- David Sims has been the film critic and a staff writer at The Atlantic since 2014. With actor and comedian Griffin Newman, he hosts the movie podcast Blank Check, which delves through directors' filmographies movie by movie and is consistently ranked as one of the most popular film podcasts available. He worked as a staff writer at The A.V. Club for five years, and is a regular guest on several New York radio programs, as well as a member of the New York Film Critics Circle. He lives in Brooklyn.