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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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Miami Vice

Miami Vice

2019-07-1402:44:31

Are you a fiend for mojitos? We are. Grab your shades and grease back your hair cause Blank Check is discussing 2006’s film remake of Miami Vice! Together they examine the storied history of this production, the performances of Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx, grenade rules, casting Russell Crowe as Donkey Kong and more! This episode is sponsored by Brooklinen (https://www.brooklinen.com/) CODE: CHECK and Bespoke Post (http://boxofawesome.com) CODE: CHECK.
Collateral with Katey Rich

Collateral with Katey Rich

2019-07-0701:51:071

#thetwofriends welcome back Katey Rich (Vanity Fair) to discuss 2004's Cruise/Foxx thriller Collateral. Together they examine the initial casting of Adam Sandler as the cab driver, as well as, the entire cast's excellent performances, contemplate a coyote and more. This episode is sponsored by Talkspace (https://talkspace.com/) CODE: CHECK and Legacybox (https://legacybox.com/) CODE: CHECK.
Ali with Jamelle Bouie

Ali with Jamelle Bouie

2019-06-3002:19:16

This week, Jamelle Bouie (The New York Times) joins to discuss 2001’s unorthodox biopic, Ali. Together they examine the relationship between Ali and sports broadcaster Howard Cosell, the Peter Newman interview, Will Smith and the rest of the excellent cast's performances and so much more. Plus, Jamelle tries the Spies in Disguise challenge! This episode is sponsored by Scentbird (https://www.scentbird.com/check) , MUBI (https://mubi.com) and Noom (https://noom.com/check) .
The Insider with Andy Levy

The Insider with Andy Levy

2019-06-2302:31:222

This week, Andy Levy joins Griffin and David to discuss 1999's 60 Minutes biopic, The Insider. Together they examine the performances of Al Pacino, Russell Crowe, and Christopher Plummer, go off on a The Good Shepherd tangent, present some Joe Camel casting options and more! This episode is sponsored by Manscaped (https://www.manscaped.com/) CODE: CHECK and MUBI (https://mubi.com/) .
Heat with Jon Gabrus

Heat with Jon Gabrus

2019-06-1602:52:263

Comedian Jon Gabrus joins Griffin and David for an epic conversation on 1995's Cops and Robbers aren't so different movie, Heat. But what did director William Friedkin call Al Pacino in his biography? Is someone reading a metal making book at the bar mysterious? Who is the legendary Craig Castaldo AKA Radio Man? Together they examine the performances of Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro, Dad cinema, the diner scene and more! This episode is sponsored by Bespoke (http://boxofawesome.com) CODE: CHECK, Hims (http://forhims.com/check) , Stamps.com (https://stamps.com) CODE: CHECK and Visitations with Elijah Wood and Daniel Noah (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/visitations-with-elijah-wood-and-daniel-noah/id1465141490) .
Dana Stevens (Slate) joins Griffin and David to discuss 1992's new world frontier adaptation, The Last of the Mohicans. Together they examine Mann and Daniel Day-Lewis spending a month in the forest of North Carolina learning the skills and tools needed to survive in the eighteenth-century wilderness, the legacy of character "Natty" Bumppo, the films of Buster Keaton and more! This episode is sponsored by Brooklinen (https://www.brooklinen.com/) CODE: CHECK, Talkspace (https://www.talkspace.com/) CODE: CHECK and Away (https://www.awaytravel.com/check) CODE: CHECK!
This week, Chris Cabin and Eric Szyszka of the We Hate Movies podcast (http://www.whmpodcast.com/) joins Griffin and David to discuss the original Hannibal Lecter film: 1986's Manhunter. But what motivated producer Dino De Laurentiis to scrap the adapted title Red Dragon in favor of Manhunter? Did Michael Mann's research involve becoming pen pals with an incarcerated murderer? Is poet and painter William Blake's Great Red Dragon on fleek? Together they examine the performances of William Petersen and Brian Cox, the work of novelist Thomas Harris and the complete Lecter-verse (including Hannibal Rising), Walt Disney’s frozen head and serial killer home design aesthetics. This episode is sponsored by Noom (https://www.noom.com/check) .
Alex Ross Perry (Her Smell) returns to Blank Check to discuss 1983's The Keep. But is this technically a movie? Why is there an extended tangent about the TV show Bones? Is there a movie where anyone eats pizza before E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial? Together they discuss the Mount Rushmore of 1980s: Verhoeven, Schrader, De Palma and Friedkin, the creator of the Moviefone and also talk about The Keep. This episode is sponsored by Mack Weldon (https://www.mackweldon.com/) CODE: CHECK and MUBI (https://mubi.com/check) .
Thief

Thief

2019-05-1902:07:132

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: "ShortSwingwav." 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).
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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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Timothy Garraty

Julianne Hannes they dont NEED to do anything

Jun 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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Tz Humble

ruth sims Hit me up

Jun 14th
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Ramon Rodriguez

this ep is insufferable.

Jun 18th
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