#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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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

BONUS | Oscar Predictions 2018

January 22, 2018
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It's the most wonderful time of the year... for movie nerds! With the official nominations for the 2018 Academy Awards due to be announced in a matter of days, we decided to take a brief detour from our regularly scheduled programming to make our predictions for the movies we expect to see nominated for Best Picture. 

The Academy Award nominations will be announced from 05.22 PST or 13.22 UK time*, and you can watch it all unfold live at beyondtheboxset.com/oscars to see how eerily accurate - or woefully off the mark - our predictions might have been. 

We'll be bringing your more Oscar coverage over the coming weeks, including our ranking of the actual Best Picture nominees once we've gotten around to watching them all, and our reaction to the results some time after we've recovered from the main show. 

Fear not, our weekly schedule of pitching ludicrous sequels to classic standalone movies will not be interrupted, and our regular episodes will continue to come out every Friday morning. Just think of this as bonus content - kind of the way Meryl Streep probably thinks about her Golden Globe nominations these days...

* Harry claims the nominations come out at 1am UK time in this episode, but he never was great with the numbers...

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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#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…

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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

 

#15 | Sideways 2: The Hangover

May 26, 2017
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This week John and Harry pitch sequel ideas to Alexander Payne’s bittersweet classic Sideways. Twelve years after the events of the original movie, has Paul Giamatti’s Miles finally made piece with Merlot? Has late in life celebrity transformed Thomas Hayden Church’s Jack into a crack-addled Hollywood train wreck? Are the characters still constantly drunk-driving with reckless abandon? The answers to all these questions and more in an extra tipsy edition of Beyond The Box Set…

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00:00 Intro – Kimmy Schmidt has ruined Pinot Noir forever

18:25 Pitch One – Sideways 2: The Hangover

38:40 Pitch Two – Sideways 2: Road Rage

52:30 Listener Submissions and Episode 16 Preview

#14 | Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

May 19, 2017
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A poignant exploration of love and the nature of memory, the romance between Joel and Clementine in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind might just be too lovely to taint with our trademark brand of silly sequel ideas. The deeply creepy central premise and side characters on the other hand…

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00:00 Intro – Elijah Wood should play more sex pests

18:45 Pitch One – Eternal Winter of the Wandering Mind

35:45 Pitch Two – Eternal Moonlight of the Spotless Mind

49:40 Listener Submissions and Episode 15 Preview

#12 | Gravity 2: Down to Earth

May 4, 2017
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This week on Beyond the Box Set, pitching sequels to Alfonso Cuarón’s 2013 space epic Gravity proved to be tougher than expected. Join us as we discuss 3D vomit, intergalactic baseball and why Sandra Bullock is no match for Sigourney Weaver when it comes to tank top wearing space survivors…

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00:00 Intro – Harry needs to stop killing our friends

18:05 Pitch One – Gravity 2: The Lost World

29:55 Pitch Two – Gravity 2: Down to Earth

47:20 Episode 13 Preview

 

BONUS: Post-Oscars Reaction

February 27, 2017
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In the second of our shamelessly off-brand bonus episodes, we blearily reflect on the 2017 Academy Awards, including the most deserved winners, the most robbed losers and the jokes that should have been left on the cutting room floor…

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00:00 Intro – The morning after the night before
06:40 Best Supporting Actor, Shots for Suicide Squad & Costume Chat
09:50 We definitely understand the difference between Sound Editing & Sound Mixing
15:20 A bunch of technical awards that Arrival totally should have won
23:00 Nobody steals from The Muppets
27:10 Mel Gibson needs some fresh air
32:25 The greatest Oscar cock-up of all time
33:50 Final thoughts