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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 • 3.9K 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.

    Ghosts of Mars with Dave Schilling & Jonah Ray

    Ghosts of Mars with Dave Schilling & Jonah Ray

    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…







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    • 1 hr 40 min
    John Carpenter’s Vampires with David Ehrlich

    John Carpenter’s Vampires with David Ehrlich

    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!







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    • 2 hr 16 min
    Escape from L.A. with Matt Gourley & Paul Rust

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

    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.







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    • 2 hr 43 min
    Village of the Damned with Amy Nicholson

    Village of the Damned with Amy Nicholson

    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.

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    • 2 hr 19 min
    In the Mouth of Madness with Angelica Jade Bastién

    In the Mouth of Madness with Angelica Jade Bastién

    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!







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    • 2 hr 20 min
    Memoirs of an Invisible Man with Alan Sepinwall

    Memoirs of an Invisible Man with Alan Sepinwall

    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!







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    • 2 hr 27 min

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I love the quick wit, the deep dives into the why, the how and the when of each movie. The Box Office game is fascinating when you hear what movies were big *that* week. Negative star for the way Griffin constantly slurs and mumbles words into an eventual noise of a whisper.

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.just about every episode (including Patreon) since my last review and decided it’s pretty close to being a perfect podcast even despite its few issues. Everyone says “like,” a lot, including guests. Ben being gone as producer is a little detrimental to the show, but having him more involved with the behind the paywall commentaries is excellent. Their closeness as friends really plays well and overall I think it’s my favorite one, and I listen to podcasts most days, almost all day, whilst working.

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