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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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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.

    Romancing the Stone with Adam Kempenaar & Josh Larsen

    Romancing the Stone with Adam Kempenaar & Josh Larsen

    How did Robert Zemeckis go from commercial flops to a career-defining time-travelling trilogy of blank checks? It’s all thanks to his “guarantor” from 1984 - Romancing The Stone, starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner. We invited Filmspotting (https://www.filmspotting.net/) ’s Adam Kempenaar and Josh Larsen to dive into Zemeckis’ first commercial success and how it set the tone for a decade of hits.

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    • 2 hrs 19 min
    Used Cars with Jason Mantzoukas & Paul Scheer

    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.

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    • 3 hrs 5 min
    I Wanna Hold Your Hand with Patrick Willems

    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.

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    • 2 hrs 17 min
    The Old Guard

    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.

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    • 2 hrs 9 min
    Beyond the Lights with Ayo Edebiri

    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.

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    Brooklinen (http://brooklinen.com/) (CODE: Check)
    Better Help (http://betterhelp.com/check)

    • 2 hrs 19 min
    The Secret Life of Bees with Jourdain Searles

    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:
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    Hawthorne (http://hawthorne.co/) (CODE: Check)
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    • 2 hrs 32 min

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