#61 | The Cable Guy 2: Unplugged

April 19, 2018
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Jim Carrey's career trajectory in the mid-90s was insane. After more than a decade of minor TV and film work, he burst onto the public consciousness in February 1994 with the release of Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. This was followed in July 1994 by The Mask and in December by Dumb and Dumber.

The following year saw the release of Batman Forever and Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls. In just over 18 months, Carrey had gone from jobbing actor to the biggest - and arguably most overexposed - star on the planet. Then came The Cable Guy...

Directed by Ben Stiller from a script co-penned by Judd Apatow, The Cable Guy should have been an easy continuation of Carrey's unprecedented hot streak. Instead, it debuted to noxious reviews and was quickly dubbed a box office bomb.

As we continue our series of movies directed by actors, we explore the difference between a good Jim Carrey movie and a bad one, wonder aloud how Matthew Broderick managed to make so little charisma go such a long way in Hollywood - and question whether The Cable Guy is truly deserving of its dismal reputation.

As is the tradition, we also pitch our ideas for what a modern-day sequel might look like, featuring a reckoning with 21st century technology and a role reversal thriller inspired by Carrey's own struggle to escape from his rubber-limbed reputation. 

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00.00: Matthew Broderick was the Armie Hammer of the 90s

17.00: The Cable Guy Drinking Games

28.10: The Cable Guy: Unplugged

41.55: The Cable Guy 2: The Unstable Guy

51.15: Listener Submissions & Episode 62 Preview 

#49 | Black Swan 2: Urban Redemption

January 26, 2018
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Natalie Portman's high-intensity acting style found the perfect vehicle in Darren Aronofsky's nightmarish ballet-themed body horror Black Swan, a role that deservedly won her the Academy Award for Best Actress. But what might happen if the two reunited for a second act?

Olumide Ajulo joins us in this week's episode to discuss Portman's journey to the dark side, the unintentional camp value of the swan transformation scenes and the joy of Winona Ryder being the most Winona she can be in a brief but full-tilt supporting turn as a faded Ballet queen in a suspiciously crooked wig...

After burning through some drinking games - mostly concieved to provide a distraction from all the gross finger stuff in this film - we also pitch our own fantasy Black Swan sequels, including Winona's origin story, an uplifting redemption movie with a Pitch Perfect twist and an attempted comeback for Portman's Nina Sayers' that inevitably winds up taking a dark and twisted turn...

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00.00: Nina Sayers needs a low-stakes job in personal finance

34.55: Black Swan Drinking Games

40.00: Black Swan 2: Nutcracker

57.30: Black Swan 2: Urban Redemption

1.08.50: Black Swan 2: Winona's Story

1.24.: Listener Submissions & Episode 50 Preview

BONUS | Pitching Sequels to the Movies of 2017: Part Two

December 31, 2017
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The second half of 2017 gave us blockbusters of wildly varying quality - from the artistic and commercial highs of Dunkirk and Baby Driver to the wildly misguided lows of Justice League and Geostorm. We also made time for some less mainstream fare, including Kumail Nanjiani's delightful The Big Sick, James Franco's hilarious The Disaster Artist and Darren Aronofsky's utterly batshit Mother!

Join us in this second half of our year-end special as we attempt to pitch quick-fire sequels to every movie we caught in the cinema between July and December. As before, spoiler warnings do apply to all the movies we describe in this episode, but we'll try to give you plenty of warning. 

Here are the movies featured in this episode (Star Wars fans, you're safe...)

00.00: Intro 

01.10: Baby Driver

05.40: Spider-Man: Homecoming

11.20: War for the Planet of the Apes

16.05: Dunkirk

18.40: Atomic Blonde

21.50: The Hitman's Bodyguard

24.20: The Big Sick

28.55: Detroit

33.20: Kingsman 2: The Golden Circle

36.50: Mother! 

41.00: Geostorm

45.45: It

47.30: Murder on the Orient Express

51.35: Thor: Ragnarok

54.00: Justice League

56.45: Suburbicon

59.35: The Disaster Artist

1.03.20: The Best and Worst Movies we saw in 2017

1.05.50: Episode 46 Preview 

We'll be back to our regularly scheduled programming on Friday 5th January. Thanks for supporting us through the first year of our show - here's to the next one!

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BONUS | Pitching Sequels to the Movies of 2017: Part One

December 28, 2017
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From depressing Oscar contenders to terrible franchise movies, we watched a lot of movies in 2017 that wouldn't necessarily fit the Beyond The Box Set format. So we thought it'd be fun to round off the year with a quick-fire run through everything we saw in the cinema this year, complete with improvised sequel pitches. 

Join us in the first part of this mammoth undertaking, in which we vainly attempt to remember the plots of some of the movies we saw from January to June 2017. WARNING - spoilers abound for all of the movies we discuss in this episode, but we'll give you plenty of warning to hit the skip button if there's anything you havent gotten around to yet...

Here are the movies featured in this episode:

00.00: Intro - Broken Shoulders and Pigeon Invasions

03.00: La La Land

06.20: Jackie

07.55: Loving

09.30: Fences

11.15: Moonlight

13.10: Hacksaw Ridge

15.10: Hidden Figures

17.40: Elle

20.30: Manchester By The Sea

23.10: Lego Batman

26.00: Split

29.40: Lion

30.55: T2: Trainspotting

33.10: Beauty & The Beast

35.55: Get Out

38.45: Logan

43.45: Kong: Skull Island

48.50: Ghost in the Shell

51.30: Free Fire

55.30: The Fate of the Furious

01.02.30: Alien Covenant

01.07.30: Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2

01.09.25: Pirates of the Caribbean 5: Salazar's Revenge

01.16.15: Wonder Woman

01.21.10: The Mummy

01.25.40: The Beguiled

Stay tuned for part II, featuring increasingly drunken sequel pitches for all the movies we saw from July to December 2017. We'll also be back to our regularly scheduled programming on Friday 5th January 2018, so be sure to subscribe to hear all our latest episodes as soon as they're released.

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#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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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

#41 | The Shining 2: Ghost Hotel

November 23, 2017
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As an object lesson in terror, it's hard to beat Stanley Kubrick's 1980 hotel horror 'The Shining'. Starring Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall as a seriously dysfunctional married couple who choose the wrong hotel for a winter of intense one-on-one time, the movie was a tortured production that scored derisive reviews at the time, but has now been reappraised as a pinnacle of its genre. 

In this week's episode, John and Harry discuss red flag job interviews, debate the reasonable level of hysteria when confronted by an axe-wielding maniac, unpick the most inept rescue attempt ever committed to film and much more...

This week's fantasy sequel ideas include a discussion on Stephen King's official followup - which is literally about a psychic cat - and our own, only slightly more out-there, reboot ideas including a Black Mirror-inspired reality remake and a comedy crossover with a controversial failed franchise movie...

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00.00: Bronwen the Anus Pixie and other Imaginary Friends

14.05: The Shining Drinking Games

30.40: The Shining 2: Ghost Hotel

43.15: The Sliming

58.55 Listener Submissions + Episode 42 Preview 

#34 | Sunshine: A Toy Story in Space

October 6, 2017
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Is Danny Boyle's Sunshine one of the most underrated sci-fi movies of the past decade, or just a boring Sigourney-free version of Alien? Join us as we discuss space botany, weirdly breathy computer voices and heavy-handed character death foreshadowing, all while consistently mispronouncing Cillian Murphy's name. 

Of course we also get around to pitching some fantasy sequel ideas, which this week include a Red Dwarf-inspired look at what Mark Strong's Pinbacker got up to while he was waiting around to be a convenient third-act villain, and a surprisingly convincing pitch that this movie should form the basis of the forthcoming fourth Toy Story movie...

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00.00: Chris Evans has a weirdly forgettable face

09.40: The Sunshine Drinking Game 

18.30: Alternative Readings - Tan Addicts In Space

20.30 Sunshine 2: Red Giant

36.40 Sunshine 2: A Toy Story

51.30 Listener Submissions + Episode 35 Preview

 

#4 | Inception: Hormonal Awakening

February 22, 2017
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It’s the best film about dream invasion since Nightmare on Elm Street 3 – this week on Beyond The Box Set we’re pitching sequel ideas for Christopher Nolan’s 2010 sci-fi smash Inception.

By giving its characters near-limitless scope for dream-building and storytelling, Inception provides plenty of fertile ground for expanding its universe. Alas, it seems that Christopher Nolan has too much “integrity” to mine the concept for a full-blown franchise. Fortunately, we have no such qualms…

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00:00 Intro
17:05 Pitch One – Inception 2: Hormonal Awakening
33:10 Pitch Two – Inception: Building the Dream
47:35 Episode Five Preview + Bonus Episodes!

#9 | Memento 2: Back to the Future

April 13, 2017
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This week on Beyond The Box Set, we’re pitching sequels Christopher Nolan’s ridiculously complicated cult hit Memento. Is Carrie-Ann Moss still messing with Guy Pearce’s head 17 years later? Has the dawn of the iPhone helped cure Leonard’s tattoo addiction? And why does he feel a strange affinity with a certain memory afflicted blue fish? 

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00:00 Intro – Why this movie needs Ellen Page

06:50 Pitch One – Memento: Mirrors

19:30 Pitch Two – Memento: Back To The Future

31:00 Guest Submissions + Episode Ten Preview

#10 | Deja Vu: Deja Vu

April 20, 2017
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You might not remember this utterly bonkers 2006 time travel action thriller from director Tony Scott, but if you enjoy unbridled sci-fi silliness, it’s well worth a watch. This week on Beyond The Box Set, we attempt to unravel the movie’s many, many plot holes, before diving into some equally demented sequel ideas – including multiple Denzel Washingtons causing havoc in New Orleans, and a look at time travel technology in the age of the app…

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00:00 Intro – Was Val Kilmer even in this movie? 

15:45 Pitch One – Deja 2: Butterfly Effect

31:45 Pitch Two – Deja Vu: Deja Vu

31:00 Episode 11 Preview