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Blank Check with Griffin & David
Blank Check with Griffin & David
Blank Check Productions

Not just another bad movie podcast, Blank Check reviews directors' complete filmographies episode to episode. Specifically, the auteurs whose early successes afforded... more

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Episodes

Gigli with Jen D'Angelo

The first "G" in "Gigli" is pronounced like the "J" in “Jacques,” the second “G” is silent. Rhymes with "really."... more

14 Jul 2024 · 2 hours, 53 minutes
Meet Joe Black with Richard Lawson

He’s hot. He’s got frosted tips. He loves peanut butter. His lil swimmers may or may not look like skulls.... more

07 Jul 2024 · 2 hours, 39 minutes
Scent of a Woman with David Krumholtz

Warning - this episode contains an ungodly amount of Pacino impressions. Listener discretion is advised. “Actor’s actor” and local boy from... more

30 Jun 2024 · 2 hours, 10 minutes
Midnight Run with Alan Sepinwall

In a first for Blank Check, Ben Hosley produces an entire episode while handcuffed and under threat of legal action.... more

23 Jun 2024 · 3 hours,
Beverly Hills Cop with Adil & Bilall

An indelible synth theme by Harold Faltermeyer. A scene-stealing turn from Bronson Pinchot. A banana in a tailpipe. EDDIE FREAKING... more

16 Jun 2024 · 1 hour, 47 minutes
Going In Style with James Urbaniak

After years of citing him as a potential series, we’re finally Brest men. In this inaugural episode of our “Podverly... more

09 Jun 2024 · 1 hour, 51 minutes
Furiosa with Kyle Buchanan

We return to the Wasteland this week with Furiosa, and we’ve got quite the tour guide. Kyle Buchanan - author... more

02 Jun 2024 · 3 hours,
Paprika with Emily Yoshida

Come join the dream parade, folks - we’re talking about Paprika! Mother of the Blankies Emily Yoshida is with us... more

26 May 2024 · 2 hours, 50 minutes
Tokyo Godfathers with Reece Feldman

They call them the Godfathers of Tokyo…and we call him the KING of TIKTOK (in an old man newscaster voice)... more

19 May 2024 · 2 hours, 12 minutes
Millennium Actress with Hoai-Tran Bui

Our Satoshi Kon series continues with his 2003 film Millennium Actress, a moving exploration of memory, history, and the magic... more

12 May 2024 · 2 hours, 24 minutes
Perfect Blue with Bowen Yang

Welcome to the filmography of Satoshi Kon - a thrilling series of funhouse mirrors and puzzlebox narratives that proved what... more

05 May 2024 · 2 hours, 1 minute
Basic with BenDavid Grabinski

Our McTiernan series concludes with 2003’s BASIC - a film that Griffin thinks should instead be titled “COMPLICATED” - get... more

28 Apr 2024 · 2 hours, 34 minutes
Rollerball with Zach Cherry

Finally, we arrive at the film that helped put John McTiernan in both “director jail” and “jail jail” - the... more

21 Apr 2024 · 2 hours, 23 minutes
The 13th Warrior with David Lowery

What if there was a 13th Warrior? What if there was a version of Beowulf so grounded in reality that... more

14 Apr 2024 · 2 hours, 18 minutes
The Thomas Crown Affair (1999) with Amanda Dobbins

A Fiji water bottle. “Sinnerman” by Nina Simone. That Magritte painting with the bowler hat. A SCINTILLATING, AGE-APPROPRIATE ROMANCE WITH... more

07 Apr 2024 · 2 hours, 17 minutes
Die Hard with a Vengeance with Shea Serrano

John McTiernan back with the Die Hard franchise after the spectacular flop of Last Action Hero. Bruce Willis and Samuel... more

31 Mar 2024 · 2 hours, 16 minutes
Last Action Hero with Paul Scheer & Jason Mantzoukas

You either love this movie or you hate it, and guess what - we’re landing all over the LOST ACTION... more

24 Mar 2024 · 3 hours, 36 minutes
Medicine Man with Jamie Lee

Oh baby, this one’s a STINKER! Sean Connery finds the cure for cancer but then he loses it (??). Lorraine... more

17 Mar 2024 · 2 hours, 9 minutes
The Hunt For Red October with Jamelle Bouie

We love da submarinesh! Host of “Unclear and Present Danger” Jamelle Bouie joins us this week to talk about middle... more

10 Mar 2024 · 2 hours, 13 minutes
The Ninth Annual Blank Check Awards with Joe Reid

The pomp. The pageantry. The awkwardness of trying to shoehorn any of this year’s Oscar nominees into “Moon River” -... more

03 Mar 2024 · 2 hours, 43 minutes
Die Hard with Kevin Smith

Thirty-six floors. Thirteen (fake) terrorists. One perfect action movie. Kevin Smith - who was in a Die Hard movie AND... more

25 Feb 2024 · 3 hours, 3 minutes
Predator with Jon Gabrus

GET TO THE CHOPPA! Griffin attempts his best (actually, worst) Arnold voice this week as we head to the jungle... more

18 Feb 2024 · 2 hours, 41 minutes
Nomads

Okay, action freaks! We’re kicking off our John McTiernan miniseries - POD HARD WITH A VENGECAST - with a film... more

11 Feb 2024 · 1 hour, 45 minutes
The Mirror Has Two Faces with Bobby Finger & Lindsey Weber

If Yentl was about connecting with her absent father, and The Prince of Tides was about forgiving her difficult mother,... more

04 Feb 2024 · 2 hours, 35 minutes
The Prince of Tides with Katey Rich

Can you hear the crawdads sing? Or is that just our Nick Nolte impression? Our favorite Carolinian Katey Rich joins... more

28 Jan 2024 · 2 hours, 26 minutes
A Conversation with Amy Irving

Surprise! In a first for Blank Check, we're dropping a bonus main-feed episode featuring a conversation with an Academy Award-nominated... more

24 Jan 2024 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
Yentl with Jordan Hoffman

Podcast, can you hear me?” We certainly can, Barbra! The very menschy Jordan Hoffman joins us to chat about Streisand’s... more

21 Jan 2024 · 2 hours, 14 minutes
A Star Is Born (1976) with Rachel Zegler

Hello Gorgeous! We’re kicking off our Barbra Streisand series (titled “Podcastl,” naturally) with a look at her version of the... more

14 Jan 2024 · 2 hours, 6 minutes
Ferrari with Bilge Ebiri

Vroom vroom! Michael Mann is BACK. Bilge Ebiri is BACK. How do you say “we’re so back” in Italian? Join... more

07 Jan 2024 · 2 hours, 27 minutes
Wonkquaman with Marie Bardi-Salinas

We’re closing out 2023 with two words - Wet. Chocolate. Join us as we bid farewell to the DCEU, say... more

31 Dec 2023 · 3 hours, 5 minutes
Maestro with Marie Bardi-Salinas

The music! The makeup! The MAESTRO! We’re diving into Bradley Cooper’s Leonard Bernstein biopic, the result of his post-A STAR... more

17 Dec 2023 · 2 hours, 29 minutes
The Boy and the Heron with J.D. Amato

It took seven years for Hayao Miyazaki and the artists at Studio Ghibli to make THE BOY AND THE HERON.... more

10 Dec 2023 · 3 hours, 18 minutes
I Love You to Death

Mamma mia! We’ve got-a some-a sleepy pasta for-a you to taste-a this-a week! In our latest, much-awaited installment of PORCH... more

03 Dec 2023 · 2 hours, 4 minutes
The Killer with Marie Bardi

We’re wrapping up our Fincher series with his latest release - a stripped-down, gig-economy hitman thriller - THE KILLER. Is... more

26 Nov 2023 · 2 hours, 19 minutes
Mank with Sean Fennessey

Nerts! Are you folks ready to get MANK-PILLED? We advise that you start by “mankro-dosing” David Fincher’s 2020 exploration of... more

19 Nov 2023 · 2 hours, 29 minutes
Gone Girl with Esther Zuckerman

“Amazing Amy” meets “Awkwardly-Smiling Affleck” in Fincher’s darkly comic masterpiece - an instant classic from that first shot of Rosamund... more

12 Nov 2023 · 3 hours, 6 minutes
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo with Fran Hoepfner

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo? More like The Girl Who Go On Computer! The Girl with the Fruit Tattoo... more

05 Nov 2023 · 2 hours, 46 minutes
The Social Network

Let us take a walk down memory lane to when the Metaverse was but a twinkle in Zuck’s eye, to... more

29 Oct 2023 · 2 hours, 58 minutes
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button with Richard Lawson

2007’s THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON is a film that dares to ask the question, “What if he baby... more

22 Oct 2023 · 2 hours, 30 minutes
Zodiac with Leslye Headland

This is the Zodiac speaking. I have recorded this podcast episode with Griffin, David, and the genius Leslye Headland because... more

15 Oct 2023 · 2 hours, 26 minutes
Panic Room with Eva Anderson

We’re scootin’ through some wild Manhattan real estate this week and locking ourselves into David Fincher’s PANIC ROOM with the... more

08 Oct 2023 · 2 hours, 47 minutes
Fight Club with Alex Ross Perry

The first rule of Fight Club? Don’t talk about Fight Club. The second rule of Fight Club? DON’T TALK ABOUT... more

01 Oct 2023 · 3 hours, 28 minutes
The Game with Brendan Hines

Congratulations! If you are listening to this episode, it means you’ve discovered the key in the mouth of the wooden... more

24 Sep 2023 · 2 hours, 27 minutes
Se7en with Mike Mitchell & Nick Wiger

Who loves Da Finchman? These guys do! MTV Movie Award-losing duo Mitch and Nick of the Doughboys join us to... more

17 Sep 2023 · 2 hours, 58 minutes
Alien³ with Matt Singer

The time has come for us to talk about one of the most successful, most influential, most respected American filmmakers... more

10 Sep 2023 · 2 hours, 28 minutes
Decision to Leave with Tatiana Maslany

Decision to Leave? More like, decision to watch a good movie! EMMY AWARD WINNER (but more importantly, David Sims Best... more

03 Sep 2023 · 2 hours, 9 minutes
The Handmaiden with Emily Yoshida

We couldn’t be more excited to talk about the film we consider to be Park’s masterpiece - the gorgeous, twisty,... more

27 Aug 2023 · 2 hours, 40 minutes
Stoker with Emily St. James

Remember when the star of TV’s Prison Break (Wentworth Miller, “human map”) wrote a screenplay that landed on the Black... more

20 Aug 2023 · 2 hours, 25 minutes
Thirst with Hoai-Tran Bui

Move over, Dracula. Eat your heart out Edward Cullen. A new sexy vampire is in town, and he just happens... more

13 Aug 2023 · 2 hours, 4 minutes
I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK with Karen Chee

From the twisted mind of Park Chan-Wook, it’s…a surprisingly sensitive romance set in a mental hospital? Writer and Comedian Karen... more

06 Aug 2023 · 1 hour, 51 minutes
Oppenheimer with Marie Bardi

DA MOVIESH ARE BACK, BABY! Film Director Barbie joins the gang to chat about Christopher Nolan’s latest and an historic... more

30 Jul 2023 · 3 hours,
Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One with Marie Bardi

It’s 2023. An all-powerful AI program named “the Entity” is sewing chaos and threatening the fragile equilibrium of the world... more

23 Jul 2023 · 2 hours, 26 minutes
Sympathy for Lady Vengeance with Karen Han

Park Chan-Wook’s loosely-linked “Vengeance Trilogy” comes to a starkly satisfying end with 2005’s LADY VENGEANCE - a normal flick…that’s all... more

16 Jul 2023 · 2 hours, 7 minutes
Oldboy with Alison Willmore

What is an Oldboy? How do you feel about Greek Tragedies? How did Choi Min-Sik achieve that iconic (and insane)... more

09 Jul 2023 · 1 hour, 58 minutes
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance with David Ehrlich

Park Chan-Wook kicks off his famous “Vengeance” trilogy and we kick off another episode where we talk about Ted Danson’s... more

02 Jul 2023 · 2 hours, 14 minutes
Joint Security Area

Park Chan-Wook’s 2000 breakthrough and Korean box office juggernaut - JSA (Joint Security Area) - is the rare international murder-mystery... more

25 Jun 2023 · 1 hour, 29 minutes
The Moon Is…the Sun's Dream / Trio

It’s a brand new era for Blank Check - Griffin is in his “arriving early to work” era. Ben is... more

18 Jun 2023 · 1 hour, 50 minutes
The Cameraman / Spite Marriage

Our Buster Keaton series comes to a conclusion as his period of creative independence does, with his first two features... more

11 Jun 2023 · 1 hour, 53 minutes
College / Steamboat Bill, Jr. with John Hodgman

After his “blank check” for THE GENERAL bounced,  Buster Keaton found himself creatively and financially shackled. Thus, 1927’s COLLEGE lands... more

04 Jun 2023 · 2 hours, 19 minutes
Battling Butler / The General with Jamelle Bouie

One of narrative cinema’s earliest training sequences, and one of cinema’s most famous trains - that’s right, we’re covering Buster... more

28 May 2023 · 2 hours, 32 minutes
Seven Chances / Go West with Jamie Loftus

This week’s Keaton double feature sees our unflappable hero chased by two types of terrifying crowds: angry would-be brides, and... more

21 May 2023 · 2 hours, 13 minutes
Sherlock Jr. / The Navigator with James Urbaniak

Buster Keaton released two features in 1924 - “Sherlock Jr.”, a film that was considered a commercial disappointment at the... more

14 May 2023 · 2 hours, 15 minutes
Three Ages / Our Hospitality with Dana Stevens

The Great Stone Face…The Little Boy Who Couldn’t Be Damaged…whatever you call him, Buster Keaton is one of the most... more

07 May 2023 · 2 hours, 38 minutes
Yesterday with Zach Cherry

Our Danny Boyle series comes to an end with a mind-bending movie that dares to ask the question, “What if... more

30 Apr 2023 · 2 hours, 35 minutes
T2 Trainspotting with Scott Aukerman & Shaun Diston

First they were addicted to heroin, now they’re addicted to *nostalgia* (but also still heroin)! Danny Boyle returns to the... more

23 Apr 2023 · 2 hours, 19 minutes
Steve Jobs with Olivia Craighead

Calling all Sorkinistas - we’re walking, talking, and putting 1,000 songs in your pocket! Based on Walter Isaccson’s best-selling biography... more

16 Apr 2023 · 2 hours, 58 minutes
Trance with Nia DaCosta

Probably the only film in history to hinge on the shaving of pubic hair as crucial plot point, Danny Boyle’s... more

09 Apr 2023 · 2 hours, 5 minutes
127 Hours with Sean Clements

Welcome to another installment in the “If This Happened to Ben Hosley, It Wouldn’t Have Gone Down Like That” series... more

02 Apr 2023 · 2 hours, 37 minutes
Slumdog Millionaire with Siddhant Adlakha

Danny Boyle is about to win the Oscar. How did he do it? A) He Cheated, B) He’s Lucky, C)... more

26 Mar 2023 · 2 hours, 17 minutes
Sunshine

The time has come for us to board the Icarus II (awful name for a spaceship) and stare directly into... more

19 Mar 2023 · 2 hours, 24 minutes
Millions with Adam Kempenaar

How did Danny Boyle choose to follow up the ultraviolence of 28 Days Later? With a winsome kid’s movie about... more

12 Mar 2023 · 2 hours, 7 minutes
The Eighth Annual Blank Check Awards with Joe Reid

Once again we gather together to celebrate excellence in the motion picture industry - but rest assured, we have our... more

05 Mar 2023 · 2 hours, 32 minutes
28 Days Later with David Rees

Fast zombies, a deserted London, and potato-quality digital cinematography - 28 DAYS LATER proved to be a genre-defining hit for... more

26 Feb 2023 · 2 hours, 40 minutes
The Beach with Emily Yoshida

Mother is back, and she’s taking us all to THE BEACH! Emily Yoshida makes her long-awaited return to the pod... more

19 Feb 2023 · 2 hours, 26 minutes
Knock at the Cabin with Marie Bardi

Knock knock! Who’s there? M. Night Shyamalan, of course! We’re answering the door and ushering in the apocalypse with a... more

12 Feb 2023 · 2 hours, 2 minutes
A Life Less Ordinary with Janet Varney

After the smashing success of TRAINSPOTTING, Danny Boyle reteamed with star Ewan McGregor and writer John Hodge to…make a movie... more

05 Feb 2023 · 2 hours, 22 minutes
Trainspotting with Charles Rogers

The UK’s answer to PULP FICTION, Danny Boyle’s TRAINSPOTTING exploded into theaters and became a global phenomenon, thanks to an... more

29 Jan 2023 · 2 hours, 37 minutes
Shallow Grave

UK house music, a *very* active camera, and Ewan McGregor looking like a SNACK…that’s right, folks - we’re covering Danny... more

22 Jan 2023 · 2 hours, 11 minutes
Wendell & Wild

Henry Selick waited thirteen years to make his follow-up to CORALINE, and it feels like we’ve been waiting even longer... more

15 Jan 2023 · 2 hours, 15 minutes
Coraline with J.D. Amato

The ultimate connoisseur of context, the guru of camera gear - our friend JD Amato makes his triumphant return to... more

08 Jan 2023 · 3 hours, 10 minutes
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Once again we gather together to celebrate excellence in the motion picture industry - but rest assured, we have our own Blankies... more