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Not just another bad movie podcast, Blank Check reviews directors' complete filmographies episode to episode. Specifically, the auteurs whose early successes afforded them the rare ‘blank check’ from Hollywood to produce passion projects. Each new miniseries, hosts Griffin Newman and David Sims delve into the works of film’s most outsized personalities in painstakingly hilarious detail.
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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: CHECKKiwiCo (https://www.kiwico.com/blank)Public Rec (https://publicrec.com/check)
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.
The Wind Rises

The Wind Rises

2019-11-0301:55:572

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) .
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.
Gemini Man

Gemini Man

2019-10-2001:47:37

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) .
Joker

Joker

2019-10-1301:58:345

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
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.
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) .
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/) .
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) .
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Matthew Campbell

"Here is Mudkip, to be clear."

Oct 27th
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Luis Castro

finally !!!!!!🔥🔥🔥🔥

Oct 14th
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Solo Fox

Speaking of shit monster, I think that should be the name of this episode! So bad and horribly edited

Aug 21st
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Solo Fox

Should have been called "Cast me if you can"

Aug 8th
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Bryan Leggett

beecher wasn't a neo nazi that was schillinger the jk Simmons character. beecher was taped by him and later fell in love with the Christopher meloni character

Aug 7th
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Anne-Marie Klein

the Lion King episode had me rolling 😂😂😂

Jul 22nd
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Aidan T McKenna

Hey guys! I've been listening to your show ever since Tim Burton (my fave, sorry David) and I've gone back and listened to several other miniseries as well. In your Epsiode on The Keep, you went in depth about The Twilight Zone. my favorite TV program of all time, personally I believe it is the greatest collection of short-term story-telling of the 20th century. I think it would be really cool if you guys did a miniseries just about the Twilight Zone. Not every episode persay, but highlights and details about the writing and the life of Rod Serling and all that. whether you do this or not, I love this podcast and I'm looking foward to hearing more. thanks!! Aidan

Jun 10th
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Geo wise

This movie is virtually unwatchable.

May 10th
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Kevin White

They did not introduce prodoer Ben

Feb 26th
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Julianne Hannes

You NEED to let your female guests give their perspective rather than interupt them and tell them your interpretation of what the female perspective is. Let your female guests talk and finish their opinions without cutting them off mid sentence.

Jan 28th
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Esa Esa

D I'd like to

Jan 5th
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Julianne Hannes

Please have We Hate Movies guest please please please especially when you do Wes Craven

Nov 25th
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Mateus Carvalho

these guys are the best you should listen to them because they are so funny and know a lot about what they are talking about. I'm not just saying that

Nov 5th
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John Tarpley

Griffin and David? Are they children?

Oct 11th
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Nik McRae

So... This podcast is pretty terrible. These guys aren't funny at all, but they do have some knowledge on the films. Just hard to listen to

Oct 10th
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CJ Sanders

is it ok make a million dollars talking about how you turned down a million dollars?

Oct 2nd
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CJ Sanders

my girl Any....thanks for recommending this pod on Unspoooled

Oct 2nd
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Kyle Richardson

m p

Sep 29th
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ruth sims

I'm a musician. I have beat bundles $45.00 for ten beats.

Sep 27th
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Ramon Rodriguez

this ep is insufferable.

Jun 18th
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