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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)
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