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

#103 | 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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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

#99 | 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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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)

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)

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

#97 | Scrooged 2: Oliver Twisted (feat. 2 Geeks 2 Movies)

December 27, 2018

A cynical 80s update of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol with Bill Murray in the central role, Scrooged has all the elements of a festive home run. Yet back in 1988 critics received the movie like a lump of festive coal, and even Murray himself was publicly critical of his performance. 

Nevertheless, years of TV syndication have helped Scrooged to endure as a cult holiday classic. Did the critics get it wrong, or has Murray's boundless charisma hoodwinked contemporary viewers into looking back at the film with rose tinted glasses?

To help us find the answer, we're re-joined this week by our most consistently available guest, Ross Burton from 2 Geeks 2 Movies. Together we discuss how Scrooged compares to other popular A Christmas Carol adaptations, whether we really believe Murray's change of character will last beyond the Holiday season, and why, depending on who you ask, Carol Kane's psychotic sugar plum fairy is either the best or the worst part of this movie...

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00.00: Harry is 100% done with Charles Dickens this year. 

24.10: Scrooged Drinking Games

34.55: Scrooged 2: First Contact

46.30: Scrooged 2: Oliver Twisted

55.50: Son of Scrooge

1.05.14: Listener Submissions & Episode 98 Preview

#95 | Elf 2: How Buddy Saved Christmas

December 13, 2018

Will Ferrell has repeatedly ruled out making a sequel for Elf, his festive 2004 comedy hit that rapidly became a seasonable staple. After the muted reaction to the belated Anchorman and Zoolander sequels in recent years, he may have a point...

Yet despite Ferrell's lack of enthusiasm, the appetite for an Elf 2 seems to grow stronger with every passing year. Is this just lazy nostalgia at work, or is there really potential for a follow-up that could wouldn't taint memories of the widely-loved original?

For this week's episode of Beyond The Box Set, John and (a very hung over) Harry summon as much Christmas spirit as they can muster as they attempt to figure out what makes this particular Christmas film so enormously popular, and where a theoretical sequel could actually take Ferrell and friends the second time around...

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00.00: Harry is having a very bad day...

24.10: Elf Drinking Games

31.00: Elf 2: Return to the Pole

45.00: The 2Elf Days of Christmas

55.30: Listener Submissions & Episode 96 Preview

#94 | Edward Scissorhands 2: Rock, Paper, Scissorhands… (feat. Blokebusters)

December 6, 2018

Is Edward Scissorhands a Christmas movie? Possibly not, but it features snow, Christmas trees and an underlying air of sadness, which makes it close enough for us to crowbar Tim Burton's melancholy classic into our annual festive mini-season. 

This week, long-time friend of the show Paul Hawkins from Blokebusters joins us to discuss Winona Ryder's old lady voice, Dianne Wiest's questionable parenting methods, whether it's still OK to appreciate Johnny Depp's legitimately brilliant performance in this movie and more...

As usual, we also spend some time brainstorming potential sequel ideas, including Edward's long-overdue trial for the murder of Anthony Michael Hall, an origin story that brings together two classic Tim Burton properties and a crossover that attempts to explain some of the more... eccentric design choices in the original movie...

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00.00: Is Edward Scissorhands a Christmas Movie? 

37.00: Edward Scissorhands Drinking Games

43.30: The Edward Scissorhands FRIENDS Game!

46.40: Edward Scissorhands 2: Jim's Ice Cold Revenge

56.30: Edward Scissorhands 2: The Snowman Cometh... Home 

1.04.30: Edward Scissorhands 2: Rock, Paper, Scissorhands...

1.11.15: Listener Submissions & Episode 95 Preview

#89 | Behind The Mask 2: The Reboot of Leslie Vernon

November 1, 2018

Halloween may be over, but our Horror movie season extends for another week as we're joined by special guest Mark Reid to discuss 'Behind The Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon', a spoof documentary following a surprisingly affable serial killer in training. 

Join us as we discuss serial killer cardio, the final girl trope, the correlation between murderers and magic nerds and much more. We also pitch our own sequel ideas for this hilarious horror, including Leslie's inevitable - albeit slightly less impressive - return from the grave, a comic book twist on the film's mockumentary format and a serial killer summer camp movie that sees the hunters becoming the hunted. 

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00.00: Affable serial killers and John's shameful secret

19.30: Behind The Mask Drinking Games

29.30: Spiderman: Behind The Mask

38.20: Behind The Mask 2: The Reboot of Leslie Vernon

44.40: Behind The Mask 2: Summer Camp

56.00: Listener Submissions & Episode 90 Preview

#88 | Wolf 2: Old Wolf (feat. Phil Better & Doghair Presents)

October 25, 2018

It's time for another Podcast crossover! As we conclude our Halloween 'Season of the Wolf' we're joined by Phil Better of The Phil Better Show and Rory Spence from Doghair Presents to discuss 'Wolf' - a 1994 romantic horror starring Jack Nicholson, James Spader and Michelle Pfieffer. 

Now, if any actor was born to play a werewolf, it's probably Jack Nicholson. But while he certainly looked the part, we found this movie slightly lacking in bite. Fortunately there were enough weird and wonderful moments to keep us engaged - not least the dated effects, bizarrely inappropriate jazz saxophone score and the frequently terrible use of body doubles. 

Made for a surprisingly pricey $70 million, Wolf just about turned a profit on release, but despite the starry cast is largely forgotten today. Can we make the case for a belated sequel? Tune into this week's episode to find out...

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00.00: Somebody wasn't even trying with the body doubles...

42.20: Wolf Drinking Games

54.50: Wolf 2019

1.03.55: Wolf 2: Old Dog, New Tricks

1.15.30: Wolf 2: The Hunt

1.22.45: Listener Submissions & Episode 89 Preview