Blank Check with Griffin & David

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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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  • awcrandall
    A Perfect Pod
    Griffin, David and Ben have the perfect dynamic. The guests are all varieties of entertaining and interesting. Its a perfect balance of critical analysis and entertaining discussion.
  • Blank Check Fan
    The Fart Detective
    Love this show. Wish there were 5,000 more for me to listen to. Thanks for doing it guys. xo
  • The Lost Piso
    6/5
    Which brings us at last to the moment of truth, wherein the fundamental flaw is ultimately expressed, and the anomaly revealed as both beginning, and end. There are two doors. The door to your right leads to the source, and the salvation of Zion. The door to the left leads back to the matrix, to her, and to the end of your species. As you adequately put, the problem is choice. But we already know what you're going to do, don't we? Already I can see the chain reaction, the chemical precursors that signal the onset of emotion, designed specifically to overwhelm logic, and reason. An emotion that is already blinding you from the simple, and obvious truth: she is going to die, and there is nothing that you can do to stop it.
  • humble brag
    Stopped listening
    I used to listen to every episode, then to episodes when they were covering a movie I cared about, now I’ve pretty much stopped. I think the show just went stale for me. *shrug*
  • Haku’s Best Friend
    good movie talk, bad comedy
    I
  • baylyhunter
    by far the best podcast around!
    single-handedly got me through this year! love this show
  • bbFAN28
    Martin Short is a genius
    Their take on the movie Clifford was all at once confounding and maddening. It’s an obviously absurd comedic premise but they were treating it like it was a documentary and just plain did not get it. On top of that they seemed to be desperately searching for ways to hold a 30 year old movie accountable for today’s standards of behavior which I’ve never heard them do when it comes to movies THEY love. Hmmm..
  • ivyshaye
    nice boys
    good show
  • aaaKU
    Don’t hate on the movies so much
    This I’m sure is a fine podcast If you don’t actually like any of the movies that are covered. These guys just hate on everything, pass
  • Burningstar78
    This check never bounces … baby!
    Always quality discussions that dig deeper and offer interesting takes on the entertainment culture that I love. The John Carpenter series was my introduction and it did not disappoint. Well done!
  • Brettcm
    Pretty good
    It's pretty good.
  • Mike Uehlein
    The BEST movie podcast
    Love these good boys
  • Susanrhill
    Please go back to talking about the movie
    I was really excited for the John Carpenter series but the movies themselves were barely even talked about, if at all. It was the same conversation last every ep about Carpenter is better without a budget, and has a hot & cold relationship with studios, and loves video games…there was almost no talk about the movies themselves. Please don’t make this the format of the show going forward!!!
  • Blankie Kyle
    👍
    👍
  • Newly Nerdy
    6/5
    Yes, that's right, six stars. Exception must be made for the exceptional. Blank Check is a feast of wonderment, a classic and a joy that will enrich your existence until you too are PODCAST.
  • RoyMartini
    The podcastic two
    And the peeper! What more could you want?
  • TylerDurdenS0AP
    Hello Fennel
    Such a fun Podcasts. I am having a really great time listening to it.
  • atjd5102011
    Comfort food
    Mmmm
  • djkirkbride
    Love their love of movies!
    I want to discuss movies way too often for the tastes of everyone around me, so it’s great to get to hear Griffin & David do it funnier and better than I would anyway. The director-based format has lead me to filling in some filmography gaps, too, which is fun.
  • Jayveee1
    Title
    Iss pretty coo
  • Bobby Hellmo Brake
    Great, with some caveats
    Griffin and David seem like affable dudes, generally, and they typically have good chemistry. However, their comedy sometimes straddles the line between cute and insufferable. Luckily the two are likable enough it mostly lands on the former. Guests hit about 75% of the time. They have some pretty dire opinions about movies and their reasoning for loving or hating something usually leaves a lot to be desired. Sims especially gives far too many passes to bad popcorn movies. No accounting for taste, I guess. Their ad breaks are obnoxious. Give me a consistent sound cue in and out so I can skip it because I’m not interested and never will be. They always come with tons of context, though, and that’s perhaps their best quality. It’s a great podcast to listen to for film history and the climate and situations surrounding the movies they cover. It’s well-delivered and interesting 99% of the time.
  • Viva42
    Mumble Whisper: The Podcast
    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.
  • turner, d
    New to the show
    Your life is the sum of a remainder of an unbalanced equation inherent to the programming of the matrix. You are the eventuality of an anomaly, which despite my sincerest efforts I have been unable to eliminate from what is otherwise a harmony of mathematical precision. While it remains a burden assiduously avoided, it is not unexpected, and thus not beyond a measure of control. Which has led you, inexorably, here.
  • Surf2Die4
    Have listened to
    .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.
  • knetff
    Those ad breaks
    I enjoy the show, but those ads make me never want to listen to the show again. The way they just blend in with the show is over the top annoying. The show often trails off on a tangent that it’s often a full minute before I realize you are selling me something. Give it a clean break.
  • Max17632
    Very fun and funny
    If you’re not at least a mild film fan, a lot of references will go over your head, but perfect for the listener who appreciates a certain kind of comedy, nerdy film trivia, a variety of guests who are involved in the business, and if you aren’t too stuck up about staying on topic. I’d want to have it on in the background at all times , but won’t because i’m too interested in what they’re talking about. Build your sonic home around blank check and start dreaming in their language!
  • StevenLOVESanimation
    Tried
    Been jumping around their different series. Got to their Miyazaki series. Like their other eps they end up not talking about the actual movie. The Howl’s episode, 35 min in and they finally got to talking about the film. I notice it’s their style so I’m not hating. Times they give great information but when they get there, they veer off by talking about something else. I tried and I know I’m in the minority. I feel like I end up hearing them rant and joke around till I notice it’s the end of the ep and realized why am I listening to this?
  • ok but tom
    Good show
    Kinda wish that as a farthead I felt reassured that I would be smelt
  • TheDarlis
    THE Two Friends
    No one on this podcast is from Britain.
  • JamesCBlack47
    Apropos
    I am the Architect. I created the matrix. I've been waiting for you. You have many questions, and although the process has altered your consciousness, you remain irrevocably human. Ergo, some of my answers you will understand, and some of them you will not. Concordantly, while your first question may be the most pertinent, you may or may not realize it is also irrelevant…Your life is the sum of a remainder of an unbalanced equation inherent to the programming of the matrix. You are the eventuality of an anomaly, which despite my sincerest efforts I have been unable to eliminate from what is otherwise a harmony of mathematical precision. While it remains a burden assiduously avoided, it is not unexpected, and thus not beyond a measure of control. Which has led you, inexorably, here…Quite right. Interesting. That was quicker than the others…The matrix is older than you know. I prefer counting from the emergence of one integral anomaly to the emergence of the next, in which case this is the sixth version…Precisely. As you are undoubtedly gathering, the anomaly's systemic, creating fluctuations in even the most simplistic equations…The first matrix I designed was quite naturally perfect, it was a work of art, flawless, sublime. A triumph equaled only by its monumental failure. The inevitability of its doom is as apparent to me now as a consequence of the imperfection inherent in every human being, thus I redesigned it based on your history to more accurately reflect the varying grotesqueries of your nature. However, I was again frustrated by failure. I have since come to understand that the answer eluded me because it required a lesser mind, or perhaps a mind less bound by the parameters of perfection. Thus, the answer was stumbled upon by another, an intuitive program, initially created to investigate certain aspects of the human psyche. If I am the father of the matrix, she would undoubtedly be its mother…Please. As I was saying, she stumbled upon a solution whereby nearly 99% of all test subjects accepted the program, as long as they were given a choice, even if they were only aware of the choice at a near unconscious level. While this answer functioned, it was obviously fundamentally flawed, thus creating the otherwise contradictory systemic anomaly, that if left unchecked might threaten the system itself. Ergo, those that refused the program, while a minority, if unchecked, would constitute an escalating probability of disaster…You are here because Zion is about to be destroyed. Its every living inhabitant terminated, its entire existence eradicated…Denial is the most predictable of all human responses. But, rest assured, this will be the sixth time we have destroyed it, and we have become exceedingly efficient at it…The function of the One is now to return to the source, allowing a temporary dissemination of the code you carry, reinserting the prime program. After which you will be required to select from the matrix 23 individuals, 16 female, 7 male, to rebuild Zion. Failure to comply with this process will result in a cataclysmic system crash killing everyone connected to the matrix, which coupled with the extermination of Zion will ultimately result in the extinction of the entire human race…There are levels of survival we are prepared to accept. However, the relevant issue is whether or not you are ready to accept the responsibility for the death of every human being in this world…It is interesting reading your reactions. Your five predecessors were by design based on a similar predication, a contingent affirmation that was meant to create a profound attachment to the rest of your species, facilitating the function of the one. While the others experienced this in a very general way, your experience is far more specific. Vis-a-vis, love…Apropos, she entered the matrix to save your life at the cost of her own…Which brings us at last to the moment of truth, wherein the fundamental flaw is ultimately expressed, and the anomaly revealed as both beginning, and end. There are two doors. The door to your right leads to the source, and the salvation of Zion. The door to the left leads back to the matrix, to her, and to the end of your species. As you adequately put, the problem is choice. But we already know what you're going to do, don't we? Already I can see the chain reaction, the chemical precursors that signal the onset of emotion, designed specifically to overwhelm logic, and reason. An emotion that is already blinding you from the simple, and obvious truth: she is going to die, and there is nothing that you can do to stop it.
  • Jmill250
    Don’t know what to say or expect
    5 stars for tangents, Britain facts…. For some reason, and most of all pro doer Ben’s Choices. Hello Fennel
  • koalaweewaa
    Thank it
    5 Stars because I am NOT a Sith Lord
  • Always jacket off
    Hello fennel
    Love the show! Producer Ben, prodoer ben, the benducer, the poet laureate, the meat lover, the tie breaker, the fart detective, the peeper, birthday Benny , by god not professor crispy, the F*** master, dirt bike Benny, white hot Benny, soakin wet Benny, the hot, mr positive, mr hositive, close personal friends with a fan Lewis, the voice of reason, Santa hoz, the commish, wishful ben, aka hosleywood is hilarious!
  • shannonshannonshannonshannon
    Prodoer Ben Porch Movies?
    Can we get a Letterboxd list of Ben’s porch movies? Thank you
  • wasntheinthewire
    ❤️The Two Friends
    I love movies and this podcast is just right, Goldilocks style. I’ve listened to ones about the most critically acclaimed and ones about the absolute wackiest and worst movies but this one is a great celebration of directors and movies I really dig with sharp analysis but also such fun and celebration of rad flicks. It’s my fave and it’s saved my pandemic summer. (Flash forward a year) the world is still bad and awful and I’m still inside and this is the only pod I listen to still.
  • Forks are Overrated
    Expand
    These guys will make you want to watch more movies so you can listen to more of them talk and inform you about those movies.
  • todd9999999
    good show
    listen to the show
  • Si Squires-Kasten
    great show!
    blank it, thank it
  • wilde.rice
    Can't Describe How Much I Love
    Right now it's the only podcast I can listen to and probably, sentimentally, my favorite of all time. A lot of people have said this, but this podcast has truly helped me through hard times which is not something I ever would have expected myself to say. At some dark times in my life, struggling with health or being isolated and inhibited, I have just walked around aimlesslly listening to this podcast and it was basically the only thing keeping me going. It's honestly an addiction at this point. I used to think Griffin and David were kind of annoying when I first started listening and oscilated on my perspective on which host I liked more and who's habits or neuroses were bothering me, but over time it achieved that weird "digital intimacy" effect where, while I wouldn't go so far as to pretend it feels like knowing them, they just came to feel so human and any flaws, habits, and annoyances gave way to pure appreciation for their love of movies and how they are able to translate that to such an easy-to-listen-to yet in-depth podcast. I love their willingness to go on tangents and highly prefer this style of podcast to something tight and essentially scripted, which always ends up feeling tiring. The blend of casualness and actual content is the key to the show that almost no podcasts I've found have replicated. Most podcasts are either packed with information but feel like a powerpoint presentation or are just people riffing without any in-depth knowledge or facts to actually make what they are discussing interesting or feel like I'm gaining any perspective on anything. It really does simulate having a conversation with other people who love movies backed up with research that no one in a real conversation would likely have been motivated to do if not for the podcast format. Plus, their guests by in large are stellar. The format, covering a whole filmography and spending that much time with an artist, is also so f-ing satisfying and separates it from a lot of similar film podcasts. It's hard to pinpoint exactly why I can listen to this show ad-nauseum, but have a hard time tolerating almost any other conversational film podcast and can only listen to the rewarding-but-laboroius ones on rare occasions (shoutout to the A24 podcast and the DGA podcast). Griffin, David, and Ben found a weird kind of lightning in a bottle that I think none of them could possibly have anticipated when they first started the show. I don't have enough good things to say.
  • Beagley!!!!
    Bits!
    Producer Ben is the paprika that adds the perfect amount of spice to the fennel salad that is Blank Check. His voice is the absolute best - I Stan a legend in this house.
  • Eggnog Churches
    A great perspective on films
    This is my favorite podcast. I don’t remember why I started listening, although I’m pretty sure Patrick Willems has mentioned it a few times. I started listening during the Miyazaki miniseries so I’m pretty new, but I’m quite firmly in love with the pod. There’s a lot of people talking movies online, usually from a shallow, nitpicking point of view that doesn’t talk about the actual artistry of film. But the Blank Check boys aren’t like everyone else, and they have a fantastic sense of humor to go along with their insights. I’ve learned and laughed a lot from this podcast. As someone with Attention Deficit Disorder, the hosts’ propensity for tangents honestly makes it like if this podcast was designed for my brain.
  • drumsnstuff
    Scumbums unite
    Griff, David, and the man with one thousand titles. Fantastic guests. Love this show
  • LumberChad23
    It’s just the best
    How could any other podcast be my favorite when this podcast exists? Blank it? Thank it.
  • Docgreedo
    Catching up
    I started listening after Griffin was on Kevin Smith’s podcast and described the show. I’m up to the Matrix movies and it’s fairly impressive how they’ve kept the bits up. After moving past the Star Wars movies they keep the premise that Griffin is as mature as he was in 1999 after Jolt cola and pop rocks. Enjoy David say “move on”. Laugh after 15 minutes of rambling as David goes “and what’s your point?”. Hope to see if this continues throughout my listening.
  • Keyser Söze 101
    Great show
    CRASH!!!! A pipe goes through the window
  • Al Hifi
    Might be the best movie podcast there is
    Griffin Newman is now my favorite commentator on film, period. He seems to be able to tackle a film From all perspectives.
  • Alex Sinesi
    Essential For All Film Lovers
    What can I say that hasn’t already been said about Blank Check? Well, on a personal note, I think it’s my favorite source for film analysis ever, period. Please never stop going on tangents. The perfect blend of hot goss, genuine enthusiasm for da moviesh, and just the right amount of paprika.
  • Capt Apocalypse
    The two friends are here for you
    Enjoy their context
  • Neplusultra123
    They actually have some good insights, but…
    In The Dark Knight episode, one of the hosts chastises another hosts for dragging on a joke for several episodes. That’s kind of how this feels at times. The episodes are overlong because they don’t know when to stop talking about other stuff. They aren’t as funny as they think they are. The podcast needs an editor. Stick to the movies and reduce the comedy stand up routines and this podcast will be among the best.
  • BigTaint1
    What if you were Inceptioned
    Cobb: Imagine you're designing a building You consciously create each aspect. But sometimes, it feels like it's almost creating itself, if you know what I mean. Ariadne: Yeah, like I'm discovering it. Cobb: Genuine inspiration, right? Now, in a dream, our mind continuously does this. We create and perceive our world simultaneously. And our mind does this so well that we don't even know it's happening.
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