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I Am Legend 2: Legends Never Die

I Am Legend 2: Legends Never Die

August 16, 2020

Our Will Smith season continues this week with with post-apocalyptic drama I Am Legend. It took a number of compromises to get this film to the big screen, but was the final result worth the negotiations? 

In this week's episode of Beyond The Box Set, we break down poor canine training, the perils of focus-grouping, post-apocalyptic insanity and much more, plus drinking games, sequel pitches and much more!
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Each week on Beyond the Box Set, your two intrepid hosts take on a classic standalone movie and compete to pitch ridiculous sequel, prequel and spin-off ideas to bring them back to the big screen. From Oscar-winning gems to misbegotten bombs, we've reimagined them all in our own unique way. 

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00.00: Will Smith should lean into his insanity...

51.45: I Am Legend Drinking Games

59.10: I Am Legend sequel pitches

1.17.15: Listener Submissions & Episode 181 Preview

Edge of Tomorrow: Live, Kill, Repeat…

Edge of Tomorrow: Live, Kill, Repeat…

June 28, 2020

With his refusal to age and curiously immobile hairline, Tom Cruise clearly knows a thing or two about time travel. In the final instalment of our current mini-season, we take a look back at one of his better roles of recent years, the action-packed blockbuster Edge of Tomorrow

Join us as we discuss Cruise (briefly) playing against type, attempt to navigate the huge leaps in logic this movie demands of us, and debate whether the film would have enjoyed a stronger box office run with its intended title Live, Die Repeat... 

We've also got drinking games, listener reviews and of course our sequel pitches. Think you've got a better idea? Find us on social media and let us know!

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Every week on Beyond The Box Set, we take a classic standalone movie, dissect the plot and compete to pitch the most ridiculous prequel, sequel or spin-off ideas to bring them back to the big screen. We've been on this ride for over three years now, and no matter how many times you kill us, we'll just keep coming back...

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00.00: J-Squad needed to pick an accent and stick to it

42:50 Edge of Tomorrow Drinking Games

50.00: Edge of Tomorrow: Live, Kill Repeat

1.06.00: Edge of Tomorrow: Jellicle Squad

1.20.10: Episode 173 Preview & Listener Submissions

Geostorm 2: Dutch Oven

Geostorm 2: Dutch Oven

June 7, 2019

Gerard Butler and his distractingly thick neck race to save the world from ecological disaster in Geostorm, an instant ironic classic from the screenwriting team behind Independence Day. Featuring bad science, clunky dialogue and plot holes the size of the ozone layer, this 2017 bomb was a must for inclusion in our summer of Disaster Movies. 

Join us as we discuss misplaced nationalism, inexplicable timelines, women in bikinis running from frozen tidal waves and the best-worst product placement we've ever seen in a semi-serious movie. 

On its much-delayed release in 2017, Geostorm received scathing reviews and tanked hard at the box office, so sadly a sequel is unlikely to ever see the light of day. However, that doesn't deter us from pitching some ideas for the follow-up movie we'd like to see. 

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Each week on Beyond The Box Set, we take a look back at a one-off movie from the past, and compete to pitch sequel, prequel or spin-off ideas to bring them back to the big screen. 

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00.00: Gerard Butler really does have a very thick neck

39.40: Geostorm Drinking Games

44.40: Geostorm 2: Nuclear Option 

55.40: Geostorm 2: Dutch Oven 

1.04.45: Listener Submissions & Episode 120 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. 

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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

Arrival 2: Departure (feat. Dante Pineau)

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 

Treasure Planet 2: A Disney Crime Story

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

Waterworld 2: The Shape of Waterworld

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

Looper 2: Super Loopers

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 

 

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