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Left Behind 2: Highway To Hell (feat. Chris Scott)

Left Behind 2: Highway To Hell (feat. Chris Scott)

June 28, 2019

For the second time this month, our disaster movie season lands on the bizarre latter-day career choices of Nicholas Cage. Based on a bestselling Christian book series, 2014's Left Behind is a low-budget, shoddily made train wreck that not even Jesus could save from box office oblivion. 

With the help of our special guest Chris Scott from the Ask Karen podcast, we spend this week's episode discussing important spiritual matters such as Nicholas Cage's alarming headpiece, the suspiciously porn star-sounding character names, dwarf kicking, air hostess slut shaming and much more. 

Along the way we also have the usual collection of drinking games - and trust us, you'll need it for this one - listener submissions and of course, sequel pitches! Given that this movie was intended to kickstart a nine-part franchise, theoretically we should have plenty to work with. You'll have to tune in to discover just how that turned out...

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00.00: The secret to reversing a box office flop? SEO...

37.35: Left Behind Drinking Games

48.20: Left Behind 2: Snapped Away

59.30: Left Behind 2: Left Behind The Times

1.06.00: Left Behind 2: Highway To Hell

1.17.15: Listener Submissions & Episode 123 Preview

 

Knowing 2: All Knowing

Knowing 2: All Knowing

June 14, 2019

Somehow, Beyond the Box Set has managed to exist for two whole years without us ever diving into the filmography of the iconic human meme machine that is Nicholas Cage. Fortunately our current disaster movie mini-season offers plentiful opportunities to correct this oversight, so this week - on Harry's suggestion - we're discussing the suspiciously religious-feeling 2009 apocalypse epic Knowing.

Despite garnering dreadful reviews (and deservedly so) this film topped out at over $200 million at the global box office. It stars Cage as a celebrated scientist turned day drinking - and inexplicably night barbecuing - widower who stumbles upon what he believes to be the formula for predicting the end of the world. Rose Byrne and Ben Mendhelson are also in it, but you could be forgiven for not noticing...

Tune into this week's podcast to hear our thoughts on whispering Cage vs screaming Cage, the questionable taste levels of appropriating 9/11 for a schlocky Sci-fi conspiracy theory and why shoplifting Blu-rays may be the ultimate in mid-00s petty crime...

Along the way we also come up with some Knowing drinking games - passing out on your keyboard, sofa or gravel path entirely optional - and attempt to follow the questionable logic of the original movie through with some sequel ideas. 

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Every week on Beyond The Box Set, we take a look back at a classic standalone movie and compete to pitch the most ridiculous sequel, prequel and spin-off ideas to bring them back to the big screen. From this simple format we've spun out over 120 episodes and been recommended by The Guardian, Apple Podcasts (as a Binge-worthy show) and Podbean. 

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00.00: This is the wrong kind of cult movie...

42.15: Knowing Drinking Games

45.50: Knowing 2: Presupposing 

56.20: Knowing 2: All Knowing 

1.04.00: Listener Submissions & Episode 121 Preview

Being Benjamin Button

Being Benjamin Button

April 4, 2019

Over the course of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, a man lives an entire lifetime in reverse. After sitting through the three-hour runtime, we felt like we could relate to the experience. 

Directed by David Fincher from the short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a fascinating concept with a fundamentally boring character at the centre. Join us on this week's podcast as we discuss extremely variable CGI work, the intense ick-factor of the old man/little girl love story and why Tilda Swinton gave us a very British case of second-hand tea anxiety...

We also have a go at pitching some sequel ideas, including some thoughts on how other notable directors might have handled this story, and a crossover with one of our favourite camp classics from a past episode...

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Beyond The Box Set is a movie podcast with a twist. Each week, we take a classic standalone movie and compete to pitch the most ridiculous sequels, prequels and spin-offs to bring them back to the big screen.

Our show has been listed as a 'Podcast of The Week' by The Guardian and Podbean, and as a 'Binge-Worthy Podcast' by Apple. We release a new episode every Friday morning, so hit subscribe to make sure you never miss an episode. 

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00.00: Every character in this movie is more interesting than Benjamin Button

52.00: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Drinking Games

1.02.40: Being Benjamin Button

1.11.45: Death Becomes Daisy 

1.22.30 Listener Submissions & Episode 111 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

Battleship 2: Guess Who?

Battleship 2: Guess Who?

February 8, 2019

B12 - You sunk my battleship! To kick off our new 'movies based on games' mini-season, podcasting legend Phil Better joins us to discuss the frankly ludicrous 2012 Hasbro cash-in 'Battleship' - starring Taylor Kitsch, Brooklyn Decker and Rihanna in a concept so thin it barely covered a single movie, let alone a potential franchise...

Nevertheless, we're not ones to shy away from a challenge, so after we've finished dissecting the horrible dialogue, dreadful pacing and the unnerving sense that Battleship is less a movie than a 130 minute propaganda piece for the US Navy, we go all in on some sequel ideas - most of which involve extending the Hasbro cinematic universe to ever more ludicrous ends...

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Beyond The Box Set is a podcast dedicated to pitching sequels, prequels and spin-offs to classic standalone movies. From E.T. to Titanic and everything in between, for over two years and 100+ episodes, we've dedicated our lives to milking cash cows even the most hardened studio exec wouldn't dare touch...

You can find our show on all good podcasting platforms, including iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Play and much more. If you like what you hear, please hit subscribe to get a new episode every Friday morning and help spread the word by rating, reviewing and recommending the show. Every little helps!

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00.00: If you like chicken burritos...

26.30: Battleship Drinking Games

38.00: Battleship 2: Hungry Hungry Hippos

49.45: Battleship 2: Jenga Edition

54:20 Battleship 2: Guess Who?

1.03.30: Listener Submissions & Episode 103 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

Jack Frost 2: The Meltdown

Jack Frost 2: The Meltdown

December 21, 2018

The year is 1998. Michael Keaton plays an absent father who, after being tragically killed on his way home for Christmas, reincarnates in the form of a wisecracking snowman in order to re-connect with his traumatised son. Sounds like a movie with all the makings of a feelgood seasonal classic, right? Wrong...

A notorious festive turkey that critics dubbed 'grotesque' 'creepy' and 'almost unwatchable', Jack Frost received an equally chilly reception at the box office, and endures now only due to its reputation as one of the worst and most wrongheaded family movies ever made.

So, naturally, we just couldn't wait to talk about it. Tune into this week's podcast to hear us sound off on 15 minute musical sequences, tin-eared dialogue, the inexplicable logistics of possessing the body of a snowman and much more. 

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00.00: Is Snow Dad *really* better than no dad? 

31.25: Jack Frost Drinking Games

37.30: Jack Frost Returns

49.30: Oh My God! I'm a Snowman!

59.30: Listener Submissions & Episode 97 Preview

Red Riding Hood II : Red Riding Hoodie

Red Riding Hood II : Red Riding Hoodie

October 18, 2018

Little Red Riding Hood meets Twilight meets Murder On The Orient Express in this rather bizarre fairytale recalling directed by Catherine Hardwicke. Harry got bored, but John was compelled by the terrible camera work and ludicrously convoluted plot. Plus, Gary Oldman plays a wolf slayer with silver fingernails and a 20ft elephant, and that can never entirely be a bad thing...

In the third and penultimate edition of our Halloween 'Season of the Wolf', we discuss the Twilight effect, Virginia Madsen's alarming new face, Julie Christie's scenery chewing and much more, before pitching some fantasy sequels that inclue a Law & Order-inspired fairytale crime drama and a modern-day sex horror whodunnit with a terrifying twist. We guarantee that both are more interesting than the original - although that isn't exactly a high bar to clear...

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Every week on Beyond The Box Set, we take a classic standalone movie and compete to pitch sequel, prequel or spin off odess to bring it back to the big screen. From Oscar darlings to forgotten flops, we're running the gamut of cinema history in an effort to prove that no film is too good - or too bad - to spawn a franchise. 

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00.00: Gary Oldman's torture elephant

32.30: Red Riding Hood Drinking Games

42.45: Red Riding Hood II: Red Riding Hoodie

59.50: G.R.I.M.M - The Father Solomon Chronicles

1.12.30: Listener Submissions & Episode 88 Preview

Sausage Party 2: Starbaked

Sausage Party 2: Starbaked

August 23, 2018

Food and sex can be a wonderful combination... at times. Sausage Party is not one of those times. 

Written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, Sausage Party imagines a world in which processed food is sentient and worships human beings as Gods... little imagining the horrors that await them when they're finally purchased. Not the worst concept in the world, but sadly not one that has the smarts or the laughs to sustain a feature film.

This week on Beyond The Box Set, Harry and John find themselves challenged with pitching sequel ideas for a movie they were pretty much sick of after the first ten minutes of food puns and nonsensical sex jokes. It's a tall order, so tune in to find out how they did. Please. Seriously, if you don't, we sat through this garbage for nothing...

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Beyond The Box Set is the hit British podcast that believes every great movie deserves a questionable sequel. Each week our two hosts revisit a classic standalone feature and compete to pitch the most ridiculous sequel, prequel or spin-off ideas to bring them back to the big screen. 

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00.00: John is deeply uncomfortable about dough-based vaginas

28.50: Sausage Party Drinking Games

34.10: Starbaked: A Franchise of Diminishing Returns 

44.25: Sausage Party 2: A Fistful of Sausages 

59.20: A Knight's Tale 2: The Gorgeous Ladies of Jousting

53.00: Listener Submissions & Episode 80 Preview