#108 | The Martian 2: Life On Mars?

March 22, 2019

Like most moviegoers, the last couple of years have kind of soured us on the screen talents of Matt Damon. Movies like Downsizing and Suburbicon haven't exactly made the best use of his talents, to put it mildly. So revisiting The Martian was a timely reminder that he can actually be pretty damn charming when he's actually given decent material to work with.

Directed by Ridley Scott, The Martian stars Damon as Mark Watney, a dry-witted space botanist accidentally stranded on Mars during a mission. While awaiting rescue he's forced to face off against exploding potatoes, a diminishing food supply and a lot of disco music. It's a lot of fun, which is a pleasant surprise for a modern Sci-fi movie. 

Join us as we discuss key plot points such as Sean Bean's complete lack of accent effort, Jessica Chastain's questionable leadership skills and what the hell Kristen Wiig is doing in this movie. As usual, we also attempt to come up with some plausible sequel ideas to send this movie back into orbit. 

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00.00: Jessica Chastain would kill it on Star Trek

37.35: The Martian Drinking Games

46.45: The Martian 2: Adventures In Typecasting

56.30: The Martian 2: Life On Mars?

1.07.20 Listener Submissions & Episode 109 Preview

#107 | The Dressmaker 2: The Hemsworth Curse

March 16, 2019

We're back, you bastards! This week's episode may be arriving slightly late, but we hope the choice of movie justifies the wait. The Dressmaker is a real curio - a hilarious Australian revenge comedy/drama starring Kate Winslet, Liam Hemsworth and a lot of hats, wigs and fabulous evening gowns!

If you've never seen this movie before, we strongly recommend that you seek it out before listening to this episode - it's an absolute riot, and some of the plot twists are so out-there that we'd hate to ruin them for you! But do make sure you come back, because we have a *lot* to talk about...

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Our show has been featured in numerous Podcast best-of lists, including The Guardian, Podbean, the Apple Store and more. Hit subscribe for a new episode every Friday morning and be sure to reach out to us on our website or on social media to keep in touch with the show. 

 

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00.00: Hats, Golf Balls and Incongruous Age Gaps. 

35.25: The Dressmaker Drinking Games

43.45: The Dressmaker In Paris

52.35: The Dressmaker 2: The Hemsworth Curse

1.00.15 Listener Submissions & Episode 108 Preview

#106 | The Shape of Water 2: The Sea-quel

March 8, 2019

This time last year, The Shape of Water was crowned Best Picture at the 90th Academy Awards. Twelve months on, has the movie lost any of its lustre? 

As we bid adieu to another year of Oscar-watching, we decided to revisit Guillermo del Toro's fantastical passion project in our own unique way. Which of course means only one thing - sequels!

From an underwater origin story to an Arrival-inspired sci-fi romance, check out our ideas in this week's podcast - in which we also discuss the benefits of practical effects when depicting inter-species romance, enjoy the cartoonish villainy of Michael Shannon, mourn the tragic death of Pandora the cat and much more...

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00.00: Michael Shannon is Toxic Masculinity Personified

35.25: The Shape of Water Drinking Games

39.30: The Shape of Water 2: The Shape of Redemption

53.00: The Shape of Water 2: The Sea-quel

 

1.06.15 Listener Submissions & Episode 107 Preview

 

#105 | Clue 2: Into The Hasbro-Verse

February 28, 2019

Was it Mr Green in the Hall with the Revolver? Or perhaps Mrs Peacock in the Billiard room with the Lead Pipe? All the cards are on the table this week, as we conclude our 'movies based on games' mini-series with an episode dedicated to the classic murder mystery farce 'Clue'.

Friend of the show Julio Olivera from The Contrarians Podcast joins us this week as we compare notes on convoluted plotting, scenery-chewing character actors, Yvette's ridiculous cleavage and much more...

Inspired by the forthcoming reboot starring - sigh - Ryan Reynolds, we also pitch our own sequel ideas for this classic board game adaptation, featuring re-castings and plot twists galore!

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00.00: Scenery chewing with Tim Curry

24.15: Clue Drinking Games

35.00: Clue: The Movie 

42.40: Clue 2: Clueless

51.45: Clue 2: Discover The Secrets

1.09.00: The Friends Game - Clue Edition

1.13.55 Listener Submissions & Episode 106 Preview

BONUS | Oscars 2019 - The Reaction

February 25, 2019

It's been a long road, but Oscar season 2019 has finally come to an end. Check out our instant post-show reaction to the shocks, the snubs and everything else that went down in this very hungover bonus episode...

#104 | Truth or Dare 2: Double Dare

February 21, 2019

What if a classic college game based around uncomfortable revelations and sexy funtimes... turned deadly? That's the premise of the wholly unoriginal but kinda fun teen horror Truth or Dare, which we actually wound up enjoying a whole lot more than we should probably admit.

Released in 2018, Truth or Dare mixes a little bit of Final Destination with a liberal dose of It Follows, as a group of one dimensional college students accidentally fall prey to a sinister demon during a Spring Break bender in Mexico. Critics gave the film a hard pass with a mere 15% on Rotten Tomatoes, but audiences were a little kinder, and the movie wound up grossing a healthy $95 million at the Box Office.

This presumably means a sequel is all but inevitable - and we thought we'd get ahead of the curve with ideas for how to continue the story, featuring double the dares, twice the terror and a whole new cast of interchangeable teen stereotypes played by actors in their mid to late 30s...

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00.00: An elegy for Day Drinkin' Penelope 

48.00: Truth or Dare Drinking Games

53.20: Truth or Dare 2: So No-one Told You Life Was Gonna Be This Way

1.01.15: Truth Or Dare 2: Double Dare

1.15.00 Listener Submissions & Episode 105 Preview

BONUS | Oscar Best Picture Nominees 2019 - RANKED!

February 19, 2019

It's the most wonderful time of the year - Oscar Season! Eight movies have been nominated for the prestigious title of Best Picture of 2018... and having watched them all, we have some opinions!

In this very special bonus episode of Beyond The Box Set, we rank this year's Best Picture nominees from worst to first, and predict who we think will be taking home Oscar Gold on Sunday night...

The contenders (in alphabetical order)

- Black Panther

- Blakkklansman

- Bohemian Rhapsody

- The Favourite

- Green Book

- Roma 

- A Star is Born 

- Vice

#103 | Need For Speed 2: Hot Wheels Edition

February 15, 2019

A high octane racing thriller based on a popular video game franchise, Need For Speed should have been in pole position for a box office victory lap, but ultimately even the acting talents of Aaron Paul could get it across the finish line...

On this week's episode of Beyond The Box Set, we discuss the questionable morality of street racing, Michael Keaton's literally phoned-in cameo appearance and debate whether Rami Malek's horrible supporting turn in this film made us re-evaluate how much we really want him to win an Oscar for Bohemian Rhapsody...

As usual, we also conclude with our own sequel pitches for this movie - including an Oscar baiting legal drama and a prequel that fills in the surprisingly detailed back story built into the original. All this plus drinking games, listener submissions and more!

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00.00: John has a serious moral objection to this film

49.10: Need For Speed Drinking Games

57.00: Need For Speed 2: Hot Wheels Edition

1.07.00: Need For Speed 2: Ready, Set, Go! 

1.21.00 Listener Submissions & Episode 104 Preview

#102 | Battleship 2: Guess Who?

February 8, 2019

B12 - You sunk my battleship! To kick off our new 'movies based on games' mini-season, podcasting legend Phil Better joins us to discuss the frankly ludicrous 2012 Hasbro cash-in 'Battleship' - starring Taylor Kitsch, Brooklyn Decker and Rihanna in a concept so thin it barely covered a single movie, let alone a potential franchise...

Nevertheless, we're not ones to shy away from a challenge, so after we've finished dissecting the horrible dialogue, dreadful pacing and the unnerving sense that Battleship is less a movie than a 130 minute propaganda piece for the US Navy, we go all in on some sequel ideas - most of which involve extending the Hasbro cinematic universe to ever more ludicrous ends...

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You can find our show on all good podcasting platforms, including iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Play and much more. If you like what you hear, please hit subscribe to get a new episode every Friday morning and help spread the word by rating, reviewing and recommending the show. Every little helps!

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00.00: If you like chicken burritos...

26.30: Battleship Drinking Games

38.00: Battleship 2: Hungry Hungry Hippos

49.45: Battleship 2: Jenga Edition

54:20 Battleship 2: Guess Who?

1.03.30: Listener Submissions & Episode 103 Preview

#101 | The Sound of Music 2: Back In The Habit

January 31, 2019

How do you solve a problem like following up your first ever live episode? By taking on one of the most beloved movies of all time, of course! This week's episode 101 spectacular is dedicated to the iconic family favourite 'The Sound of Music', starring the legendary Dame Julie Andrews.

Tune in to hear our thoughts on Maria Von Trapp's compulsive singing problem, impressive curtain-based design skills and how Harry's Granny may have been responsible for this movie's record-breaking box office takings back in the 60s... 

As ever, we're also pitching some long overdue sequel ideas - including a very unexpected origin story, a crossover that keeps the hills but loses the music, and some dramatic speculation about Dame Julie's adventures in the swinging sixties. 

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00.00: Harry's Von Trapp childhood 

33.10: The Sound of Music Drinking Games

38.40: The Sound of Music 2: Back In The Habit

47.00: The Sound of No Music

54.30: Listener Submissions & Episode 102 Preview