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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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Hercules with Larry Owens

Hercules with Larry Owens

2021-02-2801:59:51

BC welcomes multi-hyphenate Larry Owens (A Strange Loop) for a discussion on 1997's Hercules! This episode is sponsored by: Purple - https://purple.com/check10 HelloFresh - https://www.hellofresh.com/blankcheck10 MUBI - https://mubi.com/check Join our Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/blankcheck Follow us @blankcheckpod on Twitter (https://twitter.com/blankcheckpod) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/blankcheckpod/) ! Buy some real nerdy merch at shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com (https://shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com/)
Aladdin with Jerah Milligan

Aladdin with Jerah Milligan

2021-02-2102:17:021

#thetwofriends try and stay one jump ahead of the breadline and one swing ahead of the sword on this week's Aladdin episode as part of the mini series on the animated films of John Musker and Ron Clements. Jerah Milligan (Black Men Can’t Jump In Hollywood (https://twitter.com/blackmenpodcast) ) joins to discuss the influence of Aladdin, adult humor in kid's movies, what if Aladdin had a hoodie and which songs are bangers and which aren’t.  This episode is sponsored by: Brooklinen (http://www.brooklinen.com/) - (CODE: CHECK)  Mack Weldon (https://mackweldon.com/check) - (CODE: CHECK) Noom - https://www.noom.com/check  Join our Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/blankcheck Follow us @blankcheckpod on Twitter (https://twitter.com/blankcheckpod) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/blankcheckpod/) ! Buy some real nerdy merch at shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com (https://shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com/)
Esther Zuckerman (Thrillist) returns to discuss 1989’s massive hit, The Little Mermaid! Topics include: the musical contributions of Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, the upcoming live action remake, Ursula in human form as Vanessa, and more! This episode is sponsored by: Ritual (https://ritual.com/blankcheck) Bombas (https://bombas.com/check) MUBI (https://mubi.com/check) Check out Esther's book: A Field Guide to Internet Boyfriends: Meme-Worthy Celebrity Crushes from A to Z (https://www.runningpress.com/titles/esther-zuckerman/a-field-guide-to-internet-boyfriends/9780762472000/) Join our Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/blankcheck Follow us @blankcheckpod on Twitter (https://twitter.com/blankcheckpod) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/blankcheckpod/) ! Buy some real nerdy merch at shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com (https://shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com/)
All new, all fun! Blank Check launches a brand new mini series on the animated films of John Musker and Ron Clements. Writer and Ratigan stan, Fran Hoepfner (Bright Wall/Dark Room), joins to discuss the duo’s first project together as co-directors of The Great Mouse Detective. Topics include: the Disney renaissance, Sing-Along Songs VHS tapes, Sherlock Holmes, Steampunk, frozen rats and more! This episode is sponsored by: Stamps.com (http://stamps.com/) Hims (https://www.forhims.com/blank) BetterHelp (betterhelp.com/check (https://www.betterhelp.com/check) ) Join our Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/blankcheck Follow us @blankcheckpod on Twitter (https://twitter.com/blankcheckpod) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/blankcheckpod/) ! Buy some real nerdy merch at shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com (https://shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com/)
Over four months and 19 movies, we have finally reached the end of our mini series on the films of Robert Zemeckis! Richard Lawson (Vanity Fair) joins to discuss 2020's The Witches and #thetwofriends offer up their filmography rankings. This episode is sponsored by: MUBI (https://mubi.com/check) HelloFresh (https://www.hellofresh.com/blankcheck10) Brooklinen (https://www.brooklinen.com/) Join our Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/blankcheck Follow us @blankcheckpod on Twitter (https://twitter.com/blankcheckpod) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/blankcheckpod/) ! Buy some real nerdy merch at shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com (https://shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com/)
Emily Yoshida is back to welcome you to Marwen! This episode is sponsored by: Noom (https://www.noom.com/check) Bombas (https://bombas.com/check) Purple (https://purple.com/check10) Join our Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/blankcheck Follow us @blankcheckpod on Twitter (https://twitter.com/blankcheckpod) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/blankcheckpod/) ! Buy some real nerdy merch at shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com (https://shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com/)
Allied with Chris Weitz

Allied with Chris Weitz

2021-01-1702:13:403

Now in the final stretch of the Zemeckis mini series, Chris Weitz returns to discuss 2016's WWII spy thriller, Allied. This episode is sponsored by: Betterhelp (betterhelp.com/Check (https://www.betterhelp.com/check) ) Ritual (ritual.com/BLANKCHECK) (https://ritual.com/blankcheck) MUBI (https://mubi.com/check) Join our Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/blankcheck Follow us @blankcheckpod on Twitter (https://twitter.com/blankcheckpod) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/blankcheckpod/) ! Buy some real nerdy merch at shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com (https://shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com/)
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2021-01-1002:37:534

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Wonder Woman 1984

Wonder Woman 1984

2021-01-0302:36:434

On the week of its release in December of 2020, Griffin and David discussed Wonder Woman 1984. Together they examine the heated online discourse, Wiig's film career post-SNL, the state of the superhero movie and of course wish stones and how they work! Special thanks to The Great American Novel (https://www.instagram.com/thegreatamericannovel/) for the new studio version of the theme song! Please check out their music on Bandcamp (https://thegreatamericannovel.bandcamp.com/) and Spotify (https://open.spotify.com/artist/7IRDZP0TFIkFtGRI6KTA6u?si=6J6DCjrWSzWqE_b_3tU2YA) . This episode is sponsored by: MUBI (Mubi.com/check (https://mubi.com/check) ) Hello Fresh (Hellofresh.com/blankcheck10 (https://www.hellofresh.com/blankcheck10) CODE: blankcheck10 Mack Weldon (Mackweldon.com/check (https://mackweldon.com/check) CODE: Check) Join our Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/blankcheck Follow us @blankcheckpod on Twitter (https://twitter.com/blankcheckpod) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/blankcheckpod/) ! Buy some real nerdy merch @ shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com (https://shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com/)
The Walk with J.D. Amato

The Walk with J.D. Amato

2020-12-2702:41:423

In 1974 Philippe Petit performed his infamous walk between the Twin Towers. Director Robert Zemeckis many years later after discovering the story in a children's novel would create a 3D film based on this event. But most importantly in 2018, J.D. Amato appeared on Blank Check to discuss the motion picture technology of Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk. Continuing in that tradition, J.D. returns for the third annual Talking the Walk. But this time instead of high frame rate, J.D. explores The Walk's cutting edge use of visual effects. Join our Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/blankcheck Follow us @blankcheckpod on Twitter (https://twitter.com/blankcheckpod) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/blankcheckpod/) ! Buy some real nerdy merch including this year’s commemorative Talking the Walk design @ shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com (https://shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com/) Music selection: "Night Break" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com/) . Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/) .
Flight with Olivia Craighead

Flight with Olivia Craighead

2020-12-2002:26:211

After twelve years since releasing a live action film, Zemeckis comes back to the living with 2012's addiction drama, Flight. Olivia Craighead (Iconography podcast) joins #thetwofriends to discuss the misleading trailer and marketing, consider Melissa Leo, and help answer technical questions like how to roll a plane. This episode is sponsored by: Theragun (Theragun.com/check (https://www.theragun.com/check) ) Mack Weldon (Mackweldon.com/check (https://mackweldon.com/check) CODE: Check) Brooklinen (Brooklinen.com (https://www.brooklinen.com/) CODE: Check)   Join our Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/blankcheck Follow us @blankcheckpod on Twitter (https://twitter.com/blankcheckpod) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/blankcheckpod/) ! Buy some real nerdy merch @ shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com (https://shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com/)
What's today? Why its Christmas Carol day! Film critic Emily VanDerWerff (Vox) returns to discuss Disney's 2009 take on the classic holiday tale. The gang talks Jim Carrey's career, the best and worst Christmas movies, and Keeping up with the Clauses. Check out untitled slow christmas compilation volume 1 (https://blankcheckpodcast.bandcamp.com/album/untitled-slow-christmas-compilation-volume-1) ! This episode is sponsored by: Stamps (stamps.com (http://stamps.com/) CODE: Check) Keeps (Keeps.com/check (https://www.keeps.com/check) ) Noom (http://noom.com/check)   Join our Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/blankcheck Follow us @blankcheckpod on Twitter (https://twitter.com/blankcheckpod) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/blankcheckpod/) ! Buy some real nerdy merch @ shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com (https://shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com/)
Beowulf with Jordan Hoffman

Beowulf with Jordan Hoffman

2020-12-0602:08:432

This is Beowulf! Yes, in 2007, Bobby Z took the Old English epic poem and, once again using cutting edge mo-cap technology, delivered a 3-D movie that this week's guest, Jordan Hoffman, aptly describes as "resembling a PlayStation 3 cut scene". Also discussed is Crispin Glover's performance as Grendel, Angelina Jolie's hatred for this film, the background behind the Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary screenplay, and the PG-13 rating despite all the violence and horniness. Check out Jordan's new podcast, The Dune Conversations with John and Jordan, on Apple Podcasts (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-dune-conversations-with-john-and-jordan/id1542351434) , Spotify (https://open.spotify.com/show/6sBTdtblYUINDQVONDV3uv) or wherever you get your pods! This episode is sponsored by: Legacy Box (http://legacybox.com/check) Indeed (http://indeed.com/check) Hims (http://forhims.com/blank)   Join our Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/blankcheck Follow us @blankcheckpod on Twitter (https://twitter.com/blankcheckpod) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/blankcheckpod/) ! Buy some real nerdy merch @ shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com (https://shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com/)
In the final days of 2020, Blank Check enters Zemeckis' motion capture technology period with The Polar Express. Joey Sims joins as we discuss the nuance of the Train Conductor character, North Pole logic and delve into everyone's personal relationship to the holiday season and Christmas. This episode is sponsored by: The New Yorker (http://newyorker.com/check) Mack Weldon (http://mackweldon.com/check CODE: Check)  Join our Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/blankcheck Follow us @blankcheckpod on Twitter (https://twitter.com/blankcheckpod) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/blankcheckpod/) ! Buy some real nerdy merch @ shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com (https://shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com/)
Cast Away with Nia DaCosta

Cast Away with Nia DaCosta

2020-11-2202:11:113

Zemeckis and Hanks reunited once again. Another box office and critical success. Filmed over two years, Cast Away captures both talents performing at the top of their respective games. Writer and director, Nia DaCosta (CANDYMAN) joins BC this week to discuss the movie's legacy after 20 years, the different elements that make a story about one guy stranded on island so compelling, Wilson the volleyball, and of course extensive talk about another classic American film: Sully. This episode is sponsored by: Hello Fresh (https://www.hellofresh.com/check90 CODE: Check90) Bombas (http://bombas.com/check) Werner Herzog's NOMAD (musicboxfilms.com (http://musicboxfilms.com/) ) Join our Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/blankcheck Follow us @blankcheckpod on Twitter (https://twitter.com/blankcheckpod) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/blankcheckpod/) ! Buy some real nerdy merch @ shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com (https://shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com/)
The central thesis to this week's episode on What Lies Beneath: folks, they just don't make them like they used to! Starlee Kine (Election Profit Makers (http://www.electionprofitmakers.com/) ) joins to discuss the "grown-up" movie, the performances from Michelle Pfeiffer and Harrison Ford, where the screenwriting falls short, and the paranormal. This episode is sponsored by: Indeed (http://indeed.com/check) Ritual (https://ritual.com/BLANKCHECK) Brooklinen (brooklinen.com (http://brooklinen.com/) CODE: Check)   Join our Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/blankcheck Follow us @blankcheckpod on Twitter (https://twitter.com/blankcheckpod) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/blankcheckpod/) ! Buy some real nerdy merch @ shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com (https://shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com/)
Contact with Jamie Bell

Contact with Jamie Bell

2020-11-0802:07:291

Actor, Jamie Bell joins this week to discuss 1997's Contact! This episode is sponsored by: Theragun (Theragun.com/check (https://www.theragun.com/check) ) Noom (http://noom.com/check) Stamps (stamps.com (http://stamps.com/) CODE: Check) Join our Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/blankcheck Follow us @blankcheckpod on Twitter (https://twitter.com/blankcheckpod) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/blankcheckpod/) ! Buy some real nerdy merch @ shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com (https://shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com/)
Jamelle Bouie (NY Times) returns to Blank Check to discuss Forrest Gump! This episode is sponsored by: The New Yorker (NewYorker.com/check (https://newyorker.com/check) ) Mack Weldon (MackWeldon.com/check (https://mackweldon.com/check) CODE: Check) Hims (http://forhims.com/blank) Subscribe to our patreon at https://www.patreon.com/blankcheck Follow us @blankcheckpod onTwitter (https://twitter.com/blankcheckpod) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/blankcheckpod/) Merch is available at shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com (http://shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com/)
Now armed with an arsenal of wild special effects, Zemeckis takes it up a notch with 1992's Death Becomes Her – the first to include computer-generated skin on film. Katey Rich returns as we reminisce Bruce Willis putting effort in, irritating European monologues, the thrilling billing and why Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn make a perfect cult pair. This episode is sponsored by: Bruush (bruush.com (http://bruush.com/) CODE: Check) Bombas (Bombas.com/check (http://bombas.com/check) ) Indeed (Indeed.com/check (http://indeed.com/check) ) Subscribe to our patreon at https://www.patreon.com/blankcheck Follow us @blankcheckpod onTwitter (https://twitter.com/blankcheckpod) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/blankcheckpod/) Merch is available at shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com (http://shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com/)
In Back to the Future, Marty ends up in 1955, the same age as his parents. In the sequel he has to jump between that timeline and a bizarre 2015. The natural conclusion to this blockbuster trilogy? A wild western! It's a classic formula! For Back to the Future Part III, we're talking ninja turtles, the magic of Tom Wilson and Mary Steenburgen, and why ZZ Top should be in more movies. The bad boy of the internet himself, Josh Gondelman, (Desus and Mero, Make My Day (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/make-my-day-with-josh-gondelman/id1507871978) ) joins! This week is sponsored by: Brooklinen (http://Brooklinen.com CODE: Check) Indeed  (http://Indeed.com/check) Keeps (http://keeps.com/check) Subscribe to our patreon at http://patreon.com/blankcheck Follow us @blankcheckpod on Twitter (http://twitter.com/blankcheckpod) and Instagram (http://instagram.com/blankcheckpod) Merch is available at shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com (http://shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com/)
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halyard_halcyon

right around that 20min mark griffin really submitted his best try at giving me a fucking heart attack... i kept switching whether I thought it was a real apology or an ad read (and thank god it was ad )

Feb 28th
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ID20762593

Blank it. Thank it.

Jan 13th
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Toby F

Funny story from this episode! My daughter played the Samantha Mathis character in the Johnny Depp episode of The Price of Fame! I guess the song is right!! It's a small world after all....... 😂😂

Nov 2nd
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Toby F

My vote for "Ben's Choice" is Joe Dirt!! That movie is my "guilty pleasure" movie. It is one of the movies that made me laugh the hardest with "I'm your sister". And that movie never fails to bring a tear to my eye. When a movie can claim those three milestones, it has to be covered by Ben, Griffin and David!!!! You may have already done it but I am late to the party and am listening in order. I think that might make me a completist......... 😁😁

Nov 1st
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Toby F

Wait!! Didn't they make the Road Rash movie!?!? They just named it Torque instead....... 😂😂😂

Oct 29th
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Toby F

I have been listening to this podcast from the very first episode and it is one of my very favorites! I don't listen because the content speaks to me in every episode. I listen because I love the energy between Griffin and David, and I love the energy that they bring to speaking about movies. I can only hope to find a friend that I mesh with as well as these "two friends" mesh. If I do, I will consider myself a very lucky person! This episode brought a tear to my eye when Griffin was talking about what it meant to him when people wrote in. It is what inspired me to share my thoughts. Please keep on making episodes! Like I said, I don't actually listen for the content. I listen to hear two "soul mates" share the same space and energy. I am truly envious........

Oct 29th
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Michael Martin

Pow! Griff does it again!!!

Oct 8th
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Michael Martin

Another Griff classic!!!

Sep 29th
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Darwin Radke

why the beep?

Sep 22nd
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Michael Martin

The Griff-ster does it again *fireworks go off*

Aug 29th
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Michael Martin

Great show! love Caitlin!

Aug 25th
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Michael Martin

The Griff-man does it again!!!

Aug 22nd
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Michael Martin

kick 'em in the grill, Griff!

Aug 20th
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Michael Martin

the Griff strikes again !!!

Aug 19th
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Michael Martin

Griff-man!!!

Aug 17th
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Michael Martin

get em Griff

Aug 16th
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Luke Witherell

~twisted~

May 24th
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Lisa

This episode is everything I've ever wanted in a podcast and I need more like this!

Apr 11th
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Evan Weinman

Why did a lot of the episodes get deleted on castbox?

Feb 25th
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Maida Paxton

IDK if I could have finished the prequels or Elizabethtown or how do you know without Griffin and Ben and David. thanks for the memories.

Feb 20th
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