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#108 | The Martian 2: Life On Mars?

#108 | 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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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

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

#93 | Arrival 2: Departure (feat. Dante Pineau)

#93 | Arrival 2: Departure (feat. Dante Pineau)

November 29, 2018

It's a thought-provoking modern sci-fi classic that played a key role in Beyond The Box Set's Amsterdam-based origin story. So why did it take us 93 episodes to dedicate an episode to Arrival? Well, if time is a circle, then on some level, haven't we somehow always been dedicating an episode to Arrival? Wait, now we're even more confused...

Dante Pineau of PlayD&D and Let's Get Contextual joins us this week to discuss property porn, the perils of Dutch subtitles, how this movie got totally screwed over at the Oscars and more, before diving into some high-concept sequel ideas including a look at what might have been going on at the other research camps, a grief-stricken Jeremy Renner's attempts to unwind time and save his daughter's life and an expose on what the mysterious Abbot and Costello aliens were really up to...

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Beyond The Box Set is a creative movie podcast dedicated to pitching fantasy sequels to classic standalone cinema. Each week we'll thoroughly dissect a film that for some reason never spawned a spin-off, and compete to come up with the most inspired, or ridiculous, sequel, prequel or spin-off ideas to bring them back to the big screen.

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00.00: Never watch a movie about linguistics in a Dutch cinema 

28.15: Arrival Drinking Games

35.40: Arrival... In Devon?!

44.45: Arrival 2: Departure

55.45: Arrival: Behind The Laughter

1.06.50: Listener Submissions & Episode 94 Preview 

#65 | Treasure Planet 2: A Disney Crime Story

#65 | Treasure Planet 2: A Disney Crime Story

May 18, 2018

Finding a Disney movie with no sequels is a pretty tall order, so this week we drafted in a professional. James Mason PHD has an actual doctorate in Disney - making him the perfect guest to talk through the underrated 2002 sci-fi Treasure Planet - a rare misfire that was swiftly buried by the Disney corporation after its warm reviews failed to translate into box office receipts.

The long-gestating passion project of directors Ron Clements and John Musker, Treasure Planet takes Robert Louis Stevenson's classic adventure Treasure Island and reboots it in a colourful futuristic galaxy populated by robots and aliens. The film is a notable change of pace from many Disney animations, with a lack of big musical numbers and a plot that eschews traditional love interests and focuses instead on the complicated father-son relationship played out by Hawkins and the morally compromised Long John Silber. 

In this episode, we discuss daddy issues, horrible Goo Goo Dolls songs and 'The Jar Jar Factor' - all of which make Treasure Planet a flawed but fascinating addition to the Disney Animated canon. We also pitch our own sequels to the movie, including a prequel that reveals the fate of Jim Hawkins' absent father, a round of recontextualised spin-offs featuring dinosaurs, mean teens and 90s sitcom stars, and what we're pretty sure would be Disney's first ever LGBT-themed part-animated murder thriller...

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00.00: The Muppets Did It Better

29.40: Treasure Planet Drinking Games

41.40: Treasure Planet 2: The Map To Treasure Planet

55.50: Treasure Planet: A Disney Crime Story

1.03.05: Treasure Granite, Treasure High-Land and Treasure I-Friends

1.18.50: Listener Submissions & Episode 66 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. 

Rated binge-worthy by Apple Podcasts and frequently ranking in the top ten TV & Film Podcasts on iTunes, you can find Beyond The Box Set on all good podcasting platforms, including iTunes, aCast, Podbean and Spotify. 

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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 

 

#56 | 2001: A Space Odyssey (feat. BBC’s Larry & Paul)

#56 | 2001: A Space Odyssey (feat. BBC’s Larry & Paul)

March 15, 2018

Stanley Kubrick's 1968 interstellar masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey features on pretty much every list of the top movies to see before you die. Its 1984 sequel is less fondly remembered - in fact, we had no idea it even existed. So along with our special guests Larry and Paul from BBC Radio Leeds, we decided to collectively deny its very existence and come up with some follow-up ideas of our own. 

Join us as we discuss artistic boredom, passive aggressive operating systems and the respective merits of watching this movie drunk, hung over or on a cocktail of psychotropic drugs - not that we endorse any of that sort of behaviour, you understand...

We also pitch our sequels to the movie, including a Star Wars style expanded universe, a look at the awkward teen years of the iconic space baby and an action-adventure drawing on some of the many, many sci-fi films that have shamelessly ripped this movie off over the years.

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Beyond The Box Set is a movie podcast that asks the question 'What if every great movie had a totally unnecessary sequel?'

Each week, we take a classic standalone movie and compete to pitch the most ridiculous follow-up ideas imaginable to bring them back to the big screen. Previous victims have included Titanic, Gladiator, Forrest Gump and many, many more...

We're available on all good Podcasting platforms, including iTunes, Stitcher and Spotify. Our show is officially deemed 'Binge Worthy' by Apple Podcasts - meaning you can find us on the front page alongside hit shows presented by much richer and better looking people than ourselves. 

If you like the show, please hit subscribe and leave us a review - it really helps us to find new listeners. You can also now support us on Patreon, where for as little as $2 per month you can access all of our exclusive inventives including our bonus movie review show 'Beyond BTBS', a 30-second ad slot on Beyond The Box Set and the opportunity to appear as a character in one of our sequels!

 

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00.00: Never watch a Stanley Kubrick movie with a hangover

25.15: 2001: A Space Odyssey Drinking Games

34.25: 2015: A Teen Space Odyssey 

39.00: 2051: A Space Oddity

56.00: Listener Submissions & Episode 57 Preview 

#52 | 22 Short Films About Snowpiercer

#52 | 22 Short Films About Snowpiercer

February 15, 2018

Imagine the worst train journey you've ever taken. Now, throw in baby-eating, a post-apocalyptic caste system and a demented Tilda Swinton ranting about shoes in a broad Yorkshire accent. Welcome to Bong Joon-ho's quirky sci-fi action hit Snowpiercer. It's quite the ride...

Released in 2013, Snowpiercer features an all-star cast including Chris Evans, Octavia Spencer, Tilda Swinton and John Hurt as the last remnants of humanity scrapping for survival aboard a high-speed train controlled by the mysterious and God-like 'Wilfred'. The film was acclaimed for its bold visual style and inventive action sequences. It is also completely insane.

This week on Beyond The Box Set, we discuss cool but nonsensical fight scenes, Tilda Swinton's gloriously off-kilter acting choices and why it's weird to be grossed out by Cockroach bars when you've already chowed down on a baby...

As is the tradition, we also pitch our own fantasy sequel ideas to the movie, including an anthology movie featuring the many bizarre characters who populate the original film, our first ever 'Make It a Video Game!' and a crossover with the biggest romantic blockbuster of all time...

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Each week on Beyond The Box Set, we take a classic standalone movie and compete to pitch the most ridiculous sequel, prequel or spin-off ideas to bring them back to the big screen. Our show is available on virtually all major podcasting platforms, including iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify and Podbean. 

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: Tilda Swinton is making some choices...

26.15: Snowpiercer Drinking Games

32.30: Snowpiercer 2: Directed by James Cameron 

48.05: 22 Short Films About Snowpiercer

1.01.15: Listener Submissions & Episode 53 Preview

#46 | WALL-E 2: A Garbage Movie

#46 | WALL-E 2: A Garbage Movie

January 4, 2018

In almost a year of recording Beyond The Box Set, it occured to us this week that we've never actually covered a fully animated movie. So in the spirit of the new year, we decided to correct this oversight and turn our imaginations towards one of the most beloved animated features of the past decade, Pixar's WALL-E. 

Written and directed by Andrew Stanton and Jim Reardon, WALL-E was one of Pixar Studios riskiest and most ambitious releases. Set in the wasted remnants of a long-abandoned Planet Earth, the movie follows a largely non-verbal trash compactor robot who dreams of experiencing true love - or at least the version of it depicted in his worn-out VHS of the 1969 musical Hello Dolly. 

From its virtually dialogue-free first half to the depiction of a future in which humans have quite literally become oversized babies, WALL-E challenges its audience considerably more than the average children's movie. It was a gamble that paid off when the movie became a highly acclaimed global blockbuster, taking in over $200 million at the US Box Office and picking up the 2008 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. 

Despite all this success, to date WALL-E has never been recomissioned for a sequel. Join us as we attempt to recitify this with a haunting end-of-humanity origin story and a romantic sequel that finds WALL-E and EVE's teenage child experiencing the first pangs of robot love during the Earth cleanup process. 

Along the way we also discuss whether WALL-E should really be considered a children's movie, question the necessity of sentient parasols in the future and learn the hard way that 'cockroach life span' is a difficult phrase to say...

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Every week on Beyond The Box Set, we watch a classic standalone movie and compete to pitch the most ridiculous sequel, prequel or spin-off ideas to bring them back to the big screen. We were recently featured by Apple iTunes as a 'Binge-Worthy Podcast', which was a very validating start to 2018.  

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00.00: Intro - EVE shoots first, asks questions later...

20.55: WALL-E Drinking Games

26.00: WALL-E: A Garbage Movie

37.25: WALL-E 2.0

48.25: Listener Submissions & Episode 47 Preview