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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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Co-host of the bad romance podcast , freelance writer for thrillist and bitch media Jourdain Searles joins the cast to talk about the team-up that no one saw coming, Oprah and Demme. The two friends and guest talk about the sexiness of the pepper beard and facial ombre, the Fifty Shades series, and thandie newton again (for the first time?) Plus, what might another Toni Morrison adaptation look like? Why was Ryan Gosling fired from The Lovely Bones? What are the 21 bridges in 21 Bridges? And why doesn't this movie have more ghost stuff? This episode is sponsored by:  Brooklinen (https://www.brooklinen.com/) CODE: CHECK
Writer Richard Lawson joins the boys to talk about this WEIRD but poignant film that is actually streaming on Netflix. Why didn't they just make Tom Hanks whole family hate him? And who better to sing about the streets of Philadelphia than Bruce Springsteen? Plus a >>special<< merch spotlight. This episode is sponsored by: Hims (https://www.forhims.com/blank) Hello Fresh (https://www.hellofresh.com/10check) Code: 10Check TalkSpace (https://www.talkspace.com/) Code: CHECK
The two friends are joined by prolific writer Emily Vanderweff  to talk about the most influential movie that BC has covered  - except for Fletch of course. It's so influential there are TOO MANY BITS!  What's Emily's take on what all Demme movies are about? What could Hannibal lector have looked like if it was a different actor? And a special shoutout to all our cannibal psychologist listeners! This episode is sponsored by: Stamps.com (https://www.stamps.com/) CODE: CHECK Noom (https://www.noom.com/check)
She's MARRIED to the MOB. Now that we have that out of the way, get ready for 25 minutes of discussion about the Kids Choice Awards. Which Marvel movie would work directed by Scorsese? Why in the world is everyone fighting over Ed Begley, Jr. when Michelle Pfeiffer is so much better? What was everyone's shit job in New York? And find out why Ang is so perfect to guest on this episode.
The Rise of Skywalker

The Rise of Skywalker

2019-12-2202:28:424

On the week of its release in December of 2019, Griffin, David, and special guest Ang Ferraguto discussed Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker. This episode is sponsored by FIGS (https://www.wearfigs.com/) CODE: CHECK
From Comedy Bang Bang and the new film Between Two Ferns: The Movie, Scott Auckerman joins the two friends to talk about people who talk funny and that's their job now. What films did Ray Liotta think were stupid? Where did Sue Tissue, the original Manic Pixie Dream Girl, disappear to? Does Blue Velvet make sense if you miss the first few minutes? And how much did Jeff Daniels get paid to be in Dumb and Dumber? This episode is sponsored by: Noom (https://www.noom.com/check) Away (https://www.awaytravel.com/check) Honey (https://www.joinhoney.com/check)
Everyone wants to get to the pod with guest Demi Adejuyigbe, where The Blank Check Boys talk about Demme's Concert Film with the Talking Heads. What shows should get gritty reboots? Why did concert films stop existing?  What is the song Heaven about (what isn't it about?) Have you seen DJ Khaled's Slack channel? And what would David Byrne sound like ordering a Bacon, Egg, and Cheese? One of the great things is that there's no talking heads about the Talking Heads, it's just a great show. This episode is sponsored by: Stamps.com (https://www.stamps.com/) CODE: CHECK Brooklinen (https://www.brooklinen.com/) CODE: CHECK SFX: "Lock: Unlock (https://freesound.org/people/cemagar/sounds/120337/) " by cemagar. Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) .
Swing Shift

Swing Shift

2019-12-0101:51:393

What in the world is going on with this film that has two versions - of which the good one is not available anywhere? What is the titular "Shift" actually referring to? What happens when two stars  - gasp - fall in love? And why are Griff and Dave so off their game in a strange new studio? Find out all this and more in this episode of DEMME CONFESSIONALS. This episode is sponsored by: TalkSpace (https://www.talkspace.com/) Code: CHECK UNTUCKit (https://www.untuckit.com/) Code: CHECK ButcherBox  (https://www.butcherbox.com/check) SFX: "SL50 Focus Lock (https://freesound.org/people/sonoplastico/sounds/97998/) " by sonoplastico; "Audio Cassette Tape Open Close Play Stop (https://freesound.org/people/Bertrof/sounds/351567/#) " by Bertrof; and "One Beep (https://freesound.org/people/kwahmah_02/sounds/259703/) " by kwahmah_02. Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) .
Finally, we get to the good Demme movies with film critic Jordan Hoffman. (https://jordanhoffman.com/) The partially true story of a guy who thinks Howard Hughes is gonna leave him money. What made Griffin almost cry (and not in frustration)? What is an animated movie actually and is it for children? What game shows attracted the weirdest contestants. Why isn't there a good movie where someone's telling someone to go get their shine box? And what's your favorite Airplane joke? This episode is sponsored by: FIGS (https://www.wearfigs.com/) CODE: CHECK Feals (https://feals.com/check) Hims (https://www.forhims.com/blank) Music selection: "I Knew a Guy" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com/) . Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) .
Guest Justin McElroy (https://www.themcelroy.family/) 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: Honey (https://www.joinhoney.com/check) Bombas (https://bombas.com/pages/check) Villains (https://www.parcast.com/villains) from Parcast
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 (https://www.brooklinen.com/) CODE: CHECK KiwiCo (https://www.kiwico.com/blank) Public Rec (https://publicrec.com/check)
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

The Wind Rises

2019-11-0301:55:573

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 (https://www.stamps.com/) CODE: CHECK, Talkspace (https://www.talkspace.com/) CODE: CHECK and Noom (https://www.noom.com/check) .
Writer, Shirley Li (The Atlantic (https://www.theatlantic.com/author/shirley-li/) ) 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 (http://boxofawesome.com) CODE: CHECK, Bombas (http://bombas.com/check) and FIGS (https://www.wearfigs.com/) CODE: CHECK.
Gemini Man

Gemini Man

2019-10-2001:47:17

On the week of its release in October of 2019, Griffin and David discussed Gemini Man. Together they examine the performances of old and young Will Smith, Ang Lee's second attempt shooting at the high frame rate of 120 fps and in 3D and a young Benedict Wong. This episode is sponsored by UNTUCKit (https://www.untuckit.com/) CODE: CHECK, Away (https://www.awaytravel.com/check) CODE: CHECK and Liquid Death (https://liquiddeath.com/check) .
Joker

Joker

2019-10-1301:58:065

HA HA HA! On the week of its release in October of 2019, Griffin and David discussed Joker. Together they examine all the unearned controversy surrounding the film, Todd Phillips' career, the performances of Joaquin Phoenix and Robert De Niro, the portrayal of a gritty 1970's New York City and more! This episode is sponsored by Brooklinen (https://www.brooklinen.com/) CODE: CHECK, 8Hours (https://www.8hours.com/) and KiwiCo (https://www.kiwico.com/blank) . Music Selection: "Entrance of the Gladiators" by Julius Fučík
David Ehrlich (IndieWire (https://www.indiewire.com/author/david-ehrlich/) ) returns for our mini-series' namesake episode on 2014's walking castle fantasy, Howl's Moving Castle! Together they examine analog versus digital animation effects, a talking fire, being a bird warrior and more! This episode is sponsored by Honey (https://www.honey.com/check) , Mubi (https://mubi.com/check) and Talkspace (https://talkspace.com) CODE: CHECK.
Humorist, David Rees, returns to Blank Check discuss one of the greatest animated films of all time, Spirited Away. Together they examine dream logic, Shrek, David Rees presents an important review of Spirited Away from Nigel Andrews at the Financial Times and plenty more! This episode is sponsored by Stamps.com (https://www.stamps.com/) CODE: CHECK, Bespoke (http://boxofawesome.com/) CODE: CHECK and Noom (https://www.noom.com/check) .
Griffin McElroy (My Brother, My Brother and Me, The Adventure Zone (https://www.themcelroy.family/) ) joins #thetwofriends to discuss 1997's eco-friendly adventure, Princess Mononoke! Together they examine melting giant evil spaghetti boars, bones, tasty immortality heads, being raised by wolves and more! This episode is sponsored by Mubi (https://mubi.com/check) , Liquid Death (https://liquiddeath.com/check) and KiwiCo (https://www.kiwico.com/blank) . Plus, check out The Adventure Zone's new book, Murder on the Rockport Limited (https://read.macmillan.com/the-adventure-zone/) ! Music is "Cool Hard Facts" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com/) . Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/) .
Justin Charity (The Ringer) joins Griffin and David to discuss 1992's flying pig, Porco Rosso. Together they examine fascism, Space Camp, turning into a pig and more. This episode is sponsored by Stamps.com (https://www.stamps.com/) CODE: CHECK, Brooklinen (https://www.brooklinen.com/) CODE: CHECK, Legacy Box (https://legacybox.com/check) and A Life Lived podcast (https://audioboom.com/channels/4998114) .
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Comments (33)

Adam Duckro

Did you seriously just say that you don't like The Emperor because he's a one dimensional character? 😂 Seriously? 😐 Isn't that kind of the point?

Dec 25th
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Andrew Skull

You guys are clueless as to the problems with ROS and TLJ, that started with TFA. I don't care who Rey's parents/grandfather is, no way should she be able to wipe the floor with Kylo only hours (minutes???) after picking up a lightsaber. And before you call me a toxic misogynistic male nazi, I would have the same exact problem if it was a male character. The whole Disney Trilogy is a nightmare, that was pushed out like a breach baby 3 months before the due date. It's a shameless cash grab. KK was in charge of this mess, and she should be held accountable for it.

Dec 23rd
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Matthew Campbell

"Here is Mudkip, to be clear."

Oct 27th
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Luis Castro

finally !!!!!!🔥🔥🔥🔥

Oct 14th
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Solo Fox

Speaking of shit monster, I think that should be the name of this episode! So bad and horribly edited

Aug 21st
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Solo Fox

Should have been called "Cast me if you can"

Aug 8th
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Bryan Leggett

beecher wasn't a neo nazi that was schillinger the jk Simmons character. beecher was taped by him and later fell in love with the Christopher meloni character

Aug 7th
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Anne-Marie Klein

the Lion King episode had me rolling 😂😂😂

Jul 22nd
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Aidan T McKenna

Hey guys! I've been listening to your show ever since Tim Burton (my fave, sorry David) and I've gone back and listened to several other miniseries as well. In your Epsiode on The Keep, you went in depth about The Twilight Zone. my favorite TV program of all time, personally I believe it is the greatest collection of short-term story-telling of the 20th century. I think it would be really cool if you guys did a miniseries just about the Twilight Zone. Not every episode persay, but highlights and details about the writing and the life of Rod Serling and all that. whether you do this or not, I love this podcast and I'm looking foward to hearing more. thanks!! Aidan

Jun 10th
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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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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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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

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

Oct 2nd
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Kyle Richardson

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Sep 29th
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