Blank Check with Griffin & David

Blank Check with Griffin & David

Published by: AudioBoom
247 Episodes | First Released: Mar 23 '15
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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dustinmuffin
Nov 29
Rating:   6
Decent

There’s a lot of good conversation happening, but Griffin can get very obnoxious, annoying, and offensive, and his lack of care or regard to his cohosts trying to calm him down makes this a difficult listening experience at times. Still, when the conversation is controlled, it can be a good time.

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Hdjfbdidjdbdk
Nov 24
Rating:   10
My popcorn flew everywhere

Boi-oi-oingRegards, Anthony Lane

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“The Tank"
Nov 17
Rating:   10
I Love Da Moviesh

If you love movies, this is required listening. Griffin and David basically present a free biography on interesting filmmakers, then apply auteur theory to their work. While that sounds insanely dull, it’s chock full of chemistry between #thetwofriends and bits. They go deep, but always takes the listener with them. If you’re looking to start anywhere, start at minute 45 of the Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. Everything after this point is a distillation of the entire pod.

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Rosenthal77
Nov 17
Rating:   10
Hate bits? Love Smits?

Then this is the podcast for you! The #twofriends share their love of movies and offer context on the career journeys of their favorite directors. Blank Check is for movie fans and aficionados alike.

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amosdirects
Nov 14
Rating:   10
One of the best movie pods

Not only are they funny, but their reviews are insightful and very well critiqued. Their banter is charming, the chemistry is natural, and their conversations are inviting.

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timperdoody
Nov 11
Rating:   10
Blank it

Thank it

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KaturianKkaturian
Nov 9
Rating:   10
Movie moments

This is a podcast not just about movies, but about the moments they make in our lives. And that... is why it is truly great.

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Tangus5000
Nov 7
Rating:   10
Bittersweet

I just discovered this podcast last month, starting with the James Cameron series and have consumed nearly everything else since. This made me seek out Amazon’s The Tick and was so happy to have more ways to witness the craft of Griffin Newman. I only just learned of it’s cancelation in the Miyazaki episodes. I’ve found and lost something very precious to me in such a short period of time. Please Griffin, make more content so I can look at you more. The other guys are great too. 👍

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Kris Dotson
Nov 7
Rating:   10
👍

This podcast makes me happy, and that’s not something to take lightly.

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linkanchorman
Nov 4
Rating:   4
Insightful, but OMG unprofessional

I love their insights, (better than anywhere else) but if only they edited the show down to half-an hour, and just talked about the movie in question, they'd realy have something special. As it is, for me, they become more and more irritating as time goes on. The seem to realise this on some level, but cannot stop themselves.

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marshall madness
Nov 1
Rating:   10
Helping me through a break up

It’s honestly been the worst break up of my life. I found the podcast a few weeks ago and was just listening to pass the time at work, and was really enjoying it! But my girlfriend broke up with me a couple days ago and now I’m just binging the Star Wars episodes. I have a ton of guilt and have lost interest in everything, so all I do is work, listen to the podcast all day, watch Silicon Valley on repeat, and then guzzle NyQuil so that I’m passed out by 8 pm every night. The only negative comment I have is that producer Ben has the same name of the guy my ex girlfriend wishes she had left me for before he moved out of state. Could he possible legally change his name?Seriously though, you three are keeping me sane. ‘Preciste you all. Keep it up!

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The Man of Constant Hatred
Oct 30
Rating:   10
You Know, For Kids

I tried listening to this show with my children in the room, and had to answer a lot of uncomfortable questions. My five year old has a mustache now. Keep up the good work!

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Back to ESPN
Oct 30
Rating:   10
Love the show..... but

I love this show so much, but this Miyazaki crap is the worst.

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TheOtherMLB
Oct 22
Rating:   10
Here for it.

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 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. 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 your 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 are going to do, don't we? Already I can see the chain reaction: the chemical precursors that signal the onset of an emotion, designed specifically to overwhelm logic and reason. An emotion that is already blinding you to the simple and obvious truth: she is going to die and there is nothing you can do to stop it. Hope. It is the quintessential human delusion, simultaneously the source of your greatest strength, and your greatest weakness.

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MarcoPolo7212
Oct 22
Rating:   10
A must listen!!

This podcast is exactly what I look for in an entertainment pod. It takes (good and so-bad-it’s-good) film analysis up a notch! The banter and the friendships of the hosts (and their patient producer) and their deep well of film knowledge cannot be missed. Even on your first episode, you’ll feel like you’ve know the hosts for years, and that’ll only grow the more you listen.Could not recommend more highly!!!

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TiniestShorts
Oct 17
Rating:   10
This podcast is so Goose

My autocorrect changed good to goose and I think I’m gonna keep it. Regardless, Griffin, David, and Producer Ben are an incredible breadth of personality that make you feel like you’re a part of a film club with your friends. Long time listener first time caller over here and I just have to say I love this podcast. I even listen to the episodes regarding movies I haven’t seen. It’s fun and intriguing to hear what these three have to say.P.S. I don’t understand why negative reviews usually end in an anti-progressive MAGA chud rant about how they’re performatively woke and PC culture is ruining cinema. Maybe they’re just good people that want others to express themselves however they healthily want. I mean this is a podcast about artistic expression.

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gimmedatsammich
Oct 13
Rating:   6
Ultimately tiresome

The rapid-fire banter and artillery barrage of in-jokes you may or may not get might charm you at first. I was, at least while digging through some of their older episodes, like the one on Robocop. But after a while, I no longer felt like I could endure 15 minutes with these glib jokesters at a time, let alone 2 hours. They seem pathologically incapable of staying on topic, and they know this, as evidenced by the many, many jokes made about their inability to do so. I won’t go so far as to say that Griffin is never funny. However, his jokes do land with a thud pretty much half the time. That doesn’t stop him from giggling at his own cleverness, of course, because HE thinks he is funny. It doesn’t help that David Sims, whose film reviews in the Atlantic are always well written and thoughtfully argued, often seems to be fatigued, resigned to endure his younger co-host’s seemingly bottomless well of giddiness. He tries not to show it, but it shows. Then there is the fact that, whenever a topic concerning any number of cultural issues arises, the hosts can be counted on to toe the progressive line, never once falling out of step with the liberal dogma. I get why they do this. It has been ingrained in them, and they are afraid that saying anything that contradicts the tenets of “woke” culture will get them in some kind of trouble. Nevertheless, it often makes the show boring and predictable, and it means they inevitably get certain things wrong, or make overly broad generalizations of their own.

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bellray05
Oct 13
Rating:   4
Content

Sometimes good content, sometimes hot takes that taste like they were microwaved yesterday.

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Visha33
Oct 13
Rating:   8
I can’t believe I’m defending Joker, but yeesh, that review sucked

These guys are good at dissecting director careers but their smug and dismissive review of Joker (a movie with problems to be sure) makes no sense. Dark Knight Joker was great for its ambiguous handling of Joker, but here it’s a flaw not to definitively decide what his past was? Because a comic movie doesn’t rise to one of the greatest films of all time, (I’d dispute Taxi Driver even is that, but going on the argument) that makes Joker a dud? Had you seen this cold and not digested its trailer, controversies, and think pieces ahead of time, maybe you’d have seen the film I did that is as culturally of the now as any movie possibly could be. And had you not been so preoccupied with reviewing Todd Phillips, the man, maybe you’d be able to gleam that Joker isn’t a nihilist movie and has a great deal more to say about where we are, the problems we face, (not to mention how removed we are from a wealthy crusader like Batman from saving us), than any of your favored mass produced comic movies you embrace without any litmus test for artistry, originality, or having something to say. That review was so flaky. Take a look at Chapo Trap House as well as Michael Moore’s impassioned defense of this film. Its politics are more progressive and provocative than the Military Industrial pandering of Iron Man or Captain Marvel. I never thought I’d bother with a comic movie again, but this one, flaws and all, resonated. The idea that more jingoistic MCU clones are where the real art is … I mean come on… Joker is a product too obviously and it’s not necessarily the highest art, but it’s a helluva lot closer to saying something than those jingoistic children’s movies. (and yes I know there are exceptions… but even Black Panther was low on artistry and had to tamper its shout out to the destruction of Libya with a, “hey, look at this kinda cool guy from the CIA.” Marvel movies have to be approved by the Pentagon. They are not art and have no interest in aspiring to be art. At least Joker tries to aim higher.)

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gavid sewmen
Oct 13
Rating:   10
Blank Check? More like I really like this podcast

Great podcast. Come for the in depth look at a directors filmography, stay for the banter and bite

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