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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 delv…

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    Latest episodes from Blank Check with Griffin & David

    Ghosts of Mars with Dave Schilling & Jonah Ray

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 28, 2021 100:13

    Contrary to popular belief (and Wikipedia), this film was NOT supposed to be another installment in the Snake Plissken series - John Carpenter just thought it would be cool to make a movie about Mars “because it's red.” Galaxy Brain's Dave Schilling and Jonah Ray join us to dissect Carpenter's take on that dusty red planet, his obsession with crossfades, and his lackluster deployment of Pam Grier. Why *is* Mars a matriarchal society in this movie? We thought Mars needed moms… This episode is sponsored by: Givewell Foundation HelloFresh (hellofresh.com/14check CODE: 14CHECK) 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

    John Carpenter's Vampires with David Ehrlich

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 21, 2021 136:36


    They're not just Vampires, they're John Carpenter's Vampires!  “Closer in patina” to a classic Howard Hawks western than anything Carpenter's ever done, this film is nasty, gruesome, and devoid of any of the “teenyboppers” and romanticism that had become hallmarks of the slasher and vampire genres, respectively. David Ehrlich (Indiewire) joins us as we go deep into the woods - James Woods, that is - and come out with the least memorable Baldwin brother. Strada Chocolata! This episode is sponsored by: Brooklinen (CODE: BLANKCHECK) Mack Weldon (mackweldon.com/check 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


    Escape from L.A. with Matt Gourley & Paul Rust

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 14, 2021 163:34

    Less of a sequel and more of a “next gen video game re-skin,” Snake Plissken is back in “Escape from LA” and this time he's got a surfboard! The “Gourley and Rust” guys join us to ponder whether or not a big budget is actually *bad* for John Carpenter. On the one hand, we get a Carp, Kurt, and Debra Hill reunion! On the other…those submarine sequences. This episode is sponsored by: Truebill (truebill.com/check) Pendulum (CODE: CHECK) Indeed (indeed.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

    Village of the Damned with Amy Nicholson

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 7, 2021 139:13


    It's not “Children of the Damned” nor “Children of the Corn” nor “Corn of the Damned” - it's John Carpenter's “Village of the Damned,” goddamnit! Creepy blonde kids with laser eyes! Our guest Amy Nicholson's (“Unspooled”) boyfriend thinks she looks like one of them. Griffin thinks David's baby has “Village of the Damned” eyes, too. But is this movie actually scary enough? “Needs more menace!” per Ben. Topics covered include the Razzies, formative cinematic crushes, Christopher Reeve's star persona, and a Chuck Norris movie that has him teaming up with a dog to take down an alliance of White Supremacist groups. This episode is sponsored by: Purple (purple.com/check10 CODE: CHECK10) Bombas (bombas.com/check) Stamps.com (CODE: CHECK) Join our Patreon at patreon.com/blankcheck Follow us @blankcheckpod on Twitter and Instagram! Buy some real nerdy merch at shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com


    In the Mouth of Madness with Angelica Jade Bastién

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 31, 2021 142:05

    Just in time for Halloween - it's the conclusion of Carpenter's “Apocalypse Trilogy” and one of the best Lovecraftian horrors ever to grace the silver screen! Vulture's Angelica Jade Bastién joins us to chat “In the Mouth of Madness,” and we wonder - is Sam Neill a “dang ass freak”? Should this movie take place in a more “airport paperback” environment, like a beach town? What would you do if you saw the head of production at New Line getting…uh… “serviced” in public at an Oscar party? Grab your Sutter Cane book and listen up! This episode is sponsored by: BlueChew (CODE: CHECK) Brooklinen (CODE: BLANKCHECK) 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

    Memoirs of an Invisible Man with Alan Sepinwall

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 24, 2021 149:24

    In which we try to find the John Carpenter in what is overwhelmingly a Chevy Chase vanity project. The legendary Alan Sepinwall (Rolling Stone) joins us to make sense of this befuddling genre mishmash. What are the invisibility rules of this movie? Who is the silver-voiced British man named “Richard” and is that his real voice? Is Chevy Chase good at acting? Does it matter? In this movie…yeah, it kind of does! We're sad to see the Carpenter hot streak end with this movie, but that's what Blank Check is all about - the bounces, baby! This episode is sponsored by: HelloFresh (hellofresh.com/14check CODE: 14CHECK) Mack Weldon (mackweldon.com/check CODE: CHECK) Novo (banknovo.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

    They Live! with Mike Mitchell & Nick Wiger

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 17, 2021 151:46


    Don't adjust your sunglasses - it's another epic crossover podcast! The Doughboys join #TheTwoFriends to tackle Carpenter's still-relevant anti-capitalist alien action classic. Is “Rowdy” Roddy Piper the greatest wrestler-turned-actor? Who actually wrote the iconic bubblegum line? Which hard seltzer is the best and why is it White Claw Surge? And yes, of course we have to talk about that iconic fight scene. This episode is sponsored by: Stamps.com (CODE: CHECK) Truebill (truebill.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 at shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com


    Prince of Darkness with Keith Phipps

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 10, 2021 148:35

    Every filmmaker gets one “Satan in a jar in a basement” movie and this is John Carpenter's! Keith Phipps (The Next Picture Podcast) joins us to chat “the anti-God,” fictional British scientist Bernard Quatermass, and young David Sims' humble beginnings as an “It's Always Sunny” recapper at the AVClub. The boys also establish that Ben loves “wet evil” and that the special effects makeup artist on PRINCE OF DARKNESS also worked with Griffin on DRAFT DAY!  This episode is sponsored by: Brooklinen (CODE: BLANKCHECK) Indeed (indeed.com/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

    Big Trouble in Little China with Jason Mantzoukas & Paul Scheer

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 3, 2021 187:58


    You know what ol' Jack Burton would do on an episode like this? Bring back Jason Mantzoukas and Paul Scheer, of course! The HOW DID THIS GET MADE? guys make their triumphant return to Blank Check to discuss yet another Kurt Russell masterpiece, and lament the lack of Russell-esque stars in today's Hollywood landscape. There's some John Landis slander and a shout-out to Kit Fisto - this episode TRULY has everything! This episode is sponsored by: MUBI (​​mubi.com/check) 3Chi (CODE: BC2021) Purple (purple.com/check10 CODE: CHECK10) Join our Patreon at patreon.com/blankcheck Follow us @blankcheckpod on Twitter and Instagram! Buy some real nerdy merch at shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com


    Starman with Katey Rich

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2021 157:01

    Voyager II may be approaching the “Termination Shock” (Ben's new favorite phrase), but we're on earth cherishing the otherworldly romance of John Carpenter's STARMAN! Vanity Fair's Katey Rich returns to discuss Jeff Bridges' impressive performance, the illustrious career of Hollywood script doctor “Dinky” Dean Reisner, and the one sandwich that's actually supposed to have paprika on it (whatever deviled egg thing Karen Allen orders at the diner in this movie). This episode is sponsored by: BetterHelp (betterhelp.com/check) HelloFresh (hellofresh.com/14check CODE: 14CHECK) Mack Weldon (CODE: CHECK) Join our Patreon at patreon.com/blankcheck Follow us @blankcheckpod on Twitter and Instagram! Buy some real nerdy merch at shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com

    Christine with Scott Wampler and Eric Vespe

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2021 132:35


    It's the Blank Check / Kingcast crossover event you've all been waiting for! Scott Wampler and Eric Vespe join us to discuss John Carpenter's “Christine” - the first Stephen King adaptation we've covered. What is more terrifying - a sexy vintage car that kills people? Or Barbra Streisand's basement mall? A difficult question, we know. This episode is sponsored by: 3Chi (CODE: BC2021) 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


    The Thing with Emily VanDerWerff

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2021 167:48

    Here's the thing about THE THING - it might be the best movie we've ever covered? Emily VanDerWerff joins us (and joins the five-timers club!) to discuss Carpenter's Arctic paranoia classic, which was unfairly maligned upon release. Topics covered include the “Brimley COCOON Line,” the film as a trans allegory, and dogs getting their faces peeled back like bananas. This episode is sponsored by: Noom (noom.com/check) Indeed (indeed.com/check) 3Chi (CODE: BC2021) Checkout Emily's podcast What to Watch on the Vox Quick Hits feed or the scripted series Arden! Join our Patreon at patreon.com/blankcheck Follow us @blankcheckpod on Twitter and Instagram! Buy some real nerdy merch at shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com

    Escape from New York with Karen Han

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 5, 2021 140:10

    Grab your eyepatches - it's Snake Plissken time! Karen Han joins the gang to chat Carpenter's action classic ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK - which was actually filmed in St. Louis! Topics covered include NSFW tattoos, Lee Van Cleef's badass gravestone, the 90s documentary where Ernest Borgnine just drives a bus, and John Carpenter's rather pedestrian taste in video games. “Fallout 76”??? C'mon, John! This episode is sponsored by: 3Chi (CODE: BC2021) Novo (banknovo.com/check) 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

    The Fog with Nia DaCosta

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 29, 2021 109:58

    A film brave enough to ask the question - what if there was fog? Just kidding - this movie is ACTUALLY about vengeful pirate ghosts and a lady with a sexy radio voice. CANDYMAN's Nia DaCosta returns to the pod to ask whether or not fog is scary if you aren't driving through it. Producer Ben wonders if the titular fog should have had a voice. Plus, we explore the history of spooky lighthouse movies. This episode is sponsored by: IPVanish (ipvanish.com/check) Brooklinen (CODE: BLANKCHECK) 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

    Halloween with Alex Ross Perry

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 22, 2021 197:45

    It's our biggest episode EVER as Alex Ross Perry brings his own dossier of talking points to tackle 1978's iconic HALLOWEEN. We explore the history of American independent cinema as seen through the lens of the low-budget horror genre, and determine who'd be included in the slasher villain Mount Rushmore (Chucky isn't carved into the rock; he'd be working at the gift shop). This episode is sponsored by: Purple (purple.com/check10 CODE: CHECK10) Mack Weldon (mackweldon.com/check CODE: CHECK) HelloFresh (hellofresh.com/14check CODE: 14CHECK) Join our Patreon at patreon.com/blankcheck Follow us @blankcheckpod on Twitter and Instagram! Buy some real nerdy merch at shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com

    Assault on Precinct 13 with April Wolfe

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 15, 2021 121:39

    John Carpenter puts his own spin on Howard Hawks' iconic western RIO BRAVO and Griffin learns about “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” - it's our ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 episode! Screenwriter and film critic April Wolfe (2019's BLACK CHRISTMAS) joins us as we discuss the most dramatic vanilla ice cream cone of all time. Is this one of Carpenter's best musical scores? Gonna go ahead and say YES. This episode is sponsored by: Noom (noom.com/check) MUBI (mubi.com/check) Stamps.com (CODE: CHECK) Join our Patreon at patreon.com/blankcheck Follow us @blankcheckpod on Twitter and Instagram! Buy some real nerdy merch at shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com

    Dark Star with Emily Yoshida

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2021 130:28

    Our long-awaited John Carpenter series kicks off with his ultra-low budget oddity debut DARK STAR. Ben goes Hollywood (actually, “Hosleywood”) to record with Emily Yoshida - the Mother of Blankies herself - *in person* in Los Angeles, and the gang debates possible names for the series. We landed on “They Podcast” - which is a departure from Griffin's far sweatier suggestions. Join us as we set the table for Carpenter's filmography, and go deep on this film, which could also just be called “Space Dirtbags,” per Emily. This episode is sponsored by: Indeed (indeed.com/check) Brooklinen (CODE: BLANKCHECK) IPVanish (ipvanish.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

    Old with Marie Bardi

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 1, 2021 142:39

    What if there was a beach that made you old? Only the mischievous mind of M. Night Shyamalan could conjure such a place! The gang (including Shyamalan Superfan and Blank Check social media manager Marie Bardi) dives into M. Night's latest offering. Is it a “Glassterpiece”? Does Griffin even know what age he is anymore? Did Ben always have those wrinkles on his face? This episode is sponsored by: MUBI (mubi.com/check) IPVanish (ipvanish.com/check) The Plot Thickens Join our Patreon at patreon.com/blankcheck Follow us @blankcheckpod on Twitter and Instagram! Buy some real nerdy merch at shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com

    Space Jam: A New Legacy with James Newman

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 25, 2021 171:40

    Welcome to the slam, it's time to jam - it's our first in-person recording since the pandemic! Griffin's brother James Newman returns to the pod to chat BASKETBALL, a topic that Griffin now knows slightly more about after watching The Last Dance. Is LeBron a bad actor? Does anyone really understand the complicated metaphysics of the Warner Bros Serververse? Join us as we discuss! This episode is sponsored by: Purple (purple.com/check10 CODE: CHECK10) Mack Weldon (mackweldon.com/check CODE: CHECK) HelloFresh (hellofresh.com/14check CODE: 14CHECK) Join our Patreon at patreon.com/blankcheck Follow us @blankcheckpod on Twitter and Instagram! Buy some real nerdy merch at shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com

    Clifford 2: Hyper-Clifford with Tom Scharpling

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 18, 2021 111:02


    It's the direct-to-Crackle sequel to our original Clifford episode from four years ago! Clifford superfan and comedy legend Tom Scharpling (“The Best Show,” his new memoir “It Never Ends”) joins us to wax poetic on Martin Short and eulogize the great Charles Grodin. The guys also give pitches for an actual Clifford sequel. Would it involve a prison break? Ben thinks so! This episode is sponsored by: Brooklinen (CODE: blankcheck) Stamps.com (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


    Joe Dirt

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 11, 2021 142:16


    Dust off your mullets, because it's the return of PORCH CINEMA with another Ben's Choice Blank Check Spectacular! The boys talk David Spade, Kid Rock, and Direct-to-Crackle sequels, as they determine the secret ingredient to Ben-approved content - carry a mop on the poster. This episode is sponsored by: NordVPN (nordvpn.com/blankcheck CODE: blankcheck) Bombas (bombas.com/check) Cold Save Join our Patreon at patreon.com/blankcheck Follow us @blankcheckpod on Twitter and Instagram! Buy some real nerdy merch at shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com


    Abduction with Jason Concepcion

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 4, 2021 134:55

    John Singleton's filmography comes to an inauspicious end with “Abduction,” a film that tests the viability of “Taylor Lautner as Action Star.” Longtime friend of the pod Jason Concepcion (Crooked Media's Takeline and ALL CAPS NBA) joins us as we mourn the untimely passing of Singleton and try to parse why this movie fails so spectacularly. This episode is sponsored by: Ritual (ritual.com/blankcheck) Indeed (indeed.com/check) 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

    Four Brothers with Jonathan Braylock

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2021 138:37

    What if there were four brothers? Has anyone thought of this before? Jonathan Braylock (Black Men Can't Jump in Hollywood) joins us to talk about the niche genre of “snow crime,” the “what ifs?” of Singleton's career in the 2000s, and the four classic archetypes of brothers.  This episode is sponsored by: Brooklinen (CODE: blankcheck) HelloFresh (hellofresh.com/blankcheck14 CODE: blankcheck14) 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 at shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com

    2 Fast 2 Furious with Jon Gabrus

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2021 153:53

    It's happening - the Two Friends finally devote an entire episode to THE FAMILY. Special guest (and Fast Franchise Devotee) Jon Gabrus joins us to talk about the Singleton-directed second installment in the saga, just in time for the release of F9. No Vin? No problem! We've got a very hungry Tyrese! This episode is sponsored by:MUBI (mubi.com/check)GrubhubBetterHelp (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

    Baby Boy with Ayo Edebiri

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2021 127:18

    Who says you can't go home again? John Singleton returns to South Central with BABY BOY and we imagine a trip to Tyrese's backyard Benihana, a thing that actually exists. Special guest Ayo Edebiri (Big Mouth) returns to the pod with some crackling insights (and an inspired Shrek tangent) as we discuss the legacy of what some call Singleton's stealth best film. This episode is sponsored by:Noom (noom.com/check)Grubhub Stamps.com (CODE: CHECK) Join our Patreon at patreon.com/blankcheck Follow us @blankcheckpod on Twitter and Instagram!Buy some real nerdy merch at shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com

    Shaft with Demi Adejuyigbe

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 6, 2021 155:08

    He's a bad mother...pod your cast! Demi Adejuyigbe (The Amber Ruffin Show) joins Griffin and David to discuss the cultural legacy of Detective John Shaft - most specifically, John Singleton's 2000 interpretation. Is there enough sex in this version of Shaft? What does Shaft mean when he says, “Giuliani Time!” ? Does Jeffrey Wright put too much paprika on the sandwich? Listen here! This episode is sponsored by:MUBI (mubi.com/check) Brooklinen (CODE: blankcheck)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

    Rosewood with Jamelle Bouie

    Play Episode Listen Later May 30, 2021 143:46

    Blankie favorite Jamelle Bouie returns to the pod to discuss “Rosewood” - an ambitious historical epic whose failure at the box office (against not one, but TWO Star Wars re-releases) may have necessitated a shift for Singleton towards more commercial fare. The careers of Ving Rhames, Jon Voight, and Michael Rooker are spotlighted, as well as the surprising filmography of Rosewood’s screenwriter Greg Poirier. This episode is sponsored by:Indeed (indeed.com/check)Bombas (bombas.com/check)HelloFresh - hellofresh.com/blankcheck12 (CODE: BLANKCHECK12) Join our Patreon at patreon.com/blankcheck Follow us @blankcheckpod on Twitter and Instagram!Buy some real nerdy merch at shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com

    Higher Learning with Micah Peters

    Play Episode Listen Later May 23, 2021 135:20

    We’re going back to school with John Singleton, Omar Epps, and...Zangief?! Micah Peters (The Ringer) joins the Two Friends as they discuss “Higher Learning” - an ambitious movie that wrestles with the Big Issues of the American experience: race, gender, sexuality, and the career of Tyra Banks. This episode is sponsored by:GrubHubMack Weldon (mackweldon.com/check CODE: CHECK)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

    Poetic Justice with Jourdain Searles

    Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2021 145:02


    Jourdain Searles (Bad Romance Pod) joins The Two Friends to discuss “Poetic Justice” - a film that is NOT about Janet Jackson teaching a poetry class, contrary to Griffin’s assumption. The episode also features a delightful Billy Zane tangent and includes probably the most Maya Angelou poetry of any Blank Check installment yet. This episode is sponsored by: Manscaped - (CODE: BLANKCHECK) Brooklinen - (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


    Boyz n the Hood with Aisha Harris

    Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2021 134:10

    Join us as we pour one out for John Singleton, the subject of our new miniseries - PODZ N THE CAST. Griffin and David welcome Aisha Harris (NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour) to chat about Singleton’s iconic debut feature, which saw him Oscar-nominated straight out of film school at the age of 24. Take that, Orson Welles. Griffin also lays out his “Cloverfield Monster” theory of movie-watching, and the boys discuss the reasons for Ice Cube’s success as a movie star (“great sneer!”) This episode is sponsored by:BetterHelp (betterhelp.com/check)GrubHub 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

    Don Jon with Hollywood Handbook

    Play Episode Listen Later May 2, 2021 115:47

    He’s the kid from Third Rock. The Boy from Brick. The hitRECordjoe himself. Blank Check proudly presents a special one-film miniseries on the directorial career of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, so far consisting only of the baffling 2013 porn-addiction comedy DON JON. “The Boys” Sean Clements and Hayes Davenport of Hollywood Handbook join us as we ask the important questions, like, “Why does this movie not star Channing Tatum?” “How did he get ScarJo and Julianne Moore to do this?” “What is HitRecord?”  This episode is sponsored by:Indeed - indeed.com/check HelloFresh - hellofresh.com/blankcheck12 (CODE: BLANKCHECK12) Stamps.com - (CODE: CHECK) Join our Patreon at patreon.com/blankcheck Follow us @blankcheckpod on Twitter and Instagram!Buy some real nerdy merch at shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com

    Ishtar with Clint McElroy

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 25, 2021 160:30

    Telling the truth is a dangerous business - but movies and podcasts can go hand-in-hand! We conclude our Elaine May series with one of the biggest bounces in Hollywood history - the unfairly maligned Ishtar. Clint McElroy (The Adventure Zone) joins us as we discuss blind camels and the “liberal feminist” Warren Beatty. This episode is sponsored by: Brooklinen - (CODE: BLANKCHECK)Mack Weldon - (mackweldon.com/check CODE: 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

    Mikey and Nicky with Olivia Craighead

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 18, 2021 149:47

    Grab 15 cups of cream, brush up on your Meisner Technique, and listen in as The Two Friends (Griffin & David) discuss the Two Friends MIKEY & NICKY, with special guest Olivia Craighead (Iconography podcast). While we’re still discussing the films of Elaine May, this episode also serves as a celebration of “Short King With A Tall Face” John Cassavetes, and recognizes 1976 for what it was - a banner year for Ned Beatty. This episode is sponsored by:Purple - (purple.com/check10 CODE: CHECK10)Noom - (noom.com/check) Stamps.com - (CODE: CHECK) Join our Patreon at patreon.com/blankcheck Follow us @blankcheckpod on Twitter and Instagram!Buy some real nerdy merch at shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com

    The Heartbreak Kid with Avery Edison

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 11, 2021 155:10


    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

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 4, 2021 132:24

    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

    The Sixth Annual Blank Check Awards with Joe Reid

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 28, 2021 165:05

    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

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 21, 2021 134:49


    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


    The Princess and the Frog with James III

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 14, 2021 145:03

    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 (https://twitter.com/blackmenpodcast) ) 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 (http://www.brooklinen.com/) - (CODE: BLANKCHECK)  Bombas - https://bombas.com/check Ritual - https://ritual.com/blankcheck 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/)

    314: Treasure Planet with Emma Stefansky

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 7, 2021 151:06

    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 (https://twitter.com/stefabsky) , entertainment staff writer @thrillist (https://twitter.com/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 (http://stamps.com/) - (CODE: CHECK) BetterHelp - https://www.betterhelp.com/check Bloomscape (https://bloomscape.com/) - (CODE: 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 at shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com (https://shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com/)

    Hercules with Larry Owens

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 28, 2021 119:51

    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

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 21, 2021 137:02

    #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/)

    The Little Mermaid with Esther Zuckerman

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 14, 2021 151:42

    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/)

    The Great Mouse Detective with Fran Hoepfner

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 7, 2021 140:00

    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/)

    The Witches with Richard Lawson

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 31, 2021 140:16


    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/)


    Welcome to Marwen with Emily Yoshida

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 24, 2021 157:24

    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

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2021 133:40

    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/)

    teneT

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 10, 2021 157:53

    !erom dna ,tsinogatorP eht sa notgnihsaW divaD nhoJ fo ecnamrofrep eht ,nosnittaP treboR fo reerac eht eht thgiltops ,DOV ot yenruoj lausunu "s'ameniC fo roivaS" eht ssucsid sdneirfowteht# rehtegoT .teneT ,mlif noitca sdrawkcab wen sih htiw naloN rehpotsirhC rotcerid stisiver kcehC knalB This episode is sponsored by: Stamps.com (https://www.stamps.com/) (CODE: Check) Brooklinen (https://www.brooklinen.com/) (CODE: 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 at shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com (https://shopblankcheckpod.myshopify.com/)

    Wonder Woman 1984

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2021 156:43

    On the week of its release in December of 2020, Griffin and David discussed Wonder Woman 1984. Special thanks to The Great American Novel 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) . Also, follow them on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/thegreatamericannovel/) ! 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

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 27, 2020 163:19

    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

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2020 146:21

    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/)

    A Christmas Carol with Emily VanDerWerff

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2020 155:27


    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/)


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