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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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    • 4.8, 2.2K 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.

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4.8 out of 5
2.2K Ratings

2.2K Ratings

gavid sewmen ,

Blank Check? More like I really like this podcast

Great podcast. Come for the in depth look at a directors filmography, stay for the banter and bite

gimmedatsammich ,

Ultimately tiresome

The rapid-fire banter and artillery barrage of in-jokes you may or may not get might charm you at first. I was, at least while digging through some of their older episodes, like the one on Robocop. But after a while, I no longer felt like I could endure 15 minutes with these glib jokesters at a time, let alone 2 hours. They seem pathologically incapable of staying on topic, and they know this, as evidenced by the many, many jokes made about their inability to do so. I won’t go so far as to say that Griffin is never funny. However, his jokes do land with a thud pretty much half the time. That doesn’t stop him from giggling at his own cleverness, of course, because HE thinks he is funny. It doesn’t help that David Sims, whose film reviews in the Atlantic are always well written and thoughtfully argued, often seems to be fatigued, resigned to endure his younger co-host’s seemingly bottomless well of giddiness. He tries not to show it, but it shows.

Then there is the fact that, whenever a topic concerning any number of cultural issues arises, the hosts can be counted on to toe the progressive line, never once falling out of step with the liberal dogma.

I get why they do this. It has been ingrained in them, and they are afraid that saying anything that contradicts the tenets of “woke” culture will get them in some kind of trouble. Nevertheless, it often makes the show boring and predictable, and it means they inevitably get certain things wrong, or make overly broad generalizations of their own.

Visha33 ,

I can’t believe I’m defending Joker, but yeesh, that review sucked

These guys are good at dissecting director careers but their smug and dismissive review of Joker (a movie with problems to be sure) makes no sense. Dark Knight Joker was great for its ambiguous handling of Joker, but here it’s a flaw not to definitively decide what his past was? Because a comic movie doesn’t rise to one of the greatest films of all time, (I’d dispute Taxi Driver even is that, but going on the argument) that makes Joker a dud? Had you seen this cold and not digested its trailer, controversies, and think pieces ahead of time, maybe you’d have seen the film I did that is as culturally of the now as any movie possibly could be. And had you not been so preoccupied with reviewing Todd Phillips, the man, maybe you’d be able to gleam that Joker isn’t a nihilist movie and has a great deal more to say about where we are, the problems we face, (not to mention how removed we are from a wealthy crusader like Batman from saving us), than any of your favored mass produced comic movies you embrace without any litmus test for artistry, originality, or having something to say. That review was so flaky. Take a look at Chapo Trap House as well as Michael Moore’s impassioned defense of this film. Its politics are more progressive and provocative than the Military Industrial pandering of Iron Man or Captain Marvel. I never thought I’d bother with a comic movie again, but this one, flaws and all, resonated. The idea that more jingoistic MCU clones are where the real art is … I mean come on… Joker is a product too obviously and it’s not necessarily the highest art, but it’s a helluva lot closer to saying something than those jingoistic children’s movies. (and yes I know there are exceptions… but even Black Panther was low on artistry and had to tamper its shout out to the destruction of Libya with a, “hey, look at this kinda cool guy from the CIA.” Marvel movies have to be approved by the Pentagon. They are not art and have no interest in aspiring to be art. At least Joker tries to aim higher.)

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