#81 | Burlesque 2: Season of the Bitch

September 6, 2018
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It's a passion! It's a fashion! It's... a campy wig explosion with terrible acting, a nonsensical plot and far, far too many characters! In this very special edition of Beyond The Box Set, we're joined by returning guests Oli Ajulo and Louise Ball to discuss Burlesque - the 2010 movie musical starring Cher, Christina Aguilera and precisely zero nipple tassles. 

Written and directed by Steven Antin - who we suspect might possibly be a well-connected gay man with no self control - Burlesque may have been a donkey at the box office, but chances are it'll be screening at drag bars and bad movie events until the end of time. 

Tune into this week's episode to hear our doomed attempts at making sense of the plot, our theory that Christina Aguilera's character is quite obviously the villain of the movie and some extremely variable Cher impersonations...

In a twist on our usual format, we also formed competing teams with our two guests to present a pair of sequel ideas that include a musical riff on the Scream franchise and a prequel that attempts to clear the name of one of the original movie's most unfairly maligned characters...

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00.00: Christina Aguilera is an entitled monster

51.30: Burlesque Drinking Games

1.00.00: Burlesque 2: Take Your Passion! 

1.11.30: Burlesque 2: Season of the Bitch

1.25.55: Listener Submissions & Episode 82 Preview

#80 | Death Becomes Her 2: Ghost Protocol

August 30, 2018
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We were in dire need of a comedy palate cleanser after sitting through the dreadful 'Sausage Party' for last week's episode, so John decided that the time was right to bring out an all-time favourite. Death Becomes Her is probably the only movie that gives you two Oscar-winning actresses rising from the grave and beating each other over the head with shovels. 

Directed by the always visually inventive Robert Zemeckis, what Death Becomes Her lacks in subtlety, it more than makes up for in crazed, campy and endlessly quotable entertainment. Join us as we discuss warring divas, Isabella Rosellini going full panto and why we love Bruce Willis playing cartoonishly against type. 

 

We also put our heads together to pitch some belated sequel ideas, which this week include a global immortality epidemic, the return of the shadowy Big Daddy corporation and a conspiracy theory involving another iconic - and strangely ageless - Hollywood A-Lister. 

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00.00: Goldie Hawn is a comedy genius 

39.10: Death Becomes Her Drinking Games

46.00: Death Becomes Everyone

1.00.30: Death Becomes Her 2: Ghost Protocol

1.13.00: Listener Submissions & Episode 81 Preview

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

August 17, 2018
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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

#77 | May 2: The Tribute

August 9, 2018
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May we have your attention please? This week we're taking on a slightly less well-known movie than usual, but we definitely think it's worthy of a wider audience. Writer-director Lucky McKee's May is a surprisingly thoughtful and challenging indie-horror about a lonely and isolated young woman who takes a... creative approach to dealing with rejection. 

Joined by this week's special guest, May super-fan Kit Sheppard, we discuss the traumatic influence of creepy childhood dolls, Anna Faris' questionable acting choices and the sad fate of poor, sweet Blank with the cartoonishly large hair...

We also brainstorm some sequel ideas including an all-star, mega-budget horror upgrade inspired by Aliens, an Orange Is The New Black-inspired crossover and a decidedly adult spin on Pixar's Toy Story formula. 

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Beyond The Box Set is a movie podcast with a difference. Each week, our two hosts - and the occasional guest - review a classic standalone movie and attempt to pitch ridiculous sequel, prequel or spin-off ideas to bring them back to the big screen. From Oscar-winning classics to box office bombs, our creativity knows no bounds. 

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00.00: Traumatic childhood doll stories

31.40: May Drinking Games

49.50: May Is Back

56.20: Suzie: An Adult Pixar Movie

1.12.38: Listener Submissions & Episode 78 Preview

 

 

#75 | Drag Me To Hell II: Justin’s Long Con

July 26, 2018
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Talking goats, doomed kittens and a *lot* of projectile vomiting, Drag Me To Hell found Sam Raimi back in his comedy-horror element after his lucrative turn behind the Spider Man franchise. But does it have the potential to become an Evil Dead-esque franchise? 

For this week's episode of Beyond The Box Set, we discuss the extreme pettiness of Gypsy curses, Octavia Spencer's blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameo and the wonderfully ludicrous concept of Professor Justin Long, before pitching our own ideas for extending the franchise - including a sequel set entirely in hell itself, and the unlikely but strangely compelling confluence of Star Wars, Jade Pinkett-Smith and Sam Raimi.

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Beyond The Box Set is a movie podcast with a devilish twist. Every week, we take a classic standalone movie and compete to pitch the most ridiculous sequel, prequel and spin-off ideas to bring them back to the big screen. From Gladiator: The Musical to a stoner comedy sequel to Titanic, no cinematic sacred cow is safe from our questionably creative writing...

You can find our show on all good podcasting platforms, including iTunes, Spotify and Stitcher - plus we also offer a wide variety of bonus content on Patreon, including reviews of current cinema releases and the opportunity to pick a movie for us to bastardise on a future episode - all for as little as $2 per month thanks to our pay as you feel tiered sponsorship system.

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00.00: Why Harry travelled 50 miles to see this movie 

38.05: Drag Me To Hell Drinking Games

49.00: Drag Me To Hell II: Justin's Long Con

1.10.15: Drag Me 2 Hell: Two Tickets To Damnation

1.21.40: Listener Submissions & Episode 76 Preview

#73 | Labyrinth 2: Revenge of the Goblin Queen

July 13, 2018
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A disturbed teenage girl. A baby-snatching goblin king with a distractingly prominent codpiece. A supporting cast of creature features ranging from bizarre to frankly terrifying. Every scene of Jim Henson's Labyrinth is burned into the memories of a generation of movie viewers.

With the late-great David Bowie taking the iconic role of Jareth, the aforementioned well endowed Goblin King, any proposed sequel to this 80s classic would have to wrestle with the unthinkable prospect of recasting. Who could possibly step into his shoes? This week on Beyond The Box Set, we've challenged ourselves to come up with some ideas...

Labyrinth is a rare film that we both have equally strong memories of, proving that despite initially poor box office returns, the movie enjoys a truly timeless appeal. Join us on this week's episode as we discuss bad acting vs dream acting, the bizarre genius of the Bog of Eternal Stench and why Sir Didymus is the absolute worst...

 

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00.00: Seriously, that codpiece...

27.50: Labyrinth Drinking Games

33.45: Labyrinth: A 30 Rock Production

47.40: Labyrinth 2: Revenge of the Goblin Queen

1.02.00: Listener Submissions & Episode 74 Preview

#71 | Spice World 2: Fallen Kingdom

June 28, 2018
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I'll tell you what we want, what we really, really want... a sequel to Spice World, the 1997 meta-comedy / cash in released to capitalise on the brief but phenomenal popularity of Scary, Sporty, Ginger, Baby and Posh - collectively known as The Spice Girls. 

As a quintessential child of the nineties, John is a die-hard Spice Girls fan who's seen the band live, knows their albums inside out - even the rubbish third one - and still lives his life according to the principles of Girl Power. Harry vaguely remembers that his sisters used to listen to them occasionally...

Will our co-hosts find common ground in revisiting this musical time capsule? Join us as we discuss the impenetrable plot, pointless celebrity cameos and the unexpected comic genius of Victoria 'Posh Spice' Beckham...

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Beyond The Box Set is a hit British podcast that combines movie reviews, comedy and creative fan fiction to hilarious effect. Every week, 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. 

We've been featured as a Podcast of the Week by The Guardian and Podbean, in addition to being listed as a 'Binge Worthy Podcast' by iTunes. You can check out the show on all good Podcasting platforms including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, aCast and Google Podcasts. We also have a Patreon page where you can access a wide range of exciting bonus content for as little as $2 per month. 

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00.00: Everyone who hates this movie is objectively stupid

23.20: Spice World Drinking Games

30.35: SGCU - A Spice Girls Cinematic Universe

44.10: Spice World II: Fallen Kingdom

59.45: Listener Submissions & Episode 72 Preview

 

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

June 21, 2018
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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

 

#69 | Mermaids 2: Search for the Merman

June 14, 2018
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There are certain actors we'll watch in just about anything. Cher is one, Winona Ryder is another. In Mermaids, the pair play mother and daughter, with Christina Ricci and Bob Hoskins in supporting roles and a fabulous 1960s soundtrack in the background. Let's be realistic, there was never any way we weren't going to love this movie.

Released in 1990, a time when both women were at the height of their movie careers, Mermaids is a gentle coming of age dramedy based on a novel by Patty Dunn. It's very much a product of its time, but a little bit darker and more thoughtful than you probably remember it being - particularly if, like us, your main memory of the film is that it featured Cher's cover of the Shoop Shoop Song. 

This week on Beyond The Box Set, we're joined by returning guest Lucy Meredith to discuss iconic wigs, Winona's intense inner monologues, the ineffable sex appeal of Bob Hoskins and more. We also pitch some scenarios to reunite these two quintessential Hollywood survivors in a sequel - with ideas including a musical, multiple road trips and an unlikely genre-shift into 'Black Swan' style body horror...

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Beyond The Box Set is a movie review podcast with a twist. 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. We were recently featured as a 'Podcast of the Week' by The Guardian and have been listed as a 'Binge worthy podcast' by iTunes. 

You can find us on all good podcasting platforms, including iTunes, Spotify, Google Play and Stitcher. If you like the show, don't forget to check out our Patreon for a wide variety of incentives and bonus content.

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00.00: Demented monologues and iconic slap scenes 

36.00: Mermaids Drinking Games

43.20: Mermaids 2: Search For The Merman

57.00: Mermaids 2: A Body Horror With Actual Mermaids In It

1.04.45: Mermaids II: On The Road

1.12.35: Listener Submissions & Episode 70 Preview

#67 | School of Rock 2: Mr Schneebly’s Opus

May 31, 2018
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If you have any doubt about how important Jack Black was to the success of School of Rock, just try to imagine literally any other comic actor in his age range playing the part. The role of Dewey Finn, a dangerously unqualified supply teacher who nevertheless uses his musical talent and boundless enthusiasm to inspire a class of pre-teens is probably the purest expression of Black's talents ever seen on the big screen.

It's also a movie that's aged phenomenally well - give or take a dodgy reference or two. So despite John's general antipathy towards rock 'n' roll purists, it was a surprising delight to revisit. In this episode, we talk questionable nicknames, daytime rock concerts and the instant screen legend that is Billy the costume designer, before pitching some ideas for a long overdue class reunion... 

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00.00: It's not tacky, and we don't hate it

25.30: School of Rock Drinking Games 

32.30: The Culinary School of Rock

46.00: School of Rock 2: Growing Up

56.20: Listener Submissions & Episode 68 Preview