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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. Produced by Ben Hosley.

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    • TV & Film
    • 4.6 • 363 Ratings

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. Produced by Ben Hosley.

    Dances with Wolves

    Dances with Wolves

    In a first for Blank Check, we’re covering a filmmaker who has acted alongside our own Griffin Newman! In our premiere episode covering the directorial career of Draft Day co-star Kevin Costner, we’re unpacking his 1990 Best Picture winner, DANCES WITH WOLVES. Costner as personal mythmaker, Costner as “movie sports guy,” Costner as “hot guy who women all want to sleep with (?)”, Costner as man who decided - at a crucial (and early!) point in his career - to take a huge risk by making a 3-hour epic in an old-fashioned genre. He’s a fascinating figure. Come west with us, listeners, as we discover the frontiers within ourselves and within Lieutenant John Dunbar.


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    • 2 hrs 14 min
    Gigli with Jen D'Angelo

    Gigli with Jen D'Angelo

    The first "G" in "Gigli" is pronounced like the "J" in “Jacques,” the second “G” is silent. Rhymes with "really." Now that that’s out of the way - we conclude our Martin Brest series with the turkey of all turkeys. The Bennifer original sin, the project that should have gotten Justin Bartha put in prison. That’s right, folks. We’re talking about one of the canonical “Worst Movies Ever Made” - 2003’s GIGLI. Screenwriter Jen D’Angelo joins us to talk about this fascinating cultural object, and makes a case that Ben Affleck is “good in this movie, actually.” Griffin and David disagree. We’re going to Baywatch!

    Read the Variety Article referenced in the episode
    Watch Martin Brest’s First Interview in 20 Years 
    Follow Jen on Instagram



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    • 2 hrs 53 min
    Meet Joe Black with Richard Lawson

    Meet Joe Black with Richard Lawson

    He’s hot. He’s got frosted tips. He loves peanut butter. His lil swimmers may or may not look like skulls. He’s death, baby! And we’re meeting him this week! Vanity Fair’s Richard Lawson returns to the pod to chat about 1998’s three hour long “symphonic metaphysical romance” MEET JOE BLACK. How does this film play in a post-Succession, “eat the rich” context? How do we feel about the infamous Jamaican patois scenes? What are our memories of the weekend the Phantom Menace trailer came out in theaters? All that and more awaits you on the other side of the bridge.

    Read Chad Hartigan’s article on Meet Joe Black 

    Read Richard’s work at Vanity Fair
    Listen to Little Gold Men
    Listen to Still Watching



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    • 2 hrs 39 min
    Scent of a Woman with David Krumholtz

    Scent of a Woman with David Krumholtz

    Warning - this episode contains an ungodly amount of Pacino impressions. Listener discretion is advised.
    “Actor’s actor” and local boy from Queens David Krumholtz becomes the second cast member of Oppenheimer and first person immortalized in Griffin’s beloved Disney Emoji Blitz to guest on our Martin Brest series as we talk about 1992’s dire SCENT OF A WOMAN. Would this movie be less terrible if it were at least 40 minutes shorter? What if the original first choice for Lt. Col. Frank Slade - Jack Nicholson - had done this film instead of Pacino? What if we swapped Philip Seymour Hoffman for the charisma vacuum that is Chris O’Donnell? Sadly, we can only imagine these scenarios. Join us for lots of candid Krumholtz anecdotes, a scorching hot take regarding the diner scene in Heat, and more!

    Check out David in Lousy Carter 

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    • 2 hrs 10 min
    Midnight Run with Alan Sepinwall

    Midnight Run with Alan Sepinwall

    In a first for Blank Check, Ben Hosley produces an entire episode while handcuffed and under threat of legal action. What else would you expect from a MIDNIGHT RUN episode? The great Alan Sepinwall returns to the pod to talk about Martin Brest’s fantastic cross-country buddy caper, a film that proved that DeNiro could do comedy and that Charles Grodin might be the funniest man alive. We’re talking about the unofficial Larry the Cable Guy sequel (?), the famous casting what-ifs (Cher!), and the magic that went into making this movie so breezy, effortless, and fun. We didn’t how good we had it back in 1988, did we?l

    Pre-order Alan’s book, “Saul Goodman V. Jimmy McGill: The Complete Critical Companion to Better Call Saul” 

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    • 3 hrs
    Beverly Hills Cop with Adil & Bilall

    Beverly Hills Cop with Adil & Bilall

    An indelible synth theme by Harold Faltermeyer. A scene-stealing turn from Bronson Pinchot. A banana in a tailpipe. EDDIE FREAKING MURPHY. It’s no wonder that Martin Brest’s Beverly Hills Cop is one of the most beloved action comedies (and still the highest-grossing R-rated film adjusted for inflation). We couldn’t be more thrilled to have two of the hottest action directors in Hollywood - Bad Boys: Ride or Die’s Adil & Bilall - join us to talk about Brest’s blockbuster second feature, bringing all the expertise from their years spent developing Beverly Hills Cop 4. We’re getting into the Stallone of it all, the Simpson/Bruckheimer of it all, the Judge Reinhold of it all - while also taking some time to unpack the specific nuances that Brest brings as a director (as opposed to Tony Scott’s take on the sequel). And….yes. We talk about BATGIRL.


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    • 1 hr 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
363 Ratings

363 Ratings

Pompeymike ,

DONTKNOWWHATTOSAYORTOEXPECT

It’s like a film club but you don’t have to give your own ad hoc opinion you can just listen to the opinion of those more informed than yourself. A 10/10 masterpiece podcast

SparkleClive-SeventyFive ,

Blank Check or Death

Change nothing. I love the sporadic bigger name guests, love the in-jokes, love the sometime rambling nature of the discussion, love the circling back to the original point 15 minutes into a digression about something, anything, whatever. I love spending my Sunday mornings listening to a 2-3 hour exploration of a single film in the wider context of a director’s career. It’s great, just, all of it. Change nothing.

Redfoot72 ,

Fantastic!

Absolutely love the show, although you guys are costing me a fortune in buying Blu Rays of films I’ve either, not seen or haven’t watched in an age ha ha. Kubrick, Carpenter and Mann particular highlights. Keep up the great work guys 👌

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