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Bram Stoker’s Dracula: Meet The Harkers

Bram Stoker’s Dracula: Meet The Harkers

October 11, 2019

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring an A-list 90s cast engaging in some highly variable accent work, Bram Stoker's Dracula is one of the most loyal screen adaptations ever made of the classic horror novel. As our Vampire season continues, we debate how successful the page-to-screen transition really is and attempt to pitch some sacrilegious sequels...

Tune in to hear our thoughts on Keanu Reeves wooden acting, why Gary Oldman is the perfect choice to play the flamboyant prince of darkness, Anthony Hopkins hilariously poor bedside manner as the Vampire hunter Van Helsing, plus drinking games, listener pitches and more...

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Every week on Beyond The Box Set, we take a look back at a classic standalone movie and attempt to pitch fantasy sequel, prequel or spin-off ideas to bring them back to the big screen. As it's October, we're currently engaging in our annual Halloween mini-season. This time around, we're focusing on movies about Vampires, from classic horror to modern comedy. Do you have a favourite you'd like to hear us discuss? Get in touch and let us know...

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00.00: Keanu is quite literally dead wood. 

37.45: Bram Stoker's Dracula Drinking Games

48.55: Bram Stoker's Dracula 2: Horror, Actually

1.10.00: Bram Stoker's Dracula: Meet The Harkers 

1.20.45: Episode 138 Preview & Listener Submissions

Napoleon Dynamite’s High School Reunion

Napoleon Dynamite’s High School Reunion

September 12, 2019

A micro-budget indie comedy with no recognisable stars, Napoleon Dynamite was a surprise crossover smash in 2004. However, it was also highly divisive - and up until now, John has actively avoided watching it. Can Harry and this week's special guest convince him to overcome his prejudices, or will this movie land like a cold slab of steak to the face?

Tune into this week's episode to hear our thoughts on unlikable characters, questionable timelines, inexplicable Llamas and disgusting, disgusting food - plus our usual combination of drinking games, listener reviews and fantasy sequel pitches that attempt to imagine where Napoleon, Kip, Deb, Pedro and Uncle Rico might be today...

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Every week on Beyond The Box Set, we take a look back at a notable standalone movie and attempt to pitch the perfect sequels, prequels or spin-offs to bring them back to the big screen. We've scored over 50,000 downloads, been featured in The Guardian and recommended as a top TV and Film podcast by Apple. 

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00.00: Why John had no previous interest in watching this movie...

29.55: Napoleon Dynamite Drinking Games

41.00: Napoleon Dynamite's High School Reunion

50.50: Napoleon Dynamite: The College Years

55.40: House of Dynamite

1.05.40: Episode 134 Preview & Listener Submissions

 

Mars Attacks 2: Cat Women From Venus!

Mars Attacks 2: Cat Women From Venus!

April 25, 2019

After our Dangerous Liaisons disaster last week, we clearly needed a change of pace to keep this Glenn Close mini-series on the rails. Enter Mars Attacks! - Tim Burton's campy love letter to 50s B-movies, and a very different role for our current featured actress. 

Mars Attacks! unites an impressive ensemble of 90s A-listers who prove more than willing to embrace the silliness - from Jack Nicholson as an opportunistic US President to Sarah Jessica Parker as a ditzy journalist who undergoes a startling canine transformation. 

The real stars of the show are Burton's Martians, though. Delightfully vindictive and with no obvious motive beyond causing chaos and destruction, these little green monsters are movie villains for the ages - which makes it a shame that this movie turned out to be a one off. Could our sequel pitches inspire a long overdue revival? One thing's for sure, it couldn't be any worse than Burton's recent Dumbo remake...

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Each week on Beyond The Box Set, we feature a classic standalone movie and compete to pitch the most ridiculous sequels, prequels and spin-off ideas we can think of to bring them back to the big screen. 

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00.00: Annette Bening's 90s Madonna Vibes

30.40: Mars Attacks! Drinking Games

38.00: Mars Attacks 2: Attack on Mars!

48.45: Mars Attacks 2: Cat Women From Venus!  

1.00.00 Listener Submissions & Episode 114 Preview

Dangerous Liaisons: Children of the Revolution

Dangerous Liaisons: Children of the Revolution

April 18, 2019

Our Glenn Close mini-season - which we're now dubbing 'Close Encounters of the Glenn Kind' - continues with an episode dedicated to Dangerous Liaisons, in which the actress gives one of her most memorably villainous performances as the scheming aristocrat Marquise Isabelle de Merteuil. 

Directed by Stephen Frears and co-starring John Malkovich, Michelle Pfeiffer and Uma Thurman, Dangerous Liaisons has it all - intrigue, seduction and many, many wigs. In other words, it should be a perfect Beyond The Box Set movie. Unfortunately, one of us didn't quite end up seeing things that way...

Tune into this week's episode to hear our thoughts on bedtime wigs, a classic distracting Keanu Reeves performance, the film's surprisingly abrupt ending and much more, plus drinking games and of course, our sequel pitches. 

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00.00: Even worse than Yentl, apparently. 

42.50: Dangerous Liaisons Drinking Games

52.30: Dangerous Liaisons 2: Children of the Revolution

1.02.10: Dangerous Liaisons: A Re-Casting Extravaganza 

1.24.30 Listener Submissions & Episode 113 Preview

John Carter Must Die (feat. Fake Nerd Podcast)

John Carter Must Die (feat. Fake Nerd Podcast)

March 29, 2019

John Carter of Earth? John Carter of Mars? Frankly, as far as we're concerned this unholy mess of a movie should have been called John Carter and the completely incomprehensible plot. 

Directed by Pixar legend Andrew Stanton and starring Battleship himbo Taylor Kitsch, the long gestating big screen adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' highly influential adventure novel was a disastrous box office bomb on release in 2012 - although it has since developed a small but vocal band of defenders. 

One of those defenders is Brandon T McClure of the Fake Nerd Podcast, who gamely joins us this week to explain his love for this movie and attempt to unpick the seriously overstuffed plot for our benefit.He also sticks around for the usual drinking games and, of course, our attempts at pitching a workable sequel - although given the financials, we wouldn't hold our breath for any of them getting green lit by a studio. Not on this planet, anyway...

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Beyond The Box Set is a successful movie podcast in which two intrepid hosts journey through the history of classic standalone cinema - then proceed to take a wrecking ball to each and every one of them with some truly ludicrous sequel pitches to bring them back to the big screen. 

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00.00: Barsoom, Helium and not-so-little Green Men...

56.10: John Carter Drinking Games

1.06.30: John Carter The Second

1.14.00: John Carter and the Gods of Mars

1.19.40: John Carter Must Die 

1.29.50 Listener Submissions & Episode 110 Preview

BONUS | Oscar Best Picture Nominees 2019 - RANKED!

BONUS | Oscar Best Picture Nominees 2019 - RANKED!

February 19, 2019

It's the most wonderful time of the year - Oscar Season! Eight movies have been nominated for the prestigious title of Best Picture of 2018... and having watched them all, we have some opinions!

In this very special bonus episode of Beyond The Box Set, we rank this year's Best Picture nominees from worst to first, and predict who we think will be taking home Oscar Gold on Sunday night...

The contenders (in alphabetical order)

- Black Panther

- Blakkklansman

- Bohemian Rhapsody

- The Favourite

- Green Book

- Roma 

- A Star is Born 

- Vice

Need For Speed 2: Hot Wheels Edition

Need For Speed 2: Hot Wheels Edition

February 15, 2019

A high octane racing thriller based on a popular video game franchise, Need For Speed should have been in pole position for a box office victory lap, but ultimately even the acting talents of Aaron Paul could get it across the finish line...

On this week's episode of Beyond The Box Set, we discuss the questionable morality of street racing, Michael Keaton's literally phoned-in cameo appearance and debate whether Rami Malek's horrible supporting turn in this film made us re-evaluate how much we really want him to win an Oscar for Bohemian Rhapsody...

As usual, we also conclude with our own sequel pitches for this movie - including an Oscar baiting legal drama and a prequel that fills in the surprisingly detailed back story built into the original. All this plus drinking games, listener submissions and more!

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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 best, weirdest and most ridiculous sequel, prequel and 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 as a Podbean 'Podcast of the Week', so check us out to find out what everyone's talking about...

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00.00: John has a serious moral objection to this film

49.10: Need For Speed Drinking Games

57.00: Need For Speed 2: Hot Wheels Edition

1.07.00: Need For Speed 2: Ready, Set, Go! 

1.21.00 Listener Submissions & Episode 104 Preview

True Lies 2: Dana-nother Day

True Lies 2: Dana-nother Day

January 17, 2019

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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Beyond The Box Set is a movie podcast dedicated to pitching sequel, prequel and spin-off ideas to classic standalone movies that don't have any. From Titanic to True Lies, we're 99 episodes deep and we're not planning on slowing down anytime soon.

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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

BONUS | Movies of 2018 Reviewed… With Sequels! (Part Two)

BONUS | Movies of 2018 Reviewed… With Sequels! (Part Two)

January 4, 2019

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)

BONUS | Movies of 2018 Reviewed… With Sequels! (Part One)

January 2, 2019

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