#68 | The Boy Next Door 2: Who Is Jennifer Lopez?

June 7, 2018
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Jennifer Lopez is a diva, an icon and one of the defining celebrities of the 21st Century... that's what co-host John thinks, anyway. Harry, on the other hand, has never knowingly seen or heard anything she's ever done. 

Hence, the latest edition of our increasingly inaccurate 'Sing Your Way To An Oscar' mini-season offers a crash-course in J.Lo, as we revisit one of her most recent cinematic successes - the campy, ridiculous but strangely compelling The Boy Next Door

Like much of J.Lo's oeuvre, The Boy Next Door received scathing reviews but proved to be oddly critic-proof; grossing $52.4 million against a 4 million budget. While the movie doesn't exactly leave the door open for a sequel, we definitely think there's franchise potential here. 

Join us in this feature-length episode as we celebrate some of our favourite ludicrous scenes - from J.Lo's improbably glamour to Kristen Chenoweth's gleeful scenery chewing - before diving into some sequel pitches that include a classic slasher and the unlikely but possibly genius concept of Jenny from the Block doing a Spike Jonze movie. 

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00.00: Costumes by Versace, Lighting by Streisand 

56.00: The Boy Next Door Drinking Games

1.03.50: The Boy Next Door: Who Is Jennifer Lopez?

1.24.00: The Boy Next Door II: The Obligatory Straight to DVD Sequel  

1.36.00: Listener Submissions & Episode 69 Preview

#60 | Of Mice And Men 2: Of Mice And Ben

April 12, 2018
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When we first launched Beyond The Box Set back in early 2017, little did we imagine that just over a year later we'd find ourselves reading out self-composed gay Of Mice And Men fan fiction to each other. And yet, here we are...

Of Mice And Men is the 1992 adaptation of John Steinbeck's classic novella, starring Gary Sinise and John Malkovich as George Milton and Lennie Small, two fiercely loyal companions searching for work and dreaming of buying their own farm during the Great American Depression. 

Sinise also directs the movie, making it the second part in our accidental mini-series of movies by directors better known for appearing in front of the camera. It's the kind of reverently faithful adaptations of a classic text that seems to have fallen out of fashion a little bit these days, but what it lacks in invention it more than makes up for in heart and soul. 

After comparing (Cliffs)notes on our experiences with the book and film back in our high school days - awkward use of racially charged profanities and all - we get down to the daunting task of pitching sequels to one of the most beloved works of literature of the 20th century. Never let it be said we're not ambitious...

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00.00: A damning indictment of the Welsh education system 

16.30: Of Mice And Men Drinking Games

24.40: Of Mice And Ben 

40.45: Of Mice And Boys: A Prequel 

53.00: Listener Submissions & Episode 61 Preview 

#53 | Garden State 2: Pet Sematary

February 22, 2018
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Remember when everybody loved Garden State? Strange as it seems, Zach Braff's directorial debut was widely praised on release - so why has its reputation curdled so dramatically in recent years? Louise Ball joins us this week to discuss Manic Pixie Dream Girls, alarming animal cruelty and to help pitch the sequels that none of us actually want to see...

Released in 2004 at the height of Zach Braff's Scrubs fame, Garden State was a slow-burn box office success, grossing over $35 million against a $2.5 million budget, bouyed by a Grammy-winning soundtrack and enthusiastic reviews. Despite this initial success, the movie later attracted criticism for its ponderous exploration of mid-twenties ennui and the characterisation of Natalie Portman's female romantic lead as less a recognisable human being than an infantilised collection of infuriatingly self-conscious quirks. 

Is Garden State totally without merit? We didn't quite think so. In this episode we discuss some of the reasons the movie was initially so successful - as well as the many elements that have aged poorly in the cold light of 2018. In pitching our own sequels, one of us attempts to inject some excitement by splicing the cast with a modern sci-fi phenomenon with an equally iconic soundtrack, one of us digs into the appalling animal cruelty hinted at in the original film, and one of us decides to ditch the insufferable central duo altogether and allow some of the movie's most memorable supporting characters to take centre stage...

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00.00: Natalie Portman is not a natural laugher 

22.15: Garden State Drinking Games

31.05: Garden State 2: Velcro Bad Things

46.40: Garden State 2: Pet Sematary 

52.50: Garden State 2: The Infinite Abyss

1.03.10: Listener Submissions & Episode 54 Preview

 

#51 | *batteries not included 2: Attack of the Drones

February 9, 2018
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What's your favourite children's movie about impoverished elderly people living with dementia? This week on Beyond The Box Set, we're joined by the talented Phil Hepworth to discuss *batteries not included, a quirky family sci-fi that features some surprisingly adult and melancholy themes. 

Released in 1987, *batteries not included stars Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy as Frank and Faye Riley, a married couple whose long-time home comes under threat from aggressive property developers who want to force them out. As Faye's apparent dementia continues to worsen, Frank prays for a miracle - and gets one in the form of a pair of apparently sentient miniature spaceships known as 'The Fix-Its'. 

The film's unusually thoughtful tone might be down to writer Brad Bird, who went on to write and produce a number of Pixar's biggest hits including Ratatouille and The Incredibles. A modest hit on release, the film has become a minor cult classic, winning a then-septuagenarian Tandy a Saturn award for Best Actress.

Join us as we discuss the colourful cast of characters - including a slogan-quoting former boxer and a short-fused gang leader with highly unusual fashion sense even for an eighties movie - attempt to figure out what the aliens/robots/spaceships are actually supposed to be in this movie and of course, pitch some sequel ideas...

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We recently launched on Patreon, allowing our listeners to access a whole raft of fabulous bonus content including our weekly bonus show 'Beyond BTBS', a 30 second ad slot on our main show and the opportunity to become a character in one of our sequels. We also have our own line of merchandise on TeePublic.com, including T-shirts, mugs, iphone cases and more. 

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00.00: All musicians are cheating bastards

25.22: *batteries not included Drinking Games

30.00: *batteries not included 2: Attack of the Drones

36.25: *batteries not included 2: Strong & Stable

46.25: *batteries not included 2: Always Read The Small Print

1.02.20: Listener Submissions & Episode 52 Preview

 

#50 | Forrest Gump II: Jenny’s Side

February 2, 2018
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Episode 50 marks Beyond The Box Set's first full year on the air, so we knew we had to celebrate with a truly iconic movie choice. So sit down and join us as we pitch sequels to the tearjerking 90s classic Forrest Gump, aka Harry's all-time favourite movie. 

In this episode we compare notes on how long each of us lasted before welling up, reveal the historical crossover scene that was wisely left on the cutting room floor, and debate whether Jenny Curran is the most unfairly maligned cinema character of the past thirty years...

We also bring you a bumper selection of drinking games, including needlessly shirtless Lieutenant Dan, every time Jenny's wigs signify a time jump and the occasional hints of Mama Gump's dark side...

Over twenty years after Tom Hanks hung up his running shoes and put little Haley Joel Osment onto the bus, it seems increasingly unlikely that a real Forrest Gump sequel will ever come to pass. Not that we let that spoil our fun as we dedicate the second half of this episode to pitching ridiculous follow-up ideas, including Colin Hanks as a young Forrest undertaking an improbable journey through the plot lines of some of Tom Hanks most famous films - trust us, there was enough to go on...

Finally, we also marked our one-year anniversary by finally launching our own dedicated Patreon and Merchendise pages. For as little as £2 per month, you could become a VIP subscriber for access to our weekly bonus episodes, a 30 second shout-out on the show and the chance to become a character in one of our sequel ideas! Just visit our Patreon Page for more information. 

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00.00: John's Tom Hanks Mea Culpa and A Defence of Jenny

29.40: Forrest Gump Drinking Games

43:55: Forrest Gump 2: Jenny's Side

01:00.55: Forrest Gump 2: Being Tom Hanks 

01.18:55.: Listener Submissions & Episode 51 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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#42 | It’s A Wonderful Life 2: The Bailey Show

November 30, 2017
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This week on Beyond The Box Set, John and Harry kick off their festive season by pitching modern-day sequels for the most heartwarming holiday classic ever made - Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life. 

Join us as we discuss George Bailey's fragile mental health, the questionable business ethics of Baily Brothers Building & Loans and why there's something about Mary that we just don't trust...

We're also joined by our first ever returning guest Ross Burton, who helps us to pitch sequel ideas including a Christopher Nolan-style retelling of Harry Bailey's wartime adventures, a remake populated entirely by The Muppets and a bleak dystopian thriller that exposes the real reason George was never able to leave Bedford falls...

Released in 1946, It's a Wonderful Life stars Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey, Donna Reed as Mary, Lionel Barrymore as the evil Mr Potter and Gloria Grahame as Violet. Like all classic movies, it was only modestly received on release, but soon built up a reputation of one of the most beloved films of the era. Both Stewart and Reed would cite it as the high point of their Hollywood careers. 

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00.00: Uncle Billy is in the grip of senile dementia

20.00: It's a Wonderful Life Drinking Games

29.55: It's a Muppet Life

37.30: It's a Wonderful War

57.20: Listener Submissions & Episode 43 Preview

#20 | Cast Away 2: Wilsonism

June 30, 2017
00:0000:00

Is Tom Hanks a great actor, or do people just like him? John and Harry attempt to decipher the appeal of Hollywood’s favourite every-ham as we pitch sequels to Robert Zemeckis’ Oscar-nominated classic Cast Away. From the rise of a Scientology-style religion built around the cult of Wilson, to the return of Seth Rogen, James Franco and Jonah Hill in a stoner survival comedy set on a deserted island, we’re taking Cast Away so far off course, not even a CGI whale and a weirdly unflattering photo of Helen Hunt could bring it home…

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00:00 Intro – A Volleyball with the voice of Tim Allen

17:15 Pitch One – Cast Away: Weed Island

29:50 Pitch Two – Cast Away 2: Wilsonism

45:00 Listener Submissions & Episode 21 Preview