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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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Writer and comedian Avery Edison joins this week to discuss 1972’s The Heartbreak Kid! Topics include: how May’s directing elevated the Neil Simon screenplay, the performances from Cybill Shepherd, Jeannie Berlin, Charles Grodin, the delightful cringe of the comedy, and more!This episode is sponsored by:Ritual (ritual.com/blankcheck)Bombas (bombas.com/check)BetterHelp (betterhelp.com/check) Check out Avery's scripted podcast Swings And Roundabouts! Join our Patreon at patreon.com/blankcheck Follow us @blankcheckpod on Twitter and Instagram!Buy some real nerdy merch at shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com
A New Leaf

A New Leaf

2021-04-0402:12:24

Heavens! It’s technically April, but we’re talking MAY! The guys kick off our Elaine May mini series with her debut feature A New Leaf, while also diving deep into her history as an improv and sketch comedy trailblazer. This episode also marks the return of Ben’s nicknames, and includes a wild ride through the top box office hits of 1971. Billy Jack, anyone? This episode is sponsored by:Indeed (indeed.com/check) Stamps.com (CODE: CHECK) Brooklinen (CODE: BLANKCHECK) Join our Patreon at patreon.com/blankcheck Follow us @blankcheckpod on Twitter and Instagram!Buy some real nerdy merch at shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com
Griffin and David welcome back Joe Reid for the 6th annual Blankie Awards Ceremony for Excellence in Films. Together they present their own personal nominations and winners for the upcoming 93rd Academy Awards. This roundtable discussion looks at all the major categories, as well as, references deep cut cinema you may have missed. This episode is sponsored by:Purple - (purple.com/check10 CODE: CHECK10)HelloFresh - (hellofresh.com/blankcheck12 CODE: CHECK12) 3CHI Cannabinoids - (CODE: BC2021) Check out Joe Reid's podcast This Had Oscar Buzz! Join our Patreon at patreon.com/blankcheck Follow us @blankcheckpod on Twitter and Instagram!Buy some real nerdy merch at shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com
Moana with Lenika Cruz

Moana with Lenika Cruz

2021-03-2102:14:49

Griffin and David are finally doing it! They are CONSIDERING THE COCONUT! In addition to the coconut they also have an in-depth conversation about Musker and Clements’ final (and best?) film together, 2016's Moana. A departure from their typical 2D animation style, and a shift from Disney’s typical Princess / Prince structure, their first fully CG film delves into a Polynesian mythology AND makes everyone cry. They are joined this week by Lenika Cruz (The Atlantic) and discuss heavy topics like parental relationships and leaving home, as well as topics on the lighter side such as; what is the best use of The Rock, and will we be over Lin Manuel Miranda again this coming year. This episode is sponsored by:Noom - noom.com/check Mack Weldon - (CODE: CHECK) 3CHI -  (CODE: BC2021)Join our Patreon at patreon.com/blankcheck Follow us @blankcheckpod on Twitter and Instagram!Buy some real nerdy merch at shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com
Just when they thought they were out, Musker & Clements are called back in to helm 2009's The Princess and the Frog. After 7 years in directorial semi-retirement, John and Ron bring Disney animated films back to its musical roots in this historic fairytale starring Disney's first Black princess.James III (Black Men Can’t Jump In Hollywood) joins this week to discuss the missteps, Keith David’s body of work, how cool Louis the jazz loving alligator is and more!This episode is sponsored by: Brooklinen - (CODE: BLANKCHECK) Bombas - bombas.com/check Ritual - ritual.com/blankcheck Join our Patreon at patreon.com/blankcheck Follow us @blankcheckpod on Twitter and Instagram!Buy some real nerdy merch at shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com
This is the BOUNCE BABY!!! This week, the gang heads to 2002’s Treasure Planet. But what would the Phil Collins bump have done for this movie? Can a CGI character have a wig, when everyone’s hair is fake? Should this movie have been called “Poochie Planet”? They are joined by guest Emma “BOOKS” Stefansky (@stefabsky, entertainment staff writer @thrillist). Also, stick around until the end to hear what Ben thinks of all the Harry Potter movies, especially Dobby.  This episode is sponsored by: Stamps.com - (CODE: CHECK)BetterHelp - betterhelp.com/check Bloomscape - (CODE: BLANK)Join our Patreon at patreon.com/blankcheck Follow us @blankcheckpod on Twitter and Instagram!Buy some real nerdy merch at shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com
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 - purple.com/check10 HelloFresh - hellofresh.com/blankcheck10 MUBI - mubi.com/check Join our Patreon at patreon.com/blankcheck Follow us @blankcheckpod on Twitter and Instagram!Buy some real nerdy merch at 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) 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 - (CODE: CHECK)  Mack Weldon - (CODE: CHECK)Noom - noom.com/check Join our Patreon at patreon.com/blankcheck Follow us @blankcheckpod on Twitter and Instagram!Buy some real nerdy merch at 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 (ritual.com/blankcheck)Bombas (bombas.com/check)MUBI (mubi.com/check) Check out Esther's book: A Field Guide to Internet Boyfriends: Meme-Worthy Celebrity Crushes from A to Z Join our Patreon at patreon.com/blankcheck Follow us @blankcheckpod on Twitter and Instagram!Buy some real nerdy merch at 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.comHims (forhims.com/blank)BetterHelp (betterhelp.com/check) Join our Patreon at patreon.com/blankcheck Follow us @blankcheckpod on Twitter and Instagram!Buy some real nerdy merch at 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 (mubi.com/check)HelloFresh (hellofresh.com/blankcheck10)Brooklinen (brooklinen.com/) Join our Patreon at patreon.com/blankcheck Follow us @blankcheckpod on Twitter and Instagram!Buy some real nerdy merch at shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com
Emily Yoshida is back to welcome you to Marwen! This episode is sponsored by:Noom (noom.com/check)Bombas (bombas.com/check)Purple (purple.com/check10) Join our Patreon at patreon.com/blankcheck Follow us @blankcheckpod on Twitter and Instagram!Buy some real nerdy merch at 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)Ritual (ritual.com/BLANKCHECK) MUBI (mubi.com/check) Join our Patreon at patreon.com/blankcheck Follow us @blankcheckpod on Twitter and Instagram!Buy some real nerdy merch at 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 for the new studio version of the theme song! Please check out their music on Bandcamp and Spotify. This episode is sponsored by:MUBI (Mubi.com/check)Hello Fresh (Hellofresh.com/blankcheck10 CODE: blankcheck10Mack Weldon (Mackweldon.com/check CODE: Check) Join our Patreon at patreon.com/blankcheck Follow us @blankcheckpod on Twitter and Instagram!Buy some real nerdy merch @ shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com
The Walk with J.D. Amato

The Walk with J.D. Amato

2020-12-2702:41:424

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 patreon.com/blankcheck Follow us @blankcheckpod on Twitter and Instagram!Buy some real nerdy merch including this year’s commemorative Talking the Walk design @ shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.comMusic selection: "Night Break" by Kevin MacLeod. Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License.
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) Mack Weldon (Mackweldon.com/check CODE: Check) Brooklinen (Brooklinen.com CODE: Check)  Join our Patreon at patreon.com/blankcheck Follow us @blankcheckpod on Twitter and Instagram!Buy some real nerdy merch @ 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!This episode is sponsored by:Stamps (stamps.com CODE: Check)Keeps (Keeps.com/check)Noom (noom.com/check) Join our Patreon at patreon.com/blankcheck Follow us @blankcheckpod on Twitter and Instagram!Buy some real nerdy merch @ 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, Spotify or wherever you get your pods! This episode is sponsored by: Legacy Box (legacybox.com/check) Indeed (indeed.com/check) Hims (forhims.com/blank)  Join our Patreon at patreon.com/blankcheck Follow us @blankcheckpod on Twitter and Instagram!Buy some real nerdy merch @ 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 (newyorker.com/check) Mack Weldon (mackweldon.com/check CODE: Check)  Join our Patreon at patreon.com/blankcheck Follow us @blankcheckpod on Twitter and Instagram!Buy some real nerdy merch @ shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com
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James L

I'm not quite sure if you guys read comments from this app but thank you so so much for everything you guys are heroes. Been listening for years and Elaine May is a favourite of mine. Love. the. two. friends. and. the. hoz.

Apr 11th
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Mar 26th
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Mayhem

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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