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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.

Latest Episodes

Gemini Man

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) .

108 MIN3 d ago
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Gemini Man

Joker

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

118 MIN1 w ago
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Joker

Howl's Moving Castle with David Ehrlich

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.

139 MIN2 w ago
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Howl's Moving Castle with David Ehrlich

Spirited Away with David Rees

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) .

162 MIN3 w ago
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Spirited Away with David Rees

Princess Mononoke with Griffin McElroy

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/) .

129 MINSEP 22
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Princess Mononoke with Griffin McElroy

Porco Rosso with Justin Charity

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) .

143 MINSEP 15
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Porco Rosso with Justin Charity

Kiki's Delivery Service with Caroline Framke

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) .

115 MINSEP 8
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Kiki's Delivery Service with Caroline Framke

My Neighbor Totoro with J.D. Amato

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) .

152 MINSEP 1
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My Neighbor Totoro with J.D. Amato

Castle in the Sky with Emily Yoshida

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/) .

147 MINAUG 25
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Castle in the Sky with Emily Yoshida

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind with Lulu Wang

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) .

131 MINAUG 18
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Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind with Lulu Wang

Latest Episodes

Gemini Man

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) .

108 MIN3 d ago
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Gemini Man

Joker

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

118 MIN1 w ago
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Joker

Howl's Moving Castle with David Ehrlich

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.

139 MIN2 w ago
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Howl's Moving Castle with David Ehrlich

Spirited Away with David Rees

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) .

162 MIN3 w ago
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Spirited Away with David Rees

Princess Mononoke with Griffin McElroy

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/) .

129 MINSEP 22
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Princess Mononoke with Griffin McElroy

Porco Rosso with Justin Charity

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) .

143 MINSEP 15
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Porco Rosso with Justin Charity

Kiki's Delivery Service with Caroline Framke

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) .

115 MINSEP 8
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Kiki's Delivery Service with Caroline Framke

My Neighbor Totoro with J.D. Amato

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) .

152 MINSEP 1
Comments
My Neighbor Totoro with J.D. Amato

Castle in the Sky with Emily Yoshida

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/) .

147 MINAUG 25
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Castle in the Sky with Emily Yoshida

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind with Lulu Wang

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) .

131 MINAUG 18
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Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind with Lulu Wang