#90 | The Way Way Back…to the Way Way Back (feat. Charlie Dudley)

November 8, 2018
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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? 

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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!

#85 | Wolf Children 2 - Teen Wolf

October 4, 2018
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This Halloween is The Season of the Wolf here at Beyond The Box Set. Each week this month, we're looking at classic movies featuring Werewolves. First up, Mamoru Hosada's decidedly un-scary but very lovely 2012 anime Wolf Children.

Suggested by Patreon subscriber - and this week's special guest - Daniel Tickner, Wolf Children takes a thoughtful and heartfelt look at parenthood through the eyes of a young single mother struggling to raise her two half-wolf children in rural Japan.

From the stunningly beautiful animation to the quiet but heartfelt story, we found a lot to enjoy about our first sampling of the anime genre. Not that we let that prevent us from taking a few dramatic liberties in search of an entertaining sequel idea, of course...

Tune into this week's episode to hear what guest Daniel means when he describes Wolf Children as 'an aquarium movie', how a character name coincidence led Harry to make a surprisingly plausible connection between this movie and the MCU, and why John based his sequel entirely around his irrational hatred of cats...

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00.00: Is it ever OK to snog a canine? 

35.30: Wolf Children Drinking Games

47.15: Cat Children - A Horror Movie

58.45: Wolf Teenagers aka Teen Wolf (but not that one) 

1.06.50: Wolf Children 2: The Grand Wolf

1.16.20: Listener Submissions & Episode 86 Preview

#83 | Mrs Doubtfire 2: Son of Doubtfire

September 20, 2018
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How far would you go to be with your children? In the classic 90s comedy Mrs Doubtfire, Robin Williams goes truly goes above and beyond to spend some quality time with his family, with predictably hilarious results.

Tune into this week's episode for our thoughts on the difference between a good Robin Williams movie and a bad one, the irresistible charm of Sally Field and why some 90s comedy tropes have aged better than others, plus much more as we pitch sequels to this timeless comedy classic...

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00.00: Sally Field has the best face in Hollywood

51.30: Mrs Doubtfire Drinking Games

1.02.40 Mrs Doubtfire 2: Stu's Return

1.12.40: Mrs Doubtfire 2: Not Without My Daughter

1.24.00: Mrs Doubtfire 2: Son of Doubtfire

1.33.25: Listener Submissions & Episode 84 Preview

#78 | A Knight’s Tale 2: The Gorgeous Ladies of Jousting

August 17, 2018
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Fonging hell! We've got a real crowd pleaser to talk about this week - gleefully anachronistic jousting adventure A Knight's Tale, the starring the much-missed Heath Ledger. 

Released in 2001, A Knight's Tale helped to establish Ledger as a reliable leading man, after well-received supporting turns in 10 Things I Hate About You and The Patriot. It also featured a memorable cast of supporting characters including Alan Tudyk, Mark Addy and future Marvel star Paul Bettany in the role of a loudmouthed, frequently naked Geoffrey Chaucer.

This week's movie was selected by special guest Jason Croxon, host of the A Conversation With... podcast. Jason joins us on this episode to discuss olde worlde relationship politics, variable accent work, scenery chewing extras and much more. 

As always, we also spend the second half of the episode pitching our own fantasy sequel ideas to this feelgood romp - which sadly have to work around the less than cheerful fact of Ledger's tragic death in 2008. How could a spin-off movie ever work in his absence? That's a question we challenge ourselves to answer this week. Tune in now to see how we fared...

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00.00: Paul Bettany's bum deserves an Oscar

36.55: A Knight's Tale Drinking Games

43.50: A Knight's Tale 2: A Squire's Tale

51.00: A Knight's Tale 2: Catcheth Me Ift Thee Can 

59.20: A Knight's Tale 2: The Gorgeous Ladies of Jousting

1.12.50: Listener Submissions & Episode 79 Preview

#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

#73 | Labyrinth 2: Revenge of the Goblin Queen

July 13, 2018
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A disturbed teenage girl. A baby-snatching goblin king with a distractingly prominent codpiece. A supporting cast of creature features ranging from bizarre to frankly terrifying. Every scene of Jim Henson's Labyrinth is burned into the memories of a generation of movie viewers.

With the late-great David Bowie taking the iconic role of Jareth, the aforementioned well endowed Goblin King, any proposed sequel to this 80s classic would have to wrestle with the unthinkable prospect of recasting. Who could possibly step into his shoes? This week on Beyond The Box Set, we've challenged ourselves to come up with some ideas...

Labyrinth is a rare film that we both have equally strong memories of, proving that despite initially poor box office returns, the movie enjoys a truly timeless appeal. Join us on this week's episode as we discuss bad acting vs dream acting, the bizarre genius of the Bog of Eternal Stench and why Sir Didymus is the absolute worst...

 

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00.00: Seriously, that codpiece...

27.50: Labyrinth Drinking Games

33.45: Labyrinth: A 30 Rock Production

47.40: Labyrinth 2: Revenge of the Goblin Queen

1.02.00: Listener Submissions & Episode 74 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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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

#65 | Treasure Planet 2: A Disney Crime Story

May 18, 2018
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Finding a Disney movie with no sequels is a pretty tall order, so this week we drafted in a professional. James Mason PHD has an actual doctorate in Disney - making him the perfect guest to talk through the underrated 2002 sci-fi Treasure Planet - a rare misfire that was swiftly buried by the Disney corporation after its warm reviews failed to translate into box office receipts.

The long-gestating passion project of directors Ron Clements and John Musker, Treasure Planet takes Robert Louis Stevenson's classic adventure Treasure Island and reboots it in a colourful futuristic galaxy populated by robots and aliens. The film is a notable change of pace from many Disney animations, with a lack of big musical numbers and a plot that eschews traditional love interests and focuses instead on the complicated father-son relationship played out by Hawkins and the morally compromised Long John Silber. 

In this episode, we discuss daddy issues, horrible Goo Goo Dolls songs and 'The Jar Jar Factor' - all of which make Treasure Planet a flawed but fascinating addition to the Disney Animated canon. We also pitch our own sequels to the movie, including a prequel that reveals the fate of Jim Hawkins' absent father, a round of recontextualised spin-offs featuring dinosaurs, mean teens and 90s sitcom stars, and what we're pretty sure would be Disney's first ever LGBT-themed part-animated murder thriller...

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00.00: The Muppets Did It Better

29.40: Treasure Planet Drinking Games

41.40: Treasure Planet 2: The Map To Treasure Planet

55.50: Treasure Planet: A Disney Crime Story

1.03.05: Treasure Granite, Treasure High-Land and Treasure I-Friends

1.18.50: Listener Submissions & Episode 66 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