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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.

    Birds of Prey with Ang Ferraguto, Emma Stefansky, Ashleigh Heaton, and Preeti Chhibber

    Birds of Prey with Ang Ferraguto, Emma Stefansky, Ashleigh Heaton, and Preeti Chhibber

    No boys allowed, although gender is a construct. It's an all-women special! Ang Ferraguto (https://twitter.com/MagnaFarta) is joined by Emma Stefansky (https://twitter.com/stefabsky) , Ashleigh Heaton (https://twitter.com/ashleighdearest) , and Preeti Chhibber (https://twitter.com/runwithskizzers) . This PodSkwad is NOT here to complain about Star Wars, but to talk about this women-powered DC movie full of hammers and hair ties, fun guns and fun outfits, and women helping women by kicking ass. How can you tell this was made by a woman? And which psychopaths are Griffin and David? #Let men have nipples.
    This episode is sponsored by:
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    • 2 hr 15 min
    The Truth About Charlie with David Lowery

    The Truth About Charlie with David Lowery

    Director and filmmaker David Lowery joins the two friends to talk about a weird remake of an Audrey Hepburn movie, except bad, starring Mark Wahlberg in his self-described worst role. There are insane hat choices and a very long ballroom scene. What was the last video game that Lowery played? Why is Tom Cruise wearing Ugg boot? How does Ted Levine die?  And what film did Lowry review and later realize he hadn't actually seen? THIS MOVIE HONKS!
    This episode is sponsored by:
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    • 2 hr 18 min
    The Fifth Annual Blank Check Awards with Joe Reid

    The Fifth Annual Blank Check Awards with Joe Reid

    Griffin and David welcome back Joe Reid for the 5th annual Blankie Awards where together they present their own personal nominations and winners for the upcoming 92nd Academy Awards. This roundtable discussion looks at all the major categories, as well as, references deep cut cinema from 2019 you may have missed.
    This episode is sponsored by:
    Noom (https://www.noom.com/check)
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    • 1 hr 49 min
    Beloved with Jourdain Searles

    Beloved with Jourdain Searles

    Co-host of the bad romance podcast , freelance writer for thrillist and bitch media Jourdain Searles joins the cast to talk about the team-up that no one saw coming, Oprah and Demme. The two friends and guest talk about the sexiness of the pepper beard and facial ombre, the Fifty Shades series, and thandie newton again (for the first time?) Plus, what might another Toni Morrison adaptation look like? Why was Ryan Gosling fired from The Lovely Bones? What are the 21 bridges in 21 Bridges? And why doesn't this movie have more ghost stuff?
    This episode is sponsored by: 
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    • 2 hr 9 min
    Philadelphia with Richard Lawson

    Philadelphia with Richard Lawson

    Writer Richard Lawson joins the boys to talk about this WEIRD but poignant film that is actually streaming on Netflix. Why didn't they just make Tom Hanks whole family hate him? And who better to sing about the streets of Philadelphia than Bruce Springsteen? Plus a >>special merch spotlight.
    This episode is sponsored by:
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    TalkSpace (https://www.talkspace.com/) Code: CHECK

    • 2 hr 21 min
    Silence of the Lambs with Emily Vanderwerff

    Silence of the Lambs with Emily Vanderwerff

    The two friends are joined by prolific writer Emily Vanderweff  to talk about the most influential movie that BC has covered  - except for Fletch of course. It's so influential there are TOO MANY BITS!  What's Emily's take on what all Demme movies are about? What could Hannibal lector have looked like if it was a different actor? And a special shoutout to all our cannibal psychologist listeners!
    This episode is sponsored by:
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    • 2 hr 41 min

Customer Reviews

Herkaderka7 ,

Ang? More like Ang-el!

I love the BoP episode. She brings great energy, Emma Stefansky is the perfect David to her Griffin. Except they’re still their own thing. I am glad to see new stuff coming from the show and that the energy of the show stays the same even without #thetwofriends. Give us more Ang!

scovkin ,

the best podcast

There’s something so unique about the way Griffin and David talk about movies: they’re funny and generous and incisive and deeply knowledgeable—about production histories, casting rumors, career arcs, box office numbers, awards campaigns, filmographies (directors who have massive success...)

I probably listened to 2 podcast episodes a year before I started listening to Blank Check, and now I listen to #thetwofriends for about 7 hours a week.

“It’s tough to make the five,” or the five episodes I’ve listened and re-listened to most often:
1. Judging the Judge
2. Aloha
3. Inception
4. Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (Talking the Walk 2018)
5. Suicide Squad (idk what to say, it’s a good ep)

zekezero ,

This podcast solved racism

My cat loves this

Gorpo does an excellent job

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