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Not just another bad movie podcast, Blank Check reviews directors' complete filmographies episode to episode. Specifically, the auteurs whose early successes afforded them the rare ‘blank check’ from Hollywood to produce passion projects. Each new miniseries, hosts Griffin Newman and David Sims delve into the works of film’s most outsized personalities in painstakingly hilarious detail.
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Thief

Thief

2019-05-1902:07:13

Five months ago Blank Check began the Tim Burton mini-series. This week, though, marks a new director and a NEW mini-series with the filmography of one Michael Mann! Starting us of is the 1981 jewel stealing neo-noir, Thief. But were there literal wanted criminals on the set of this movie? Is James Cann the best at Twitter? What is Mann's top 10 Sight & Sound and is there a strange contemporary outlier? Together Griffin and David examine Michael Mann's background, the performances of Cann, Robert Prosky and Willie Nelson and spend some time on Dennis Farina's mustache. This episode is sponsored by [Harry's](https://www.harrys.com/check), [Hello Fresh](https://www.hellofresh.com/check80) CODE: CHECK80 and [8hours](https://www.8hours.com/).Music: "Short_Swing_wav." by [Valentin Sosnitskiy](https://freesound.org/people/ValentinSosnitskiy). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
On the week of it's release in May of 2019, Blank Check invited screenwriters of Detective Pikachu, Dan Hernandez & Benji Samit, to offer a behind-the-scenes look into the development and writing process of this film! But what other media influenced elements of the story structure? What are Griffin and David's favorite Pokémon? How long did it take writer and director Steven E. de Souza to write Street Fighter? Together they examine fandom theory, world building, video game movies and explore the credit process and arbitration process. This episode is sponsored by [Stamps.com](https://stamps.com) CODE: CHECK, [Brooklinen](https://brooklinen.com) CODE: CHECK and [Hims](https://www.forhims.com/check).
Assassin's Creed

Assassin's Creed

2019-05-0501:58:17

This week is a special Ben's Choice episode. He selected 2016's excellent video game adaptation, Assassin's Creed. But is it very good? Yes. Do they talk about apples? YES! Is there a lot of discussion about Marion Cotillard believing this project was a documentary? YEAH!!! Together they examine the huge role Michael Fassbender played in this production, Justin Kurzel's moody directing, this film's relationship to the video game franchise and parkour. Plus, #thetwofriends announce the next 2 directors Blank Check will be covering in upcoming mini series! This episode is sponsored by [MUBI](https://mubi.com/check) and [Talkspace](http://talkspace.com) CODE: CHECK.
Dumbo with Karen Han

Dumbo with Karen Han

2019-04-2802:24:58

Karen Han (Polygon) returns to discuss 2019’s Dumbo! But what member of Blank Check likes a bossy girl? Was actor Brendan Hines insecure about the fact that he might be too conventionally handsome to be a Karen's Boy? What should happen to bad elephant boys? Together they examine Disney trailers and critical predictions, frozen heads, Sims gets very mad about his boy Colin and they offer up their Burton rankings. This week is sponsored by [Noom](https://www.noom.com/check) , [Mack Weldon](https://www.mackweldon.com/) CODE: CHECK , [MUBI](https://mubi.com/check) and [Filmspotting](https://www.filmspotting.net/) podcast.
Writer, Emma Stefansky (Thrillist), joins Griffin and David to talk about 2016's fantasy flop: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Together they examine the peculiarities of the children, the novel by Ransom Riggs, crossbows and famous people who are EVEN hotter in person. This episode is sponsored by [Harry's](http://harrys.com/check) , [Brooklinen](https://brooklinen.com/) CODE: CHECK and [Dogman](https://www.dogmanthemovie.com/) a film by Matteo Garrone (Gomorrah). Now playing in New York and Los Angeles and coming to select cities April 26th. Watch the trailer [here](https://youtu.be/ewh0lBcEb2U) .
Richard Lawson returns to discuss the late-Burton effort: 2014's Big Eyes. But why are the eyes so big? Should Christoph Waltz be the star of his own network TV sitcom? How did Burton pull off making the focus of this movie about the main character's abuser? Together they examine the eyes (which are big), Margaret Keane's history and Alita: Battle Angel (which is also known as Big Eyes 2.) This episode is sponsored by [Hims](https://www.forhims.com/check), [Talkspace](http://talkspace.com/) CODE: CHECK and [Away](https://www.awaytravel.com/check) CODE: CHECK.Plus, check out past (and future) guests Richard and Joanna Robinson's podcast [Still Watching: Game of Thrones](https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/still-watching-game-of-thrones/id1328561705?mt=2).Get Richard's book [All We Can Do Is Wait](https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/546024/all-we-can-do-is-wait-by-richard-lawson/9780448494128/)!
This week on Blank Check, comedian Jamie Loftus [The Bechdel Cast](https://www.bechdelcast.com/) discusses 2012's goth soap opera, Dark Shadows. But has Timmy "the boy from Burbank" Burton become the hill man in his later years? Where is Sullyville located in America? Why does the climatic fight scene only further reinforce ones disliking of Depp? Together they examine Jamie's history with the original series, Hot Topic's influence, the problem with Deadpool being someone's favorite comedian and Alfred Molina we stan. This episode is sponsored by [Stamps.com](http://stamps.com), [Robinhood](http://check.robinhood.com) and [Talkspace](https://talkspace.com/check) CODE: CHECK.
Griffin and David welcome back Todd VanDerWerff ([Vox](https://www.vox.com/authors/todd-vanderwerff)) to discuss 2010's CGI fantasy Alice in Wonderland! Together they examine Burton's greatest failure. This episode is sponsored by [MUBI](https://mubi.com/check), [Hello Fresh](https://www.hellofresh.com/check80) CODE: CHECK80 and [Noom](http://noom.com/check).
Tony award winning actor, Michael Cerveris, joins Griffin and David to discuss 2007's film adaption of the renowned Stephen Sondheim musical, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Why did Tim Burton cut The Ballad of Sweeney Todd? Does Michael have a take on National Treasure: Book of Secrets? Timothy Spall goes big? Together they examine how the film holds up against the live production, the trailer lacking singing, letter writing with Sondheim and Michael's experience portraying Sweeney Todd in the 2005 Broadway revival. This episode is sponsored by [Brooklinen](https://brooklinen.com) CODE: CHECK, [care/of](http://takecareof.com/) CODE: CHECK50 and [Molekule](https://molekule.com/) CODE: CHECK.And check out Michael Cerveris' band, [Loose Cattle](http://www.loosecattleband.com/)!
Writer, Pilot Viruet returns to Blank Check to discuss 2005's remake, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. But, at one point, were Al Pacino and Robert De Niro considering doing a Willy Wonka picture? What are the gang's Peter Farrelly rankings? What do you call a doctor’s jacket? Together they examine the four grandparents in bed, the trained squirrels and more! This episode is sponsored by [hims](https://www.forhims.com/blank), [Talkspace](http://talkspace.com/) CODE: CHECK and [MUBI](https://mubi.com/check).
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Comments (16)

Geo wise

This movie is virtually unwatchable.

May 10th
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Kevin White

They did not introduce prodoer Ben

Feb 26th
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Julianne Hannes

You NEED to let your female guests give their perspective rather than interupt them and tell them your interpretation of what the female perspective is. Let your female guests talk and finish their opinions without cutting them off mid sentence.

Jan 28th
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Esa Esa

D I'd like to

Jan 5th
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Julianne Hannes

Please have We Hate Movies guest please please please especially when you do Wes Craven

Nov 25th
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Julianne Hannes

Julianne Hannes oh wait, you already did haha

Dec 12th
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Mateus Carvalho

these guys are the best you should listen to them because they are so funny and know a lot about what they are talking about. I'm not just saying that

Nov 5th
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John Tarpley

Griffin and David? Are they children?

Oct 11th
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Jacopo Miller

John Tarpley I'm sure they are compared to you, a man who is clearly midway through his 80's judging by profile picture.

Dec 16th
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Nik McRae

So... This podcast is pretty terrible. These guys aren't funny at all, but they do have some knowledge on the films. Just hard to listen to

Oct 10th
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CJ Sanders

is it ok make a million dollars talking about how you turned down a million dollars?

Oct 2nd
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CJ Sanders

Maggie ????...

Jan 22nd
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CJ Sanders

my girl Any....thanks for recommending this pod on Unspoooled

Oct 2nd
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Kyle Richardson

m p

Sep 29th
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ruth sims

I'm a musician. I have beat bundles $45.00 for ten beats.

Sep 27th
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Ramon Rodriguez

this ep is insufferable.

Jun 18th
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