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#99 | True Lies 2: Dana-nother Day

#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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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

#91 | Bait 3D: Oscar Bait

#91 | 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. 

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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 

#86 | Dog Soldiers 2: Shadow of the Wolf

#86 | 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

 

#84 | Muppet Pulp Fiction

#84 | Muppet Pulp Fiction

September 27, 2018

It's the movie that revitalised John Travolta's career, made Uma Thurman an instant icon and proved that there's quite literally no hairstyle that Samuel L Jackson couldn't pull off. We are of course talking about Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction. 

Joining us this week for another special crossover event, returning guest Ross Burton of 2 Geeks 2 Movies once again swallows his abiding hatred of unnecessary sequels and helps us to pitch-some potential spin-offs to wrap up the many (intentional) loose ends left dangling by the original movie.

From how Mia met Marsellus to the tragic backstory of 'The Gimp', there's no plot thread we're leaving uncovered - except the one about that damn briefcase. Even we have to draw the line somewhere. 

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00.00: Cop or Stripper?

29.50: Pulp Fiction Drinking Games

38.30: Muppet Pulp Fiction

50.30: Worlds of Pulp Fiction: An Extended Dark Universe 

1.01.40: Pulp Fiction: Origins 

1.16.10: Listener Submissions & Episode 85 Preview

#78 | A Knight’s Tale 2: The Gorgeous Ladies of Jousting

#78 | A Knight’s Tale 2: The Gorgeous Ladies of Jousting

August 17, 2018

Fonging hell! We've got a real crowd pleaser to talk about this week - gleefully anachronistic jousting adventure A Knight's Tale, the starring the much-missed Heath Ledger. 

Released in 2001, A Knight's Tale helped to establish Ledger as a reliable leading man, after well-received supporting turns in 10 Things I Hate About You and The Patriot. It also featured a memorable cast of supporting characters including Alan Tudyk, Mark Addy and future Marvel star Paul Bettany in the role of a loudmouthed, frequently naked Geoffrey Chaucer.

This week's movie was selected by special guest Jason Croxon, host of the A Conversation With... podcast. Jason joins us on this episode to discuss olde worlde relationship politics, variable accent work, scenery chewing extras and much more. 

As always, we also spend the second half of the episode pitching our own fantasy sequel ideas to this feelgood romp - which sadly have to work around the less than cheerful fact of Ledger's tragic death in 2008. How could a spin-off movie ever work in his absence? That's a question we challenge ourselves to answer this week. Tune in now to see how we fared...

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00.00: Paul Bettany's bum deserves an Oscar

36.55: A Knight's Tale Drinking Games

43.50: A Knight's Tale 2: A Squire's Tale

51.00: A Knight's Tale 2: Catcheth Me Ift Thee Can 

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

1.12.50: Listener Submissions & Episode 79 Preview

#70 | Three Kings 2: Three Wise Men (feat. FlixWatcher)

#70 | Three Kings 2: Three Wise Men (feat. FlixWatcher)

June 21, 2018

In a very special Podcast crossover episode, Helen and Kobi from FlixWatcher join us to discuss David O.Russell's darkly comedic Gulf War movie Three Kings, starring George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg and Ice Cube.

Released in 1999, Three Kings was a major breakthrough for O.Russell, grossing over $100 million and achieving widespread critical acclaim. It tells the story of four US soldiers attempting to steal a hidden cache of war gold from Iraqi soldiers during a tense 1991 ceasefire between the two countries, until a series of surprisingly brutal mishaps turn their adventure into a rescue mission. 

Join us as we discuss on-set tensions, Mark Wahlberg's journey from The Funky Bunch to serious actor and the time Harry went on a family holiday to Iraq, before attempting to navigate our near-total ignorance of middle-eastern geopolitics in pursuit of some workable sequel ideas...

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Beyond The Box Set is a movie review podcast with a difference. Each week we take a classic standalone movie and compete to pitch sequel, prequel or spin-off ideas to bring them back to the big screen. Mainstream recognition includes being named 'Podcast of the Week' by The Guardian and a listing as a 'Binge worthy podcast' by iTunes. 

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00.00: This movie holds up. Silver Linings Playbook does not. 

32.55: Three Kings Drinking Games

40.10: Three Kings II: Six Royals 

47.00: Three Kings 2: Three Wise Men

1.02.30: Listener Submissions & Episode 71 Preview

 

#64 | Waterworld 2: The Shape of Waterworld

#64 | Waterworld 2: The Shape of Waterworld

May 10, 2018

You may find this week's episode of Beyond The Box Set to be bloated, incoherent and confused. If so, consider it a tribute to this week's featured movie. Directed by Kevin Reynolds with a lot of alleged back-seat meddling from star Kevin Costner, Waterworld is an unholy mess of an action-adventure epic that quickly went down in history as one of the most notorious bombs of its time.

Watching the movie back to day, there's actually a lot to enjoy about Waterworld, and the film certainly has its defenders. But it's also a film that makes a lot of baffling choices, leaving a potentially interesting premise drowning in jarring tonal shifts and bewildering plot mechanics. 

In this week's extended episode, join us as we spend the best part of an hour just attempting to untangle Waterworld's plot, discuss the bizarre un-likability of Kevin Costner and attempt to salvage this movie from its watery grave with some potential sequel ideas - including a Wonder Woman inspired return to Dryland, and an apocalyptic crossover with shades of Dan Harmon...

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00.00: What's Kevin Costner's Appeal? 

56.50: The Science of Waterworld w/Ross Burton

59.55: Waterworld Drinking Games

1.07.20: The Shape of Waterworld

1.24.50: Waterworld 2 - The Four Elements

1.38.15: Listener Submissions & Episode 65 Preview

#57 | Looper 2: Super Loopers

#57 | Looper 2: Super Loopers

March 22, 2018

Time travel movies: they're awesome, but they never make sense. Rain Johnson's twisty sci-fi thriller Looper is no exception, but it sure is an entertaining ride.

Released in 2012, Looper stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Joe - an assassin for hire in a futuristic world where illegal time travel is used by crime syndicates to cover up murders. The only catch is, at some point he's expected to bump off his future self. 

In this week's edition of Beyond The Box Set, we discuss gaping plot holes, the bizarre makeup techniques employed to make Joseph Gordon-Levitt resemble a younger version of Bruce Willis, and what this movie can teach us about Rian Johnson's subsequent approach to directing Star Wars: The Last Jedi. 

Once we've figured all that out, we turn to some sequel pitches - which this week include a Mad Max-inspired female-led action road movie with some major plot twists, and a complicated three-generation time travel pile-up with the most expensive cast this side of the Oceans 11 franchise...

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Beyond The Box Set is the smash hit podcast that takes classic standalone movies and attempts to brainstorm sequel, prequel and spin-off ideas to bring them back to the big screen - no matter how convoluted or sacreligious. 

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00.00: Joseph Gordon-Levitt's terrifying eyebrow game

27.35: Looper Drinking Games

35.00: Looper 2: The Kids Aren't Alright

44.30: Looper 2: Super Loopers

1.01.15: Listener Submissions & Episode 58 Preview