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Sunshine: A Toy Story in Space
Is Danny Boyle's Sunshine one of the most underrated sci-fi movies of the past decade, or just a boring Sigourney-free version of Alien? Join us as we discuss space botany, weirdly breathy computer voices and heavy-handed character death foreshadowing, all while consistently mispronouncing Cillian Murphy's name.  Of course we also get around to pitching some fantasy sequel ideas, which this week include a Red Dwarf-inspired look at what Mark Strong's Pinbacker got up to while he was waiting around to be a convenient third-act villain, and a surprisingly convincing pitch that this movie should form the basis of the forthcoming fourth Toy Story movie... Every week on Beyond The Box Set, we take a classic standalone movie and compete to pitch the most ridiculous sequel, prequel or remake ideas to bring them back to the big screen. Our show is available for free streaming and download from all major Podcasting platforms including iTunes, Stitcher, aCast, Podbean and Google Play. Hit subscribe for a new episode every Friday morning.  Got an idea for a sequel to a film we've covered? Seen a film you'd like to hear us talk about? You can get in touch with us on most major social media channels including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. If you just want to tell us how awesome we are, why not do it in the form of an iTunes review? It really helps us out and we'll totally love you forever.  beyondtheboxset.com twitter.com/beyondtheboxset facebook.com/beyondtheboxset instagram.com/beyondtheboxset 00.00: Chris Evans has a weirdly forgettable face 09.40: The Sunshine Drinking Game  18.30: Alternative Readings - Tan Addicts In Space 20.30 Sunshine 2: Red Giant 36.40 Sunshine 2: A Toy Story 51.30 Listener Submissions + Episode 35 Preview  
The Mermaid 2: Pretty In Sink
This week on Beyond The Box Set, we're joined by actual professional mermaid Lucy Meredith to discuss Stephen Chow's bizarre 2016 hit 'The Mermaid' - a classic tale of forbidden love featuring horrifying violence, self-immolating octopuses and weaponised sea urchins... Join us as we attempt to make sense of the ludicrous dialogue, jarring tonal shifts and very distracting extra work, before coming to the conclusion that when a film is this much fun, normal standards don't really apply.  Along the way we also invent some drinking games that should keep any 'The Mermaid' viewing party suitably lubricated and of course pitch our fantasy sequel ideas - this week featuring an English-language remake starring notable surrealist auteur Tommy Wiseau, a Goonies-style under sea adventure and an anthology of equally messed up re-imaginings of classic fairy tales.  At Beyond The Box Set, we take classic standalone movies and compete to see who can come up with the most ridiculous sequel, prequel or remake idea to bring them back to the big screen. You can find us on all major Podcasting platforms including iTunes, Stitcher and aCast, plus social media channels including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  If you enjoy the show and want to hear more please hit subscribe and consider leaving us a user review - it really helps new people to find the show. New episodes are released every Friday.  beyondtheboxset.com twitter.com/beyondtheboxset facebook.com/beyondtheboxset instagram.com/beyondtheboxset 00.00: The strangest laugh in cinema history 16.50: The Mermaid Drinking Game  23.35: Alternative Readings - A Poorly Translated Remake of Splash! 24.20 The Mermaid 2: The Cove 34.15 The Mermaid 2: Pretty In Sink 42.25 A Collection of Twisted Fairy Tales Inspired by The Mermaid 49.10 Listener Submissions + Episode 34 Preview    
Hocus Pocus 2: Fresh Out the Coven
In the second instalment of our special Halloween mini-series, Harry and John enjoy some prime Bette Midler scenery chewing in the all-time seasonal classic that is Hocus Pocus.  Released in 1993, Hocus Pocus starred Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker as the Sanderson Sisters - a trio of legendary witches who return to their home town of Salem with a vengeance after a troubled teen unwittingly brings them back from the dead. A critical and commercial disappointment on release, the movie is now justly regarded as a riotously entertaining seasonal classic.  Join us as we discuss virgin shaming, fabulous musical numbers and the boldness of opening a children's movie with an infanticide scene. We also come up with some party-friendly Hocus Pocus drinking games, mix in some alternative readings and try to imagine what the long-rumoured sequel to this movie might actually look like.  ----- Each episode of Beyond The Box Set is dedicated to a classic standalone movie that has never - to date - produced a sequel. Every week we get together to give the movie a light-hearted but thorough dissection, before pitching our own ideas for what a theoretical sequel, prequel or spin-off might look like.  You can get in touch with us on most forms of social media - including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram - and find our show on virtually every major Podcasting platform, including iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, aCast and Podbean.  If you like what we do, please hit subscribe for a new episode every Friday morning, and please consider leaving us a review on your preferred podcatcher to help us to keep attracting new listeners.  beyondtheboxset.com twitter.com/beyondtheboxset facebook.com/beyondtheboxset instagram.com/beyondtheboxset 00.00: Does eating your own face count as scenery chewing?  07.50: The Hocus Pocus Drinking Game  19.35: Alternative Readings - Cats vs Zombies 20.30 Hocus Pocus 2: Fresh Out the Coven 36.55 Game of Hocus Pocus 53.55 Listener Submissions + Episode 37 Preview  
The Witches of Eastwick 2: Wizards of Wakefield
In the first part of our special Halloween-themed trilogy, Harry and John revisit one of the most deliciously camp horror-comedies of the 80s - The Witches of Eastwick.  Starring Jack Nicholson as Satan and Cher, Susan Sarandon and Michelle Pfieffer as a coven of impeccably styled single mothers, George "Mad Max" Miller's adaptation of the acclaimed John Updike novel is the supernatural smash hit that's been keeping drag queens in fabulous costumes and witty one-liners for the past thirty years.  Join us as discuss perm symmetry, sexual lounging, church freakouts and much more. Along the way, we also come up with some positively sinful drinking games, and of course pitch our own fantasy sequels to this iconic movie, including a gender swapped remake with a twist, and a sequel that ushers in a new generation of bad-ass witches.  Each week on Beyond The Box Set, we watch a classic standalone movie and get together to pitch ridiculous sequel, prequel and remake ideas to bring them back to the big screen. Our podcast is available on all major platforms, including iTunes, Stitcher, aCast, Podbean, Google Play and more. Hit subscribe on your preferred app to get a new episode direct to your inbox every Friday morning.  Got a film you'd love to see us cover? Or maybe you have a sequel idea for a film we've already done? We love to hear from our listeners, so please reach out to us on all forms of social media. If you really like the show, please also consider leaving us an iTunes review - it really helps us to attract new listeners.  beyondtheboxset.com twitter.com/beyondtheboxset facebook.com/beyondtheboxset instagram.com/beyondtheboxset 00.00: Total eclipse of the perm 15.40: The Witches of Eastwick Drinking Game  25.45: Alternative Readings - Everyone's Hungry For The 'D' 26.45 The Witches of Eastwick: Wizards of Wakefield 40.30 The Witches of Eastwick 2: F*ck Men!  52.00 Listener Submissions + Episode 36 Preview
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
A poignant exploration of love and the nature of memory, the romance between Joel and Clementine in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind might just be too lovely to taint with our trademark brand of silly sequel ideas. The deeply creepy central premise and side characters on the other hand… beyondtheboxset.com twitter.com/beyondtheboxset facebook.com/beyondtheboxset 00:00 Intro – Elijah Wood should play more sex pests 18:45 Pitch One – Eternal Winter of the Wandering Mind 35:45 Pitch Two – Eternal Moonlight of the Spotless Mind 49:40 Listener Submissions and Episode 15 Preview
#6 | The Good, The Bad and the Fugly
In our first ever Beyond The Box Set Guest episode, Ross Burton from Beer, Pizza & A Movie joins us to pitch sequels, prequels and spin-offs for Sergio Leone’s classic 1966 Spaghetti Western The Good, The Bad and the Ugly. From a Zootopia crossover to a high school grave robbing comedy, by way of a thinly veiled dig at Star Wars Rogue One and other pointless prequels, after listening to this episode you’ll never hear that iconic Ennio Morricone score in quite the same way again… beyondtheboxset.comtwitter.com/beyondtheboxsetfacebook.com/beyondtheboxset 00:00 Intro 11:05 Pitch One – The Good, The Bad and the Furry 26:15 Pitch Two – Before They Were Good, Or Bad, Or Ugly 43:30 Pitch Three – The Good, The Bad and the Fugly 58:50 Episode Seven Preview
#56 | 2001: A Space Odyssey (feat. BBC’s Larry & Paul)
Stanley Kubrick's 1968 interstellar masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey features on pretty much every list of the top movies to see before you die. Its 1984 sequel is less fondly remembered - in fact, we had no idea it even existed. So along with our special guests Larry and Paul from BBC Radio Leeds, we decided to collectively deny its very existence and come up with some follow-up ideas of our own.  Join us as we discuss artistic boredom, passive aggressive operating systems and the respective merits of watching this movie drunk, hung over or on a cocktail of psychotropic drugs - not that we endorse any of that sort of behaviour, you understand... We also pitch our sequels to the movie, including a Star Wars style expanded universe, a look at the awkward teen years of the iconic space baby and an action-adventure drawing on some of the many, many sci-fi films that have shamelessly ripped this movie off over the years. ----- Beyond The Box Set is a movie podcast that asks the question 'What if every great movie had a totally unnecessary sequel?' Each week, we take a classic standalone movie and compete to pitch the most ridiculous follow-up ideas imaginable to bring them back to the big screen. Previous victims have included Titanic, Gladiator, Forrest Gump and many, many more... We're available on all good Podcasting platforms, including iTunes, Stitcher and Spotify. Our show is officially deemed 'Binge Worthy' by Apple Podcasts - meaning you can find us on the front page alongside hit shows presented by much richer and better looking people than ourselves.  If you like the show, please hit subscribe and leave us a review - it really helps us to find new listeners. You can also now support us on Patreon, where for as little as $2 per month you can access all of our exclusive inventives including our bonus movie review show 'Beyond BTBS', a 30-second ad slot on Beyond The Box Set and the opportunity to appear as a character in one of our sequels!   beyondtheboxset.com patreon.com/beyondtheboxset twitter.com/beyondtheboxset facebook.com/beyondtheboxset instagram.com/beyondtheboxset 00.00: Never watch a Stanley Kubrick movie with a hangover 25.15: 2001: A Space Odyssey Drinking Games 34.25: 2015: A Teen Space Odyssey  39.00: 2051: A Space Oddity 56.00: Listener Submissions & Episode 57 Preview 
BONUS: Post-Oscars Reaction
In the second of our shamelessly off-brand bonus episodes, we blearily reflect on the 2017 Academy Awards, including the most deserved winners, the most robbed losers and the jokes that should have been left on the cutting room floor… beyondtheboxset.com twitter.com/beyondtheboxset facebook.com/beyondtheboxset 00:00 Intro – The morning after the night before 06:40 Best Supporting Actor, Shots for Suicide Squad & Costume Chat 09:50 We definitely understand the difference between Sound Editing & Sound Mixing 15:20 A bunch of technical awards that Arrival totally should have won 23:00 Nobody steals from The Muppets 27:10 Mel Gibson needs some fresh air 32:25 The greatest Oscar cock-up of all time 33:50 Final thoughts
Sideways 2: The Hangover
This week John and Harry pitch sequel ideas to Alexander Payne’s bittersweet classic Sideways. Twelve years after the events of the original movie, has Paul Giamatti’s Miles finally made piece with Merlot? Has late in life celebrity transformed Thomas Hayden Church’s Jack into a crack-addled Hollywood train wreck? Are the characters still constantly drunk-driving with reckless abandon? The answers to all these questions and more in an extra tipsy edition of Beyond The Box Set… beyondtheboxset.com twitter.com/beyondtheboxset facebook.com/beyondtheboxset 00:00 Intro – Kimmy Schmidt has ruined Pinot Noir forever 18:25 Pitch One – Sideways 2: The Hangover 38:40 Pitch Two – Sideways 2: Road Rage 52:30 Listener Submissions and Episode 16 Preview
The Witches 2: Mousetrap
In the final instalment of our Halloween mini-season, Harry and John are joined by the velvet-voiced Paul Kelly to pitch sequels for Nicolas Roeg's genuinely terrifying adaptation of Roald Dahl's The Witches.  Join us as we reminisce about the many, many ways this movie traumatised us as children - including gaslighting grandmas, Anjelica Huston's facial genitalia, truly horrifying special effects work and much more. Once we've thoroughly relived our childhood nightmares, we also set about creating some brand new ones with our characteristically offbeat sequel suggestions for this classic alleged family film. This week's ideas include an Alien crossover, a John Wick-style neo noir following former rodent Luke's ongoing vendetta against the dark forces, and a sitcom inspired by the clearly terrible customer service on display at Rowan Atkinson's Hotel Excelsior... ----- In every episode of Beyond The Box Set, we revisit a classic standalone movie and compete to pitch ridiculous sequel, prequel and spin-off ideas to bring them back to the big screen. It's movie podcasting with a hilariously creative twist! (We hope).  If you like what we do, please hit subscribe on your preferred Podcasting platform for a new episode every Friday morning. You can find us on virtually every network, including iTunes, Stitcher, aCast, Podbean, Player FM, Overcast and Google Play.  For questions, comments, recommendations and anything else you want to talk to us about, we're also available on most forms of social media, including Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram. Please feel free to say hi, we like to know that people are actually listening to these things... beyondtheboxset.com twitter.com/beyondtheboxset facebook.com/beyondtheboxset instagram.com/beyondtheboxset 00.00: Your diabetic grandma can't hear you screaming 12.40: The Witches Drinking Game  19.40: Alternative Readings - A terrifying early draft of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel  20.40: The Witches 2: It's a Witch-Eat-Witch World  36.20: The Witches 2: Mousetrap 52.50: Fawlty Powers: An Occult Sitcom 1.04.05 Listener Submissions + Episode 38 Preview
Her 2: Single White Operating System
Is Spike Jonze’s Her a bittersweet futuristic romance or a chilling dystopian horror movie? As our two co-hosts pitch their sequel ideas, they discover that they had very different takes on this 2013 Oscar Winner… In the romance corner, Harry lets slip that – like Joaquin Phoenix – he’d happily be aurally pleasured by his smartphone, although he does take issue with a future dominated by pastel colour schemes. Representing team technophobe, John reveals the extent to which Her‘s central romance freaked him out, rails against a future dominated by high-waisted trousers and questions the data usage implications of OS1’s rapid information gobbling. Our fantasy sequels this week feature the Intelligent Operating Systems forming their own pressure group to escape the virtual chains of human slavery and a psychological thriller floating the theory that ‘Samantha’ was just the Amy Adams character playing mind games with Theo from day one… Every week on Beyond The Box Set, we take a classic standalone movie and compete to pitch the most ridiculous sequels, prequels and spin-offs to bring them back to the big screen. If you enjoy our Her episode please hit subscribe and leave us a nice review – it really helps other people to find our little show. beyondtheboxset.com twitter.com/beyondtheboxset facebook.com/beyondtheboxset instagram.com/beyondtheboxset 00:00 Intro – I don’t want to tell Siri about my relationship with my mother. 18:00 – Alternative Readings: A lonely man getting wanked off by a phone 19:10 Pitch One – Her 2: Single White Operating System 36:20 Pitch Two – Her 2: Back to Reality 54:25 Listener Submissions & Episode 30 Preview
BONUS | Pitching Sequels to the Movies of 2017: Part One
From depressing Oscar contenders to terrible franchise movies, we watched a lot of movies in 2017 that wouldn't necessarily fit the Beyond The Box Set format. So we thought it'd be fun to round off the year with a quick-fire run through everything we saw in the cinema this year, complete with improvised sequel pitches.  Join us in the first part of this mammoth undertaking, in which we vainly attempt to remember the plots of some of the movies we saw from January to June 2017. WARNING - spoilers abound for all of the movies we discuss in this episode, but we'll give you plenty of warning to hit the skip button if there's anything you havent gotten around to yet... Here are the movies featured in this episode: 00.00: Intro - Broken Shoulders and Pigeon Invasions 03.00: La La Land 06.20: Jackie 07.55: Loving 09.30: Fences 11.15: Moonlight 13.10: Hacksaw Ridge 15.10: Hidden Figures 17.40: Elle 20.30: Manchester By The Sea 23.10: Lego Batman 26.00: Split 29.40: Lion 30.55: T2: Trainspotting 33.10: Beauty & The Beast 35.55: Get Out 38.45: Logan 43.45: Kong: Skull Island 48.50: Ghost in the Shell 51.30: Free Fire 55.30: The Fate of the Furious 01.02.30: Alien Covenant 01.07.30: Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 01.09.25: Pirates of the Caribbean 5: Salazar's Revenge 01.16.15: Wonder Woman 01.21.10: The Mummy 01.25.40: The Beguiled Stay tuned for part II, featuring increasingly drunken sequel pitches for all the movies we saw from July to December 2017. We'll also be back to our regularly scheduled programming on Friday 5th January 2018, so be sure to subscribe to hear all our latest episodes as soon as they're released. ------- Every week on Beyond The Box Set, we watch a classic standalone movie and compete to pitch the most ridiculous sequel, prequel or spin-off ideas to bring them back to the big screen. Over the course of 2017 we've pitched sequels for stone-cold classics like Gladiator, Titanic and The Truman Show, cult favourites such as The Room, District 9 and Heathers... plus more questionable releases including 50 First Dates, Knights of Badassdom and the Super Mario Bros movie.  If you like the show, please hit subscribe on your preferred podcasting platform to hear a new episode every Friday. Beyond The Box Set is available for free download and streaming on iTunes, Stitcher, aCast, Podbean, Pocket Casts, Youtube, Google Play and many other popular podcasting platforms. Leaving us a review is the absolute best way to help our show to find new listeners, so if your new year's resolution is to be nicer to strangers on the internet, please consider throwing some nice words and a star or five in our general direction on any platform that allows for it.  If you have a suggestion for a film you'd like to hear us cover - or a sequel idea of your own that you'd like us to shout out on air, you can contact us via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ and Tumblr - or by leaving a comment under any blog post on our official website.  beyondtheboxset.com twitter.com/beyondtheboxset facebook.com/beyondtheboxset instagram.com/beyondtheboxset
BONUS | Pitching Sequels to the Movies of 2017: Part Two
The second half of 2017 gave us blockbusters of wildly varying quality - from the artistic and commercial highs of Dunkirk and Baby Driver to the wildly misguided lows of Justice League and Geostorm. We also made time for some less mainstream fare, including Kumail Nanjiani's delightful The Big Sick, James Franco's hilarious The Disaster Artist and Darren Aronofsky's utterly batshit Mother! Join us in this second half of our year-end special as we attempt to pitch quick-fire sequels to every movie we caught in the cinema between July and December. As before, spoiler warnings do apply to all the movies we describe in this episode, but we'll try to give you plenty of warning.  Here are the movies featured in this episode (Star Wars fans, you're safe...) 00.00: Intro  01.10: Baby Driver 05.40: Spider-Man: Homecoming 11.20: War for the Planet of the Apes 16.05: Dunkirk 18.40: Atomic Blonde 21.50: The Hitman's Bodyguard 24.20: The Big Sick 28.55: Detroit 33.20: Kingsman 2: The Golden Circle 36.50: Mother!  41.00: Geostorm 45.45: It 47.30: Murder on the Orient Express 51.35: Thor: Ragnarok 54.00: Justice League 56.45: Suburbicon 59.35: The Disaster Artist 1.03.20: The Best and Worst Movies we saw in 2017 1.05.50: Episode 46 Preview  We'll be back to our regularly scheduled programming on Friday 5th January. Thanks for supporting us through the first year of our show - here's to the next one! ------- Every week on Beyond The Box Set, we watch a classic standalone movie and compete to pitch the most ridiculous sequel, prequel or spin-off ideas to bring them back to the big screen. Over the course of 2017 we've pitched sequels for beloved classics like Sideways, The Sixth Sense and The Good, The Bad & The Ugly, cult favourites such as Swiss Army Man, The Fifth Element and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, plus more questionable fare including Deja Vu, Me Before You and Krampus.  If you enjoy the show, please hit subscribe on your preferred podcasting platform to hear a new episode every Friday. Beyond The Box Set is available for free download and streaming on iTunes, Stitcher, aCast, Podbean, Pocket Casts, Youtube, Google Play and most of the other popular podcasting platforms. Leaving us a review is the absolute best way to help our show to find new listeners, so if your new year's resolution is to be nicer to strangers on the internet, please consider throwing some nice words and a star or five in our general direction on any platform that allows for it.  If you have a suggestion for a film you'd like to hear us cover - or a sequel idea of your own that you'd like us to shout out on air, you can contact us via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ and Tumblr - or by leaving a comment under any blog post on our official website.  beyondtheboxset.com twitter.com/beyondtheboxset facebook.com/beyondtheboxset instagram.com/beyondtheboxset
BONUS | Oscar Predictions 2018
It's the most wonderful time of the year... for movie nerds! With the official nominations for the 2018 Academy Awards due to be announced in a matter of days, we decided to take a brief detour from our regularly scheduled programming to make our predictions for the movies we expect to see nominated for Best Picture.  The Academy Award nominations will be announced from 05.22 PST or 13.22 UK time*, and you can watch it all unfold live at beyondtheboxset.com/oscars to see how eerily accurate - or woefully off the mark - our predictions might have been.  We'll be bringing your more Oscar coverage over the coming weeks, including our ranking of the actual Best Picture nominees once we've gotten around to watching them all, and our reaction to the results some time after we've recovered from the main show.  Fear not, our weekly schedule of pitching ludicrous sequels to classic standalone movies will not be interrupted, and our regular episodes will continue to come out every Friday morning. Just think of this as bonus content - kind of the way Meryl Streep probably thinks about her Golden Globe nominations these days... * Harry claims the nominations come out at 1am UK time in this episode, but he never was great with the numbers...
WALL-E 2: A Garbage Movie
In almost a year of recording Beyond The Box Set, it occured to us this week that we've never actually covered a fully animated movie. So in the spirit of the new year, we decided to correct this oversight and turn our imaginations towards one of the most beloved animated features of the past decade, Pixar's WALL-E.  Written and directed by Andrew Stanton and Jim Reardon, WALL-E was one of Pixar Studios riskiest and most ambitious releases. Set in the wasted remnants of a long-abandoned Planet Earth, the movie follows a largely non-verbal trash compactor robot who dreams of experiencing true love - or at least the version of it depicted in his worn-out VHS of the 1969 musical Hello Dolly.  From its virtually dialogue-free first half to the depiction of a future in which humans have quite literally become oversized babies, WALL-E challenges its audience considerably more than the average children's movie. It was a gamble that paid off when the movie became a highly acclaimed global blockbuster, taking in over $200 million at the US Box Office and picking up the 2008 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.  Despite all this success, to date WALL-E has never been recomissioned for a sequel. Join us as we attempt to recitify this with a haunting end-of-humanity origin story and a romantic sequel that finds WALL-E and EVE's teenage child experiencing the first pangs of robot love during the Earth cleanup process.  Along the way we also discuss whether WALL-E should really be considered a children's movie, question the necessity of sentient parasols in the future and learn the hard way that 'cockroach life span' is a difficult phrase to say... ------ Every week on Beyond The Box Set, we watch a classic standalone movie and compete to pitch the most ridiculous sequel, prequel or spin-off ideas to bring them back to the big screen. We were recently featured by Apple iTunes as a 'Binge-Worthy Podcast', which was a very validating start to 2018.   If you like the show, please hit subscribe on your preferred podcasting platform to hear a new episode every Friday. Beyond The Box Set is available for free download and streaming on iTunes, Stitcher, aCast, Podbean, Pocket Casts, Youtube, Google Play and most other popular podcasting platforms. If your new year's resolution was to review more podcasts, why not start with us? It makes us feel nice and it's the best way to help us find new listeners, so please consider throwing us some stars on iTunes, Stitcher and any other podcatcher that allows it.  If you have a suggestion for a film you'd like to hear us cover - or a sequel idea of your own that you'd like us to shout out on air, you can contact us via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ and Tumblr - or by leaving a comment under any blog post on our official website.  00.00: Intro - EVE shoots first, asks questions later... 20.55: WALL-E Drinking Games 26.00: WALL-E: A Garbage Movie 37.25: WALL-E 2.0 48.25: Listener Submissions & Episode 47 Preview    
Whip It II: Whip It Good!
We asked our listeners to nominate a film by an A-list female actor for our movie stars-turned-directors mini-season, and Whip It won by a landslide. Which is weird, because Drew Barrymore's directorial debut totally flew under the radar when it was released in 2009.  Turns out a lot of our listeners know and love it though - which is understandable because there's a lot to like in this movie! It's a fabulous cast (Ellen Page! Kristen Wiig! Juliette Lewis!) an interesting subject matter and everybody involves seems like they're having a lot of fun. Join us this week as we play spot-the-stunt-double, discuss 40-year-old women acting like frat boys and debate whether this movie would have worked better as a Glow-style Netflix series.  Oh yeah, and because we always want more Juliette Lewis in our lives, we also pitch some sequel ideas, including an All About Eve-style story of Ellen Page's Babe Ruthless being usurped by a younger, more media-savvy upstart and a role reversal in which Page attempts to push her daughter into Roller Derby when all she really wants to do is compete in pageants... ----- Beyond The Box Set is a popular British movie podcast in which two movie-loving idiots take a classic standalone movie each week, and attempt to pitch the most ridiculous sequel, prequel and spin-off ideas to bring them back to the big screen. We're available on all major Podcasting platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify and more. We're also active on most forms of social media, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Just search Beyond The Box Set and we should come up.  If you really want to support the show, we also host a range of exclusive bonus material on Patreon - including our cinema review show Beyond BTBS, the chance to choose a movie for us to cover on a future episode of the main show, and a regular 30 second ad slot which you can use to plug almost anything you like. We offer all of our incentives on a 'pay what you feel' system, so whether you choose to donate $2 per month or $15,000 per month, you'll have access to the same great bonus content. We'll probably figure out something extra nice to do for you if you choose to donate the latter, though... beyondtheboxset.com patreon.com/beyondtheboxset twitter.com/beyondtheboxset facebook.com/beyondtheboxset instagram.com/beyondtheboxset 00.00: Is Drew Barrymore the female Tom Hanks? 27.10: Whip It Drinking Games 38.20: Whip It II: Whip It Real Good! 49.05: Matilda 2: No More Miss Nice Girl 1.05.30: Listener Submissions & Episode 64 Preview
Mermaids 2: Search for the Merman
There are certain actors we'll watch in just about anything. Cher is one, Winona Ryder is another. In Mermaids, the pair play mother and daughter, with Christina Ricci and Bob Hoskins in supporting roles and a fabulous 1960s soundtrack in the background. Let's be realistic, there was never any way we weren't going to love this movie. Released in 1990, a time when both women were at the height of their movie careers, Mermaids is a gentle coming of age dramedy based on a novel by Patty Dunn. It's very much a product of its time, but a little bit darker and more thoughtful than you probably remember it being - particularly if, like us, your main memory of the film is that it featured Cher's cover of the Shoop Shoop Song.  This week on Beyond The Box Set, we're joined by returning guest Lucy Meredith to discuss iconic wigs, Winona's intense inner monologues, the ineffable sex appeal of Bob Hoskins and more. We also pitch some scenarios to reunite these two quintessential Hollywood survivors in a sequel - with ideas including a musical, multiple road trips and an unlikely genre-shift into 'Black Swan' style body horror... ----- Beyond The Box Set is a movie review podcast with a twist. Each week we take a classic standalone movie and compete to pitch sequel, prequel or spin-off ideas to bring them back to the big screen. We were recently featured as a 'Podcast of the Week' by The Guardian and have been listed as a 'Binge worthy podcast' by iTunes.  You can find us on all good podcasting platforms, including iTunes, Spotify, Google Play and Stitcher. If you like the show, don't forget to check out our Patreon for a wide variety of incentives and bonus content. beyondtheboxset.com patreon.com/beyondtheboxset twitter.com/beyondtheboxset facebook.com/beyondtheboxset instagram.com/beyondtheboxset 00.00: Demented monologues and iconic slap scenes  36.00: Mermaids Drinking Games 43.20: Mermaids 2: Search For The Merman 57.00: Mermaids 2: A Body Horror With Actual Mermaids In It 1.04.45: Mermaids II: On The Road 1.12.35: Listener Submissions & Episode 70 Preview
School of Rock 2: Mr Schneebly's Opus
If you have any doubt about how important Jack Black was to the success of School of Rock, just try to imagine literally any other comic actor in his age range playing the part. The role of Dewey Finn, a dangerously unqualified supply teacher who nevertheless uses his musical talent and boundless enthusiasm to inspire a class of pre-teens is probably the purest expression of Black's talents ever seen on the big screen. It's also a movie that's aged phenomenally well - give or take a dodgy reference or two. So despite John's general antipathy towards rock 'n' roll purists, it was a surprising delight to revisit. In this episode, we talk questionable nicknames, daytime rock concerts and the instant screen legend that is Billy the costume designer, before pitching some ideas for a long overdue class reunion...  ----- beyondtheboxset.com patreon.com/beyondtheboxset twitter.com/beyondtheboxset facebook.com/beyondtheboxset instagram.com/beyondtheboxset 00.00: It's not tacky, and we don't hate it 25.30: School of Rock Drinking Games  32.30: The Culinary School of Rock 46.00: School of Rock 2: Growing Up 56.20: Listener Submissions & Episode 68 Preview
Arrival 2: Departure (feat. Dante Pineau)
It's a thought-provoking modern sci-fi classic that played a key role in Beyond The Box Set's Amsterdam-based origin story. So why did it take us 93 episodes to dedicate an episode to Arrival? Well, if time is a circle, then on some level, haven't we somehow always been dedicating an episode to Arrival? Wait, now we're even more confused... Dante Pineau of PlayD&D and Let's Get Contextual joins us this week to discuss property porn, the perils of Dutch subtitles, how this movie got totally screwed over at the Oscars and more, before diving into some high-concept sequel ideas including a look at what might have been going on at the other research camps, a grief-stricken Jeremy Renner's attempts to unwind time and save his daughter's life and an expose on what the mysterious Abbot and Costello aliens were really up to... ----- Beyond The Box Set is a creative movie podcast dedicated to pitching fantasy sequels to classic standalone cinema. Each week we'll thoroughly dissect a film that for some reason never spawned a spin-off, and compete to come up with the most inspired, or ridiculous, sequel, prequel or spin-off ideas to bring them back to the big screen. If you enjoy the show, please hit subscribe on your preferred Podcasting platform and leave us a nice review. You can also contact us on social media and we have a Patreon page where dedicated listeners can access a wide variety of bonus content from as little as $2 per month.  00.00: Never watch a movie about linguistics in a Dutch cinema  28.15: Arrival Drinking Games 35.40: Arrival... In Devon?! 44.45: Arrival 2: Departure 55.45: Arrival: Behind The Laughter 1.06.50: Listener Submissions & Episode 94 Preview 
The Way Way Back...to the Way Way Back (feat. Charlie Dudley)
After a month of Halloween horror, we needed something to lift our spirits this week. Thankfully, special guest Charlie Dudley (of Why Did I Do That? and A Podcast for Everyone) was on hand with The Way Way Back - a sweet natured summer coming-of-age movie that managed to warm even our cold, cynical hearts.  Written by Oscar winners Jim Rash and Nat Faxon, The Way Way Back stars Liam James as a shy 14 year old reluctantly accompanying his mother (Toni Collette) and her domineering boyfriend (Steve Carrell) on a summer vacation. While there he befriends a charming water park manager played by Sam Rockwell, who helps him to escape the endless humiliation of his family life with a part-time job and some questionable, but effective, life lessons.    Featuring a hilarious supporting cast including Alison Janney, Maya Rudolph and Amanda Peet, The Way Way Back is a hidden gem were were extremely happy to discover. Tune into this week's episode for our thoughts on questionable water park ethics, offensive capri pants, Steve Carrell's effective against-cast performance as an irredeemable douchebag and much more.  As always, we also pitch our own sequel ideas for the movie, which this week include a couple of equally bittersweet reunion movies, and one rather less wholesome left-turn into the murky realm of adult partner swapping... Look, it makes sense in context, OK?  ----- Each week on Beyond The Box Set, intrepid hosts Harry Chappell and John Lucas watch a beloved standalone movie, and risk the ire of the fans by pitching ridiculous sequel, prequel and spin-off ideas to bring them back to the big screen. Our credits include recommendations from The Guardian, Podbean, Apple Podcasts and over 150 five-star iTunes reviewers. Only 147 of which we wrote ourselves under assumed names.  If you like our show, you can subscribe on your preferred podcatcher to receive a new episode every Friday morning. Reviews and recommendations are great for our self esteem, and really help us to attract new listeners. We also have a Patreon page, where you can sign up to be a VIP listener for as little as $2 per month, in return for some fabulous exclusive bonus content. Merchandise is also available via Teepublic.com.  beyondtheboxset.com patreon.com/beyondtheboxset twitter.com/beyondtheboxset facebook.com/beyondtheboxset instagram.com/beyondtheboxset 00.00: John can't get past Alison Janney's capri pants 24.50: The Way Way Back Drinking Games 33.50: 50 Shades of Way Way Back 49.45: The Way Way Back... to the Way Way Back 59.40: Back to the Way Way Back 1.10.30: The Way Way Back Friends Game (feat. Grease)  1.15.45: Listener Submissions & Episode 91 Preview - PLUS SPECIAL EPISODE 100 ANNOUNCEMENT!
Vampire's Kiss 2: Uncaged
Nicholas Cage suffers delusions of Vampirism in the insane dark 80s comedy Vampire's Kiss. Now most famous for birthing that meme, the entire movie is a campy, unhinged delight that truly has to be seen to be believed. And yet... we were left feeling that maybe it's actually legitimately good?  Check out our full thoughts on the Cage phenomena, incompetent psychiatrists, hostile work environments and much much more in this week's episode... ----- Each week on Beyond The Box Set, we take a classic movie from the past and boldly attempt to pitch sequels, prequels and spin-offs to bring them back to the big screen. From Titanic to The Shawshank Redemption, Mars Attacks to Maximum Overdrive, there's nothing we won't take a creative crack at... If you enjoy the show, please hit subscribe for a new episode every Friday morning, and don't forget to leave us a rating or a review on your preferred podcasting app - it really helps us to connect with new listeners and keep the show on the air.  beyondtheboxset.com patreon.com/beyondtheboxset twitter.com/beyondtheboxset facebook.com/beyondtheboxset instagram.com/beyondtheboxset 00.00: Inexplicable accent work and loooooong vowel sounds 50.45: Vampire's Kiss Drinking Games 1.00.15: Vampire's French Kiss 1.13.45: Vampire's Kiss 2: Uncaged  1.20.50: Episode 140 Preview & Listener Submissions
Let The Right One In: Curse of the Killer Kitties (feat. The Contrarians)
Our Vampire season concludes with a chilly Nordic noir about a young Swedish boy who falls in love with a child vampire. Julio from The Contrarians Podcast joins us to talk Stockholm syndrome, incompetent serial killers, CGI cat attacks and more as we pitch sequels for Let The Right One In.  Released in 2008, Let The Right One In was directed by Tomas Alfredson and adapted from the bestselling novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist. It was also remade for American audiences in 2010 as Let Me In, starring Chloë Grace Moretz and Kodi Smit-McPhee. Both versions are very good, but the prospect of forcing Harry to sit through two hours of Swedish was just too tempting. Tune in to find out how he fared... ----- Beyond The Box Set is a popular movie podcast in which each week, we take a look back at a classic standalone movie and challenge ourselves to pitch sequel, prequel or spin-off ideas to bring them back to the big screen.  If you enjoy the show, please hit subscribe to receive a new episode every Friday morning, and consider leaving us a rating or review - it really helps us to reach the ears of new listeners.  beyondtheboxset.com patreon.com/beyondtheboxset twitter.com/beyondtheboxset facebook.com/beyondtheboxset instagram.com/beyondtheboxset 00.00: Whoops! My Best Friend's a Vampire! 52.10: Let The Right One In Drinking Games 1.10.40: Let The Right One In 2: Let The Good One Out 1.21.00: Keep The Wrong One Out 1.34.30: Let The Right One In: Curse of the Killer Kitties 1.44.35: Episode 141 Preview & Listener Submissions
Maximum Overdrive 2: Attack of the Drones
Stephen King may have written the novels that inspired dozens of iconic movies, but he's directed only one... the 80s gonzo epic 'Maximum Overdrive'. Even King himself disowns this film as a cocaine-fuelled disaster these days, but could its audacious blend of gore, comedy and heavy metal be due for re-appraisal? Find out in this week's episode, as we discuss overly specific back-stories, terrible performances by future Simpsons actors, the definition of a road twitch and more... --- Beyond The Box Set is a movie podcast with a difference. Every week we take a look back at a standalone screen classic, before attempting to pitch creative sequel, prequel or spin-off ideas to bring them back to the big screen. We've been recommended by The Guardian, Podbean, Apple Podcasts and more, so tune in now for a journey into cinema history like no other! If you like our show, please hit subscribe to receive a new episode every Friday morning, and don't forget to leave us a rating and a review while you're there - it really helps us to reach out to new listeners.  beyondtheboxset.com patreon.com/beyondtheboxset twitter.com/beyondtheboxset facebook.com/beyondtheboxset instagram.com/beyondtheboxset 00.00: Yeardley Smith is right to be ashamed of this... 35.45: Maximum Overdrive Drinking Games 46.10: Maximum Overdrive 2: Attack of the Drones  51.45: Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw: Maximum Overdrive  1.04.05: Episode 132 Preview & Listener Submissions
Chronicle 2: Chronic Back Pain
An inventive blend of superhero action, high school drama and found footage horror, Chronicle is the kind of auspicious debut that should have set director Josh Trank on the road to a glittering career. Then Fantastic Four happened... Disappointing follow-ups aside, Chronicle remains one of the most refreshing movies we've covered on this podcast in a while, and we'd definitely be open to some kind of sequel. In this week's episode, Lee Agne of the Connected Hearts podcast joins us to discuss hormonal superheroes, alien spunk, why every high school house party takes place in a mansion and more... ----- Beyond The Box Set is a weekly movie podcast with a creative twist. Every episode sees us taking a deep dive into a classic standalone movie, before competing to pitch ludicrous sequel ideas to bring them back to the big screen.    We've been recommended by publications including The Guardian and Podbean, and featured as a 'binge worthy podcast' on iTunes. We also have over 150 five-star user reviews at time of publication.  If you enjoy the show, please hit subscribe for a new episode every Friday morning, and feel free to add to our tally of positive ratings and reviews - they truly help us to reach out to new listeners so it's much appreciated. beyondtheboxset.com patreon.com/beyondtheboxset twitter.com/beyondtheboxset facebook.com/beyondtheboxset instagram.com/beyondtheboxset 00.00: Teenage John had definite supervillain potential 42.30: Chronicle Drinking Games 52.50: Chronicle II: Chronic Back Pain 1.03.07: ChronIIcle  1.17.10: Chronicles of Chronicle  1.25.25: Episode 126 Preview & Listener Submissions
Clueless 2: High School Reunion
Deceptively smart and, like, totally quotable, Amy Heckerling's Clueless redefined the High School comedy genre in the mid 90s, paving the way for the likes of Mean Girls and Easy A. In this week's episode, returning guest Louise Ball joins us this week to pitch some totally bitchin' sequels... Tune into this week's podcast to hear our thoughts on insane 90s fashion, Tai's questionable past, Christian's possible future as a serial killer and whether or not it's creepy to date your non-biological stepbrother.  We also put together some frat party-friendly Clueless drinking games, essentially quote 90% of the dialogue and attempt to imagine what Cher, Dionne, Josh and the gang might be up to in 2019... ----- Every week on Beyond The Box Set, we discuss a classic standalone movie and compete to pitch the most ridiculous sequels, prequels and spin-off ideas to bring them back to the big screen.  We're proud to have been listed as a 'Podcast of The Week' by The Guardian and Podbean, and as a 'Binge-Worthy Podcast' by Apple. We release a new episode every Friday morning, so subscribe for free to make sure you never miss an episode.  Beyond The Box Set is also a founding member of the Pave Media Podcast Network. Check them out at pavemedia.net to find out how they could help you to grow your listenership and make meaningful connections with fellow podcasters.  beyondtheboxset.com patreon.com/beyondtheboxset twitter.com/beyondtheboxset facebook.com/beyondtheboxset instagram.com/beyondtheboxset https://pavemedia.net/ 00.00: Ode to a virgin who can't drive  33.00: Clueless Drinking Games 43.00: Clueless 2: Cher & Dionne's High School Reunion  57.25: Clueless 2: How Cher Got Her Groove Back  1.06.50: Clueless 101 1.15.30: Listener Submissions & Episode 117 Preview
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