#99 | True Lies 2: Dana-nother Day

January 17, 2019
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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
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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
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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
00:0000:00

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
00:0000:00

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
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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

#95 | Elf 2: How Buddy Saved Christmas

December 13, 2018
00:0000:00

Will Ferrell has repeatedly ruled out making a sequel for Elf, his festive 2004 comedy hit that rapidly became a seasonable staple. After the muted reaction to the belated Anchorman and Zoolander sequels in recent years, he may have a point...

Yet despite Ferrell's lack of enthusiasm, the appetite for an Elf 2 seems to grow stronger with every passing year. Is this just lazy nostalgia at work, or is there really potential for a follow-up that could wouldn't taint memories of the widely-loved original?

For this week's episode of Beyond The Box Set, John and (a very hung over) Harry summon as much Christmas spirit as they can muster as they attempt to figure out what makes this particular Christmas film so enormously popular, and where a theoretical sequel could actually take Ferrell and friends the second time around...

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Each week on Beyond The Box Set, hosts Harry Chappell and John Lucas compete to pitch sequels, prequels and spin-off ideas for a different standalone movie. Currently midway through our annual festive season, we're spreading cinematic good cheer wherever we go and proving that, unlike a puppy, a sequel can be for life and for Christmas. 

New episodes are released every Friday morning, so please hit subscribe to stay up to date with all our latest episodes. Reviews and recommendations are also much appreciated, as they really do help us to reach out to new listeners. Go on, tis the season and all that....

 

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00.00: Harry is having a very bad day...

24.10: Elf Drinking Games

31.00: Elf 2: Return to the Pole

45.00: The 2Elf Days of Christmas

55.30: Listener Submissions & Episode 96 Preview

#94 | Edward Scissorhands 2: Rock, Paper, Scissorhands… (feat. Blokebusters)

December 6, 2018
00:0000:00

Is Edward Scissorhands a Christmas movie? Possibly not, but it features snow, Christmas trees and an underlying air of sadness, which makes it close enough for us to crowbar Tim Burton's melancholy classic into our annual festive mini-season. 

This week, long-time friend of the show Paul Hawkins from Blokebusters joins us to discuss Winona Ryder's old lady voice, Dianne Wiest's questionable parenting methods, whether it's still OK to appreciate Johnny Depp's legitimately brilliant performance in this movie and more...

As usual, we also spend some time brainstorming potential sequel ideas, including Edward's long-overdue trial for the murder of Anthony Michael Hall, an origin story that brings together two classic Tim Burton properties and a crossover that attempts to explain some of the more... eccentric design choices in the original movie...

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00.00: Is Edward Scissorhands a Christmas Movie? 

37.00: Edward Scissorhands Drinking Games

43.30: The Edward Scissorhands FRIENDS Game!

46.40: Edward Scissorhands 2: Jim's Ice Cold Revenge

56.30: Edward Scissorhands 2: The Snowman Cometh... Home 

1.04.30: Edward Scissorhands 2: Rock, Paper, Scissorhands...

1.11.15: Listener Submissions & Episode 95 Preview

#93 | Arrival 2: Departure (feat. Dante Pineau)

November 29, 2018
00:0000:00

It's a thought-provoking modern sci-fi classic that played a key role in Beyond The Box Set's Amsterdam-based origin story. So why did it take us 93 episodes to dedicate an episode to Arrival? Well, if time is a circle, then on some level, haven't we somehow always been dedicating an episode to Arrival? Wait, now we're even more confused...

Dante Pineau of PlayD&D and Let's Get Contextual joins us this week to discuss property porn, the perils of Dutch subtitles, how this movie got totally screwed over at the Oscars and more, before diving into some high-concept sequel ideas including a look at what might have been going on at the other research camps, a grief-stricken Jeremy Renner's attempts to unwind time and save his daughter's life and an expose on what the mysterious Abbot and Costello aliens were really up to...

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00.00: Never watch a movie about linguistics in a Dutch cinema 

28.15: Arrival Drinking Games

35.40: Arrival... In Devon?!

44.45: Arrival 2: Departure

55.45: Arrival: Behind The Laughter

1.06.50: Listener Submissions & Episode 94 Preview 

#92 | The Birdcage 2: Starina Rides Again

November 23, 2018
00:0000:00

Put simply, 'The Birdcage' is one of the funniest movies ever made. Yes, it's a remake of the much-loved French classic La cage aux folles, but it's elevated above standard remake fare by inspired casting across the board and a strong emotional centre in the midst of all the camp farce. 

A sequel without Robin Williams is obviously almost impossible to imagine, but we did find ourselves wondering how Nathan Lane's flamboyant Albert would cope with the loss of his remarkably patient life partner. Not to mention the tantalising/terrifying notion of how Agador Spartacus' personal style might have evolved as he entered his mid-fifties... 

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Every week on Beyond The Box Set, we take a classic standalone movie and compete to pitch sequel, prequel and spin-off ideas to bring them back to the big screen. Sometimes they're completely ridiculous, other times they're strangely inspired, but either way they're guaranteed to out a new perspective on some of your favourite movies. 

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00.00: Val is a garbage person 

36.30: The Birdcage Drinking Games

43.45: The Caged Bird 

55.00: The Birdcage 2: Starina Rides Again

1.05.20: Listener Submissions & Episode 93 Preview