#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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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

#32 | A.I. Artificial Intelligence 2

September 21, 2017
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Haley Joel Osment achieved peak creepiness in this divisive sci-fi fairytale from the combined minds of Steven Spielberg and Stanley Kubrick. But how does A.I. Artificial Intelligence hold up in 2017?

Join us as we brave traumatic face-melting, shameless emotional manipulation and many, many false endings to bring you some truly ludicrous sequel ideas, including an Orange Is The New Black-style TV show populated entirely by undesirable robots, and the A.I//TED crossover that nobody was waiting for...

Along the way we also invent some drinking games to help make that 146 minute runtime go by a little faster, discuss all the ways in which this movie got the future kind of right, but kind of wrong at the same time, and raise some very important questions about Jude Law's hairline...

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00.00: Who is this movie aimed at? 

08.40: A.I. Artificial Intelligence Drinking Game

22.50: Alternative Readings - The Day After The Day After Tomorrow

23.50 A.I. Artificial Intelligence 2: i-A.I. 

35.20 A.I. Artificial Intelligence: Orange Is The New Chrome

47.55 Listener Submissions + Episode 33 Preview

#31 | Dom Hemingway 2: Fury Road

September 14, 2017
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It's Jude Law... but as you've never seen him before! This week on Beyond The Box Set, we're pitching sequels to Dom Hemingway, a 2013 East End Crime Drama that makes some *very* interesting choices...

Join us as we discuss uncomfortable blow job scenes, memory game dialogue and Richard E. Grant's timeless fashion choices. If you're feeling particularly brave, you can also play along with our Dom Hemingway drinking game. Fun for all the family!

In the grand Beyond The Box Set Tradition, we also pitch our own fantasy sequels to the movie, this week including a Wizard of Oz style road trip that reunites Dom with some memorable characters from the original film, plus a TV miniseries that places our hero deep undercover on the streets of Moscow...

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00.00: Not a great film to watch with your mother

10.30: Dom Hemingway Drinking Game

23.30: Alternative Readings - Toxic Masculinity: The Movie

26.00 Dom Hemingway 2 - The Wizard of Walthamstow

40.50 Dom Hemingway: Fury Road

48.50 Listener Submissions + Episode 32 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

#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

#17 | Gone Girl 2: Bitches Be Crazy!

June 8, 2017
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Incompetent police work, bizarre casting and death by vagina – David Fincher’s Gone Girl is a movie that makes some choices. This week on Beyond The Box Set, John and Harry wade through the plot holes to pitch sequels for one of the most insane thrillers of recent years. Join us for an unlikely riff on 1950s camp classic ‘The Bad Seed’, an Amazing Amy lifetime movie starring a steroid-pumped Elijah Wood, plus a horrifying act of fictional feline abuse that almost breaks up the podcast…

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00:00 Intro – Amazing Amy’s Killer Vagina

17:45 Pitch One – Gone Girl 2: Go Girl! 

34:50 Pitch Two – Gone Girl 2: Bitches Be Crazy!

55:50 Listener Submissions and Episode 18 Preview

 

#11 | Who Framed Roger Rabbit 2: The Melancholy Death of Baby Herman

April 28, 2017
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Patty cake sex games, horrifying toon-on-toon violence and a traumatic act of Shoe-icide – Who Framed Roger Rabbit might me the most unlikely smash hit of the 80s. This week on Beyond The Box Set we revisit the Robert Zemeckis classic and pitch sequel ideas including a modern whodunnit involving the murder of a beloved Pixar icon and a toon sex coverup conspiracy involving America’s first family…

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00:00 Intro – John’s Pigeon Trauma

16:30 Pitch One – Who Framed Dodger Rabbit?

33:40 Pitch Two – Who Framed Roger Rabbit 2: The Melancholy Death of Baby Herman

49:40 Fan submissions and Episode 12 Preview

#7 | 50 First Dates or 50 Waking Nightmares?

March 30, 2017
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Is 50 First Dates a charming romantic comedy or the chilling tale of an abusive manchild manipulating a severely mentally ill woman into falling in love with him? We had mixed opinions on this 2004 Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore vehicle, but its bizarre tonal shifts did provide a surprisingly rich source of potential sequel ideas. Join us as we dig far deeper into the internal logic of this movie than anyone involved in its creation ever did…

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00:00 Intro
12:35 Pitch One – 50 Waking Nightmares
33:33 Pitch Two – 50 First Days
48:27 Guest Submissions and Episode Eight Preview