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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.
 
In The Filmcast, hardcore geeks David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Jeff Cannata debate, pontificate, and delve into the latest films, TV shows, and other entertainment-related items from the past week. Weekly guests include everyday bloggers, webmaster luminaries, film directors, and movie stars from all walks of life. You can reach us at slashfilmcast@gmail.com and find more podcast episodes at http://www.thefilmcast.com
 
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We’ve climbed up in our childhood treehouse and we’re not coming down! Sarah Violet Bliss (Search Party) joins us to talk about “Sweetie” - Jane Campion’s off-kilter meditation on suburbia and sibling rivalry. Revelations within the episode include the fact that David was part of the “Neighbours Society” at Uni (a group of students in favor of airi…
 
David, Devindra, and Jeff discuss whether or not the Golden Globes actually happened, reflect on some incredible documentaries, then dive into Adam McKay's latest. Use #slashtag on Twitter to recommend a title for us to watch. Thanks to Mike C for building the Hashtag Slashtag website: https://hashtagslashtag.com/ Weekly Plugs David - David's Twitt…
 
We’re kicking off our Jane Campion miniseries with her feature-length debut, auspiciously titled “Two Friends” - perhaps she has a competitive advantage? The backwards-structured script (the OG temporal pincer movement) leads the crew to reflect on their own adolescence…did you know David was already six feet tall at the age of twelve? And Ben was …
 
It’s the most wonderful episode of the year! For the first episode of 2022, David, Devindra, and Jeff count down their top ten films of 2021. In a year full of ups and downs, tune in to find out what the Filmcast loved in and out of the movie theaters. Read The Playlist’s biggest entertainment stories of the year here. Use #slashtag on Twitter to r…
 
Happy New Year! We’re going back to the Matrix - which we last covered in 2016 (!!) - and we’re feeling pretty good about it! Seraph was a login screen, sure…but is “Tiffany” a .TIFF? Is Agent Smith just a virus? Are we taking crazy pills for liking this movie so much? Jack in and let’s fly, Blankies. Opening clip is from Howl's Moving Castle with …
 
Happy Holidays! This week, the Filmcast leaps into The Matrix Resurrections with Patrick H. Willems. Does the fourth installment in The Matrix series, directed by Lana Wachowski, live up to the original? Subscribe to Patrick's YouTube channel here. Follow Patrick on Twitter here. Use #slashtag on Twitter to recommend a title for us to watch. Thanks…
 
David, Devindra, and Jeff chat about the shocking season finale of Succession. For the feature review, the Filmcast cannot discuss the much-anticipated new Spider-Man movie without inviting Dan Gvozden, host of the Amazing Spider-Talk podcast. Tune in for the spoiler-filled review of Spider-Man: No Way Home. Follow Dan on Twitter and Listen to the …
 
They said it couldn’t be done. Remaking possibly the most revered movie musical of all time?! A fool’s errand! But folks, we’ve learned a very important lesson…NEVER DOUBT STEVEN SPIELBERG. Especially when he’s teaming up with Tony “Dank” Kushner! David pinpoints the exact moments he wept during his multiple viewings of this most recent iteration o…
 
David, Devindra, and Jeff talk about the cancellation of Netflix’s live-action Cowboy Bebop. Devindra catches up on theater-going in New York City while David and Jeff cram movies by the end of the year. For the feature review, the cast visits West Side Story, Steven Spielberg’s take on the classic musical. Subscribe to Caroline’s podcast, Role Cal…
 
Alert the horny police, because we’re taking ourselves to a nunnery with the Dirty Dutch Daddy himself - Paul Verhoeven! The gang goes bonkers for “Benedetta'', and Producer Ben-edetta reveals that he has an almost-saint in his family - one more miracle, and Ben gets to go to the Vatican! We discuss the connections between “Benedetta” and Verhoeven…
 
’Tis the season for Spotify Wrapped, a way to check how much of Filmcast you have listened at the end of the year. Thank you all for tuning in, no matter what podcast platform you use. For the feature review, David, Devindra, and Jeff watch The Power of the Dog, the new Jane Campion movie available on Netflix. Use #slashtag on Twitter to recommend …
 
We’ve spent four months in the Mouth of Madness with the Horror Master, and we’ve reached the end point of Carpenter’s directorial career...for now. A man who has *actually collaborated with John Carpenter* - Drew McWeeny (writer of Carpenter’s installments in the Masters of Horror series) - joins us to recontextualize our journey through Carpenter…
 
David, Devindra, and Jeff remember iconic composer Stephen Sondheim. Devindra previews Sundance Film Festival this year. For the feature review, the cast watches tick, tick…BOOM! Lin-Manuel Miranda’s feature directorial debut. Use #slashtag on Twitter to recommend a title for us to watch. Thanks to Mike C for building the Hashtag Slashtag website: …
 
Contrary to popular belief (and Wikipedia), this film was NOT supposed to be another installment in the Snake Plissken series - John Carpenter just thought it would be cool to make a movie about Mars “because it’s red.” Galaxy Brain’s Dave Schilling and Jonah Ray join us to dissect Carpenter’s take on that dusty red planet, his obsession with cross…
 
This week, David, Devindra, and Jeff are joined by Dan Murrell to chat about Ghostbusters: Afterlife. How does the fourth film in the Ghostbusters franchise, directed by Jason Reitman, measure up to the originals? Subscribe to Dan's YouTube channel here. Follow Dan on Twitter here. Support Dan's Patreon page here. Use #slashtag on Twitter to recomm…
 
They’re not just Vampires, they’re John Carpenter’s Vampires! “Closer in patina” to a classic Howard Hawks western than anything Carpenter’s ever done, this film is nasty, gruesome, and devoid of any of the “teenyboppers” and romanticism that had become hallmarks of the slasher and vampire genres, respectively. David Ehrlich (Indiewire) joins us as…
 
It’s the new Filmcast theme song! David, Devindra and Jeff reach into the mailbag and discuss reactions to the Eternals review. For the feature film, the Filmcast watches The French Dispatch, the latest Wes Anderson joint. Use #slashtag on Twitter to recommend a title for us to watch. Thanks to Mike C for building the Hashtag Slashtag website: http…
 
Less of a sequel and more of a “next gen video game re-skin,” Snake Plissken is back in “Escape from LA” and this time he’s got a surfboard! The “Gourley and Rust” guys join us to ponder whether or not a big budget is actually *bad* for John Carpenter. On the one hand, we get a Carp, Kurt, and Debra Hill reunion! On the other…those submarine sequen…
 
This week, David gets a new “B-movies Corner” stinger music. For the feature review, the Filmcast is joined by critic Katie Smith-Wong to discuss Eternals. Tune in to find out how the Academy Award-winning director Chloe Zhao may have made one of the worst Marvel movies. Follow Katie on Twitter @KatieSmithWong Listen to Katie’s interview with Chloe…
 
It’s not “Children of the Damned” nor “Children of the Corn” nor “Corn of the Damned” - it’s John Carpenter’s “Village of the Damned,” goddamnit! Creepy blonde kids with laser eyes! Our guest Amy Nicholson’s (“Unspooled”) boyfriend thinks she looks like one of them. Griffin thinks David’s baby has “Village of the Damned” eyes, too. But is this movi…
 
This week, Devindra checks out V/H/S/94 while Jeff gives his co-hosts a surprise. For the feature review, the Filmcast is joined by Alisha Grauso to chat about Last Night in Soho, the latest movie by director Edgar Wright. Check out the interview with director Edgar Wright on David’s other podcast Culturally Relevant. Follow Alisha on Twitter at @A…
 
Just in time for Halloween - it’s the conclusion of Carpenter’s “Apocalypse Trilogy” and one of the best Lovecraftian horrors ever to grace the silver screen! Vulture’s Angelica Jade Bastién joins us to chat “In the Mouth of Madness,” and we wonder - is Sam Neill a “dang ass freak”? Should this movie take place in a more “airport paperback” environ…
 
Denis Villeneuve’s Dune is upon us. The Filmcast is joined by film critic Siddhant Adlakha to talk about the most anticipated film of the year. Follow Siddhant on Twitter at @SiddhantAdlakha Use #slashtag on Twitter to recommend a title for us to watch. Thanks to Mike C for building the Hashtag Slashtag website: https://hashtagslashtag.com/ Thanks …
 
In which we try to find the John Carpenter in what is overwhelmingly a Chevy Chase vanity project. The legendary Alan Sepinwall (Rolling Stone) joins us to make sense of this befuddling genre mishmash. What are the invisibility rules of this movie? Who is the silver-voiced British man named “Richard” and is that his real voice? Is Chevy Chase good …
 
David gets excited over The Last Duel while Devindra chats about the new season of Succession. Jeff urges the co-hosts to watch The Premise. For the feature review, the Filmcast talks about Halloween Kills, the latest entry in the Halloween franchise directed by David Gordon Green. Use #slashtag on Twitter to recommend a title for us to watch. Than…
 
Don’t adjust your sunglasses - it’s another epic crossover podcast! The Doughboys join #TheTwoFriends to tackle Carpenter’s still-relevant anti-capitalist alien action classic. Is “Rowdy” Roddy Piper the greatest wrestler-turned-actor? Who actually wrote the iconic bubblegum line? Which hard seltzer is the best and why is it White Claw Surge? And y…
 
David, Devindra, and Jeff chat about the movie Titane, Lamb, and Dave Chappelle’s new comedy special. For the feature review, the Filmcast is joined by Phil Nobile Jr. to talk about No Time to Die, the latest entry in the James Bond series. Follow Phil Nobile Jr. on Twitter. Read Phil's review of No Time To Die here. Use #slashtag on Twitter to rec…
 
Every filmmaker gets one “Satan in a jar in a basement” movie and this is John Carpenter’s! Keith Phipps (The Next Picture Podcast) joins us to chat “the anti-God,” fictional British scientist Bernard Quatermass, and young David Sims’ humble beginnings as an “It’s Always Sunny” recapper at the AVClub. The boys also establish that Ben loves “wet evi…
 
David talks about the new Netflix filmThe Guilty, Devindra mentions the Apple TV+ series Foundation, and Jeff brings up The Problems with Jon Stewart. For the feature review, the Filmcast is joined by Matt Zoller Seitz, Editor-at-large at RogerEbert.com and author of The Sopranos Sessions, to watch Many Saints of Newark. Find out how does this preq…
 
You know what ol’ Jack Burton would do on an episode like this? Bring back Jason Mantzoukas and Paul Scheer, of course! The HOW DID THIS GET MADE? guys make their triumphant return to Blank Check to discuss yet another Kurt Russell masterpiece, and lament the lack of Russell-esque stars in today’s Hollywood landscape. There’s some John Landis sland…
 
It’s another double feature night on the Filmcast. David, Devindra, and Jeff are joined by a friend of the show, Daanish Syed, to chat about Candyman (2021), the new Nia DaCosta film, and Free Guy, the latest Shawn Levy movie. Follow Daanish Syed on Twitter @_DaanishSyed Use #slashtag on Twitter to recommend a title for us to watch. Thanks to Mike …
 
Voyager II may be approaching the “Termination Shock” (Ben’s new favorite phrase), but we’re on earth cherishing the otherworldly romance of John Carpenter’s STARMAN! Vanity Fair’s Katey Rich returns to discuss Jeff Bridges’ impressive performance, the illustrious career of Hollywood script doctor “Dinky” Dean Reisner, and the one sandwich that’s a…
 
In this bonus After Dark episode, David, Jeff, and Devindra to make sense of a series of strange tweets about Preacher, then discuss what it's like to avoid Venom spoilers. To hear the rest of the story next week, and to sign up to listen to ad-free episodes and/or bonus After Dark episodes, go to Patreon.com/filmpodcast.…
 
David, Devindra, and Jeff chat about the Emmys, Cry Macho, and Y: The Last Man. For the feature, the Filmcast is joined by Kendra James, producer at Crooked Media, to talk about Come From Away, the Broadway musical now available on Apple TV+. Follow Kendra James on Twitter @KendraJames_ Pre-order Kendra's new book Admissions: A Memoir of Surviving …
 
It’s the Blank Check / Kingcast crossover event you’ve all been waiting for! Scott Wampler and Eric Vespe join us to discuss John Carpenter’s “Christine” - the first Stephen King adaptation we’ve covered. What is more terrifying - a sexy vintage car that kills people? Or Barbra Streisand’s basement mall? A difficult question, we know. This episode …
 
David, Devindra, and Jeff are joined by Ariel Fisher, managing editor at Fangora.com, to discuss the Matrix 4 trailer, the Clinton impeachment, and Motel Makeover. For the feature reivew, the Filmcast watches Malignant, the latest horror film by James Wan. Follow Ariel Fisher on Twitter @Afis8 Use #slashtag on Twitter to recommend a title for us to…
 
Here’s the thing about THE THING - it might be the best movie we’ve ever covered? Emily VanDerWerff joins us (and joins the five-timers club!) to discuss Carpenter’s Arctic paranoia classic, which was unfairly maligned upon release. Topics covered include the “Brimley COCOON Line,” the film as a trans allegory, and dogs getting their faces peeled b…
 
David, Devindra, and Jeff remember actor Michael K. Williams. For the feature review, the Filmcast watches Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first Asian superhero movie. Use #slashtag on Twitter to recommend a title for us to watch. Thanks to Mike C for building the Hashtag Slashtag website: https://hashtagslash…
 
Grab your eyepatches - it’s Snake Plissken time! Karen Han joins the gang to chat Carpenter’s action classic ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK - which was actually filmed in St. Louis! Topics covered include NSFW tattoos, Lee Van Cleef’s badass gravestone, the 90s documentary where Ernest Borgnine just drives a bus, and John Carpenter’s rather pedestrian taste …
 
The Filmcast is off this week, but in its place, it's a blast from the past! David and Jeff review Fantastic Four, with a newly recorded intro reflecting on where we think these characters might be going in the MCU. Thanks to our sponsors this week: Fast Growing Trees. Improve your landscaping by visiting fast-growing-trees.com/FILMCAST and get 15%…
 
A film brave enough to ask the question - what if there was fog? Just kidding - this movie is ACTUALLY about vengeful pirate ghosts and a lady with a sexy radio voice. CANDYMAN’s Nia DaCosta returns to the pod to ask whether or not fog is scary if you aren’t driving through it. Producer Ben wonders if the titular fog should have had a voice. Plus, …
 
It’s a double feature week here on the Filmcast. David, Devindra, and Jeff are joined by Walter Chaw to review Coda, the new Apple+ film directed by Sian Heder, and Pig, the film directed by Michael Sarnoski starring Nicholas Cage. Read Jenna Beacom's review of Coda here. Follow Walter Chaw on Twitter. Read Walter's work at Film Freak Central here.…
 
It’s our biggest episode EVER as Alex Ross Perry brings his own dossier of talking points to tackle 1978’s iconic HALLOWEEN. We explore the history of American independent cinema as seen through the lens of the low-budget horror genre, and determine who’d be included in the slasher villain Mount Rushmore (Chucky isn’t carved into the rock; he’d be …
 
Jeff is back to talk about all things superhero. The cast discusses What If…, the new Marvel animated series, before jumping into The Suicide Squad with Frank Barbiere. Can the new James Gunn joint save the notorious franchise? Follow Frank on Twitter. Read Frank’s Astonishing Times here. Use #slashtag on Twitter to recommend a title for us to watc…
 
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