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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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    • TV & Film
    • 4.8, 2.8K 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.

    Michael with Kevin Porter

    Michael with Kevin Porter

    This week, Blank Check tackles one of film’s greatest mysteries, John Travolta’s career in the 90s. In Michael (1996), he plays an angel who visits earth to bring people together, but get this…he’ a bad boy! With the cast rounded out with Andie MacDowell, William Hurt, Bob Hoskins and of course, Sparky the dog, it did well at the box office but where does it land in the scope of Nora’s career? Kevin Porter (Good Christian Fun (https://www.goodchristianfun.com/) , Gilmore Guys (http://www.gilmoreguysshow.com/) ) joins!

    This episode is sponsored by:
    NOOM (https://www.noom.com/) (CODE: Check)

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    • 2 hr 19 min
    Mixed Nuts with Charles Rogers

    Mixed Nuts with Charles Rogers

    The friends are joined by Search Party director Charles Rogers to discuss this mixed bag of mixed messages of a Christmas movie that shows maybe Norah Ephron can't do black comedies. Don't worry if you haven't seen it, because this is mostly an extensive discussion about Steve Martin's career, Liev Schreiber being great in drag, and the Sondheim musical Assassins.

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    For the month of June we will be spotlighting groups dedicated to and run by Black trans and non-binary people who need our help.

    This week's organization is:

    The Marsha P. Johnson Institute

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    This episode is sponsored by:

    Theragun (https://www.theragun.com/us/en-us/4th-generation-devices/?src=check)

    Brooklinen (https://www.brooklinen.com/) (CODE: Check) 

    • 1 hr 58 min
    Sleepless in Seattle with Katey Rich

    Sleepless in Seattle with Katey Rich

    Only Nora Ephron could make a rom-com where the leads interact for 2 minutes an instant classic. The BC crew makes a Tom and Meg inspired long distance call to Katey Rich (Vanity Fair) for Ephron's sophomore hit, Sleepless in Seattle (1993). We get into how rom-coms have risen and fallen, the lure of cool boat houses, and the enigma that is Chet Hanks. 

    For the month of June we will be spotlighting groups dedicated to and run by Black trans and non-binary people who need our help.

    This week's organization is:

    The OKRA Project (https://www.theokraproject.com/)

    This episode is sponsored by:

    The Truth vs Hollywood Podcast  (https://audioboom.com/channels/5017114)

    Keeps (https://www.keeps.com/check)

    Brooklinen (https://www.brooklinen.com/) (CODE: Check) 

    • 2 hr 39 min
    This Is My Life with Michelle Collins

    This Is My Life with Michelle Collins

    "Everything is copy." is the code Ephron lived by and no film fit that better than her directorial debut, This is My Life (1992). After the success of When Harry Met Sally, Nora and Delia Ephron teamed up for a comedy about two sisters and their mother's rise on the comedy scene in NYC. Comedian and host of Sirius' The Michelle Collins Show, Michelle Collins, joins to talk Julie Kavner's career, realistic movie standup, and weird child actors.
    For the month of June we will be spotlighting groups dedicated to and run by Black trans and non-binary people who need our help.
    This week's organization is:
    The Emergency Release Fund
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    @release_fund
    This episode is sponsored by:
    Lumin Skin (https://www.luminskin.com/check)
    Hims (https://www.forhims.com/blank)

    • 1 hr 58 min
    When Harry Met Sally... with Dana Stevens

    When Harry Met Sally... with Dana Stevens

    It laid the groundwork for her entire film career. It set the mold for every rom-com that followed. Though it wasn’t her directorial debut, you just don’t do Nora Ephron without covering When Harry Met Sally. We invited Slate critic and podcast host Dana Stevens (Culture Gabfest, Flashback) to discuss the 1989 classic and ask the big questions. How is Billy Crystal so damn charming? Which Meg Ryan hairstyle is best? And most importantly...can men and women be friends???
    This episode is sponsored by:
    NOOM (https://www.noom.com/) (CODE: Check)

    • 2 hr 29 min
    Stargate

    Stargate

    It's a Ben's Choice bay-bee! Dry, dusty tombs ✓ Crazy convoluted tech ✓ Vast intergalactic conspiracies? ✓✓✓ 1994's Stargate really does have it all. This week Ben gets to makes his case for this Egyptian/Sci-Fi Roland Emmerich cult favorite, and why it's best viewed from a porch.
    This episode is sponsored by:
    Brooklinen (https://www.brooklinen.com/) (CODE: Check)

    • 2 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

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2.8K Ratings

2.8K Ratings

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It’s Easy to Make the Five

Five stars, that is! Griffin, David, Ben, Ang, thank you for making my favorite podcast ever.

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Love the 2 friends!

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