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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

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. 

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: 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

The Martian 2: Life On Mars?

The Martian 2: Life On Mars?

March 22, 2019

Like most moviegoers, the last couple of years have kind of soured us on the screen talents of Matt Damon. Movies like Downsizing and Suburbicon haven't exactly made the best use of his talents, to put it mildly. So revisiting The Martian was a timely reminder that he can actually be pretty damn charming when he's actually given decent material to work with.

Directed by Ridley Scott, The Martian stars Damon as Mark Watney, a dry-witted space botanist accidentally stranded on Mars during a mission. While awaiting rescue he's forced to face off against exploding potatoes, a diminishing food supply and a lot of disco music. It's a lot of fun, which is a pleasant surprise for a modern Sci-fi movie. 

Join us as we discuss key plot points such as Sean Bean's complete lack of accent effort, Jessica Chastain's questionable leadership skills and what the hell Kristen Wiig is doing in this movie. As usual, we also attempt to come up with some plausible sequel ideas to send this movie back into orbit. 

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Every week on Beyond The Box Set, hosts Harry and John take a look at a classic standalone movie, and then compete to pitch the most ridiculous sequel, prequel and spin-off ideas to bring them back to the big screen. It's all the fun of a grim Hollywood board meeting, with more booze and sarcasm. 

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: Jessica Chastain would kill it on Star Trek

37.35: The Martian Drinking Games

46.45: The Martian 2: Adventures In Typecasting

56.30: The Martian 2: Life On Mars?

1.07.20 Listener Submissions & Episode 109 Preview

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...

If you enjoy the show, please hit subscribe and consider rating, reviewing or recommending us to a friend. It all helps us to infiltrate the ears of new listeners. You can also join our VIP listener group on Patreon for as little as $2 per month, where we offer a host of exciting bonus content including our weekly movie review show Beyond BTBS.

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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

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

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

Bait 3D: Oscar Bait

Bait 3D: Oscar Bait

November 16, 2018

A low-budget Australian shark thriller that somehow found its way into the hands of Harry's mother, it's safe to say Bait 3D is not a film for the ages.

However, despite the wooden acting, questionable special effects and fast-and-loose approach to basic physics, we had a surprisingly good time with this movie, which definitely wrings a lot more fun out of the whole 'giant killer shark terrorises humans' thing than The Meg recently managed

Tune into this week's episode - recorded at the tail-end of a lengthy bout of day drinking - to hear us doing our very best to piece together the plot of this movie, particularly when it comes to keeping track of the ridiculous amount of main characters. Of course, we also round up with our own sequel ideas... including a shark movie spoof with a self-aware heroine and an Academy Awards disaster that makes the La La Land fiasco look like small fry by comparison...

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Beyond The Box Set is a weekly movie podcast that dares to ask the question - is there any film so good, or bad, that it doesn't deserve a terrible sequel? Each episode, we pick a classic standalone movie and compete to pitch ridiculous spin-off ideas to bring them back to the big screen. 

Our podcast is available on all the usual platforms, including iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, Google Play and aCast. You can also find us on social media, and for as little as $2 per month you can also sign up to be a VIP listener on Patreon, where you can access bonus content, previews and the opportunity to inflict any movie you like on our intrepid hosts.

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00.00: Not enough dogs (or people) were harmed during the making of this movie.

28.30: Bait 3D Drinking Games

35.45: Bait 1D

51.30: Bait 3D: Oscar Bait

 

1.10.45: Listener Submissions & Episode 92 Preview 

Dog Soldiers 2: Shadow of the Wolf

Dog Soldiers 2: Shadow of the Wolf

October 11, 2018

It's week two of our Halloween 'Season of the Wolf', and we're moving from Japanese anime to a very British take on the Werewolf movie genre - Neil Marshall's 2002 cult hit Dog Soldiers. Join us as we discuss our new-found appreciation for Sean Pertwee, Liam Cunningham's striking resemblence to Jean Reno and one of the greatest exit lines in cinema history... 

An official sequel to Dog Soldiers was actually on the cards for a while, but sadly it never quite came to fruition. We have some ideas for how it might have looked though, including a TV sitcom crossover, a Taika Waititi-inspired mockumentary and a prequel that fleshes out Kevin McKidd's strong on-screen aversion to dog murder. 

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Beyond The Box Set is a movie podcast with a creative twist. Each week, we don't just review a classic movie from cinema's archives, we also set ourselves the challenge of pitching a sequel, prequel or spin-off to bring them back to the big screen. With ideas ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous - emphasis on the latter - we're virtually guaranteed to change the way you look at some of your favourite films. 

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00.00: The mystery of the falling cow

29.46: Dog Soldiers Drinking Games

40.00: Dog Soldiers 2: Spaced Out

51.20: Dog Soldiers: Shadow of the Wolf

1.00.00: Listener Submissions & Episode 87 Preview