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Griffin Newman

Griffin Newman is an actor, comedian, writer, and co-host of Blank Check with Griffin & David Podcast.
Recent episodes featuring Griffin Newman
Citizens Band/ Last Embrace with Justin McElroy
Blank Check with Griffin & David
Guest Justin McElroy 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:HoneyBombasVillains from Parcast
Caged Heat/ Crazy Mama/ Fighting Mad
Blank Check with Griffin & David
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 CODE: CHECKKiwiCoPublic Rec
The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness
Blank Check with Griffin & David
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
Blank Check with Griffin & David
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 CODE: CHECK, Talkspace CODE: CHECK and Noom.
Ponyo on the Cliff with Shirley Li
Blank Check with Griffin & David
Writer, Shirley Li (The Atlantic) 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 CODE: CHECK, Bombas and FIGS CODE: CHECK.
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2 weeks, 5 days