#52 | 22 Short Films About Snowpiercer

February 15, 2018
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Imagine the worst train journey you've ever taken. Now, throw in baby-eating, a post-apocalyptic caste system and a demented Tilda Swinton ranting about shoes in a broad Yorkshire accent. Welcome to Bong Joon-ho's quirky sci-fi action hit Snowpiercer. It's quite the ride...

Released in 2013, Snowpiercer features an all-star cast including Chris Evans, Octavia Spencer, Tilda Swinton and John Hurt as the last remnants of humanity scrapping for survival aboard a high-speed train controlled by the mysterious and God-like 'Wilfred'. The film was acclaimed for its bold visual style and inventive action sequences. It is also completely insane.

This week on Beyond The Box Set, we discuss cool but nonsensical fight scenes, Tilda Swinton's gloriously off-kilter acting choices and why it's weird to be grossed out by Cockroach bars when you've already chowed down on a baby...

As is the tradition, we also pitch our own fantasy sequel ideas to the movie, including an anthology movie featuring the many bizarre characters who populate the original film, our first ever 'Make It a Video Game!' and a crossover with the biggest romantic blockbuster of all time...

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We recently launched on Patreon, allowing our listeners to access a whole raft of fabulous bonus content including our weekly bonus show 'Beyond BTBS', a 30 second ad slot on our main show and the opportunity to become a character in one of our sequels. We also have our own line of merchandise on TeePublic.com, including T-shirts, mugs, iphone cases and more. 

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00.00: Tilda Swinton is making some choices...

26.15: Snowpiercer Drinking Games

32.30: Snowpiercer 2: Directed by James Cameron 

48.05: 22 Short Films About Snowpiercer

1.01.15: Listener Submissions & Episode 53 Preview

#51 | *batteries not included 2: Attack of the Drones

February 9, 2018
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What's your favourite children's movie about impoverished elderly people living with dementia? This week on Beyond The Box Set, we're joined by the talented Phil Hepworth to discuss *batteries not included, a quirky family sci-fi that features some surprisingly adult and melancholy themes. 

Released in 1987, *batteries not included stars Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy as Frank and Faye Riley, a married couple whose long-time home comes under threat from aggressive property developers who want to force them out. As Faye's apparent dementia continues to worsen, Frank prays for a miracle - and gets one in the form of a pair of apparently sentient miniature spaceships known as 'The Fix-Its'. 

The film's unusually thoughtful tone might be down to writer Brad Bird, who went on to write and produce a number of Pixar's biggest hits including Ratatouille and The Incredibles. A modest hit on release, the film has become a minor cult classic, winning a then-septuagenarian Tandy a Saturn award for Best Actress.

Join us as we discuss the colourful cast of characters - including a slogan-quoting former boxer and a short-fused gang leader with highly unusual fashion sense even for an eighties movie - attempt to figure out what the aliens/robots/spaceships are actually supposed to be in this movie and of course, pitch some sequel ideas...

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We recently launched on Patreon, allowing our listeners to access a whole raft of fabulous bonus content including our weekly bonus show 'Beyond BTBS', a 30 second ad slot on our main show and the opportunity to become a character in one of our sequels. We also have our own line of merchandise on TeePublic.com, including T-shirts, mugs, iphone cases and more. 

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00.00: All musicians are cheating bastards

25.22: *batteries not included Drinking Games

30.00: *batteries not included 2: Attack of the Drones

36.25: *batteries not included 2: Strong & Stable

46.25: *batteries not included 2: Always Read The Small Print

1.02.20: Listener Submissions & Episode 52 Preview

 

#50 | Forrest Gump II: Jenny’s Side

February 2, 2018
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Episode 50 marks Beyond The Box Set's first full year on the air, so we knew we had to celebrate with a truly iconic movie choice. So sit down and join us as we pitch sequels to the tearjerking 90s classic Forrest Gump, aka Harry's all-time favourite movie. 

In this episode we compare notes on how long each of us lasted before welling up, reveal the historical crossover scene that was wisely left on the cutting room floor, and debate whether Jenny Curran is the most unfairly maligned cinema character of the past thirty years...

We also bring you a bumper selection of drinking games, including needlessly shirtless Lieutenant Dan, every time Jenny's wigs signify a time jump and the occasional hints of Mama Gump's dark side...

Over twenty years after Tom Hanks hung up his running shoes and put little Haley Joel Osment onto the bus, it seems increasingly unlikely that a real Forrest Gump sequel will ever come to pass. Not that we let that spoil our fun as we dedicate the second half of this episode to pitching ridiculous follow-up ideas, including Colin Hanks as a young Forrest undertaking an improbable journey through the plot lines of some of Tom Hanks most famous films - trust us, there was enough to go on...

Finally, we also marked our one-year anniversary by finally launching our own dedicated Patreon and Merchendise pages. For as little as £2 per month, you could become a VIP subscriber for access to our weekly bonus episodes, a 30 second shout-out on the show and the chance to become a character in one of our sequel ideas! Just visit our Patreon Page for more information. 

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In other words, our first year has been a wild ride and we don't intend to get off any time soon. You can help support the show by hitting subscribe for a new episode every Friday morning, or by leaving us a review on the Apple store. You can now also support us as an official VIP supporter on Patreon, using our pay as you feel model to gain access to a huge raft of amazing extras (if we do say so ourselves...)

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00.00: John's Tom Hanks Mea Culpa and A Defence of Jenny

29.40: Forrest Gump Drinking Games

43:55: Forrest Gump 2: Jenny's Side

01:00.55: Forrest Gump 2: Being Tom Hanks 

01.18:55.: Listener Submissions & Episode 51 Preview

 

#49 | Black Swan 2: Urban Redemption

January 26, 2018
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Natalie Portman's high-intensity acting style found the perfect vehicle in Darren Aronofsky's nightmarish ballet-themed body horror Black Swan, a role that deservedly won her the Academy Award for Best Actress. But what might happen if the two reunited for a second act?

Olumide Ajulo joins us in this week's episode to discuss Portman's journey to the dark side, the unintentional camp value of the swan transformation scenes and the joy of Winona Ryder being the most Winona she can be in a brief but full-tilt supporting turn as a faded Ballet queen in a suspiciously crooked wig...

After burning through some drinking games - mostly concieved to provide a distraction from all the gross finger stuff in this film - we also pitch our own fantasy Black Swan sequels, including Winona's origin story, an uplifting redemption movie with a Pitch Perfect twist and an attempted comeback for Portman's Nina Sayers' that inevitably winds up taking a dark and twisted turn...

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00.00: Nina Sayers needs a low-stakes job in personal finance

34.55: Black Swan Drinking Games

40.00: Black Swan 2: Nutcracker

57.30: Black Swan 2: Urban Redemption

1.08.50: Black Swan 2: Winona's Story

1.24.: Listener Submissions & Episode 50 Preview

#47 | Being John Malkovich II: The Split

January 11, 2018
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After four long weeks apart, Harry and John finally reunite for a dizzyingly hilarious trip down the rabbit hole that is Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman's brilliantly inventive Being John Malkovich, one of the most creative cult comedies of the 1990s. 

Starring John Cusack as a frustrated puppeteer, Cameron Diaz as his sexually conflicted, animal-hoarding wife and John Malkovich in a career defining performance as himself - or some version of it - Being John Malkovich is rightly regarded as a modern classic. 

Join us as we discuss the wig that transforms John Cusack into Dylan Moran, Catherine Keener's stellar leg work in this movie, why Being Tom Cruise would never have worked and much more, before setting ourselves the daunting task of matching this movie's endless insanity with our own fantasy sequel pitches. 

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00.00: Hot Tubs, Creepy Puppets and The Joy of Unapologetic Nonsense

25.00: Being John Malkovich Drinking Games

33.40: Being Harry Chappell

58.20: Splitting John Malkovich

01.06.45: Listener Submissions, The Get Out Theory & Episode 48 Preview

#46 | WALL-E 2: A Garbage Movie

January 4, 2018
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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...

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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

 

 

BONUS | Pitching Sequels to the Movies of 2017: Part Two

December 31, 2017
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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!

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BONUS | Pitching Sequels to the Movies of 2017: Part One

December 28, 2017
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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.

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#42 | It’s A Wonderful Life 2: The Bailey Show

November 30, 2017
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This week on Beyond The Box Set, John and Harry kick off their festive season by pitching modern-day sequels for the most heartwarming holiday classic ever made - Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life. 

Join us as we discuss George Bailey's fragile mental health, the questionable business ethics of Baily Brothers Building & Loans and why there's something about Mary that we just don't trust...

We're also joined by our first ever returning guest Ross Burton, who helps us to pitch sequel ideas including a Christopher Nolan-style retelling of Harry Bailey's wartime adventures, a remake populated entirely by The Muppets and a bleak dystopian thriller that exposes the real reason George was never able to leave Bedford falls...

Released in 1946, It's a Wonderful Life stars Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey, Donna Reed as Mary, Lionel Barrymore as the evil Mr Potter and Gloria Grahame as Violet. Like all classic movies, it was only modestly received on release, but soon built up a reputation of one of the most beloved films of the era. Both Stewart and Reed would cite it as the high point of their Hollywood careers. 

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00.00: Uncle Billy is in the grip of senile dementia

20.00: It's a Wonderful Life Drinking Games

29.55: It's a Muppet Life

37.30: It's a Wonderful War

57.20: Listener Submissions & Episode 43 Preview

#41 | The Shining 2: Ghost Hotel

November 23, 2017
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As an object lesson in terror, it's hard to beat Stanley Kubrick's 1980 hotel horror 'The Shining'. Starring Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall as a seriously dysfunctional married couple who choose the wrong hotel for a winter of intense one-on-one time, the movie was a tortured production that scored derisive reviews at the time, but has now been reappraised as a pinnacle of its genre. 

In this week's episode, John and Harry discuss red flag job interviews, debate the reasonable level of hysteria when confronted by an axe-wielding maniac, unpick the most inept rescue attempt ever committed to film and much more...

This week's fantasy sequel ideas include a discussion on Stephen King's official followup - which is literally about a psychic cat - and our own, only slightly more out-there, reboot ideas including a Black Mirror-inspired reality remake and a comedy crossover with a controversial failed franchise movie...

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00.00: Bronwen the Anus Pixie and other Imaginary Friends

14.05: The Shining Drinking Games

30.40: The Shining 2: Ghost Hotel

43.15: The Sliming

58.55 Listener Submissions + Episode 42 Preview