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Leon: The Houseplant

Leon: The Houseplant

September 13, 2020

One of the most provocative hit movies of the 90s, Luc Besson's Leon introduced a young Natalie Portman to the world and helped reinvent Gary Oldman as one of the all-time great scenery-chewing bad guys. 

In this week's podcast, we discuss traumatic childhood viewing experiences, sexual weirdness, stealth vegan propaganda and much more - plus the usual blend of drinking games, listener reactions and sequel pitches!

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Beyond the Box Set is a movie podcast with a twist. Each week we take a notable standalone movie and compete to pitch sequel, prequel and spin-off ideas to bring them back to the big screen. 

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00.00: John was far too young to watch this movie 

53.10: Leon Drinking Games

59.00: Leon sequel pitches

1.18.25: Listener Submissions & Episode 184 Preview

Focus 2: Fortune Hunters

Focus 2: Fortune Hunters

August 31, 2020

Our Will Smith summer has seen the likable A-lister dipping his toes into a number of genres, from action to comic book to post-apocalyptic sci-fi. In Focus, we find him in Soderbergh territory, leading a stylish crime thriller of the kind usually reserved for the likes of George Clooney. 

It's a good fit for someone with Smith's charisma, and although the script isn't nearly as clever as it thinks it is, it's one of the better films we've watched this season.

Tune in to hear our thoughts on obnoxious side-characters, the inexorable rise of Margot Robbie, BD Wong's unacceptable moustache and more - plus drinking games, sequel pitches and listener reactions. 

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Each week on Beyond The Box Set, we take a look back at a classic one-off movie and attempt to pitch ridiculous sequel, prequel or spin off ideas to bring them back to the big screen. We've been featured in The Guardian, on the front page of Apple Podcasts and in many other places, so check us out and prepare to see some of your favourite movies in a whole new light!

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00.00: This film really wanted to be a Soderbergh joint

46.00: Focus Drinking Games

53.00: Focus sequel pitches

1.09.55: Listener Submissions & Episode 182 Preview

Hancock 2: Tides of Change

Hancock 2: Tides of Change

August 23, 2020

Our Will Smith season continues with Hancock, a comic book action thriller that escaped development hell to the tune of over $550 million worldwide box office. 

In this week's episode we discuss drawn out twists, Jason Bateman's terrible business model, the evolution of flawed superheros and more, plus listener submissions, drinking games, sequel pitches and much more...

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Each week on Beyond the Box Set, your two intrepid hosts take on a classic standalone movie and compete to pitch ridiculous sequel, prequel and spin-off ideas to bring them back to the big screen. From Oscar-winning gems to misbegotten bombs, we've reimagined them all in our own unique way. 

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00.00: Will Smith's explosive spunk...

44.45: I Am Legend Drinking Games

55.55: I Am Legend sequel pitches

1.12.30: Listener Submissions & Episode 181 Preview

I Am Legend 2: Legends Never Die

I Am Legend 2: Legends Never Die

August 16, 2020

Our Will Smith season continues this week with with post-apocalyptic drama I Am Legend. It took a number of compromises to get this film to the big screen, but was the final result worth the negotiations? 

In this week's episode of Beyond The Box Set, we break down poor canine training, the perils of focus-grouping, post-apocalyptic insanity and much more, plus drinking games, sequel pitches and much more!
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Each week on Beyond the Box Set, your two intrepid hosts take on a classic standalone movie and compete to pitch ridiculous sequel, prequel and spin-off ideas to bring them back to the big screen. From Oscar-winning gems to misbegotten bombs, we've reimagined them all in our own unique way. 

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00.00: Will Smith should lean into his insanity...

51.45: I Am Legend Drinking Games

59.10: I Am Legend sequel pitches

1.17.15: Listener Submissions & Episode 181 Preview

Wild Wild West 2: The Mild, Mild North

Wild Wild West 2: The Mild, Mild North

August 3, 2020

We had a realisation last week that in almost four years of podcasting, we've never covered a Will Smith movie. Obviously, this had to be rectified, and what better start for the king of franchise movies than a rare, notorious misfire like Wild, Wild West?

Tune into this week's podcast to hear our thoughts on weird racial humour,  Kenneth Branagh going full Gary Oldman, Salma Hayek in the most thankless role of her career and much more, plus all our usual drinking games, listener submissions and drinking games!

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Each week on Beyond the Box Set, your two intrepid hosts take on a classic standalone movie and compete to pitch ridiculous sequel, prequel and spin-off ideas to bring them back to the big screen. From Oscar-winning gems to misbegotten bombs, we've reimagined them all in our own unique way. 

 

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00.00: This movie featured way more drag queens than we were expecting...

55.15: Wild Wild West Drinking Games

1.01.25: Wild Wild West: The Mild, Mild North

1.12.00: Wild Wild West Side Story

1.18.30: Listener Submissions & Episode 179 Preview

The Girl With All The Gifts 2: Revenge of the WHO

The Girl With All The Gifts 2: Revenge of the WHO

July 13, 2020

Despite being adapted from a successful novel, The Girl With All The Gifts failed to connect at the box office in 2016 - and passed us by completely. Which is a shame, as it's one of the best and most thoughtful British horror movies of the past few years, and one that definitely merits exposure to a wider audience. 

Tune into this week's podcast as we break down the plot, play a merry round of drinking games and pitch the fantasy sequel ideas that this movie surely doesn't really need. We also reach out to our regular listeners for their thoughts, while Harry is forced to reckon with the return of his greatest cinema nemesis...

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Every week on Beyond The Box Set, we look back on some classic one-off cinema moments and compete to pitch the most ridiculous sequel, prequel and spin-off ideas to bring them back to the big screen. After three years and over 170 episodes, we may take the occasional Zombie bite, but we always seem to rise from the dead...

Among our many plaudits, Beyond The Box Set has been rated 5 stars by over 100 listeners around the world and featured as a 'Podcast of the Week' by sources including The Guardian, Apple Podcasts and Podbean. We release a new episode every Friday morning, available totally free to anyone who hits subscribe on their preferred podcatcher. 

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This week's movie was kindly suggested by our pal Julio from The Contrarians Podcast. Check them out...

http://www.wearethecontrarians.com/

00.00: The joys of context-free movie viewing

30.50: The Girl With All The Gifts Drinking Games

39.00: The Girl With All The Gifts 2: The Dog With All The Treats

45.20: The Girl With All The Gifts 2: Revenge of the WHO

53.15: Listener Submissions & Episode 176 Preview

Black Sheep 2: Mutton Apocalypse

Black Sheep 2: Mutton Apocalypse

July 6, 2020

Flesh eating zombie sheep run rampant in the inventively gory New Zealand horror-comedy Black Sheep. On this week's episode, we break down the plot and attempt to pitch some truly baa-my sequels (sorry...)

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Every week on Beyond The Box Set, we take a look back at a notable standalone movie from the past, and shamelessly riff on possible sequel, prequel or spin-off ideas that might bring them back to the big screen. Sometimes we're inspired, sometimes we're insane, but we always rise to the occasion...

Our show has received rave reviews from listeners and been featured as a 'Podcast of the Week' by sources including The Guardian, Apple Podcasts and Podbean. We release a new episode every Friday morning, available totally free to anyone who hits subscribe on their preferred podcatcher. 

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00.00: If you're looking for a movie in which an undead sheep chews off a man's penis...

34.45: Black Sheep Drinking Games

41.10: Black Sheep: The Tewe Towers

51.35: Black Sheep 2: The Mutton Apocalypse 

57.30: Listener Submissions & Episode 175 Preview

Edge of Tomorrow: Live, Kill, Repeat…

Edge of Tomorrow: Live, Kill, Repeat…

June 28, 2020

With his refusal to age and curiously immobile hairline, Tom Cruise clearly knows a thing or two about time travel. In the final instalment of our current mini-season, we take a look back at one of his better roles of recent years, the action-packed blockbuster Edge of Tomorrow

Join us as we discuss Cruise (briefly) playing against type, attempt to navigate the huge leaps in logic this movie demands of us, and debate whether the film would have enjoyed a stronger box office run with its intended title Live, Die Repeat... 

We've also got drinking games, listener reviews and of course our sequel pitches. Think you've got a better idea? Find us on social media and let us know!

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Every week on Beyond The Box Set, we take a classic standalone movie, dissect the plot and compete to pitch the most ridiculous prequel, sequel or spin-off ideas to bring them back to the big screen. We've been on this ride for over three years now, and no matter how many times you kill us, we'll just keep coming back...

If you enjoy the show, please hit subscribe to receive a new episode every Monday morning, and consider leaving us a rating or review - it really helps us to build our audience and improve our visibility. 

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00.00: J-Squad needed to pick an accent and stick to it

42:50 Edge of Tomorrow Drinking Games

50.00: Edge of Tomorrow: Live, Kill Repeat

1.06.00: Edge of Tomorrow: Jellicle Squad

1.20.10: Episode 173 Preview & Listener Submissions

See You Yesterday

See You Yesterday

June 22, 2020

With a plot that features striking parallels to the tragic recent events that sparked the global Black Lives Matter protests, we were initially concerned that See You Yesterday might prove to be too bleak for us to talk about humorously. Thankfully, the debut feature from writer-director Stefon Bristol is as charming and entertaining as it is thought provoking, offering a thoroughly modern take on the well-worn 'teens discover time travel' trope. 

 

Initially filmed as a short, which fortuitously fell into the hands of producer Spike Lee, See You Yesterday stars Eden Duncan-Smith and Danté Crichlow as a pair of New York youths with a passion for engineering, who improbably invent a working time machine for a high school project. Being teenagers, they immediately use their new-found powers to spy on their past selves and hurl slushies at an obnoxious ex-boyfriend - until tragedy strikes and the film takes a powerful turn. 

To say much more would be to spoil things, but suffice to say we both highly recommend this movie - which is available for streaming right now on Netflix. On this week's podcast, we break down the plot, brainstorm some drinking games and attempt to work the intentionally ambiguous ending into some sequel pitches.

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Normally, this is the place where we'd flog our Patreon page and ask for some reviews - but given the subject matter of this film and the moment of history we're currently living through, that doesn't feel quite appropriate. Instead, we'd like to strongly encourage you to donate to some BLM charities, do some learning, make your voice heard - or just make a point of watching a few more films by directors who aren't white men. 

If you're interested in the former, here are some very good foundations who are well worth your support:

https://www.stophateuk.org/

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/ms_blm_homepage_2019

https://secure.givelively.org/donate/the-bail-project

https://www.ukblackpride.org.uk/ukbp-donate

https://www.gofundme.com/f/5mfzcp-black-girls-camping-trip

Thank you

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00.00: John is still bitter about missing the BitCoin boat

32.35: See You Yesterday Drinking Games

41.55: See You Yesterday: Rise of Justice Girl

52.30: See You Yesterday 2: See Me Tomorrow

1.03.35: Episode 172 Preview & Listener Submissions

Source Code: Hard Reboot

Source Code: Hard Reboot

June 15, 2020

What would you do if you only had eight minutes to live? Oh, and also, you're stuck on a train, you have no idea how you got there, and you're stuck in somebody else's body...

A fast-paced thriller from Moon director Duncan Jones, Source Code puts an action-packed spin on the Groundhog Day concept with more than a hint of Quantum Leap added to the mix. In this week's podcast we discuss the pros and cons of waking up in the body of Jake Gyllenhaal, Jeffrey Wright's bizarrely over-enunciated villainy, plot hole distraction techniques and much more - plus our usual blend of listener reviews, drinking games and sequel pitches!

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Beyond The Box Set is a movie podcast with a twist. Each week, we watch a classic standalone movie and compete to pitch the most ridiculous prequel, sequel or spin-off ideas to bring them back to the big screen. We've been discussing all of your favourites for over three years, and like a runaway train in an endless time loop, we have no intention of slowing down...

If you enjoy the show, please hit subscribe to receive a new episode every Monday morning, and consider leaving us a rating or review - it really helps us to build our audience and improve our visibility. 

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00.00: In praise of the ruthlessly efficient B-movie

32:50 Source Code Drinking Games

39.20: Stealing Source Code

51.20: Source Code 2: Hard Reboot

1.02.55: Episode 171 Preview & Listener Submissions

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