Episode #057[edit | edit source]

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Speed Racer is an episode focusing on the movie of the same name, as part of the The Podchowski Casters miniseries covering the filmography of the Wachowskis. Posted 16 May 2016.

Summary[edit | edit source]

Guests Emily Yoshida (The Verge, and mother of Blankies) and J.D. Amato ("The Chris Gethard Show") make their return to Blank Check to examine the Wachowski's biggest blank check yet, 2008’s Speed Racer.

As #TheTwoFriends often get the chance to do on the show, they break down the wild journey that the project took through Hollywood before getting the final go-ahead. Can you imagine Vince Vaughn or Henry Rollins as Racer X? Before he has to duck out for the middle 80 of the episode, can you put yourself in the shoes of J.D. Amato while he relates his epic tale of experiencing this film for the first time in a packed IMAX theater?

But in critical and popular opinion at the time, this blank check bounced, baby. Why does everyone on the panel love this movie and disagree with the criticism it received? How was this film ahead of its time, and will "its time" ever arrive? Is this movie a secret treatise on macroeconomics theory? Together, they discuss Spritle and Chim-Chim antics & character motivations, the tight-knit family dynamic that the cast achieved, memories of Sunday morning cartoons, the extraordinary special effects, and any number of digressions on candy, addictions to various things (including candy), and the neon-bright visual style (some might even say candy-colored).

Stay tuned at the end when J.D. returns to the studio, amazed to discover the episode is still going. Oh, J.D., you know what podcast this is.

Milestones and Ephemera[edit | edit source]

  • Eating on-mic: Griffin, with dry cheerios
  • Merchandise Spotlight by Emily: the Volkswagen GTI
  • The Baby Mama of movie critics: Film Crit HULK
  • Get well soon: Producer Ben
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