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Blank Check with Griffin & David

Blank Check with Griffin & David

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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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Used Cars with Jason Mantzoukas & Paul Scheer

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/)

185 min6 d ago
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I Wanna Hold Your Hand with Patrick Willems

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/)

137 min1 w ago
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I Wanna Hold Your Hand with Patrick Willems

The Old Guard

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/)

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The Old Guard

Beyond the Lights with Ayo Edebiri

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)

139 min3 w ago
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The Secret Life of Bees with Jourdain Searles

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)

152 minAUG 16
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The Secret Life of Bees with Jourdain Searles

Love & Basketball with Carl Tart

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)

152 minAUG 9
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Love & Basketball with Carl Tart

Julie & Julia with Romilly Newman

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)

146 minAUG 2
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Julie & Julia with Romilly Newman

Bewitched with Dana Schwartz

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)

164 minJUL 26
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Bewitched with Dana Schwartz

Lucky Numbers with Alex Ross Perry

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) TheSeinfeld theme is composed by Jonathan Wolff (https://seinfeldmusicguy.com/) .

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Latest Episodes

Used Cars with Jason Mantzoukas & Paul Scheer

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/)

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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/)

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I Wanna Hold Your Hand with Patrick Willems

The Old Guard

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/)

130 min2 w ago
Comments
The Old Guard

Beyond the Lights with Ayo Edebiri

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)

139 min3 w ago
Comments
Beyond the Lights with Ayo Edebiri

The Secret Life of Bees with Jourdain Searles

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)

152 minAUG 16
Comments
The Secret Life of Bees with Jourdain Searles

Love & Basketball with Carl Tart

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)

152 minAUG 9
Comments
Love & Basketball with Carl Tart

Julie & Julia with Romilly Newman

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)

146 minAUG 2
Comments
Julie & Julia with Romilly Newman

Bewitched with Dana Schwartz

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)

164 minJUL 26
Comments
Bewitched with Dana Schwartz

Lucky Numbers with Alex Ross Perry

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) TheSeinfeld theme is composed by Jonathan Wolff (https://seinfeldmusicguy.com/) .

177 minJUL 19
Comments
Lucky Numbers with Alex Ross Perry

You've Got Mail with Bobby Finger & Lindsey Weber

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)

134 minJUL 12
Comments
You've Got Mail with Bobby Finger & Lindsey Weber
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