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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Every week on Beyond The Box Set, we watch a classic standalone movie and compete to pitch the most ridiculous sequel, prequel or spin-off ideas to bring them back to the big screen. Over the course of 2017 we've pitched sequels for stone-cold classics like Gladiator, Titanic and The Truman Show, cult favourites such as The Room, District 9 and Heathers... plus more questionable releases including 50 First Dates, Knights of Badassdom and the Super Mario Bros movie. 

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#45 | Jingle All The Way 2: Jingle Bell Rock (Feat. One Good Thing)

December 21, 2017
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Podcast crossover! In the fourth and final instalment of our 2017 festive mini-season, Paul and Paul from One Good Thing join us to discuss Arnold Schwarzenegger's utterly shameless Christmas cash-in 'Jingle All The Way'. 

Released in 1996, Jingle All The Way tells the heartwarming tale of a workaholic father attempting to compensate for a year's worth of neglect by buying his son a highly coveted 'Turbo Man' action figure for Christmas. 

Critics described the movie as 'crass' 'cynical' and 'painfully unfunny' - and those were some of the kinder reviews - but it made money at the box office and endures as a questionable Christmas classic to this day. 

Tune in as we discuss Schwarzenegger's nonexistant comic timing, Jake Lloyd's inexplicable journey from this to 'Star Wars', why Sinbad's character is clearly in the midst of a serious psychotic episode and the mysterious phenomenon that is Phil Hartman - suburban sex God. 

We also engage in our first ever 'pod-off' - pitching our joint 'Jingle All The Way' sequel concept against the boys from One Good Thing. Can either team improve on the original movie - or even the real straight-to-DVD sequel starring Larry The Cable Guy that we chose to pretend doesn't exist? It's a lower bar than usual...

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Every week on Beyond The Box Set, we watch a classic standalone movie and compete to pitch the most ridiculous sequel, prequel or spin-off ideas to bring them back to the big screen. We're currently in the midst of our Christmas season, which has seen us imagine follow-ups to festive standards like It's a Wonderful Life, Love Actually and Krampus. 

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00.00: Dialogue is not Arnold Schwarzenegger's friend

33.00: Jingle All The Way Drinking Games

36.35: JT: Jingle Day

50.25: Jingle All The Way 2: Jingle Bell Rock

 

1.05.35: Listener Submissions & Episode 46 Preview

 

#44 | Love Actually 2: Love, Definitely?

December 14, 2017
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Is Love Actually a heartwarming festive classic, or the sexist, fat-shaming cinematic equivalent of finding a lump of coal in your stocking? This week on Beyond The Box Set, we revisited Harry's all-time favourite Christmas movie, and found that our reactions to it diverted rather sharply, actually...

From Hugh Grant's Prime Minister getting the hots for his chubby(?) secretary to Colin Firth's recently dumped writer forming a hasty bond with a woman he's never had a coherent conversation with, Richard Curtis' smash hit ensemble comedy posits that love can blossom in all sorts of unusual places. Well, for straight white men, anyway...

Join us as we debate whether there's any hope for Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman's failing marriage, discuss why Andrew Lincoln will probably end up murdering Kiera Knightley and wearing her skin as a sarong, and argue that Martin Freeman and Joanna Page's dry-humping body doubles may actually have the healthiest relationship in the whole movie...

We also pitch some drinking games for the movie - because by God, you'll need them - and come up with our own fantasy sequels, one of which is considerably more optimistic than the other...

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Each week on Beyond The Box Set, we choose a notable standalone movie and compete to pitch the most ridiculous sequel, prequel or spin-off ideas to bring them back to the big screen. From timeless classics like The Shining and It's A Wonderful Life to more questionable fare like Super Mario Bros and Dom Hemingway, no sequel-free movie is safe from our wildly unfilmable imaginations.

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00.00: Is this shit even a Christmas movie? 

2.35: Bill Nighy is an entitled monster

6.30: Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman's marriage is doomed

11.55: Liam Neeson is a terrible role model 

16.15: Hugh Grant is going to trigger WW3

19.00: Laura Linney navigates workplace harrassment

22.40: Colin Firth is in the midst of a classic midlife crisis

26.25: Andrew Lincoln is an utter creep

30.20: At least the porn stars are talking to each other...

34.35: Kris Marshall demeans American womanhood

39.40: Love Actually Drinking Games

44.45: It's Sexual Harrassment, Actually

51.15: Love Actually 2: Love, Definitely?

1.04.40: Listener Submissions & Episode 45 Preview

#43 | Krampus 2: The Satan Clause

December 8, 2017
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A horror-comedy about a Bavarian Christmas demon who feasts on the flesh of naughty children? Starring Adam Scott, Toni Collette and a gun-toting Conchata Ferrell? On paper Krampus sounds like our kind of holiday movie... but a messy script and a lot of uncomfortable tonal shifts left us feeling a little disappointed. 

That said, there was enough visual invention and dark humour in Michael Dougherty's 2015 take on this twisted European folk tale to give us plenty to talk about in this episode. Join us as we discuss ambiguously Austrian grannies, psychotic gingerbread men and the right way to incorporate baby-eating into a family comedy...

As always, we also brainstorm a few drinking games - including neglectful parenting, inappropriate reactions and instances of 'Adam Scott face' - before coming up with some fantasy sequel ideas. Would a twisted take on Tim Allen's The Santa Clause or an action-packed Stranger Things crossover help this franchise to achieve a more comfortable balance of horror and comedy? We actually think they might...

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Every week on Beyond The Box Set, we review a classic standalone movie, before competing to pitch fantasy sequel, prequel or remake ideas to bring them back to the big screen. From The Room as a period piece to the Sunshine/Toy Story crossover nobody was ever asking for, our ideas are unexpected, unconventional... and frequently totally unfilmable. 

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00.00: Chekov's Toni Collette Axe Rampage

18.45: Krampus Drinking Games

26.00: Krampus 2: Escape from the Upside Down

39.45: Krampus 2: The Satan Clause

52.15: Listener Submissions & Episode 44 Preview

#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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Every week on Beyond The Box Set, we revisit a famous standalone movie and compete to pitch the most ridiculous sequel, prequel and spin-off ideas we can come up with to bring them back to the big screen. We also brainstorm a handy set of drinking games for every film we cover - which we encourage you to enjoy responsibly and non-litigiously. 

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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 

#40 | Shaun of The Walking Dead

November 17, 2017
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Rumours of an official 'Shaun of the Dead' sequel were sadly recently scotched by creators Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright, so we decided to come up with a few of our own!

This week, John and Harry are joined by horror movie super-fan Ady Wheatley to discuss vampire strippers, zombie sex dreams and all things Brit-Rom-Zom-Com! 

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00.00: Dylan Moran is insufferable 

12.35: Shaun of The Dead Drinking Games 

20.30: Shaun of the Walking Dead

30.15: Shaun of the Dead 2: Rehearsal

40.30: Shaun of the Dead 2: Zombie Strippers from Dewsbury

52.30: Listener Submissions + Episode 41 Preview

 

#39 | Withnail and I 2: Coming Back In Here

November 10, 2017
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It's a family affair on Beyond The Box Set this week, as Harry's brother Sam Chappell pops by to pitch sequels for one of the funniest, saddest and most depraved British movies ever made - Withnail and I, starring Richard E. Grant and Paul McGann. 

Released in 1987, Bruce Robinson's semi-autobiographical black comedy was a low-budget independent movie that became one of the most widely quoted cult classics of the era.

Join us as we discuss Camberwell Carrots, questionable cooking, John's extremely in-depth theory about Marwood's latent homosexuality and the classic line from this movie that has haunted us for years...

Discussing drinking games for this film seem almost moot given it practically invented the concept, but in lieu of downing lighter fluid, we came up with some slightly less lethal alternatives.

We also discussed some sequel ideas including an alcohol-fuelled origin story, a bittersweet reunion in the late 90s, and a possibly un-filmable psychological study into the intense co-dependence of the two lead characters. 

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Every week on Beyond The Box Set, we watch a classic standalone movie and compete to pitch the most ridiculous sequel, prequel and spin-off ideas we can think of to bring them back to the big screen. We haven't managed to get anything green-lit by the studios yet, but we're pretty sure it's only a matter of time. 

If you're a fan of the show, please subscribe via your preferred Podcasting service to receive a new episode every Friday. Leaving us a user review also really helps new listeners to find us, so please take the time to write some nice things about us and we'll literally love you forever. 

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00.00: Sadness and Smell-o-Vision

22.45: Withnail and I Alternative Drinking Games

31.55: Withnail and Myself and I: A Psychological Study

41.10: Withnail and I 2: Coming Back In Here

52.00: Meeting Withnail: A Prequel

1.01.20 Listener Submissions + Episode 40 Preview 

#38 | The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

November 2, 2017
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Was the public really crying out for an Allan Quatermain movie in 2003? If so, they probably weren't banking on the incoherent mess that is The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, a notorious box office bomb that effectively ended the careers of director Stephen Norrington and star Sean Connery.

This week on Beyond The Box Set, following a request from our pals at the Blokebusters podcast, we revisited The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and tried to figure out how a decent premise ended up going so very, very wrong.

Join us as we attempt to piece together the truly incomprehensible plot of this movie, before imagining what might have been with some course-correcting sequel and reboot ideas. Along the way we also discuss terrible dialogue, Sean Connery's complete lack of effort, heavy-handed literary allusions and much more...

If you're planning to reappraise this movie at some point in the future, we strongly recommend having a drink or three to hand. Fortunately we've also got you covered this episode with some The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen drinking games to ensure your critical functions are nice and dulled by the time the seventh consecutive pointless character introduction rolls around...

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Each week on Beyond The Box Set, we take a classic - or questionably classic - standalone movie and compete to pitch the most ridiculous sequel, prequel and spin-off ideas to bring them back to the big screen. So far we've covered everything from Heathers to Hocus Pocus, with plenty in-between.

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00.00: Attempting to make sense of the nonsensical 

25.25: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Drinking Game 

30.00: Alternative Readings - The League of Extraordinary Wigs 

32.05: The Team of Brilliant Gents

49.35: Remedial Literary Studies

1.01.55 Listener Submissions + Episode 39 Preview

#37 | The Witches 2: Mousetrap

October 26, 2017
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In the final instalment of our Halloween mini-season, Harry and John are joined by the velvet-voiced Paul Kelly to pitch sequels for Nicolas Roeg's genuinely terrifying adaptation of Roald Dahl's The Witches

Join us as we reminisce about the many, many ways this movie traumatised us as children - including gaslighting grandmas, Anjelica Huston's facial genitalia, truly horrifying special effects work and much more.

Once we've thoroughly relived our childhood nightmares, we also set about creating some brand new ones with our characteristically offbeat sequel suggestions for this classic alleged family film. This week's ideas include an Alien crossover, a John Wick-style neo noir following former rodent Luke's ongoing vendetta against the dark forces, and a sitcom inspired by the clearly terrible customer service on display at Rowan Atkinson's Hotel Excelsior...

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00.00: Your diabetic grandma can't hear you screaming

12.40: The Witches Drinking Game 

19.40: Alternative Readings - A terrifying early draft of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 

20.40: The Witches 2: It's a Witch-Eat-Witch World 

36.20: The Witches 2: Mousetrap

52.50: Fawlty Powers: An Occult Sitcom

1.04.05 Listener Submissions + Episode 38 Preview