Best Podcast Episode ‘Blank Check With Griffin & David’

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on the podcast Blank check with Griffin and DavidIn response to men-turned-hosts, Griffin Newman and David Sims devised a perfect system for communicating their sometimes individual judgments about films without ever encountering douche bags. In every episode of Patreon-funded offerNewman, comedian and actor best known for Amazon tick reboot, Sims is a cultural writer for Atlantic Ocean, screened a film by a director who was awarded a proverbial “blank cheque” by Hollywood. Each filmmaker’s entire filmography becomes the subject of a different miniseries: “Podward Scissorcast” For Tim Burton’s Complete Works, “Podback Mountcast” Lang Lee, or “The Pod Knight Casts” For… well, you get it. The hosts, long known to listeners as “#TheTwoFriends,” share a complex but engaging chemistry. First, its dynamics are often more thorny than convenient. By training his critic, Sims brings to the podcast a focused, balanced approach compared to Newman, whose Gonzo character switches between silly and sincere depending on the film. Even when they agree on something, Sims often spend a lot of time running each episode warning his clown counterpart to stay on the right track.

Since it debuted in January 2016, blank check It featured guests from a wide range of backgrounds, setting a somewhat unexpected tone. Episodes that comedians love Ayo Edeberry or Las CalturistasMatt Rogers and Bowen Yang appear vividly and funny, while those who appear like filmmakers like Nia D’Costa or critics like slate‘s Dana Stevens As a serious and intellectual deep dive. As a result, although Popular among loyal fansalso known as “Blankies”, blank check It can be a challenging proposition, which is recommended to non-beginners. (Even Lynne Montgomery’s lead single acknowledges this:”Blank check with Griffin and David: do not know what to say or expect. ’) but in episodes where one scientist takes a movie in sync with the other’s football instincts, Sims, Newman, their producer and the unofficial “third friend” Ben Husley capture a dumb—clever segmentation quite different from the more common arrogance of typical movie review podcasts to the point that any A cinema geek who ignores himself will consider him breath fresh.

This specific split is what makes “Unbreakable With Matt Patches” the third installment of M.’s time-honored “Pod Night Shyamacast” series – running the year’s surplus for new listeners. Released February 8, 2016 with Executive Entertainment Editor Thrillist splatter (Now Polygon’s Deputy Entertainment Editor) As a guest, the episode begins with Newman excels Final lines Starring in the fourth Shyamalan movie Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson, Unbreakable: “I should have known the whole time. You know why? Because of the kids, David. They called me…Podcast master!” Sims laughs at the reference but quickly turns serious: “I just want to get the guest over so fast because it scares me when he’s sitting there.” “No, I’ll sit in the corner,” Patches replies bravely.

Patches is from Philadelphia, so the hosts note he’s the perfect fit for conversation about this Pennsylvania thriller from Shyamalan. Newman scolds that the guest is ahead of himself in describing the first scene of Unbreakable, a film Newman considers the “Rosetta Stone”. But before he starts removing the nostalgia, Husley—introduced as “Producer Ben,” “Ben Doser,” “The Who’s,” “The Paper” and finally “Professor Crispy” (due to clear audio editing) — interrupts the conversation with an episode signature. : a dissonant sting of a chorus singing “UN-BREAKABLE!” From Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Open credits.

It takes eight minutes of similar distractions and banter to settle in before the real discussion begins. To start, the three men agree on that Unbreakable It is one of Shyamalan’s most haunting works, and well worth what will become a 1 hour 40 minute deep dive. The Sims describes the vision experience Unbreakable in theaters as “disturbing” and “disturbing”. Patches compares it to Lars von Trier (“not fun, but on purpose”). Newman recalls that he “jumped into his top ten favorite movies” when he watched it at the age of eleven, turning him into a full-blown “Shyamaholic” teenager. Even at that young age, Griffin says he realized Shyamalan was already a brand name due to the success The Sixth Sense in 2000. In a rare moment, Sims agreed, calling Unbreakable Definition of a blank check: Well, you’re the genius – do whatever you want.

Over the next 15 minutes, they swapped the disjointed facts about Shyamalan’s $10 million salary and Robin Wright replacing Julianne Moore. dissecting The intensity of the noir-esque trailer, which Newman could remember shot (this seemed so impressive that Sims said, “What’s your point?!”). They react with shock when Newman reveals that Samuel L. Jackson’s “man of hair” has long been credited for it. Robert Louis Stevenson.

It wasn’t until 25 minutes later that Sims’ training as a professional film critic (and his perceived impatience with all the banter) began, finally demanding a “human level of discourse.” At this point, the conversation turns to UnbreakableSad, gloomy tone (Husley again: “Unbreakable!”). “Every time he makes a decision, it chooses to be silent, dark, unfathomably slow, and incredibly slow,” Sims says. When Newman suggested that “2000 to 2010 Griffin was arguing that this movie was perfect,” Sims highlighted Eduardo Serra’s cinematography as key to his long-term power. “This movie is not without flaws, but what is accurate,” he says. “There is a lot of intent in the way shots are framed to look like comic book frames.”

In addition to Serra and Shyamalan’s “rather flashy” visual framing, which got its own ten-minute analysis, Sims, Newman, and Patches spend the next half hour studying many other components of the film, such as its central performance (which Newman smiles arguing is Best Bryce Willis movie ever in honor of A Stella Bit), the iconic poncho costume of David Dunn, and Shyamalan’s obsession with the danger of water. Newman concludes that while ostensibly a supernatural origin story, Unbreakable (“Unbreakable!”), like all of the director’s films, is simply about “people who need to reconnect with other people; emotionally repressed men feel the need to reconnect with their spiritual lives, their families, and their careers.” He adds that Shyamalan “is an algorithmic filmmaker – in terms of trying to get the audience’s response, but also with a good sense of the technical craft and language of films.” Sims reply with a rusty word: “I Think We have made this point clear.”

joke patches for him, Unbreakable He might have felt like his native Philly if Shyamalan had rapping on James Newton Howard’s (or as Newman calls him, “James Newtie Cave”) really racy music. The room goes ballistic in concept:

husley: “Who would have done? Unbreakable Rap in the year 2000? “

Sims: “Someone from the Wu-Tang Clan because they love superheroes. RZA?”

new man: “Cisco. They called it ‘The Glass Song’.”


new man: “Let me break this gla-aa-ass.”

[Sims sighs.]

new man: “Ten negative points?”

husley: “I’ll actually have to cut that out.”

In the last 20 minutes, Sims and Newman closed the episode by discussing the film’s public reception, including how to give you a “blank check” after The Sixth Sense It resulted in an enormous pressure on Shyamalan. The group discusses whether Shyamalan can or should make a follow-up, given the poor box office.

They suggest that although it was considered his “second year slack” at the time, it endures beautifully and remains a “Touchstone Pictures” mimicry. As Neumann sums it up emphatically: “Thank God he didn’t sequel. Even Sims and Patches agree with Newman on that Unbreakable It works best as a standalone movie. Peace is back again. Then Husley retracts: “Unbreakable!”

The interruption is annoying in its absurdity, then hysterical after pausing for a moment, and at the end, a perfect little cherry over this ring sundae. The only real downside is that after repeating like an earworm over and over again, no one listening to the episode will be able to watch Shyamalan without laughing again.

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