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Stand By Me 2: The Sign

Stand By Me 2: The Sign

August 8, 2019

Our Stephen King mini-season kicks off this week with a quintessential coming of age classic, Rob Reiner's heartstring-tugging boys adventure tale Stand By Me.

Adapted from King's short story The Body, Stand By Me stars a lineup of child stars - all of whose lives and careers eerily echoed their fates in the movie. In this week's podcast we discuss misleading titles, traumatic leech incidents, Keifer Sutherland perfecting the peroxide 80s asshole look and much more. 

With the surviving actors now in their mid-late forties, is there any mileage in a middle aged Stand By Me sequel? That's the task we set ourselves this week as we pitch concepts to bring this iconic movie back to the big screen. Let's face it, most of these actors would probably be glad of the work...

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Beyond The Box Set is a movie podcast with a twist. Each week we take a look at a classic standalone movie and compete to pitch fantasy sequel, prequel or spin-off ideas to bring them back to the big screen. We're currently front-page on Apple Podcasts as a best-selling film review podcast, and we've been listed as a 'Podcast of the Week' by The Guardian. 

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00.00: The kids aren't alright 

27.15: Stand By Me Drinking Games

34.40: Stand By Me 2: The Sign

46.45: Stand By Me 2: Go Your Own Way

1.01.00: Episode 129 Preview & Listener Submissions

Welcome To Marwen 2: Beyond The Valley of the Dolls

Welcome To Marwen 2: Beyond The Valley of the Dolls

August 2, 2019

A new movie from Forrest Gump director Robert Zemeckis is generally a buzz-worthy event, but Welcome To Marwen alienated critics and died a swift death at the box office when released earlier this year. 

Starring Steve Carrell as a traumatised man living out his fantasies via a meticulously constructed model town populated by kick-ass female soldiers based on his real-world friends and colleagues, Welcome To Marwen is easily one of the oddest movies we've ever discussed on this podcast. 

Tune into this week's episode to hear our thoughts on documentary vs Hollywood, some re-castings that might have improved this movie, the very broad accent work of Gwendoline Christie and more. 

As always, we also pitch up some good old fashioned drinking games in our efforts to make sense of this movie, and of course we round off with some of our own sequel ideas. Full disclosure - this week was a real challenge! 

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Each week on Beyond The Box Set, we take a look at a notable standalone movie and come together to pitch fantasy sequel, prequel and spin-off ideas to bring them back to the big screen. From timeless classics to forgotten flops, we believe every movie deserves the chance to become a disappointing franchise! 

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00.00: Not every story justifies a Hollywood ending...

23.00: Welcome To Marwen Drinking Games

35.50: Toy Story: A Very Marwen Prequel 

47.50: Welcome To Marwen 2: Beyond The Valley of the Dolls 

53.10: Episode 128 Preview & Listener Submissions

Girls Trip 2: Diva Las Vegas

Girls Trip 2: Diva Las Vegas

July 26, 2019

An outrageous comedy hit that introduced the world to the irrepressible talents of Tiffany Haddish - and an eye-opening new use for the humble grapefruit - Girls Trip definitely left us hungry for more. 

Tune into this week's podcast to hear our thoughts on explosive urination, dangerous levels of alcohol abuse, the most violent bar-fight we've seen since The Punisher and more.

As usual, we also pitch some drinking games of our own - though they seem almost moot in the context of this movie - and discuss where we'd like to see these characters go next when the inevitable sequel rolls around... Girls Trip in Vegas, anyone? 

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Beyond The Box Set is a movie podcast with a twist. Each week, we take a look at a classic standalone movie and compete to pitch sequels, prequels and spin-off ideas to bring them back to the big screen. From vintage blockbusters to modern cult classics, we believe every movie deserves a disappointing sequel, and if nobody else wants to write one - we're more than happy to step in!

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00.00: The art of grapefruiting 

38.45: Girls Trip Drinking Games

45.00: Girls Trip 2: Diva Las Vegas

55.30: Girls Trip 2: Road Trip

1.07.55: Episode 127 Preview & Listener Submissions

Chronicle 2: Chronic Back Pain

Chronicle 2: Chronic Back Pain

July 19, 2019

An inventive blend of superhero action, high school drama and found footage horror, Chronicle is the kind of auspicious debut that should have set director Josh Trank on the road to a glittering career. Then Fantastic Four happened...

Disappointing follow-ups aside, Chronicle remains one of the most refreshing movies we've covered on this podcast in a while, and we'd definitely be open to some kind of sequel. In this week's episode, Lee Agne of the Connected Hearts podcast joins us to discuss hormonal superheroes, alien spunk, why every high school house party takes place in a mansion and more...

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Beyond The Box Set is a weekly movie podcast with a creative twist. Every episode sees us taking a deep dive into a classic standalone movie, before competing to pitch ludicrous sequel ideas to bring them back to the big screen. 

 

We've been recommended by publications including The Guardian and Podbean, and featured as a 'binge worthy podcast' on iTunes. We also have over 150 five-star user reviews at time of publication. 

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00.00: Teenage John had definite supervillain potential

42.30: Chronicle Drinking Games

52.50: Chronicle II: Chronic Back Pain

1.03.07: ChronIIcle 

1.17.10: Chronicles of Chronicle 

1.25.25: Episode 126 Preview & Listener Submissions

The Further Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

The Further Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

July 12, 2019

Sharpen your nails and dust off your wittiest one-liners! This week, we're heading off on the road trip of a lifetime with a look back at The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert! 

An outrageously camp Australian comedy shot on a minimal budget, TAO Priscilla, Queen of The Desert was an unlikely box office hit back in 1994, even picking up an Academy Award for Costume Design. It also made stars of Hugo Weaving and Guy Pearce, while Terrence Howard's turn as world-weary transgendered woman and reluctant drag queen Bernadette must go down as one of the most unlikely comeback performances in Hollywood history. 

In this week's podcast, we discuss camp classics, lip sync extravaganzas and some... unfortunate racial stereotyping before pitching some sequel ideas that imagine how Bernadette, Felicia and Mitzi Del Bra might have fared in the modern LGBTQ+ culture. Hold onto your wigs! 

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Beyond The Box Set is a movie podcast with a difference. Each week, we discuss a classic standalone movie that for whatever reason never received a sequel. Then we compete to pitch our own spin-off ideas to bring them back to the big screen - with bizarre, baffling and occasionally inspired results!

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00.00: Every friendship group contains a Felicia...

48.45: The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Drinking Games

1.00.45: The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Dessert 

1.17.25: Priscilla Rides Again

1.30.45: Episode 125 Preview & Listener Submissions

The Day After Tomorrow 2: The Decade After Tomorrow

The Day After Tomorrow 2: The Decade After Tomorrow

July 4, 2019

Our disaster movie season wouldn't be complete without a look back at Roland Emmerich's The Day After Tomorrow. Will this once-silly climate change thriller now read as a sobering warning from history in the cold light of 2019? Well... not exactly. 

Tune into this week's episode to hear our thoughts on sentient ice, Tornadoes voiced by pissed-off failed actors, offensive British stereotypes and much more...

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Every week on Beyond The Box Set, we take a look back at 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. We've been featured in The Guardian as a 'Podcast of the Week' and recommended as a 'Binge worthy Podcast' by Apple. 

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00.00: The role of the tornado shall be played by Meryl Streep...

40.00: The Day After Tomorrow Drinking Games

47.30: The Year Before Geostorm

57.00: The Decade After Tomorrow

1.10.10: Episode 124 Preview & Listener Submissions

Left Behind 2: Highway To Hell (feat. Chris Scott)

Left Behind 2: Highway To Hell (feat. Chris Scott)

June 28, 2019

For the second time this month, our disaster movie season lands on the bizarre latter-day career choices of Nicholas Cage. Based on a bestselling Christian book series, 2014's Left Behind is a low-budget, shoddily made train wreck that not even Jesus could save from box office oblivion. 

With the help of our special guest Chris Scott from the Ask Karen podcast, we spend this week's episode discussing important spiritual matters such as Nicholas Cage's alarming headpiece, the suspiciously porn star-sounding character names, dwarf kicking, air hostess slut shaming and much more. 

Along the way we also have the usual collection of drinking games - and trust us, you'll need it for this one - listener submissions and of course, sequel pitches! Given that this movie was intended to kickstart a nine-part franchise, theoretically we should have plenty to work with. You'll have to tune in to discover just how that turned out...

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00.00: The secret to reversing a box office flop? SEO...

37.35: Left Behind Drinking Games

48.20: Left Behind 2: Snapped Away

59.30: Left Behind 2: Left Behind The Times

1.06.00: Left Behind 2: Highway To Hell

1.17.15: Listener Submissions & Episode 123 Preview

 

Deep Impact 2: Deeper Underground

Deep Impact 2: Deeper Underground

June 21, 2019

A more thoughtful, character-driven take on the disaster movie genre that still finds room for exploding cars and city-crushing tidal waves, Deep Impact is easily the most respectable entry into our current mini-season... it even passes the Bechdel test with flying colours!

Tune into this week's episode to hear our thoughts on the awesomely Presidential Morgan Freeman, a badly miscast Tea Leoni and her inexplicably Austrian father, strangely neglectful parenting and Elijah Wood finding a novel way of forcing his high school crush to marry him.

As always, we've also got drinking games to play along with, and a pair of questionably creative sequel pitches to explore just what might have happened after the comet struck. Oceans rose, cities fell... but did hope really survive? Tune in to fund out...

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Every week on Beyond The Box Set, we take a look back at 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 this simple format we've spun out over 120 episodes and been recommended by numerous professional sources including The Guardian, Apple Podcasts and Podbean. 

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00.00: Tea Leoni is not a good newsreader

43.45: Deep Impact Drinking Games

51.10: Deep Impact 2: Spaceballs

59.30: Deep Impact 2: Deeper Underground 

1.09.00: Listener Submissions & Episode 122 Preview

Knowing 2: All Knowing

Knowing 2: All Knowing

June 14, 2019

Somehow, Beyond the Box Set has managed to exist for two whole years without us ever diving into the filmography of the iconic human meme machine that is Nicholas Cage. Fortunately our current disaster movie mini-season offers plentiful opportunities to correct this oversight, so this week - on Harry's suggestion - we're discussing the suspiciously religious-feeling 2009 apocalypse epic Knowing.

Despite garnering dreadful reviews (and deservedly so) this film topped out at over $200 million at the global box office. It stars Cage as a celebrated scientist turned day drinking - and inexplicably night barbecuing - widower who stumbles upon what he believes to be the formula for predicting the end of the world. Rose Byrne and Ben Mendhelson are also in it, but you could be forgiven for not noticing...

Tune into this week's podcast to hear our thoughts on whispering Cage vs screaming Cage, the questionable taste levels of appropriating 9/11 for a schlocky Sci-fi conspiracy theory and why shoplifting Blu-rays may be the ultimate in mid-00s petty crime...

Along the way we also come up with some Knowing drinking games - passing out on your keyboard, sofa or gravel path entirely optional - and attempt to follow the questionable logic of the original movie through with some sequel ideas. 

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Every week on Beyond The Box Set, we take a look back at 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 this simple format we've spun out over 120 episodes and been recommended by The Guardian, Apple Podcasts (as a Binge-worthy show) and Podbean. 

We release a new episode every Friday morning so please hit subscribe on your preferred podcasting app to stay up to date. While you're there, please leave us a nice review too. We're simple souls and affirmation makes us smile...

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00.00: This is the wrong kind of cult movie...

42.15: Knowing Drinking Games

45.50: Knowing 2: Presupposing 

56.20: Knowing 2: All Knowing 

1.04.00: Listener Submissions & Episode 121 Preview

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. 

Beyond The Box Set has been featured as a 'Podcast of the Week' by The Guardian, Apple Podcasts and Podbean, in addition to attracting thousands of listeners and hundreds of 5-star reviews. We release a new episode every Friday morning, available totally free to anyone who hits subscribe on their preferred podcatcher. 

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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