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August 9, 2020
It’s rare we get to start a mini-series with a classic. 20 years after its release, Gina Prince-Bythewood’s directorial debut still stands the test of time as a top-tier cinematic love story. This week’s all about Love and Basketball (2000), which would set the tone for her career. But what’s the story that led her there? Carl Tart (The Good Place, Comedy Bang Bang) joins as we discuss how Sanaa Lathan fought for her big break, the impact of seeing a romance between two Black leads on the big screen (and VHS), and confuse Griffin with WNBA and NBA stats. This episode is sponsored by: Hims (http://forhims.com/blank) Mack Weldon (http://mackweldon.com/check) (CODE: Check) MUBI (http://mubi.com/check)
August 2, 2020
Alas, our Nora Ephron series has come to an end! For our last ep, we’re happy we get to end on a high note and a touch of the Tucc… with 2009’s Julie & Julia. Returning to not only offer her chef expertise but share but how this movie molded her life is noted sister, Romilly Newman! We talk Meryl Streep’s Oscar nomination, why Amy Adams’ half works just as well, and why this film encapsulates Nora’s career so perfectly. Stay tuned ‘til the end for our rankings and announcement about our next series! This episode is sponsored by: MUBI (https://mubi.com/check) Better Help (https://www.betterhelp.com/check) Ritual (https://ritual.com/check)
July 26, 2020
Dana Schwartz joins #thetwofriends to discuss 2005's Bewitched! Plus, a special bonus interview with Alex Ross Perry and Jason Schwartzman. This episode is sponsored by: Brooklinen (https://www.brooklinen.com/) (CODE: Check) Better Help (https://www.betterhelp.com/check) MUBI (https://mubi.com/check)
July 19, 2020
It’s an extra-sized episode featuring director Alex Ross Perry for this strange film about lotteries or something. Which Seinfeld characters are the Two Friends, Ben, and Ang? What awesome tidbits did Alex pick up from the Lucky Numbers commentary? What are the merits of the films of all the other Friends (from Friends)? This episode is sponsored by: Hawthorne (https://hawthorne.co/) (Code: CHECK) Raycon (https://rayconglobal.com/check) Master Class (https://www.masterclass.com/check) The Seinfeld theme is composed by Jonathan Wolff (https://seinfeldmusicguy.com/) .
July 12, 2020
AOL may have aged out but has this classic rom-com? We invited Who? Weekly's very own Lindsey Weber and Bobby Finger to discuss another Nora Ephron box office hit–You've Got Mail (1998). We get into the all-star cast with Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Dave Chapelle, Greg Kinnear, Parker Posey, meet cutes, and Nora's New York City. This episode is sponsored by: Hims (https://forhims.com/blank) Lumin Skin (https://www.luminskin.com/check) Stamps (https://www.stamps.com/) (CODE: CHECK)
July 5, 2020
This week, Blank Check tackles one of film’s greatest mysteries, John Travolta’s career in the 90s. In Michael (1996), he plays an angel who visits earth to bring people together, but get this…he’ a bad boy! With the cast rounded out with Andie MacDowell, William Hurt, Bob Hoskins and of course, Sparky the dog, it did well at the box office but where does it land in the scope of Nora’s career? Kevin Porter (Good Christian Fun (https://www.goodchristianfun.com/) , Gilmore Guys (http://www.gilmoreguysshow.com/) ) joins! This episode is sponsored by: NOOM (https://www.noom.com/) (CODE: Check) The Truth vs Hollywood Podcast  (https://audioboom.com/channels/5017114)
June 28, 2020
The friends are joined by Search Party director Charles Rogers to discuss this mixed bag of mixed messages of a Christmas movie that shows maybe Norah Ephron can't do black comedies. Don't worry if you haven't seen it, because this is mostly an extensive discussion about Steve Martin's career, Liev Schreiber being great in drag, and the Sondheim musical Assassins. Check out  Search Party Season 3 (https://www.hbomax.com/sp?utm_id=sa%7c71700000068498215%7c58700006069882428%7cp54907110273&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI4u_squmd6gIVoAiICR1kswrFEAAYASAAEgIwpfD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds) on HBO Max, RIGHT NOW! For the month of June we will be spotlighting groups dedicated to and run by Black trans and non-binary people who need our help. This week's organization is: The Marsha P. Johnson Institute https://marshap.org/donate/ https://twitter.com/MPJInstitute This episode is sponsored by: Theragun (https://www.theragun.com/us/en-us/4th-generation-devices/?src=check) Brooklinen (https://www.brooklinen.com/) (CODE: Check)
June 21, 2020
Only Nora Ephron could make a rom-com where the leads interact for 2 minutes an instant classic. The BC crew makes a Tom and Meg inspired long distance call to Katey Rich (Vanity Fair) for Ephron's sophomore hit, Sleepless in Seattle (1993). We get into how rom-coms have risen and fallen, the lure of cool boat houses, and the enigma that is Chet Hanks.  For the month of June we will be spotlighting groups dedicated to and run by Black trans and non-binary people who need our help. This week's organization is: The OKRA Project (https://www.theokraproject.com/) This episode is sponsored by: The Truth vs Hollywood Podcast  (https://audioboom.com/channels/5017114) Keeps (https://www.keeps.com/check) Brooklinen (https://www.brooklinen.com/) (CODE: Check)
June 14, 2020
"Everything is copy." is the code Ephron lived by and no film fit that better than her directorial debut, This is My Life (1992). After the success of When Harry Met Sally, Nora and Delia Ephron teamed up for a comedy about two sisters and their mother's rise on the comedy scene in NYC. Comedian and host of Sirius' The Michelle Collins Show, Michelle Collins, joins to talk Julie Kavner's career, realistic movie standup, and weird child actors. For the month of June we will be spotlighting groups dedicated to and run by Black trans and non-binary people who need our help. This week's organization is: The Emergency Release Fund emergencyreleasefund.com @release_fund This episode is sponsored by: Lumin Skin (https://www.luminskin.com/check) Hims (https://www.forhims.com/blank)
June 7, 2020
It laid the groundwork for her entire film career. It set the mold for every rom-com that followed. Though it wasn’t her directorial debut, you just don’t do Nora Ephron without covering When Harry Met Sally. We invited Slate critic and podcast host Dana Stevens (Culture Gabfest, Flashback) to discuss the 1989 classic and ask the big questions. How is Billy Crystal so damn charming? Which Meg Ryan hairstyle is best? And most importantly...can men and women be friends??? This episode is sponsored by: NOOM (https://www.noom.com/) (CODE: Check)
May 31, 2020
It's a Ben's Choice bay-bee! Dry, dusty tombs ✓ Crazy convoluted tech ✓ Vast intergalactic conspiracies? ✓✓✓ 1994's Stargate really does have it all. This week Ben gets to makes his case for this Egyptian/Sci-Fi Roland Emmerich cult favorite, and why it's best viewed from a porch. This episode is sponsored by: Brooklinen (https://www.brooklinen.com/) (CODE: Check)
May 28, 2020
You're entering a world of a b-b-b-bonus ep! We couldn't wrap up George Miller series without covering the totally bizarre Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983). We specifically dive into Miller's remake of the Serling/Shatner classic, his talent for chaotic action, and Lithgow's oddball career. Stay tuned as we announce the director for our next series!
May 24, 2020
Emily Yoshida (Night Call podcast (https://www.iheart.com/podcast/270-night-call-28893044/) ) joins #thetwofriends to discuss George Miller's magnum opus Mad Max: Fury Road. Together they examine the masterful world building, the flawed leadership of Immortan Joe, lumps, the performances of Charlize Theron, Tom Hardy, Nicholas Hoult and so much more! This episode is sponsored by: Purple (https://purple.com/check) (CODE: Check) SFX: "VVZ-A#3-2.wav (https://freesound.org/people/sorohanro/sounds/102633/) " by sorohanro; "Vuvuzela-04.wav (https://freesound.org/people/theTone/sounds/101223/) " by theTone; "horror ambience 07.wav (https://freesound.org/people/klankbeeld/sounds/128905/) " by klankbeeld. Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/) .
May 17, 2020
Visual artist Sara Rubin (https://www.somesararubin.com/) joins BC this week to discuss Miller’s second dancing penguin movie! Together with #thetwofriends they breakdown the billing order, question if krill are sea monkeys and try to guess the tagline to movie Surf’s Up. This episode is sponsored by: Lumin Skin (https://www.luminskin.com/check) Hims (https://www.forhims.com/blank) The Shivering Truth on Adult Swim (https://www.adultswim.com/videos/the-shivering-truth/)
May 13, 2020
Griffin Newman joined by guest co-host Ben Hosley invite you to join them for a screening of Wayne's World this Friday, March 15th at 8pm ET / 5pm PT on www.cya.live!
May 10, 2020
Caitlin Durante (The Bechdel Cast) joins #thetwofriends to discuss Miller's first foray into animation with 2006's Happy Feet. This episode is sponsored by: The Shivering Truth on Adult Swim (https://www.adultswim.com/videos/the-shivering-truth/) Stamps.com (https://www.stamps.com/) (Code: CHECK)
May 3, 2020
Who is 1998's Babe: Pig in the City for? Is it for kids? Stoners? Four grown adults attempting to navigate a national pandemic? This is the question Travis McElroy (My Brother, My Brother and Me, Adventure Zone, Run: A Doctor Who Fancast) poses to the BC crew this week. We defend and analyze another George Miller death city, robot chimp babies, and why Siskel went out on a high note. That'll do. This episode is sponsored by: Purple (https://purple.com/?utm_medium=au&utm_source=vr&utm_content=pod&utm_campaign=44732&utm_term=pt&c3ch=Podcast&c3nid=CHECK) (Code: CHECK) Noom (https://www.noom.com/programs/health-weight/exsf01/?upv=3&sp=adresults&utm_source=blankcheck&utm_medium=podcast&utm_content=check&type=bakedin&group=audio&step=pros&lang=en&isvanity=y#/) (Code: CHECK) Hims (https://www.forhims.com/blank) (Code: BLANK)
April 26, 2020
Hard to believe we're already halfway through our George Miller series! This week Bilge Ebiri (Vulture) returns to talk about one of his favorite films, 1992's Lorenzo's Oil. Starring Susan Sarandon and Nick Nolte...with an Italian accent that somehow works...Oil may have disappointed at the box office but still got a screenplay and best actress Oscar nomination. Turns out medical dramas really work when they're made by actual doctors...who happen to be as talented as George Miller. This episode is sponsored by: Bonanas for Bonanza (https://www.earwolf.com/show/bonanas-for-bonanza/) Brooklinen (https://www.brooklinen.com/) (Code: CHECK) Stamps (https://www.stamps.com/) (Code: CHECK)
April 19, 2020
Film critic K. Austin Collins (Vanity Fair) returns to Blank Check for an episode covering 1987’s fantasy comedy, The Witches of Eastwick. Together with #thetwofriends they discuss author John Updike’s original novel, how producer Jon Peters tried shoehorning an alien into the film, assign themselves which witch they would be and Griffin defines what a ‘movie movie’ is. This episode is sponsored by: Hims (https://www.forhims.com/blank)
April 12, 2020
Together, #thetwofriends and returning guest David Ehrlich (IndieWire) talk about not just the Thunderdome, but go beyond to examine Tina Turner’s filmography, why the children of the wasteland are 10x better than the Lost Boys of Hook, the Toy Story 3 song “We Belong Together” and more! This episode is sponsored by: Stamps (https://www.stamps.com/) (Code: CHECK) Feals CBD (https://feals.com/check) Talkspace (https://www.talkspace.com/) (Code: CHECK)
April 5, 2020
Comedian, Jon Gabrus (High and Mighty (https://headgum.com/high-and-mighty) ) returns to discuss 1981’s  sequel effort Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior. Together with #thetwofriends they examine the similarities between the Evil Dead and Mad Max franchises, dystopian future fashion justification, the career of actor Bruce Spence and American Gladiators. Plus, Ben has a shocking revelation. This episode is sponsored by: Noom (https://www.noom.com/check) Brooklinen (https://www.brooklinen.com/) (Code: CHECK)
March 29, 2020
Witness Blank Check because this week, Griffin and David ride towards Valhalla and into a new mini series on the films of George Miller! Together they examine Miller’s medical background, the early camera and stunt work of Mad Max that Miller would continue to develop and refine, and more. This episode is sponsored by: Hims (https://www.forhims.com/blank) Bombas (https://bombas.com/pages/check) Mack Weldon (https://mackweldon.com/) (Code: CHECK)
March 22, 2020
Griffin, David, Ben and Ang each from their own apartments celebrated Blank Check’s anniversary with a look back at some favorite moments and reflect upon these past five years. Plus, messages from past and future guests of the show! This episode is sponsored by: Brooklinen (https://www.brooklinen.com/) CODE: CHECK Hello Fresh (https://www.hellofresh.com/10check) Code: 10Check
March 19, 2020
B-b-b-bonus Jonas, David and Griffin do a Jonathan Demme wrap-up with his last full-length music documentary. What is David's extensive background with Timberlake concerts? How much does Griffin dislike Timberlake? Is he actually funny or is that all Andy Samberg? And how do musicians keep from exhausting themselves on stage?
March 15, 2020
Who? Weekly hosts Bobby Finger and Lindsey Weber talk about Demme's last film, written by Diablo Cody. But they really just want to talk about Tully. It's a film about dead beat [get it? BEAT??] Moms with Meryl's real daughter, and Griffin is so laid back he has his microphone in his lap. What works for Wild Rose that doesn't work for this film? Can we talk about her INSANE TATTOO FOR A SECOND? And what's the best place to watch this movie? This episode is sponsored by: TalkSpace (https://www.talkspace.com/) Code: CHECK Hims (https://www.forhims.com/blank)
March 8, 2020
David, Griffin, and self-made man of letters John Hodgman (https://twitter.com/hodgman) have to deal with Ragnar in this weird weird weird adaptation of a Henrik Ibsen play - and by adaptation, we mean they just took the play and filmed it in a house in Nyack. But instead of talking about the not so great film, get ready for more rants about Cars 2 (WHAT IS MONEY HOW DOES THIS WORK?) and the explanation of how Playmobil the Movie happened without anyone noticing. Also, in no way was this episode accidentally deleted and hastily re-recorded at the last minute. This episode is sponsored by: Feals (https://feals.com/check) The Besties Podcast (https://open.spotify.com/show/5JFugv0GD68SZC0Cuh1wXi) Stamps.com (https://www.stamps.com/) CODE: CHECK SFX: "Sizzling (https://freesound.org/people/JasonElrod/sounds/85468/) " by JasonElrod. Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) .
March 3, 2020
Griffin Newman is going solo this Friday at UCB Hell's Kitchen (https://hellskitchen.ucbtheatre.com/performance/72964) . It's a one-night-only revue Las Vegas style where Watto tells his life story the only way he can: through song.
March 1, 2020
From Iconography (https://foreverdogpodcasts.com/podcasts/iconography/) , Ayo Edibiri (https://twitter.com/ayoedebiri) and Olivia Craighead (https://twitter.com/oliviacraighead) join Griffin and special guest the crypt keeper that is gravelly-voiced David. Get ready for a movie surprisingly starring Sebastian Stan, and a 20-minute long story about the saga of Marc Summers. How many sitcoms were about dads that are also another thing? How much family trauma comes out at a wedding? How muddy is this film? This episode is sponsored by: The Besties Podcast (https://open.spotify.com/show/5JFugv0GD68SZC0Cuh1wXi) Noom (https://www.noom.com/check)
February 23, 2020
The Flop House (https://www.flophousepodcast.com/) joins Blank Check to talk about this remake that was like okay, but definitely better than the last Demme remake. Is Meryl good or weird? Why is a pack of cards so sexy? How many films and TV shows are there about last men? How do you get rid of ants? What mysteries are still left unanswered? And what does the Flop House think about Trolls the Experience? This episode is sponsored by: Bombas (https://bombas.com/pages/check) Keeps (https://www.keeps.com/check) Mack Weldon (https://mackweldon.com/) (Code: CHECK) SFX: "Organ (https://freesound.org/people/caquet/sounds/221171/#) " by caquet; "movietheatreambience (https://freesound.org/people/NoiseCollector/sounds/73336/#) "  by NoiseCollector;  "curtain on rail (https://freesound.org/people/Khanyi_190188/sounds/492619/#) " by Khanyi_190188; and "COUCH - falling on couch (https://freesound.org/people/Jay6Waza/sounds/323171/#) " by Jay6Waza. Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) .
February 16, 2020
No boys allowed, although gender is a construct. It's an all-women special! Ang Ferraguto (https://twitter.com/MagnaFarta) is joined by Emma Stefansky (https://twitter.com/stefabsky) , Ashleigh Heaton (https://twitter.com/ashleighdearest) , and Preeti Chhibber (https://twitter.com/runwithskizzers) . This PodSkwad is NOT here to complain about Star Wars, but to talk about this women-powered DC movie full of hammers and hair ties, fun guns and fun outfits, and women helping women by kicking ass. How can you tell this was made by a woman? And which psychopaths are Griffin and David? #Let men have nipples. This episode is sponsored by: TalkSpace (https://www.talkspace.com/) Code: CHECK Hims (https://www.forhims.com/blank) Brooklinen (https://www.brooklinen.com/) CODE: CHECK
February 9, 2020
Director and filmmaker David Lowery joins the two friends to talk about a weird remake of an Audrey Hepburn movie, except bad, starring Mark Wahlberg in his self-described worst role. There are insane hat choices and a very long ballroom scene. What was the last video game that Lowery played? Why is Tom Cruise wearing Ugg boot? How does Ted Levine die?  And what film did Lowry review and later realize he hadn't actually seen? THIS MOVIE HONKS! This episode is sponsored by: The Bouqs Company (https://bouqs.com/offers/check) Stamps.com (https://www.stamps.com/) CODE: CHECK Peroni  (http://www.peroniitaly.com/age-gate)
February 2, 2020
Griffin and David welcome back Joe Reid for the 5th annual Blankie Awards where together they present their own personal nominations and winners for the upcoming 92nd Academy Awards. This roundtable discussion looks at all the major categories, as well as, references deep cut cinema from 2019 you may have missed. This episode is sponsored by: Noom (https://www.noom.com/check) The Bouqs Company  (https://bouqs.com/offers/check)
January 26, 2020
Co-host of the bad romance podcast , freelance writer for thrillist and bitch media Jourdain Searles joins the cast to talk about the team-up that no one saw coming, Oprah and Demme. The two friends and guest talk about the sexiness of the pepper beard and facial ombre, the Fifty Shades series, and thandie newton again (for the first time?) Plus, what might another Toni Morrison adaptation look like? Why was Ryan Gosling fired from The Lovely Bones? What are the 21 bridges in 21 Bridges? And why doesn't this movie have more ghost stuff? This episode is sponsored by:  Brooklinen (https://www.brooklinen.com/) CODE: CHECK
January 19, 2020
Writer Richard Lawson joins the boys to talk about this WEIRD but poignant film that is actually streaming on Netflix. Why didn't they just make Tom Hanks whole family hate him? And who better to sing about the streets of Philadelphia than Bruce Springsteen? Plus a >>special< merch spotlight. This episode is sponsored by: Hims (https://www.forhims.com/blank) Hello Fresh (https://www.hellofresh.com/10check) Code: 10Check TalkSpace (https://www.talkspace.com/) Code: CHECK
January 12, 2020
The two friends are joined by prolific writer Emily Vanderweff  to talk about the most influential movie that BC has covered  - except for Fletch of course. It's so influential there are TOO MANY BITS!  What's Emily's take on what all Demme movies are about? What could Hannibal lector have looked like if it was a different actor? And a special shoutout to all our cannibal psychologist listeners! This episode is sponsored by: Stamps.com (https://www.stamps.com/) CODE: CHECK Noom (https://www.noom.com/check)
January 5, 2020
She's MARRIED to the MOB. Now that we have that out of the way, get ready for 25 minutes of discussion about the Kids Choice Awards. Which Marvel movie would work directed by Scorsese? Why in the world is everyone fighting over Ed Begley, Jr. when Michelle Pfeiffer is so much better? What was everyone's shit job in New York? And find out why Ang is so perfect to guest on this episode.
December 22, 2019
On the week of its release in December of 2019, Griffin, David, and special guest Ang Ferraguto discussed Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker. This episode is sponsored by FIGS (https://www.wearfigs.com/) CODE: CHECK
December 15, 2019
From Comedy Bang Bang and the new film Between Two Ferns: The Movie, Scott Auckerman joins the two friends to talk about people who talk funny and that's their job now. What films did Ray Liotta think were stupid? Where did Sue Tissue, the original Manic Pixie Dream Girl, disappear to? Does Blue Velvet make sense if you miss the first few minutes? And how much did Jeff Daniels get paid to be in Dumb and Dumber? This episode is sponsored by: Noom (https://www.noom.com/check) Away (https://www.awaytravel.com/check) Honey (https://www.joinhoney.com/check)
December 8, 2019
Everyone wants to get to the pod with guest Demi Adejuyigbe, where The Blank Check Boys talk about Demme's Concert Film with the Talking Heads. What shows should get gritty reboots? Why did concert films stop existing?  What is the song Heaven about (what isn't it about?) Have you seen DJ Khaled's Slack channel? And what would David Byrne sound like ordering a Bacon, Egg, and Cheese? One of the great things is that there's no talking heads about the Talking Heads, it's just a great show. This episode is sponsored by: Stamps.com (https://www.stamps.com/) CODE: CHECK Brooklinen (https://www.brooklinen.com/) CODE: CHECK SFX: "Lock: Unlock (https://freesound.org/people/cemagar/sounds/120337/) " by cemagar. Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) .
December 1, 2019
What in the world is going on with this film that has two versions - of which the good one is not available anywhere? What is the titular "Shift" actually referring to? What happens when two stars  - gasp - fall in love? And why are Griff and Dave so off their game in a strange new studio? Find out all this and more in this episode of DEMME CONFESSIONALS. This episode is sponsored by: TalkSpace (https://www.talkspace.com/) Code: CHECK UNTUCKit (https://www.untuckit.com/) Code: CHECK ButcherBox  (https://www.butcherbox.com/check) SFX: "SL50 Focus Lock (https://freesound.org/people/sonoplastico/sounds/97998/) " by sonoplastico; "Audio Cassette Tape Open Close Play Stop (https://freesound.org/people/Bertrof/sounds/351567/#) " by Bertrof; and "One Beep (https://freesound.org/people/kwahmah_02/sounds/259703/) " by kwahmah_02. Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) .
November 24, 2019
Finally, we get to the good Demme movies with film critic Jordan Hoffman. (https://jordanhoffman.com/) The partially true story of a guy who thinks Howard Hughes is gonna leave him money. What made Griffin almost cry (and not in frustration)? What is an animated movie actually and is it for children? What game shows attracted the weirdest contestants. Why isn't there a good movie where someone's telling someone to go get their shine box? And what's your favorite Airplane joke? This episode is sponsored by: FIGS (https://www.wearfigs.com/) CODE: CHECK Feals (https://feals.com/check) Hims (https://www.forhims.com/blank) Music selection: "I Knew a Guy" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com/) . Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) .
November 17, 2019
Guest Justin McElroy (https://www.themcelroy.family/) is gonna be mad he volunteered to do any film when Griff and David talk about Demme's first two tries at "real" movies after his Roger Korman saga. The trio talk about CB, or "Citizen's Band," and Last Embrace, a surprisingly Judaic Thriller. The films contain oddly touching birthday party scenes, IMDB spoilers,  children named Blood, and the introduction of heavy concepts that are never dealt with. Did Ben Kingsley win an Oscar?  What's Justin's 30-second Tim Robbins story? Also what is Mandy Patinkin, the Patinkiest, doing in this movie? This episode is sponsored by: Honey (https://www.joinhoney.com/check) Bombas (https://bombas.com/pages/check) Villains (https://www.parcast.com/villains) from Parcast
November 10, 2019
It’s the first episode of a new mini-series. You voted for him, you’ve only yourself to blame for JONATHAN DEMME. Probably one of the directors with the most range of films - from rom coms to serious dramas - Griffin and David start with the first three of his films, each a strange genre movie: Caged Heat about a prison break; Crazy Mama about women doing crimes; and Fighting Mad which pits farmers vs coal companies. What is the appeal of women’s prison movies? Literally what is Michael Richards doing all day? Can art be non-political nowadays? And what exactly makes Demme SO iconic that he’s such an influencer? This episode is sponsored by: Brooklinen (https://www.brooklinen.com/) CODE: CHECK KiwiCo (https://www.kiwico.com/blank) Public Rec (https://publicrec.com/check)
November 7, 2019
On a special b-b-b-b-bonus episode, Griffin and David review the 2013 documentary that offers a rare look into the behind-the-scenes of Studio Ghibli. They also discuss Dilbert, HBO Max acquiring the exclusive streaming rights of the Studio Ghibli library and offer up their rankings of Miyazaki's filmography.
November 3, 2019
On the final episode of our mini series devoted to the filmography of Hayao Miyazaki, #thetwofriends discuss 2014's The Wind Rises. Together they examine Miyazaki's relationship to aviation, existential crises like the meaning of life, the controversy surrounding this film and more! This episode is sponsored by Stamps.com (https://www.stamps.com/) CODE: CHECK, Talkspace (https://www.talkspace.com/) CODE: CHECK and Noom (https://www.noom.com/check) .
October 27, 2019
Writer, Shirley Li (The Atlantic (https://www.theatlantic.com/author/shirley-li/) ) joins Griffin & David to discuss 2008's better Little Mermaid, Ponyo on the Cliff! Together they examine Ponyo's love of ham/Sosuke, offer up fresh Men In Black International takes, present life hacks such as bringing a fish back to life with vodka and yes, the dog is off the leash. This episode is sponsored by Bespoke Post (http://boxofawesome.com) CODE: CHECK, Bombas (http://bombas.com/check) and FIGS (https://www.wearfigs.com/) CODE: CHECK.
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/).
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