Griffin Newman is a comedian. David Sims is a critic. On Blank Check, they delve into the works of film's most outsized personalities and the passion projects they produce, movie by movie, in painstakingly hilarious detail.

Podcasts

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1 The Phantom Podcast - Episode One - In A Galaxy Far Far Away... Mar 23, 2015 The year was 1999. It had been twenty-two years since George Lucas last directed a feature film. Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace was highly anticipated. But then why did the majority of...
2 The Phantom Podcast - Episode Two - The Royalty Of Naboo Mar 30, 2015 Queen elect, high school dropout, hand maiden? This week Griffin and David look at Queen Amidala and the history of the royalty of Naboo. Why was actress Natalie Portman widely trashed for her...
3 The Phantom Podcast - Episode Three - The Jedi Council Sep 19, 2017 "Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering." - Yoda, confusing everyone. This week Griffel and Simsbert discuss the Jedi Order. What are these mystical warriors all...
4 The Phantom Podcast - Episode Four - Commentary w/ Connor Ratliff Sep 19, 2017 Joining Griffin and David this week is host of the George Lucas Talk Show, Connor Ratliff, to discuss the commentary special feature included with the initial DVD release of the Phantom Menace....
5 The Phantom Podcast - Episode Five - Our Performance Review Sep 19, 2017 In the fifth installment of the only podcast that exclusively talks about the Phantom Menace, Griffin and David look to the movies's cast and rate all the major players-actor by actor. From...
6 The Phantom Podcast - Episode Six - A Profile Of Jar Jar Binks And The Gungans Sep 19, 2017 This week Griffin and David delve into the character we all know and love: Jar Jar Binks. How does an outcast of the Gungan society go on to save his people? The answer might just be tasteless...
7 The Phantom Podcast - Episode Seven - The Podrace Sep 19, 2017 The podrace sequence is the one part of this movie viewers seem to complain about the least. Griffin and David this week tackle all the elements of the Boonta Eve Classic including who are these...
8 The Phantom Podcast - Episode Eight - Merchandise Sep 19, 2017 Toys. Kids love them. And so do Griffin and David. This movie's entire production was funded by the sale of exclusive rights to the merchandising. And manufacturer Hasbro, pulled out all the...
9 The Phantom Podcast - Episode Nine - Fan Fiction Sep 19, 2017 It's week nine into the investigation and the case is not coming together. Sooo, Griffin and David have decided to dig deep and explore the strange world of Phantom Menace fan fiction. Perhaps...
10 The Phantom Podcast - Episode Ten - Final Thoughts Sep 19, 2017 All great investigations must at some point come to an end, and the case study of the Phantom Menace has (finally) reached it's conclusion. Listen in as hosts Griffin and David share some last...
11 Judging The Judge Sep 19, 2017 One year ago acclaimed actors Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall appeared together in the film The Judge. The movie is about a big city lawyer returning to his childhood home where his father,...
12 Attack Of The Podcast - Episode One - Unrest In The Galactic Senate Sep 19, 2017 The year was 2002. It had been 3 years since the Phantom Menace. George Lucas returned with his second Star Wars release: Episode II - Attack of the Clones. But did ol' George learn his lesson and...
13 Attack Of The Podcast - Episode Two - The Mysterious Planet Kamino Sep 19, 2017 It was a dark and stormy night on planet Kamino. Detective Kenobi was far far away from home. He wondered to himself in the rain: why did Sifo-Dyas place an order for a clone army 10 years ago?...
14 Attack Of The Podcast - Episode Three - The Angst Of Anakin Skywalker Sep 19, 2017 Well he's a teenager now: not in control of his emotions, hormone fueled, and in desperate need of discipline/a good spanking! So what does the Jedi council do? Well they put young Anakin in...
15 Attack Of The Podcast - Episode Four - Romance w/ Rachel Lang Sep 19, 2017 Joining Griffin and David this week is friend of the show, Rachel Lang, to discuss the steamy romance that develops between Anakin and Padme. Playing a major part in a film thats about a war...
16 Attack Of The Podcast - Episode Five - Count Dooku w/ Morgan Evans Sep 19, 2017 This week, Griffin and David with special guest Morgan Evans (MTV) pick up where they left off last episode (right after Anakin murders men, women and children) and take you, the listener, off to...
17 Attack Of The Podcast - Episode Six - Our Performance Review 2.0 Sep 19, 2017 In the sixth installment of the only podcast that exclusively talks about Attack of the Clones (formally just the Phantom Menace until discovering this sequel), Griffin and David once again...
18 Attack Of The Podcast - Episode Seven - Politics Sep 19, 2017 7 episodes in and hosts David and Griffin are waning. This week, while attempting to discuss Senator Palpatine's rise to power as Darth Sidious (the titular Phantom Menace), Count Doku pulling...
19 Attack Of The Podcast - Episode Eight - Digital Filmmaking w/ J.D. Amato Aug 24, 2015 Joining Griffin and David this week is special guest J.D. Amato (The Chris Gethard Show) to discuss the behind-the-scenes making of this film, including, a featurette entitled: "Star Wars State Of...
20 Attack Of The Podcast - Episode Nine - The Deleted Scenes w/ Chase Mitchell Aug 31, 2015 Griffin and David welcome another amazing guest this week, Chase Mitchell (The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon). Together, they discuss deleted scenes like: Anakin hanging out with Padme's father...
21 The Podcastic Two Sep 14, 2015 In 1992, the original Fantastic Four movie was produced by Constantin Film solely to retain the rights of the franchise. Shot in 22 days, the low budget film was never to be officially released...
22 Revenge Of The Podcast - Episode One - The Beginning of The End Of The Clone Wars Sep 21, 2015 The year was 2005. George Lucas returned with the third (and final) film in the Star Wars series: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith. Again, taking in the criticism from the previous two...
23 Revenge Of The Podcast - Episode Two - The Downfall Of Anakin Skywalker Sep 28, 2015 This week Griffin and David, whilst yelling into microphones, dive right into the river of ham that is Anakin's origin story and the main crux of the Phantom Menace series: turning to the dark...
24 Revenge Of The Podcast - Episode Three - Emperor Darth Sidious Oct 5, 2015 A Naboo Senator. Then a Supreme Chancellor of the Galactic Republic. But WHO is this Phantom Menace? Could it really be the uptight Palpatine pulling all the strings? YUP! And guess what he's a...
25 Revenge Of The Podcast - Episode Four - The Jedi Order w/ Mike Drucker Oct 19, 2015 Joining Griffin and David on today’s episode is special guest Mike Drucker (The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon). Together, they discuss the MANY missteps of the Jedi council...
26 Revenge Of The Podcast - Episode Five - A Broken Heart w/ Sonia Saraiya Oct 26, 2015 Griffin and David welcome another amazing guest this week, Sonia Saraiya (Salon, AV Club). Together, they examine the life and death of Padme, including her pregnancy with half a baby, losing the...
27 Revenge Of The Podcast - Episode Six - Our Performance Review 3.0 w/ Chris Gethard Nov 2, 2015 This week Griffin and David complete their performance reviews of the Phantom Menace trilogy with special guest Chris Gethard (The Chris Gethard Show, Iron Man 3). Together they examine Revenge of...
28 Revenge Of The Podcast - Episode Seven - The Clone Wars Animated Series w/ Jonathan Braylock Nov 12, 2015 Jonathan Braylock (Black Men Can't Jump (In Hollywood) podcast) joins Griffin and David on this week's episode to cover the entirety of the 2003-2005 animated television shorts Star Wars: The...
29 Revenge Of The Podcast - Episode Eight - More Deleted Scenes w/ Mike Ryan Feb 22, 2016 Mike Ryan (Uproxx) joins Griffin and David to discuss Revenge of the Sith's deleted scenes and special featurettes: The Chosen One and Within a Minute - The Making of Episode III. Together, they...
30 Revenge Of The Podcast - Episode Nine - A Conversation w/ George Lucas Feb 22, 2016 With Griffin and David nearing the end of their investigation into the Phantom Menace trilogy there were still a lot of unanswered questions. So they decided to invite a very special guest who...
31 A New Podcast Feb 22, 2016 Griffin and David, having recently discovered Episode IV: A New Hope, discuss the 1977 film. Including, the rise of the rebel alliance, the children of Darth Vadar, the destruction of the Death...
32 The Podcast Strikes Back Feb 22, 2016 This week, Griffin and David move onto the 1980 film Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. Together, they discuss the sexual tension between Han Solo and Princess Leia, Vadar as a dad, C-3PO's...
33 Return Of The Podcast Feb 22, 2016 Griffin and David return with an episode examining the 1983 conclusion to the 'second' trilogy Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. Together, they discuss George Lucas' former marriage, Princess Leia's...
34 The Podcast Awakens Feb 22, 2016 One day after the release opening of Episode VII: The Force Awakens (SPOILER ALERT!), Griffin and David discussed their impressions on the first installment of the newly revamped franchise....
35 The Podcast Holiday Special w/ Pilot Viruet Feb 22, 2016 In 1978, CBS aired a two-hour Star Wars holiday special. Only a year prior, A New Hope had been released to critical success and with the Empire Strikes Back in production and to be released in a...
36 The Podcast Reawakens w/ Emily Yoshida Feb 22, 2016 Emily Yoshida (The Verge, A/V Club) joins Griffin and David to revisit Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Together, they discuss Emily's childhood Star Wars fan fiction, an origin story based around...
37 Pod Night Shyamacast - Episode One - Praying With Anger/Wide Awake Feb 22, 2016 In the debut episode of the newly rebranded 'Blank Check', Griffin and David look to another director of supersized ego and skill: M. Night Shyamalan. Similar to their investigation of George...
38 Pod Night Shyamacast - Episode Two - The Sixth Sense w/ Katey Rich Feb 22, 2016 Joining Griffin and David on this week's episode is special guest Katey Rich (Vanity Fair) to help examine Shyamalan's 1999 breakout, career defining film: The Sixth Sense. How did this unknown...
39 Pod Night Shyamacast - Episode Three - Unbreakable w/ Matt Patches Feb 22, 2016 Matt Patches (Thrillist, Grantland) joins Griffin and David this week to discuss Shyamalan's fourth feature, Unbreakable. This sad and muted superhero film where mostly nothing happens was seen by...
40 Pod Night Shyamacast - Episode Four - Signs w/ Murf Meyer And Diana Kolsky Feb 22, 2016 This week's guests on the Shyamacast are 'real life lovers' Murf Meyer (The Chris Gethard Show) and Diana Kolsky (Above Average), hosts in their own right of Menage a Trois Radio, also on the UCB...
41 The First Annual Blank Check Awards w/ Joe Reid Feb 22, 2016 On this week's special episode, Griffin and David joined by guest, Joe Reid (The Decider), present their personal nominations for the upcoming 88th Academy Awards. This roundtable discussion looks...
42 Pod Night Shyamacast - Episode Five - The Village w/ David Ehrlich Feb 29, 2016 David Ehrlich (Rolling Stone) joins Griffin and David this week for an in-depth analysis of 2004's isolationist thriller, The Village. Why was this film so universally panned by critics and...
43 Pod Night Shyamacast - Episode Six - Lady in the Water w/ Richard Lawson Mar 7, 2016 Richard Lawson (Vanity Fair) joins Griffin and David to examine 2006's egotistical bedtime martyr tale, Lady in the Water. Is M. Night trying to say something subtly about his film's critics? Why...
44 Pod Night Shyamacast - Episode Seven - The Happening Mar 16, 2016 This week, Griffin and David discuss M. Night's first ever R rated film, 2008's The Happening. But is wind scary? Are any of the actors convincing they haven't completely checked out? Why am I...
45 Pod Night Shyamacast - Episode Eight - The Last Airbender w/ Seaton Smith Mar 21, 2016 Seaton Smith (Mulaney, Late Night with Seth Meyers) joins Griffin and David to discuss 2010's agonizing, unwatchable fantasy adventure, The Last Airbender. When adapting the the original animated...
46 Pod Night Shyamacast - Episode Nine - After Earth w/ James III Mar 28, 2016 James III (Black Men Can't Jump In Hollywood Podcast) joins Griffin and David to discuss the incredibly dull, thinly veiled Scientology sci-fi, 2013's After Earth. Beyond starring along side his...
47 Pod Night Shyamacast - Episode Ten - The Visit w/ Louis Peitzman Apr 5, 2016 Louis Peitzman (BuzzFeed) joins Griffin and David to discuss the old person horror, 2015's The Visit. But is the found footage device used in a effective way? Can the great Kathryn Hahn do no...
48 Pod Night Shyamacast - Episode Eleven - The Buried Secret of M. Night Shyamalan Apr 12, 2016 In the final episode of the Pod Night Shyamacast mini series, Griffin and David discuss the SyFy Channel hoax documentary, 2004's The Buried Secret of M. Night Shyamalan. Why is Academy Award...
49 The Podchowski Casters - Episode One - Bound Apr 18, 2016 Blank Check returns with another new mini series, this time examining the filmography of directors the Wachowskis. And like the past investigations (George Lucas, M. Night Shyamalan), Griffin and...
50 Griffin v David: The Dawn of Benducer - The Lost Episode Apr 22, 2016 March of 2016, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was released. All two hours and thirty-three minutes of it. The critics and fans agreed, Zach Snyder's mess of a movie about Batman and Superman...
51 The Podchowski Casters - Episode Two - The Matrix Apr 25, 2016 This week, Griffin and David discuss the Wachowski's game changing 1999 film, the Matrix. Just how big of an influence was this movie on mainstream cinema? Other than the nu metal, has this film...
52 The Podchowski Casters - Episode Three - The Matrix Reloaded May 2, 2016 This week, Griffin and David examine the highly anticipated 2003 follow up, Matrix Reloaded. Was it a misstep to build this release around a video game (Enter the Matrix) most viewers hadn't...
53 The Podchowski Casters - Episode Four - The Matrix Revolutions May 9, 2016 Concluding the Matrix Trilogy, Griffin and David examine The Matrix Revolutions. But why gruesomely blind our hero Neo? What is the franchise's message about love? Was this ending the right...
54 The Podchowski Casters - Episode Five - Speed Racer w/ Emily Yoshida and J.D. Amato May 16, 2016 Guests Emily Yoshida (The Verge) and J.D. Amato (The Chris Gethard Show) make their return to Blank Check to examine 2008's Speed Racer. But does anyone on the panel not love this movie and...
55 The Podchowski Casters - Episode Six - Cloud Atlas w/ Bobby Finger May 27, 2016 Bobby Finger (Jezebel) joins Griffin and David to discuss 2012's Cloud Atlas. Why is one of the most expensive independent films of all time considered to be such a critical failure? Do we like...
56 The Podchowski Casters - Episode Seven - Jupiter Ascending Jun 1, 2016 This week Griffin and David discuss the Wachowski's most recent theatrical release, 2015's intergalactic sci-fi, Jupiter Ascending. What is the Wachowski's latest innovation in this film? Why make...
57 The Podchowski Casters - Episode Eight - Sense8 Jun 10, 2016 Nearing the end of the Wachowski mini series, this week Griffin and David discuss the most recent project by the prolific filmmakers, 2015's Netflix series Sense8. But is it worth binging all...
58 The Podchowski Casters - Episode Nine - The Animatrix Jun 13, 2016 In the final episode of the Podchowski Casters mini series, Griffin and David discuss 2003's collection of animated short films detailing the Matrix expanded universe, The Animatrix. Are Part I...
59 Fletchcast Jun 22, 2016 In this week's special episode, guest host Producer Ben has been given his own "Blank Check" for selecting a one-off film to review and he's cashing it in with 1985's cult comedy Fletch. Is this...
60 We Pod A Cast - Say Anything... Jun 28, 2016 In the debut episode of a new mini-series examining the filmography of Cameron Crowe, Griffin and David discuss the iconic 1989 romcom: Say Anything... What is Crowe's origin story? How was he...
61 We Pod A Cast - Singles Jul 5, 2016 Griffin and David look to Crowe's next film, 1992's Grunge-tinged romcom Singles. But how realistically does this movie, set in Seattle, portray yuppie culture? Who the hell is actor Campbell...
62 We Pod A Cast - Jerry Maguire Jul 15, 2016 Griffin and David this week "show you the money" with 1996's decade defining film Jerry Maguire. What was the impact of this movie? How many memorable terms and phrases did Crowe invent that have...
63 We Pod A Cast - Almost Famous Jul 21, 2016 The BC crew sets their sights on the Academy Award winning, semi-autobiographical film, Almost Famous. But what are some of the differences between the theatrical release and Untitled: The Bootleg...
64 We Pod A Cast - Vanilla Sky w/ Richard Lawson Jul 25, 2016 Richard Lawson (Vanity Fair) returns to Blank Check this week to discuss 2001's Vanilla Sky. But just how blue collar is actor Timothy Spall? Does Tom Cruise's character, the media magnate, also...
65 We Pod A Cast - Denim Invasion Live @ DCM18 Aug 1, 2016 Live from the 18th annual Del Close Marathon in New York City, John Trowbridge (Huffington Post) joins Griffin and David to discuss the Cameron Crowe directed, 2002 Gap commercial entitled "Denim...
66 Suicide Pod Aug 8, 2016 On the day of it's release in August of 2016, Griffin and David discussed DC Comic's latest offering Suicide Squad. But did Jared Leto going so method for The Joker pay off? What's up with...
67 We Pod A Cast - Elizabethtown Aug 16, 2016 Blank Check returns to Cameron Crowe's filmography with an in-depth discussion of 2005's tragic comedy, Elizabethtown. But how would one best describe the custom exercise bike Bloom's character...
68 We Pod A Cast - We Bought a Zoo Aug 22, 2016 Griffin and David this week discuss 2011's zoo dramedy, We Bought a Zoo. But does the film live up to it's title? Does someone actually buy a zoo? Together #thetwofriends examine the performances...
69 We Pod A Cast - Aloha w/ Esther Zuckerman Aug 30, 2016 Nearing the end of the Cameron Crowe mini series, Esther Zuckerman (The A.V. Club) joins Griffin and David to discuss the writer/director's most recent theatrical release, 2015's space...
70 We Pod A Cast - Roadies with Layne Montgomery Sep 6, 2016 Musician and Blank Check theme song creator Layne Montgomery (The Romantic Comedy) joins #thetwofriends to lock the gates in our final episode of the Cameron Crowe mini series and discuss Crowe's...
71 Bender Siege 2: Dark Podcast Sep 12, 2016 Griffin, David and guest host Producer Ben present a special episode this week: a discussion of 1995's action thriller Under Siege 2: Dark Territory. But is it true the co-founder of CAA and...
72 Piranha II: The Spawning Sep 21, 2016 In the debut episode of a new mini series examining the filmography of James Cameron, Griffin and David discuss 1981's B horror, Piranha II: The Spawning. But what is the story behind Cameron's...
73 The Terminator with Rachel Sanders Sep 26, 2016 Rachel Sanders (Buzzfeed) joins Griffin and David to discuss James Cameron’s 1984 game changing action sci-fi, The Terminator. But why did this movie become a model for major studios for...
74 Aliens with Fran Hoepfner Oct 3, 2016 Fran Hoepfner (ClickHole) joins Griffin and David to discuss the 1986 horror/sci-fi sequel Aliens. But how did James go about pitching this project to studio executives? What exactly is Paul...
75 The Abyss with Josh Ruben Oct 18, 2016 Josh Ruben (CollegeHumor) joins Griffin and David to discuss the 1989 underwater alien thriller The Abyss. But why exactly is this movie impossible to find anywhere on the internet? Just how much...
76 Terminator 2: Judgement Day with Sam Rogal Oct 18, 2016 Sam Rogal (Magnet Theater) joins Griffin and David to discuss the 1991 hit sequel Terminator 2: Judgement Day. But do the special effects still hold up over twenty years later? What influenced the...
77 Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Oct 31, 2016 Days before its official release, Griffin and David discussed 2016's action thriller sequel Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.
78 True Lies Oct 31, 2016 Griffin and David this week discuss 1994's action comedy remake, True Lies. But how does this film relate to Cameron's marriages? Was the character Spencer Trilby, played by Charlton Heston, an...
79 Titanic with Emily Yoshida and Katey Rich - Part One Nov 7, 2016 Emily Yoshida (Spin Magazine) and Katey Rich (Vanity Fair) return to discuss 1997's epic romance Titanic with special guest Charlie "the baby" Rich! Thats right, Blank Check has brought IN the...
80 Titanic with Emily Yoshida and Katey Rich - Part Two Nov 14, 2016 Griffin and David continue their discussion of Titanic with Emily Yoshida (Spin Magazine) and Katey Rich (Vanity Fair). But are Cameron’s drawings basic? Why is Neil deGrasse Tyson such a...
81 Aliens of the Deep/Ghosts of the Abyss Nov 21, 2016 Griffin and David this week discussed two documentaries directed by James Cameron: 2003's Ghost of the Abyss and 2006's Aliens of the Deep. But what were the early days of IMAX like? What kind of...
82 Avatar Nov 28, 2016 This week the BC crew discusses 2009's 3D sci-fi epic Avatar. But are trees nature's internet? Is this the ultimate cultural appropriation movie? Does the public need four more Avatar movies?...
83 Toruk: The First Flight with Rachel Lang Dec 5, 2016 On September 11th, Blank Check & friends attended the Cirque du Soleil/Avatar crossover Toruk: First Flight at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. But is this show more than just rope dancing?...
84 The Man Who Knew Too Little Dec 12, 2016 Our special episode this week: a discussion of 1997's spy comedy The Man Who Knew Too Little. But how would you picture a Boris the Butcher to look? What are Producer Ben's favorite bits? And why...
85 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Dec 19, 2016 On the day of it's release in December of 2016, Griffin and David discussed the highly anticipated spinoff Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Together they examine the new planets, Darth Vader's milk...