#29 | Her 2: Single White Operating System

August 31, 2017
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Is Spike Jonze’s Her a bittersweet futuristic romance or a chilling dystopian horror movie? As our two co-hosts pitch their sequel ideas, they discover that they had very different takes on this 2013 Oscar Winner…

In the romance corner, Harry lets slip that – like Joaquin Phoenix – he’d happily be aurally pleasured by his smartphone, although he does take issue with a future dominated by pastel colour schemes.

Representing team technophobe, John reveals the extent to which Her‘s central romance freaked him out, rails against a future dominated by high-waisted trousers and questions the data usage implications of OS1’s rapid information gobbling.

Our fantasy sequels this week feature the Intelligent Operating Systems forming their own pressure group to escape the virtual chains of human slavery and a psychological thriller floating the theory that ‘Samantha’ was just the Amy Adams character playing mind games with Theo from day one…

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00:00 Intro – I don’t want to tell Siri about my relationship with my mother.

18:00 – Alternative Readings: A lonely man getting wanked off by a phone

19:10 Pitch One – Her 2: Single White Operating System

36:20 Pitch Two – Her 2: Back to Reality

54:25 Listener Submissions & Episode 30 Preview

#28 | Interview With The Vampire 2: Fangs For The Royalties

August 24, 2017
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Before the Twilight franchise ruined vampire movies for everybody, two of Hollywood’s most iconic leading men signed on to play a bloodsucking duo with a relationship so dripping with homoeroticism, producers briefly considered adding Cher to the cast to butch things up a little…

This week on Beyond The Box Set, John and Harry revisit the campy/scary delight that is Neil Jordan’s Interview With The Vampire. Join us as we discuss Tom Cruise’s magnificent scenery chewing, appreciate little Kirsten Dunst’s fierce post-mortem ringlet game and struggle to identify exactly what the plot of this movie is.

After waxing nostalgic for a while, we move on with our fantasy sequel pitches, including a Dark Universe crossover that stretches Harry’s celebrity impersonation skills to the limit, and an origin story that attempts to answer why celebrated vampire novels always seem to be written by bored housewives with no previous writing experience…

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00:00 Intro – A SWOT Analysis of Vampirism

22:00 Pitch One – The Vampire: A Dark Universe Movie

42:10 Pitch Two – Interview With The Vampire 2: Fangs For The Royalties

53:00 Listener Submissions & Episode 29 Preview

#27 | Interstellar 2: Introspection

August 17, 2017
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Is Interstellar Christopher Nolan’s funniest movie? This week on Beyond The Box Set, we’re joined by super fan Joe Timothy to pitch sequels to the time travel space epic that somehow makes room for a wisecracking robot and some unintentionally hilarious cameos…

Along the way, we debate NASA’s questionable training strategies, Anne Hathaway’s baby problem and whether a movie about wormholes and time travel is pushing credibility a little too far by expecting us to believe that Matthew McConaughey and Jessica Chastain are the same age…

As ever, once we’ve fully talked out the movie itself, we get down to business with some fantasy sequel ideas. This week’s pitches include a deep sleep entertainment program that finds Cooper and Brand playing through a virtual Christopher Nolan Greatest Hits, a tense psychological thriller with a Fight Club-esque twist and a crossover into a galaxy far, far away…

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00:00 Intro – Matt Damon’s RuPaul’s Drag Race moment

19:15 Pitch One – Interstellar 2: Nolan 64

31:00 Pitch Two – Interstellar 2: Introspection

40:45 Pitch Three – Interstellar 2: A Star Wars Story

53:45 Listener Submissions & Episode 28 Preview

#26 | Strictly Ballroom 2: Hell Toupee

August 11, 2017
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It was the cult Australian rom-com that launched a worldwide reality TV phenomenon. This week on Beyond The Box Set, we’re joined by Ellie Chalkley – host of the Keep Dancing podcast – to help us pitch sequels to Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom.

Join us as we discuss the fabulously tragic glamour of regional ballroom championships, the perils of 90s fake tan and whether Bill Hunter’s wig in this movie may actually have been possessed of a demon…

As always, we’re also on hand with a selection of weird and wonderful sequel ideas, including an All Star Ballroom Championship that rapidly descends into violent bloodshed, a reality TV reunion that finally gives Fran the happy ending she deserves and a… questionably related sequel that somehow incorporates The Lion King and the birth of The Simpsons.

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00:00 Intro – Scott’s mom never even tries for a casual look

14:00 Pitch One – Strictly Ballroom 2: Hell Toupee

26:55 Pitch Two – Strictly, Strictly Ballroom

37:25 Pitch Three – Strictly Disney

46:35 Listener Submissions & Episode 27 Preview

#25 | Knights of Lego Badassdom

August 3, 2017
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Tyrion Lannister and Abed from Community in a comedy horror movie about Live Action Roleplay? Sounds like a recipe for hilarity. Sadly, the reality of obscure box office bomb Knights of Badassdom turns out to be rather different…

This week on Beyond The Box Set, we sat through 85 tortuous minutes of olde worlde accents, nonsensical plot exposition screamed out by wildly overacting TV stars and genuinely incompetent filmmaking – then attempt to justify a sequel.

Join us as we discuss – among other things – Peter Dinklage’s genuinely uncomfortable acting choices, Danny Pudi being given literally nothing to do in this movie and the bizarre plot mechanics of Summer Glau’s relationship with her dangerously disturbed cousin.

Despite the fact that this is very possibly the worst film we’ve ever covered – yes, even worse than the Super Mario Bros. movie – we do have some ideas for what the sequel might look like, including a Lego version with a much starrier cast and an origin story that attempts to explain how Peter Dinklage’s agent tricked him into appearing in this garbage movie in the first place…

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00:00 Intro – Peter Dinklage seems troubled

18:35 Pitch One – Knights of Badassdom 2: Revenge of the Nordic Nerds

31:40 Pitch Two – Knights of Lego Badassdom

46:00 Listener Submissions & Episode 26 Preview

#24 | The Talented Mr Ripley 2: Tom Ripley’s Disco Years

July 27, 2017
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Everybody should have one talent. Ours is coming up with questionable sequel ideas for classic movies. This week it’s the turn of Anthony Minghella’s fiendishly gripping 1999 psycho-sexual thriller The Talented Mr Ripley, featuring Matt Damon as a murderous bisexual con artist, Jude Law in speedos and Philip Seymour Hoffman being the most Phillip Seymour Hoffman he can be…

This week on Beyond The Box Set, we flash back to this star-studded 1999 thriller and pitch our spin-off ideas, including a Tom Ripley origin story and a sequel that catches up with him in the Disco Seventies. Along the way we also discuss Cate Blanchett’s role as the ultimate gap year girl from hell and reminisce about the days before Gwyneth Paltrow forgot how to act…

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00:00 Intro – Is everybody bisexual in this movie?

19:00 Pitch One – The Talented Mr Thor

31:30 Pitch Two – The Talented Mr Ripley 2: The Disco Years

52:00 Listener Submissions & Episode 25 Preview

#23 | The Sixth Sense 2: Icy Dead People

July 21, 2017
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We’re ready to tell you our secret now. We see… a scenery-chewing Wahlberg brother, questionable plot mechanics and a lot of unnecessary exposition.

This week on Beyond The Box Set, we’re pitching sequels to M. Night Shyamalan’s 1999 breakthrough hit ‘The Sixth Sense’, a movie we’re pretty sure Haley Joel Osment still gets quoted at him every day.

What if Cole cashed in on his ghost-whispering abilities and became a celebrated TV medium with some very famous contacts on the other side? Or what if our favourite pint-sized psychic travelled to Westeros to attempt to reason with the famously chatty White Walkers? The answers to these and many other questions can be found in this week’s podcast…

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00:00 Intro – Donnie Wahlberg needs to reign it in a little…

19:10 Pitch One – The Sixth Sense 2: The Touring Dead

37:30 Pitch Two – The Sixth Sense: Icy Dead People

53:30 Listener Submissions & Episode 24 Preview

#22 | Scott Pilgrim vs. Addiction

July 14, 2017
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Does Edgar Wright have a woman problem? As his new movie Baby Driver lands in cinemas, John and Harry revisit Scott Pilgrim vs The World and are left with very mixed opinions about the Cornetto Trilogy director’s first American movie.

From Michael Cera’s leading man credentials to Brandon Routh’s highly questionable wig work, this movie left us with plenty to talk about – and that’s before we get to our fantasy sequel ideas, featuring a Western remake and a chilling drug-fuelled Trainspotting crossover.

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00:00 Intro – Michael Cera is hard to watch

18:50 Pitch One – Scott Pilgrim vs The West

37:00 Pitch Two – Scott Pilgrim vs Addiction

54:00 Listener Submissions & Episode 23 Preview

#20 | Cast Away 2: Wilsonism

June 30, 2017
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Is Tom Hanks a great actor, or do people just like him? John and Harry attempt to decipher the appeal of Hollywood’s favourite every-ham as we pitch sequels to Robert Zemeckis’ Oscar-nominated classic Cast Away. From the rise of a Scientology-style religion built around the cult of Wilson, to the return of Seth Rogen, James Franco and Jonah Hill in a stoner survival comedy set on a deserted island, we’re taking Cast Away so far off course, not even a CGI whale and a weirdly unflattering photo of Helen Hunt could bring it home…

If you enjoy our fantasy sequels for Cast Away, hit subscribe to ensure you never miss one of our episodes. Every week on Beyond The Box Set, we take a classic standalone movie and compete to pitch the most ridiculous sequel, prequel or spin-off idea to bring it back to the big screen. If you really like what we do, please consider leaving us a review. It’s great for our egos and it helps other people to find us.

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00:00 Intro – A Volleyball with the voice of Tim Allen

17:15 Pitch One – Cast Away: Weed Island

29:50 Pitch Two – Cast Away 2: Wilsonism

45:00 Listener Submissions & Episode 21 Preview

 

#19 | The Truman Show 2: The UnReal World

June 22, 2017
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It’s time to resolve the first ever Beyond The Box Set cliffhanger this week, as Harry delivers the second half of his The Room/The Truman Show crossover sequel – with a touch of HBO’s Westworld thrown in for good measure. Along the way we also discuss John’s deep-seated aversion to Jim Carrey, Laura Linney’s eerily perfect hair and why reality TV may soon leave us all watching Z-list celebrities hunting each other for sport…

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00:00 Intro – John is allergic to Jim Carrey

16:00 Pitch One – The Truman Show 2: The UnReal World

33:30 Pitch Two – The Truman Show: Trial and Error

46:50 Listener Submissions & Episode 20 Preview