#74 | Jerry Maguire 2: Jerry’s Game

July 19, 2018
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From the chunky flip phones and questionable hair to the dodgy sexual politics and curious lack of any real stakes, Jerry Maguire is perhaps the quintessential mid-90s prestige rom com. Written and directed by Cameron Crowe, the movie stars Tom Cruise as a successful sports agent whose search for meaning in a cynical industry leads him into the arms of warm-hearted, possibly overly suggestible single mother Renee Zellweger. 

In this week's episode of Beyond The Box Set, we discuss the bizarre pacing of this movie, Renee Zellweger's succession of very poor decisions in the film and the fact that we're pretty sure all of the characters are addicted to cocaine. 

Once we've completed a thorough post-mortem, we move on to pitching our own Jerry Maguire sequels as set in 2018. Would Jerry's questionable business strategy of focusing on fewer clients and less money be working out for him? Would his quickie marriage to a woman who may very well be in a cult still be going strong? And would Cuba Gooding Jr ever appear in another successful project again? 

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00.00: Cocaine, flip phones and unexamined white privilege

32.10: Jerry Maguire Drinking Games

39.05: Jerry Maguire 2: Breaking Jerry

45.30: Jerry Maguire 2: Jerry's Game

53.10: Listener Submissions & Episode 75 Preview

#71 | Spice World 2: Fallen Kingdom

June 28, 2018
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I'll tell you what we want, what we really, really want... a sequel to Spice World, the 1997 meta-comedy / cash in released to capitalise on the brief but phenomenal popularity of Scary, Sporty, Ginger, Baby and Posh - collectively known as The Spice Girls. 

As a quintessential child of the nineties, John is a die-hard Spice Girls fan who's seen the band live, knows their albums inside out - even the rubbish third one - and still lives his life according to the principles of Girl Power. Harry vaguely remembers that his sisters used to listen to them occasionally...

Will our co-hosts find common ground in revisiting this musical time capsule? Join us as we discuss the impenetrable plot, pointless celebrity cameos and the unexpected comic genius of Victoria 'Posh Spice' Beckham...

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We've been featured as a Podcast of the Week by The Guardian and Podbean, in addition to being listed as a 'Binge Worthy Podcast' by iTunes. You can check out the show on all good Podcasting platforms including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, aCast and Google Podcasts. We also have a Patreon page where you can access a wide range of exciting bonus content for as little as $2 per month. 

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00.00: Everyone who hates this movie is objectively stupid

23.20: Spice World Drinking Games

30.35: SGCU - A Spice Girls Cinematic Universe

44.10: Spice World II: Fallen Kingdom

59.45: Listener Submissions & Episode 72 Preview

 

#70 | Three Kings 2: Three Wise Men (feat. FlixWatcher)

June 21, 2018
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In a very special Podcast crossover episode, Helen and Kobi from FlixWatcher join us to discuss David O.Russell's darkly comedic Gulf War movie Three Kings, starring George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg and Ice Cube.

Released in 1999, Three Kings was a major breakthrough for O.Russell, grossing over $100 million and achieving widespread critical acclaim. It tells the story of four US soldiers attempting to steal a hidden cache of war gold from Iraqi soldiers during a tense 1991 ceasefire between the two countries, until a series of surprisingly brutal mishaps turn their adventure into a rescue mission. 

Join us as we discuss on-set tensions, Mark Wahlberg's journey from The Funky Bunch to serious actor and the time Harry went on a family holiday to Iraq, before attempting to navigate our near-total ignorance of middle-eastern geopolitics in pursuit of some workable sequel ideas...

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00.00: This movie holds up. Silver Linings Playbook does not. 

32.55: Three Kings Drinking Games

40.10: Three Kings II: Six Royals 

47.00: Three Kings 2: Three Wise Men

1.02.30: Listener Submissions & Episode 71 Preview

 

#69 | Mermaids 2: Search for the Merman

June 14, 2018
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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...

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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.

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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

#67 | School of Rock 2: Mr Schneebly’s Opus

May 31, 2018
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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... 

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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

#63 | Whip It II: Whip It Good!

May 3, 2018
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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...

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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. 

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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

#62 | Matilda 2: No More Miss Nice Girl

April 26, 2018
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It's colourful, quotable and it inspired a generation of children to spend countless hours fruitlessly staring at glasses of water... this week on Beyond The Box Set, we continue our actors-turned-directors mini-season with a look back at Danny DeVito's utterly delightful adaptation of Roald Dahl's Matilda.

Already an emerging child star thanks to roles in classic movies like Mrs Doubtfire and Miracle on 34th Street, Mara Wilson turned in the defining role of her career as the book-loving heroine Matilda Wormwood. Character actress Pam Ferris, meanwhile, chewed scenery with abandon as the monstrous Ms Trunchbull, proving that the best movie villains should always be characters we secretly sort of root for.

In this week's episode - the latest edition in our ongoing series on movies by actors-turned-directors - we look back at the delicate balance of darkness and whimsy that makes Matilda one of the all time great films for children, and attempt to brainstorm what a sequel might look like over twenty years later...

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00.00: Ms Trunchbull was in the wrong profession

21.10: Matilda Drinking Games (Over 18s only)

32.50: Matilda 2: Trunchbull's Last Stand

44.20: Matilda 2: No More Miss Nice Girl

1.00.30: Listener Submissions & Episode 63 Preview 

#59 | That Thing You Do (feat. The Contrarians)

April 5, 2018
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A sweet retro comedy about the rise and fall of fictional 60s pop band The Wonders, That Thing You Do! has virtually no stakes and gets by on the sheer good-natured charm of everyone involved, not least that of writer-director Tom Hanks. But can we sit through the 148 minute extended cut without succumbing to a severe case of toothache? 

In this month's Patreon special, friend of the show Julio Olivera of The Contrarians podcast joins us to discuss Tom Everett-Scott's spooky resemblance to Tom Hanks, the low-energy charm of Liv Tyler and why La La Land may in fact be a spiritual sequel to this movie...

Released in 1996, That Thing You Do! was modestly successful at the box office, but spawned a successful soundtrack and quickly became a cult classic. In addition to Scott, Hanks and Tyler, the movie was an early showcase for then-rising stars including Steve Zahn, Charlize Theron and Giovanni Ribisi. 

In addition to comparing notes on the movie, we also come up with some drinking games - highly recommend if you do attempt the extended cut - and pitch our sequel ideas, which this week feature a bittersweet 21st century reunion and a journey through the history of Rock 'n' Roll, by way of Quantum Leap, Doctor Who and Love Actually. Mr Hanks, we're waiting for your call...

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Fans of the show can also show their support on Patreon, gaining access to all of our exclusive bonus material by pledging as little as $2 per month. Incentives include access to our bonus movie review show Beyond BTBS, the opportunity to choose a film for us to cover on a future episode of Beyond The Box Set and a 30 second ad slot to plug absolutely anything you like (within reason). 

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00.00: Emma Stone really needs to break the cycle 

25.55: That Thing You Do! Drinking Games

35.10: That Thing You Did!

55.00: That Thing You Manage! 

1.08.00: Listener Submissions & Episode 60 Preview 

#58 | Galaxy Quest II: The Final Franchise

March 29, 2018
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It was voted the 7th best Star Trek film of all time by fans and described as 'a chillingly realistic documentary' by George Takei. But could the long hoped-for Galaxy Quest sequel ever work in a post-Rickman world? By Grabthar's Hammer, we're determined to find out...

Join us in this week's episode as we discuss John's Sam Rockwell epiphany, Harry's unapologetic love for Star Trek: Nemesis and why the late, great Alan Rickman may have found the role of a lifetime in resentful thespian Alexander Dane / Doctor Lazarus. 

We also pitch some Galaxy Quest Drinking Games, including Tim Allen's Shatner-isms, unnecessary chest exposure and Sigourney Weaver reaction shots - followed by some sequel ideas that explore what a Galaxy Quest-style movie might look like at a time when Geek culture has taken over the world...

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You can find the show on all good Podcasting platforms, including iTunes, Stitcher, aCast, Google Play and Spotify. If you like the show please hit subscribe or leave us a review - it really helps us to find new listeners. 

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00.00: John understands Sam Rockwell now 

25.00: Galaxy Quest Drinking Games

32.00: Galaxy Quest: The Cinematic Universe

40.00: Galaxy Quest II: The Final Franchise

51.30: Listener Submissions & Episode 59 Preview 

 

#53 | Garden State 2: Pet Sematary

February 22, 2018
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Remember when everybody loved Garden State? Strange as it seems, Zach Braff's directorial debut was widely praised on release - so why has its reputation curdled so dramatically in recent years? Louise Ball joins us this week to discuss Manic Pixie Dream Girls, alarming animal cruelty and to help pitch the sequels that none of us actually want to see...

Released in 2004 at the height of Zach Braff's Scrubs fame, Garden State was a slow-burn box office success, grossing over $35 million against a $2.5 million budget, bouyed by a Grammy-winning soundtrack and enthusiastic reviews. Despite this initial success, the movie later attracted criticism for its ponderous exploration of mid-twenties ennui and the characterisation of Natalie Portman's female romantic lead as less a recognisable human being than an infantilised collection of infuriatingly self-conscious quirks. 

Is Garden State totally without merit? We didn't quite think so. In this episode we discuss some of the reasons the movie was initially so successful - as well as the many elements that have aged poorly in the cold light of 2018. In pitching our own sequels, one of us attempts to inject some excitement by splicing the cast with a modern sci-fi phenomenon with an equally iconic soundtrack, one of us digs into the appalling animal cruelty hinted at in the original film, and one of us decides to ditch the insufferable central duo altogether and allow some of the movie's most memorable supporting characters to take centre stage...

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00.00: Natalie Portman is not a natural laugher 

22.15: Garden State Drinking Games

31.05: Garden State 2: Velcro Bad Things

46.40: Garden State 2: Pet Sematary 

52.50: Garden State 2: The Infinite Abyss

1.03.10: Listener Submissions & Episode 54 Preview