hims](https://www.forhims.com/blank), [Talkspace](http://talkspace.com/) CODE: CHECK and [MUBI](https://mubi.com/check).
March 10, 2019
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 a slot machine? Was 2003 the year Steven Spielberg and Tim Burton culturally flip-flopped? What are some of the nerd perks offered at the new Star Wars hotels? Together, they spend 2+ hours examining the performances of the cast including Albert Finney and Billy Crudup, motorcycle cages, which vignette to cut out of this movie, and of course Mr. Soggybottom. This episode is sponsored by [Robinhood](http://check.robinhood.com), [eero](https://eero.com/check) CODE: CHECK and [Filmspotting podcast](https://www.filmspotting.net/). Plus, be sure to grab copy of Chris Gethard's new book, [Lose Well](https://chrisgeth.com/lose-well/)!
March 3, 2019
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 movie, the legacy of the original series and the devastation of a young Griffin Newman. This episode is sponsored by [Stamps.com](https://stamps.com) CODE: CHECK, [MUBI](https://mubi.com/check) and [The /Filmcast podcast](https://www.slashfilm.com/category/features/slashfilmcast/).
February 24, 2019
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 ten percenter? Together they examine the work of Emmanuel Lubezki, babies with mustaches, CGI deer and the crypt keeper. This episode is sponsored by [MUBI](https://mubi.com/check), [Joybird](https://joybird.com/blank) CODE: BLANK and [Brooklinen](https://brooklinen.com) CODE: CHECK.
February 17, 2019
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 as, references deep cut cinema from 2018 you may have missed. This episode is sponsored by [hims](http://forhims.com/check), [Talkspace](https://www.talkspace.com/check) CODE: CHECK and [Away](http://awaytravel.com/check) CODE: CHECK.
February 10, 2019
Blank Check continues its mini-series covering the films of director Tim Burton with the alien invasion comedy, Mars Attacks! But what are the origins of development for this 1960's trading card IP? How does this movie compare to Independence Day 20 years later? Does David have a half-sister, and if so, why has she never been mentioned before? Joined by comedian, Paul F. Tompkins (BoJack Horsman), they discuss the various performances of this stacked ensemble cast, the unusual billing, face goop, Entourage the movie and extreme Burton stereotypes such as happy suburban people and haunted ghost children. This episode is sponsored by [Robinhood](http://check.robinhood.com) and [eero](https://eero.com/check) CODE: CHECK. And be sure to check out Paul at [Vancouver's Just for Laughs Festival Sunday, February 17th with 'Mr. Jackson & Mr. Tompkins: A Two-Gentleman Improv Show'!](http://www.jflnorthwest.com/show/jackson-tompkins-vogue-theatre/)
February 3, 2019
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 Lugosi and Boris Karloff careers portraying monsters? Is 'octopus motor' the greatest two words put together? Together they examine the legacy of director Ed Wood, attending one of the Property Brother's weddings, crumb bums, and Space: 1999. [Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches](https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/557020/vacationland-by-john-hodgman/9780735224827/) is now available in paperback.
January 27, 2019
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 ooze attractive? Who are your favorite cloud villains? Together they examine the iconic performances from Danny DeVito and Michelle Pfeiffer, Batman as the love interest, parental backlash, and chubby digits. This episode is sponsored by [Brooklinen](https://www.brooklinen.com/) CODE: CHECK; [Joybird](https://joybird.com/blank) and [Stamps.com](https://www.stamps.com/) CODE: CHECK. Check out Emily Yoshida's recent articles for [Vulture](https://www.vulture.com/author/emily-yoshida/)
January 21, 2019
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 say Samuel L. Jackson’s age would be? Together they try to make sense of why M. Night wanted to tell this particular story, recent Bruce Willis straight to Redbox movies and get retrospective on their two hundredth episode! Plus, a special supercut of Blankies reading Producer Ben’s many, many nicknames. This episode is sponsored by [Hims](https://www.forhims.com/blank) and [TalkSpace](https://talkspace.com/check) CODE: CHECK. And check out brand new Blank Check merch at [TeePublic](https://www.teepublic.com/stores/blank-check)!
January 13, 2019
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 their movie? Why won't they leave the clowns alone? Together they examine the career of legendary costume designer Colleen Atwood, Winnie the Pooh’s acting and joke writing in Christopher Robin, gorgeous improv and constructs. This episode is sponsored by [Robinhood](http://check.robinhood.com).
January 6, 2019
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? Should Bruce Wayne wear jeans and turtlenecks? Joined by K. Austin Collins (Vanity Fair) together they examine the performances of Jack Nicholson and Michael Keaton, the history of the iconic character's intellectual property in film and television, how Prince came to be involved in the project and so much more!
December 23, 2018
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 career, sea crime and the legacy of Aquaman over the years. This episode is sponsored by [Robinhood](http://check.robinhood.com) and [The /Filmcast](http://slashfilmcast.com). And sign up for our [Patreon](https://www.patreon.com/blankcheck) to get access to exclusive monthly bonus content!
December 16, 2018
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? Does Rebecca want to date Beetlejuice? Together they examine the careers of Geena Davis, Catherine O'Hara and Michael Keaton, growing up as a goth snake girl and the greatness of pre-CGI Burton special effects and practical design. This episode is sponsored by [Brooklinen](https://brooklinen.com/) CODE: CHECK and [Bombfell](https://www.bombfell.com/check). Plus, big announcement for 2019: Blank Check is launching a [Patreon](https://www.patreon.com/blankcheck)! AND check out Producer Ben Hosley on a recent episode of [Classroom Crush](https://www.classroomcrush.com/episodes/2018/12/12/cant-quit-cray-with-ben-hosley-season-2-premiere)!
December 9, 2018
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: [Brooklinen](https://brooklinen.com) CODE: CHECK, [Talkspace](https://talkspace.com/check) and [We Hate Moves](http://www.whmpodcast.com/) podcast.
December 2, 2018
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. Plus, John Hodgman ([Vacationland](https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/557020/vacationland-by-john-hodgman/9780735224827/)) leaves a voicemail! This episode is sponsored by [Brooklinen](https://www.brooklinen.com) CODE: CHECK and [Legacybox](http://legacybox.com/check). And check out new official Blank Check merch available at [TeePublic](https://www.teepublic.com/stores/blank-check)!
November 25, 2018
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 movie filmed exclusively inside a bottle of white zinfandel? What is the future of the romantic comedy in the major studio system? Together they discuss alternate realities, finding the next Sam Smith, Nancy Meyers’ involvement in inventing rap rock and Reese Witherspoon for mayor. This episode is sponsored by [Robinhood](http://check.robinhood.com). Music selection: “Parting of the Ways - Part 1” by [Kevin MacLeod](https://incompetech.com/) Licensed under [Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License](https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)
November 18, 2018
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 there a bombshell in this edition of Romilly’s Kitchen Corner? Together they examine why Anne Hathaway rules, avoiding posterboard bits and what Nancy thinks of millennial men. This episode is sponsored by Threesome podcast on [Earwolf](https://www.earwolf.com/show/threedom/) and [Talkspace](https://www.talkspace.com/check) CODE: CHECK. Crashing Season 3 returns to HBO in January. [Official Trailer:](https://youtu.be/aM7UWB4dfYY) And check out Jamie’s book [Weddiculous](http://www.weddiculousbook.com/) and her stand-up comedy album [“I mean…”](https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/i-mean/1330549302) Music selection: “Morning Mandolin” by [Chris Haugen](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdlYOofYQOs) Licensed under [Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License](https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)
November 11, 2018
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? Together they examine Meryl Streep’s singing voice, web cam flim flams and what this new kitchen fortress is going to look like. This episode is sponsored by [Green Chef](http://greenchef.com/check). Music selection: “Bushwick Tarentella” by [Kevin MacLeod](https://incompetech.com/) Licensed under [Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License](https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/).
November 4, 2018
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 because they go to Medieval Times and yell at a ditch? Together, they examine the careers of Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jack Black and Jude “Daddy” Law; Christmas in England; loving movie scores enough to make gibberish sounds in public places and Venom being SO rude. Plus, another Romilly’s Kitchen Corner, the classic segment ‘Checking in with Fran’ and ALOT of Eli Wallach talk. This episode is sponsored by [ZipRecruiter](http://www.ziprecruiter.com/blank), [eLiquid.com](http://www.eliquid.com/check30) (CODE: CHECK30) and [Legacy Box](http://www.legacybox.com/check)! Music selections: “Family Tree” by [Jahzzar](http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Jahzzar/) “Weather Scanning” by [Lindsheaven Virtual Plaza](http://ailanthusrecordings.bandcamp.com) Licensed under [Creative Commons: Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License](https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/).
October 28, 2018
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 Diane Keaton and Keanu Reeves. This episode is sponsored by [Brooklinen](https://www.brooklinen.com/) (CODE: CHECK), [Robinhood](http://check.robinhood.com/) and [Hims](https://www.forhims.com/blank). Music Selection: “BossaBossa” by [Kevin MacLeod](https://incompetech.com/) Licensed under [Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License](http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/).
October 21, 2018
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 this film holds up 18 years later after its release. This episode is sponsored by [Talkspace](https://talkspace.com/check) (CODE: CHECK) and [Amazon Prime Video](http://tryprimechannels.com/check). And check out Lola Kirke’s new album [Heart Head West](http://www.smarturl.it/heartheadwest) and her starring role in the feature film, [Gemini](https://www.hulu.com/movie/gemini-f993a2e8-4b6a-455a-9965-ce725018801e). Music selection: “Mr. Man” from [freesfx.co.uk](https://www.freesfx.co.uk/music/). Licensed under [Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License](http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/).
October 14, 2018
This week Blank Check begins our first ever “fans choice” mini series reviewing the filmography of director Nancy Meyers. Film critics, models and _IDENTICAL TWINS_ Elena and Mani Lazic join Griffin and David to discuss the 1998 remake of The Parent Trap. Together they discuss prank wars, Randy rosé and flying on the Concorde. This episode is sponsored by [ZipRecruiter](https://www.ziprecruiter.com/blank) and [Storm of Spoilers](https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/a-storm-of-spoilers-a-pop-culture-podcast/id952917333?mt=2). Music Selection: “Swinging in the 7th” by [Dana Boulé](http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Dana_Boule/) Licensed under [Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License](https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/).
October 8, 2018
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 Talking](https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/dead-man-talking/id1436700030?mt=2).
September 30, 2018
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), [Hims](https://www.forhims.com/blank) and [Robin Hood](https://check.robinhood.com/).
September 27, 2018
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 sponsored by [Storm of Spoilers](https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/a-storm-of-spoilers-a-pop-culture-podcast/id952917333?mt=2).
September 23, 2018
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 movie so revolutionary? What is the evolution of frame rates in film? Who are the shortest and the tallest actors according to IMDB? Together they examine the history of cameras from film to digital, the BIG3 basketball league and never doing an episode on The Happytime Murders. This episode is sponsored by [Away](https://www.awaytravel.com/check) CODE: CHECK, [Brooklinen](https://www.brooklinen.com/) CODE: CHECK and HowStuffWorks’ [The Soundtrack Show](https://www.soundtrackpodcast.com/). For your very own “I Talked the Walk 2018” merch goto [TeePublic](https://www.teepublic.com/stores/blank-check)! On Thursday, look out for our bonus episode on the Ang Lee directed short film [“Chosen”](https://youtu.be/Z6azAviqGvs) part of the BMW film series The Hire and then next week will begin our new mini series on the films of Nancy Meyers! [David Sims’ Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk review on the Atlantic](https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2016/11/the-unreality-of-billy-lynns-long-halftime-walk/507449/)
September 16, 2018
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 about this podcast? Together, they examine the early stages of development for this project, working with VR technology and Griffin sets the record straight about his father. This episode is sponsored by [Casper](https://www.casper.com/check) CODE: CHECK, Vanity Fair’s [Little Gold Men](https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/little-gold-men/id1042433465?mt=2) podcast and Abrams Books’ new release [Typeset in the Future: Typography and Design in Science Fiction Movies](https://www.abramsbooks.com/product/typeset-in-the-future_9781419727146/) by Dave Addey. [Halon Entertainment - Life of Pi Previs Highlight Reel](https://vimeo.com/64898823) [Dennis Hopper reading “If” by Rudyard Kipling on the Johnny Cash Show](https://youtu.be/T2LUbk_7uKg)
September 9, 2018
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 experience accurate? Together they examine the career of Demetri Martin, a mysterious bucket of glitter, Sha Na Na and straight trippin’ boo. Plus, Griffin shares a Martin Scorsese Woodstock story and Alex brings the chocolate milk! This episode is sponsored by [ZipRecruiter](https://www.ziprecruiter.com/blank) and Abrams Books’ new release [The Cohen Brothers: This Book Really Ties the Films Together](https://www.abramsbooks.com/product/coen-brothers_9781419727405/) by Adam Nayman and Produced by White Little Lies. And look our for an upcoming screening of Alex Ross Perry’s new film, [Her Smell](https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7942742/), starring Elisabeth Moss, Cara Delevingne and Dan Stevens!
September 2, 2018
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 check? How was Tang Wei’s career affected after the release of this movie? Did one of the hosts go through a Jessica Alba phase and can the listeners guess who? Together they examine green lights in Hollywood, scoring films, Wetflix and foregrounding the mahjong. This episode is sponsored by [Hims](https://www.forhims.com/blank) and [the Bechdel Cast](https://www.bechdelcast.com/) on [HowStuffWorks](https://www.stuffmedia.com/). And check out [Operation Finale](https://tickets.operationfinalefilm.com/) staring Ben Kingsley, Oscar Issac and directed by Chris Weitz!
August 26, 2018
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, Oscar winners over the years and, of course, erasure. This episode is sponsored by [Away](https://www.awaytravel.com/blank) CODE: BLANK. Go to [TeePublic](https://www.teepublic.com/stores/blank-check) for official Blank Check merch! Also help support Dresser Kittens at [dresser-kittens.myshopify.com/](https://dresser-kittens.myshopify.com/)
August 19, 2018
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 from a somber, meditative family drama about the way our fathers damage us. And the careers of Jennifer Connelly and Eric Bana. This episode is sponsored by [Brooklinen](https://www.brooklinen.com/) CODE: CHECK and WeTransfer. Music courtesy of "Night Court Theme" by Jack Elliott
August 12, 2018
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 share James Schamus stories. This episode is sponsored by WeTransfer.
August 5, 2018
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 Tobey Maguire, Jeffrey Wright and Jewel, the film theory of James Schamus and dumb people trying to one up each other. This episode is sponsored by [Hims](https://www.forhims.com/blank).
July 29, 2018
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 discuss key parties, being passed out in a bathroom, reminisce about the nineties and Griffin shares a Elliott Gould tale. This episode is sponsored by [RXBAR](https://www.rxbar.com/check) PROMO: CHECK and [Who? Weekly podcast](https://www.whoweekly.us/). And check out [Blank Check’s wiki!](http://blank-check.wikia.com/wiki/Blank_Check_with_Griffin_and_David_Wiki)
July 22, 2018
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 on mic and there is a bunch of dead air? Together they discuss Genndy Tartakovsky’s career, zinging, blah blah blah and more. Plus, a Burger Report: Masterpiece Theater edition! This episode is sponsored by WeTransfer and [Hims](https://www.forhims.com/blank). [Genndy Tartakovsky's POPEYE Animation Test](https://youtu.be/M1lzJuwJD9k)
July 15, 2018
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? What is a vicar? Together they examine Kate Winslet’s career trajectory, peak mannerism, the Book of Benry and more. This episode is sponsored by Brooklinen.
July 8, 2018
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).
July 1, 2018
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 affect Lee’s future films, what kind of dynamic they would have in a marriage together and play back-to-back Box offices games. This episode is sponsored by Dollar Shave Club (dollarshaveclub.com/check), Hims (forhims.com/check) and the Dumb People Town podcast.
June 28, 2018
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.
June 24, 2018
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 joker movie and more. Sound effects from freesfx.uk.co. Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
June 17, 2018
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: "多くの巻き戻さVHSへ" by haircuts for men
June 10, 2018
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 know what a 'ghost protocol' is right? Together they discuss the stunts, Limp Bizkit, SNL pitches and more. This episode is sponsored by Hims (forhims.com/check), WeTransfer and Brooklinen (brooklinen.com PROMO: CHECK)
June 3, 2018
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 movie and children’s relationships with food? Is it a coincidence that ‘rat’ is in the title? Together they discuss food culture, Paris, picky eating and more! This episode is sponsored by WeTransfer, Dollar Shave Club and Covert Podcast. Music selection: “Anxiety” by Kai Engel (http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Kai_Engel/) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
May 27, 2018
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.
May 20, 2018
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? And, seriously, where is Frozone’s super suit? Together they discuss their favorite Pixar films, earning tears, turtlenecks and summer camp. This episode is sponsored by ZipRecruiter (ziprecruiter.com/blank), WeTransfer and the Starkey Hearing Foundation (listenincampaign.org). Music by Kevin MacLeod “Parisian” (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
May 13, 2018
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 set in present day and have a hip hop soundtrack? Should Griffin and David fight more? Together, in their worst episode ever, they examine Brad Bird’s origin story, the hotness of Harry Connick Jr. as beatnik industrial artist Dean McCoppin, the upcoming Blank Check Pictures slate and booger stores.
May 6, 2018
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 growing up? Did Beyoncé audition for this film? Who misses Last Call with Carson Daly? Together they discuss the careers of Rosario Dawson, Alan Cumming and Tara Reid, the Muppet Baby versions of themselves, and why this is a pitch perfect send up of the early aughts that only early aught kids would get. This episode is sponsored by Dollar Shave Club (dollarshaveclub.com/check). And to purchase tickets to Producer Ben's upcoming live sketch comedy show VAPOR 2099 on May 11th 9:30pm at the Brick Theater in Williamsburg, Brooklyn go to [https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/10284577](https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/10284577) or for more information [https://www.brooklyncc.com/show-schedule/2018/5/11](https://www.brooklyncc.com/show-schedule/2018/5/11)
April 29, 2018
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 accountable for their corporate malfeasance? What does it mean when referring to a scene as a steam room? And also how do you know? Together they examine the careers of Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd and Owen Wilson, the Australian word for ‘grogan,’ and the 120 million dollar budget. This episode is sponsored by WeTransfer and Light Stream (lightstream.com/blank).
April 22, 2018
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 film available on blu-ray and will it’s value increase over time like bitcoins? Together they examine Adam Sandler’s career, Téa Leoni’s VERY big performance, using monologues from Spanglish for auditioning and birthdays at a themed restaurant called Mars 2112\. This episode is sponsored by Brooklinen (PROMO: CHECK) and WeTransfer. Music selection: “As I Figure” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
April 15, 2018
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?’ Could a painter really afford to live in downtown Manhattan in the late 1990s? Together they examine the “but I like her” genre of movies, the careers of Greg Kinnear, Cuba Gooding Jr., Nien Nunb and more! This episode is sponsored by ZipRecruiter (ZipRecruiter.com/BLANK), Hims (forhims.com/BLANK) and eHarmony (PROMO: CHECK).
April 12, 2018
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 and David revisit this film with returning guest Esther Zuckerman and discuss the lost, coveted musical cut of I’ll Do Anything in a special bonus episode. But what would the child of Albert Brooks and Julie Kavner sound like? Why does Griffin insist on singing the horrid song “You Are The Best?” Is this episode haunted? Together they go through all the musical numbers and try to decide if this version of the movie makes it any less worse.
April 8, 2018
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 O'Connor and Carole King brought on to write the songs for this movie? Did Nick Nolte really win People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive in 1992? Together they examine the inside baseball dealings of Hollywood, the bad 90’s fashion, honest curses and comedic frontal nudity. This episode is sponsored by Dollar Shave Club (dollarshaveclub.com/check), Beach Body On Demand (Text CHECK to 303030) and Light Stream (lightstream.com/blank)
April 1, 2018
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 references? Together they examine Tye Sheridan’s career, Deadpool bits, author Ernest Cline’s novel and more! This episode is sponsored by Stamps.com (PROMO: CHECK) Blue Apron (blueapron.com/check) and WeTransfer.com.
March 29, 2018
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 action over at https://twitter.com/blankcheckpod!
March 25, 2018
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? Together they examine the careers of Holly Hunter, Albert Brooks and William Hurt, the amazing screenwriting and more! This episode is sponsored by WeTransfer.com and Casper (casper.com/check PROMO: CHECK)
March 18, 2018
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. But what 2 movies made over 100 million dollars that year? How has John Lithgow aged? Is it true that when little boys are impatient they don’t get dessert? Together they examine the career’s of Debra Winger and Shirley MacLaine, the invention of the bum astronaut character, the name Flap and Brooks’ background in television. Plus, reports from the Burger Report™ hotline (802-8-BURGER). This episode is sponsored by Hims (forhims.com/check) and Casper (casper.com/check PROMO: CHECK).
March 15, 2018
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 recent match-ups and discuss all the drama! To get in on the daily action goto https://twitter.com/blankcheckpod and vote!
March 11, 2018
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 on vacation? Where does this Joey Pants fall in the pantheon of Pants? How weirdly hot is Billy Crystal in this film? Together they discuss Dan Hedaya’s back and chest hair, Director Peter Hyams’ relationship with his actors and Paul’s passion for this film! This episode is sponsored by Beach Body, ZipRecruiter and Serial Box. “Cool Vibes” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
March 4, 2018
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 though Isabelle Huppert is clearly the perfect casting choice? Is this a successful satire of French erotic thrillers according to Griffin’s Mom? Can the video game being designed in the movie be at all entertaining? Together they discuss a connection to 90’s sitcom Friends, the goofy male characters, French sighing and present their Verhoeven filmography rankings. This episode is sponsored by Blue Apron, Stamps.com and HowStuffWorks’ Movie Crush.
February 25, 2018
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 Show with Craig Kilborn? Does this film lack the satire and point of view of Verhoven’s past movies? Together they discuss the career trajectory of Kevin Bacon, poorly executed Tarantino-esque schoolyard jokes, the original Dark Universe of the 1990s and why this film’s poor reception caused Verhoeven to retreat back to the Netherlands. This episode is sponsored by Serial Box - False Idols and Audible.
February 18, 2018
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.
February 12, 2018
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 they examine Caroline’s experience seeing this movie for the first time at a screening in a Hollywood cemetery with Elizabeth Berkley, really aggressive dry humping and different places! This episode is sponsored by Blue Apron.
February 4, 2018
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 categories, as well as, references deep cut cinema from 2017 you may have missed. Also includes original categories and reports from the Burger Report™ hotline (802-8-BURGER). This episode is sponsored by Stamps.com.
January 28, 2018
Film critic Miriam Bale joins Griffin and David to discuss 1992’s sexy thriller, Basic Instinct. But what about the dialogue gives away this is a Eszterhas script? Does Jeanne Tripplehorn always play herself? Where are there cowboy bars in San Francisco? Together they examine the careers of Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone, ice picking, the infamous leg crossing scene and poor Beth. This episode is sponsored by RXBAR and Audible.
January 21, 2018
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? What is Michael Ironside actual first name? Are all the Johnny cabs designed so that if a passenger skips on the fare the robot driver’s head explodes? Their conversation includes peak practical effects, Robert Costanzo playing himself in the film and if the story that unfolds is in fact all just a dream. This episode is sponsored by Casper.
January 14, 2018
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 threw in the trash only to have his wife retrieve it and encourage him to give it a second chance? Together they examine the construction and evolution of the RoboCop costume, breaking squib records, 1987’s Academy award winners and many other tangents. Plus, special segment ‘Lewis View is’ with comedian and improvisor Molly Gaebe. This episode is sponsored by ZipRecruiter and Sci-Fi.com’s Cerberus Rex.
January 7, 2018
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, Flesh+Blood. But how gross was the medieval times? What was the influence of growing up under Nazi occupation on Verhoeven’s worldview? Is it intended for the viewer to root for the plague? Together, Griffin and David discuss his original Dutch movies, Bosch paintings, and how Flesh+Blood’s failure at the box office would inform his study of American culture and his future films.
December 31, 2017
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 freedom of the press in our current political climate? Is this an Oscar candidate for Best Picture? Together they discuss our two greatest living actors Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, Mr. Show’s Bob & David reuniting, broth and go on the record with their predictions for the 89th Academy Awards.
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