#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

#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 | 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

#99 | True Lies 2: Dana-nother Day

January 17, 2019

In our recent year-end review, Harry put forth the controversial opinion that Skyscraper is a perfect action movie. This week, John attempts to unpick that theory with a look at one of the ultimate dumb-action classics, James Cameron's True Lies...

True Lies stars accent-challenged action icon Arnold Schwarzenegger as Harry Tasker, trigger-happy secret agent by day, loyal husband and father by night. However, his worlds begin to collide when he suspects his wife of having an affair with an enemy agent, and a terrorist plot threatens to tear his family, and the world apart!

In this week's episode, we discuss silly action vs stupid action, the icky racism (and sexism) at the heart of this movie, and debate whether 90s action truly peaked when Arnold chased a motorcycle-riding terrorist through a luxury hotel... on horseback. 

James Cameron famously cancelled plans for a sequel on the grounds that terrorism was no longer funny in a post 9/11 world. He's probably right, but would it be possible to extract the best elements of this movie and leave the more problematic parts on the cutting room floor? That's the challenge we're setting ourselves this week as we pitch some sequels to bring Arnie out of semi-retirement, finally show Jamie Lee Curtis some goddam respect and give the awesome Eliza Dushku the big screen action epic she deserves...

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00.00: Why would anybody ever trust Arnie to go undercover? 

41.30: True Lies Drinking Games

50.40: True Lies 2: Dana-nother Day

1.03.20: True Lies II: Meet The Taskers

1.13.30: Listener Submissions & Episode 100 Preview

#98 | Inside Out 2: This Is Your Brain On Drugs

January 11, 2019

The holiday season is over and frankly we could all use a little joy in our lives right now. So we decided to kick-start 2019 with a heartwarming Pixar animated classic... and some sequel pitches that are strictly for grown-ups...

Tune in to hear our thoughts on non-objective fragmentation, the melancholy death of Bing Bong, the emotional makeup of cats and more, plus a collection of adult-only Inside Out drinking game suggestions and some hilarious, creative and downright disturbing sequel ideas from our loyal listeners. 

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00.00: OK, fine, we cried. 

24.30: Inside Out Drinking Games

27..55: The Inside Out Friends Game

33.00: Inside Out 2: This Is Your Brain On Drugs

41.00: Inside Out 2: Freaky Friday

57.00: Listener Submissions & Episode 99 Preview

BONUS | Movies of 2018 Reviewed… With Sequels! (Part Two)

January 4, 2019

In the second half of our epic 2018 review, we look back at the movies we watched between July and December and deliver our final verdicts - complete with increasingly drunken and dissolute sequel ideas... enjoy!

Remember, you can enjoy full-length reviews of all of these movies by signing up to our Patreon at https://patreon.com/beyondtheboxset

0.30: Skyscraper

4.45: Incredibles 2

8.50: Mission Impossible - Fallout

13.00: Mamma Mia 2

16.00: Hotel Artemis

20.05: The Meg

25.55: BlacKkKlansman

27.10: Crazy Rich Asians

31.30: Searching

37.50: The Predator

44.20: Venom

48.45: Bad Times At The El Royale

57.15: First Man

1.04.25: A Star is Born

1.12.50: Bohemian Rhapsody

1.19.10: Widows

1.25.10: Fantastic Beasts - The Crimes of Grindelwald

1.30.15: Robin Hood

1.33.15: Spiderman - Into The Spiderverse

1.35.55: Mortal Engines

1.38.00: Mary Poppins Returns

1.40.35: Final Rankings + 2019 Preview

BONUS | Movies of 2018 Reviewed… With Sequels! (Part One)

January 2, 2019

In addition to pitching sequels to old films, we also watched a lot of new releases in 2018. So we thought we'd end the year with a look back at everything we caught at the cinema over the past 12 months, while also attempting to pitch some very quick sequel ideas for them. 

This was a very silly idea that turned into a literal all-nighter, so we've split the results into two parts. Here's part one, in which we ran down everything we saw between January and June. Spoilers abound, obviously!

You can listen to full-length review episodes for all of these films by subscribing to our Patreon for as little as $2 per month. 

00.00: Molly's Game

04.55: The Post

07.25: Downsizing

12.35: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

16.08: The Greatest Showman

20.50: Phantom Thread

25.40: Call Me By Your Name

30.55: Black Panther

36.45: Darkest Hour

38.25: The Shape of Water

41.25: Coco

45.30: Ladybird

49.00: I, Tonya

52.35: Red Sparrow

55.30: Tomb Raider

58.30: Ready Player One

1.05.55: Love, Simon

1.08.50: Isle of Dogs

1.11.30: A Quiet Place

1.13.40: Deadpool 2

1.19.45: Avengers: Infinity War

1.24.40: Solo - A Star Wars Story

1.26.10: Jurassic World - Fallen Kingdom

1.29.30: Hereditary 

1.33.55: Ocean's Eight

1.36.30: Leave No Trace

#97 | Scrooged 2: Oliver Twisted (feat. 2 Geeks 2 Movies)

December 27, 2018

A cynical 80s update of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol with Bill Murray in the central role, Scrooged has all the elements of a festive home run. Yet back in 1988 critics received the movie like a lump of festive coal, and even Murray himself was publicly critical of his performance. 

Nevertheless, years of TV syndication have helped Scrooged to endure as a cult holiday classic. Did the critics get it wrong, or has Murray's boundless charisma hoodwinked contemporary viewers into looking back at the film with rose tinted glasses?

To help us find the answer, we're re-joined this week by our most consistently available guest, Ross Burton from 2 Geeks 2 Movies. Together we discuss how Scrooged compares to other popular A Christmas Carol adaptations, whether we really believe Murray's change of character will last beyond the Holiday season, and why, depending on who you ask, Carol Kane's psychotic sugar plum fairy is either the best or the worst part of this movie...

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00.00: Harry is 100% done with Charles Dickens this year. 

24.10: Scrooged Drinking Games

34.55: Scrooged 2: First Contact

46.30: Scrooged 2: Oliver Twisted

55.50: Son of Scrooge

1.05.14: Listener Submissions & Episode 98 Preview

#96 | Jack Frost 2: The Meltdown

December 21, 2018

The year is 1998. Michael Keaton plays an absent father who, after being tragically killed on his way home for Christmas, reincarnates in the form of a wisecracking snowman in order to re-connect with his traumatised son. Sounds like a movie with all the makings of a feelgood seasonal classic, right? Wrong...

A notorious festive turkey that critics dubbed 'grotesque' 'creepy' and 'almost unwatchable', Jack Frost received an equally chilly reception at the box office, and endures now only due to its reputation as one of the worst and most wrongheaded family movies ever made.

So, naturally, we just couldn't wait to talk about it. Tune into this week's podcast to hear us sound off on 15 minute musical sequences, tin-eared dialogue, the inexplicable logistics of possessing the body of a snowman and much more. 

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00.00: Is Snow Dad *really* better than no dad? 

31.25: Jack Frost Drinking Games

37.30: Jack Frost Returns

49.30: Oh My God! I'm a Snowman!

59.30: Listener Submissions & Episode 97 Preview