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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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Cast Away with Nia DaCosta

Cast Away with Nia DaCosta

2020-11-2202:10:133

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/)
Man wouldn't it be weird to have a future controlled by a rich blond bully who hates women, steals things and is awful to everyone? Robert Zemeckis predicts a wild, kooky, and somewhat accurate 2015 with Back to the Future Part II. Comedian Nicole Byer (Nailed It, Newcomers (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/newcomers-lord-rings-lauren-lapkus-nicole-byer/id1494534953) , Why Won't You Date Me (https://headgum.com/why-wont-you-date-me-with-nicole-byer) ) helps us make sense of the different timelines, unpack the connection to Trump, analyze the film’s strategic approach to the sequel and the ultimate disappointment that hoverboards continue to not exist. This week is sponsored by: Theragun (http://theragun.com/check) Stamps.com (stamps.com (http://stamps.com/) CODE: check) Ritual (http://ritual.com/blankcheck) 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/)
A noir for kids. Disney and Warner Bros characters together for the first and last time. Live action drama with kooky Tex Avery-style animation. There's really no movie quite like Who Framed Roger Rabbit. How long did "bumping the lamp" take? What's a contemporary take on Jessica and Roger Rabbit's relationship dynamics? How does the film's story mirror Hollywood? We invited the Doughboys themselves, Mike Mitchell and Nick Wiger to help us find out! This week is sponsored by: Hims (http://forhims.com/blank) Bruush (bruush.com (http://bruush.com/) CODE: Check) Noom (http://noom.com/check) Subscribe to our patreon at https://www.patreon.com/blankcheck Follow us @blankcheckpod on Twitter (https://twitter.com/blankcheckpod) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/blankcheckpod/) Merch is available at shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com (http://shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com/)
Back to the Future

Back to the Future

2020-09-2703:01:025

It was the #1 film of 1985. It’s a theme park ride. An animated series. It spawned video games. Comic books. Musicals. It’s in the goddamn Library of Congress! And key to this series, it guaranteed Robert Zemeckis big crazy budgets for decades. Has there ever been a bigger “blank check" than Back to the Future? Now make like a tree and start the episode already! This episode is sponsored by: Ritual (http://ritual.com/blankcheck) Theragun (http://theragun.com/check) Hello Fresh (HelloFresh.com/80Check (http://hellofresh.com/80Check) CODE: 80Check)  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/)
How did Robert Zemeckis go from commercial flops to a career-defining time-travelling trilogy of blank checks? It’s all thanks to his “guarantor” from 1984 - Romancing The Stone, starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner. We invited Filmspotting (https://www.filmspotting.net/) ’s Adam Kempenaar and Josh Larsen to dive into Zemeckis’ first commercial success and how it set the tone for a decade of hits. This episode is sponsored by: Master Class (http://masterclass.com/check) Bombas (http://bombas.com/check) 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/)
How Did This Get Made’s Paul Scheer (https://twitter.com/paulscheer?lang=en) (Black Monday, The League) returns with Jason Mantzoukas (Big Mouth, Brooklyn Nine-Nine) for a rare-Rated R Zemeckis – Used Cars (1980). Topics in this episode include the unique star power of Kurt Russell throughout his career, unpacking the bad luck sequence, and a general look at the state of major studio comedies. This episode is sponsored by: Better Help (http://betterhelp.com/check) Mack Weldon (http://mackweldon.com/check CODE: Check)  Hawthorne (hawthorne.co (http://hawthorne.co/) 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/) ! Merch is available at shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com (http://shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com/)
Your March Madness winner series has arrived! Chosen by the listeners, our latest subject is Robert Zemeckis, a Hollywood hitmaker who gives us plenty to cover. But before we get to Forrest Gump and Back To The Future, we're starting with 1978's I Wanna Hold Your Hand, which centers on a group of girls sneaking into the Beatles games Ed Sullivan show performance. Patrick Willems (@patrickhwillems) helps us kick it all off as we talk iconic dork performances, the best Beatles movies, and the confidence in this directorial debut. This week is sponsored by: Stamps (stamps.com (http://stamps.com/) Code: CHECK) Noom (http://noom.com/check) Hims (http://forhims.com/blank) Subscribe to our patreon at https://www.patreon.com/blankcheck Follow us @blankcheckpod on Twitter (https://twitter.com/blankcheckpod) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/blankcheckpod/) Merch is available at shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com (http://shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com/)
The Old Guard

The Old Guard

2020-08-3002:08:134

In The Old Guard (2020), Charlize Theron, Kiki Layne, and a group of immortal warriors define why it's worth living to fight another day. Plus they look extremely cool doing it. This week, we wrap up Gina Prince-Bythewood's series with her most recent film, released on Netflix mid-pandemic. How has 2020 affected the release and how we watch it (preferably from a porch)? What do we want to see out of a sequel? What's the best Netflix movie formula? Join Griffin, David and Ben as we list our favorite Prince-Blythwood movies and what blank checks we're looking forward to in the future. This episode is sponsored by: MUBI (http://mubi.com/check) Raycon (https://rayconglobal.com/check) Ritual (https://ritual.com/check) Our new store is officially live! Buy the latest Blank Check merch at shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com (https://shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com/)
The pressures of fame as a young pop star navigating the music industry. An overbearing, success driven mother. A quote loving cop with a big heart. Beyond the Lights is an epic film packed with drama, comedy, music and romance. This week, comedian Ayo Edebiri (Iconography podcast (https://foreverdogpodcasts.com/podcasts/iconography/) ) returns to discuss Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s career trajectory, viral realism, wearing the Larry Crowne and Ayo's work as the unofficial showrunner for The Kominsky Method. This episode is sponsored by: MUBI (http://mubi.com/check) Brooklinen (http://brooklinen.com/) (CODE: Check) Better Help (http://betterhelp.com/check)
A coming-of age story. Racism in America. Complex connections to motherhood. The Secret Life of Bees adaptation had a lot of themes to tackle. This week we look back to 2008 and compare the strengths and weaknesses of Prince-Bythewood’s biggest commercial success.  Critic, comedian and co-host (Bad Romance Podcast (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/bad-romance-podcast/id1261207802) ) Jourdain Searles (https://jourdainsearles.com/) returns to talk meeting celebrities at the worst moments, Hollywood’s attempts to depict the south, and underrated Queen Latifah performances. This episode is sponsored by: Keeps (http://keeps.com/check) Hawthorne (http://hawthorne.co/) (CODE: Check) Master Class (http://masterclass.com/check)
It’s rare we get to start a mini-series with a classic. 20 years after its release, Gina Prince-Bythewood’s directorial debut still stands the test of time as a top-tier cinematic love story. This week’s all about Love and Basketball (2000), which would set the tone for her career. But what’s the story that led her there? Carl Tart (The Good Place, Comedy Bang Bang) joins as we discuss how Sanaa Lathan fought for her big break, the impact of seeing a romance between two Black leads on the big screen (and VHS), and confuse Griffin with WNBA and NBA stats. This episode is sponsored by: Hims (http://forhims.com/blank) Mack Weldon (http://mackweldon.com/check) (CODE: Check) MUBI (http://mubi.com/check)
Alas, our Nora Ephron series has come to an end! For our last ep, we’re happy we get to end on a high note and a touch of the Tucc… with 2009’s Julie & Julia. Returning to not only offer her chef expertise but share but how this movie molded her life is noted sister, Romilly Newman! We talk Meryl Streep’s Oscar nomination, why Amy Adams’ half works just as well, and why this film encapsulates Nora’s career so perfectly. Stay tuned ‘til the end for our rankings and announcement about our next series! This episode is sponsored by: MUBI (https://mubi.com/check) Better Help (https://www.betterhelp.com/check) Ritual (https://ritual.com/check)
Bewitched with Dana Schwartz

Bewitched with Dana Schwartz

2020-07-2602:43:503

Years were spent trying to figure out the perfect way to bring back the 60s sitcom, Bewitched. The result was a confusing, critical bomb. How do you go wrong with a hot Oscar winner, SNL star, a handful of Daily Show correspondents, and the Ephron sisters? Blank Check attempts to find out. Dana Schwartz joins #thetwofriends to discuss 2005's Bewitched! Plus, a special bonus interview with Alex Ross Perry and Jason Schwartzman on his experience working with Nora Ephron. This episode is sponsored by: Brooklinen (https://www.brooklinen.com/) (CODE: Check) Better Help (https://www.betterhelp.com/check) MUBI (https://mubi.com/check)
It’s an extra-sized episode featuring director Alex Ross Perry for this strange film about lotteries or something. Which Seinfeld characters are the Two Friends, Ben, and Ang? What awesome tidbits did Alex pick up from the Lucky Numbers commentary? What are the merits of the films of all the other Friends (from Friends)? This episode is sponsored by: Hawthorne (https://hawthorne.co/) (Code: CHECK) Raycon (https://rayconglobal.com/check) Master Class (https://www.masterclass.com/check) The Seinfeld theme is composed by Jonathan Wolff (https://seinfeldmusicguy.com/) .
AOL may have aged out but has this classic rom-com? We invited Who? Weekly's very own Lindsey Weber and Bobby Finger to discuss another Nora Ephron box office hit–You've Got Mail (1998). We get into the all-star cast with Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Dave Chapelle, Greg Kinnear, Parker Posey, meet cutes, and Nora's New York City. This episode is sponsored by: Hims (https://forhims.com/blank) Lumin Skin (https://www.luminskin.com/check) Stamps (https://www.stamps.com/) (CODE: CHECK)
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Comments (49)

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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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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