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Pitching the movie sequels that nobody asked for.
#65 | Treasure Planet 2: A Disney Crime Story
May 18 • 86 min
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…
#64 | Waterworld 2: The Shape of Waterworld
May 10 • 106 min
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,…
#63 | Whip It II: Whip It Good!
May 3 • 74 min
We asked our listeners to nominate a film by an A-list female actor for our movie stars-turned-directors mini-season, and Whip It won by a landslide. Which is weird, because Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut totally flew under the radar when it was…
#62 | Matilda 2: No More Miss Nice Girl
Apr 26 • 70 min
It’s colourful, quotable and it inspired a generation of children to spend countless hours fruitlessly staring at glasses of water… this week on Beyond The Box Set, we continue our actors-turned-directors mini-season with a look back at Danny DeVito’s…
#61 | The Cable Guy 2: Unplugged
Apr 19 • 57 min
Jim Carrey’s career trajectory in the mid-90s was insane. After more than a decade of minor TV and film work, he burst onto the public consciousness in February 1994 with the release of Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. This was followed in July 1994 by The…
#60 | Of Mice And Men 2: Of Mice And Ben
Apr 12 • 59 min
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…
#59 | That Thing You Do (feat. The Contrarians)
Apr 5 • 79 min
A sweet retro comedy about the rise and fall of fictional 60s pop band The Wonders, That Thing You Do! has virtually no stakes and gets by on the sheer good-natured charm of everyone involved, not least that of writer-director Tom Hanks. But can we sit…
#58 | Galaxy Quest II: The Final Franchise
Mar 29 • 56 min
It was voted the 7th best Star Trek film of all time by fans and described as ‘a chillingly realistic documentary’ by George Takei. But could the long hoped-for Galaxy Quest sequel ever work in a post-Rickman world? By Grabthar’s Hammer, we’re determined…
#57 | Looper 2: Super Loopers
Mar 22 • 67 min
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…
#56 | 2001: A Space Odyssey (feat. BBC’s Larry & Paul)
Mar 15 • 63 min
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…
#55 | Run Amélie Run (feat. Think Outside The Box Set)
Mar 8 • 60 min
A whimsical French comedy with some deceptively twisted themes, Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Amélie is a delightful ode to love, fate and the power of connection, bolstered by a star-making turn by Audrey Tautou. But do the film’s visual invention and romantic…
BONUS | Post-Oscars Reaction 2018
Mar 6 • 26 min
After a long night of drinking games, we present the most hung-over episode of Beyond The Box Set to date, our annual post-Oscars reaction podcast! Did the right films win? Could anything top the Moonlight/La La Land Best Picture fiasco from last year’s…
#54 | La La Land 2: Scar Scar Land (feat. Wit Ye Talking Aboot)
Mar 2 • 81 min
Beyond The Box Set goes on the road this week for a podcast crossover with the hilarious Ross and Laura of Wit Ye Talking About. The musical Scots join us for a timely discussion of Damien Chazelle’s thwarted Oscar darling La La Land. Join us as we…
OSCAR BONUS | Ranking the 2018 Best Picture Nominees
Feb 27 • 73 min
It’s Oscar time! We love an awards show here at Beyond The Box Set, so in honour of the biggest one of all, we’re taking a quick detour from pitching ridiculous sequels to compare notes on the 2018 Academy Award nominees for Best Picture. Over the past…
#53 | Garden State 2: Pet Sematary
Feb 22 • 73 min
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…
#52 | 22 Short Films About Snowpiercer
Feb 15 • 66 min
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.…
#51 | *batteries not included 2: Attack of the Drones
Feb 9 • 71 min
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…
#50 | Forrest Gump II: Jenny’s Side
Feb 2 • 89 min
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…
#49 | Black Swan 2: Urban Redemption
Jan 26 • 91 min
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…
BONUS | Oscar Predictions 2018
Jan 21 • 30 min
It’s the most wonderful time of the year… for movie nerds! With the official nominations for the 2018 Academy Awards due to be announced in a matter of days, we decided to take a brief detour from our regularly scheduled programming to make our…
#48 | Kiss Kiss Bang Bang 2: Ding Dong & Dynamite (feat. Easy Riders Raging Podcast)
Jan 19 • 69 min
It’s the whip-smart cult comedy that revived Robert Downey Jr.’s career and rescued us from the prospect of Johnny Knoxville headlining the Iron Man Franchise. Shane Black’s Kiss Kiss Bang Bang combines classic Neo Noir references with a distinctly 21st…
#47 | Being John Malkovich II: The Split
Jan 11 • 77 min
After four long weeks apart, Harry and John finally reunite for a dizzyingly hilarious trip down the rabbit hole that is Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman’s brilliantly inventive Being John Malkovich, one of the most creative cult comedies of the 1990s.…
#46 | WALL-E 2: A Garbage Movie
Jan 4 • 53 min
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…
BONUS | Pitching Sequels to the Movies of 2017: Part Two
Dec 31, 2017 • 68 min
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,…
BONUS | Pitching Sequels to the Movies of 2017: Part One
Dec 28, 2017 • 90 min
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…
#45 | Jingle All The Way 2: Jingle Bell Rock (Feat. One Good Thing)
Dec 21, 2017 • 74 min
Podcast crossover! In the fourth and final instalment of our 2017 festive mini-season, Paul and Paul from One Good Thing join us to discuss Arnold Schwarzenegger’s utterly shameless Christmas cash-in ‘Jingle All The Way’. Released in 1996, Jingle All The…
#44 | Love Actually 2: Love, Definitely?
Dec 14, 2017 • 70 min
Is Love Actually a heartwarming festive classic, or the sexist, fat-shaming cinematic equivalent of finding a lump of coal in your stocking? This week on Beyond The Box Set, we revisited Harry’s all-time favourite Christmas movie, and found that our…
#43 | Krampus 2: The Satan Clause
Dec 8, 2017 • 59 min
A horror-comedy about a Bavarian Christmas demon who feasts on the flesh of naughty children? Starring Adam Scott, Toni Collette and a gun-toting Conchata Ferrell? On paper Krampus sounds like our kind of holiday movie… but a messy script and a lot of…
#42 | It’s A Wonderful Life 2: The Bailey Show
Nov 30, 2017 • 65 min
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…
#41 | The Shining 2: Ghost Hotel
Nov 23, 2017 • 66 min
As an object lesson in terror, it’s hard to beat Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 hotel horror ‘The Shining’. Starring Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall as a seriously dysfunctional married couple who choose the wrong hotel for a winter of intense one-on-one time,…
#40 | Shaun of The Walking Dead
Nov 17, 2017 • 63 min
Rumours of an official ‘Shaun of the Dead’ sequel were sadly recently scotched by creators Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright, so we decided to come up with a few of our own! This week, John and Harry are joined by horror movie super-fan Ady Wheatley to discuss…
#39 | Withnail and I 2: Coming Back In Here
Nov 10, 2017 • 68 min
It’s a family affair on Beyond The Box Set this week, as Harry’s brother Sam Chappell pops by to pitch sequels for one of the funniest, saddest and most depraved British movies ever made - Withnail and I, starring Richard E. Grant and Paul McGann.…
#38 | The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
Nov 2, 2017 • 68 min
Was the public really crying out for an Allan Quatermain movie in 2003? If so, they probably weren’t banking on the incoherent mess that is The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, a notorious box office bomb that effectively ended the careers of director…
#37 | The Witches 2: Mousetrap
Oct 26, 2017 • 70 min
In the final instalment of our Halloween mini-season, Harry and John are joined by the velvet-voiced Paul Kelly to pitch sequels for Nicolas Roeg’s genuinely terrifying adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Witches. Join us as we reminisce about the many, many…
#36 | Hocus Pocus 2: Fresh Out the Coven
Oct 19, 2017 • 59 min
In the second instalment of our special Halloween mini-series, Harry and John enjoy some prime Bette Midler scenery chewing in the all-time seasonal classic that is Hocus Pocus. Released in 1993, Hocus Pocus starred Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica…
#35 | The Witches of Eastwick 2: Wizards of Wakefield
Oct 12, 2017 • 56 min
In the first part of our special Halloween-themed trilogy, Harry and John revisit one of the most deliciously camp horror-comedies of the 80s - The Witches of Eastwick. Starring Jack Nicholson as Satan and Cher, Susan Sarandon and Michelle Pfieffer as a…
#34 | Sunshine: A Toy Story in Space
Oct 6, 2017 • 55 min
Is Danny Boyle’s Sunshine one of the most underrated sci-fi movies of the past decade, or just a boring Sigourney-free version of Alien? Join us as we discuss space botany, weirdly breathy computer voices and heavy-handed character death foreshadowing,…
#33 | The Mermaid 2: Pretty In Sink
Sep 28, 2017 • 54 min
This week on Beyond The Box Set, we’re joined by actual professional mermaid Lucy Meredith to discuss Stephen Chow’s bizarre 2016 hit ‘The Mermaid’ - a classic tale of forbidden love featuring horrifying violence, self-immolating octopuses and weaponised…
#32 | A.I. Artificial Intelligence 2
Sep 21, 2017 • 54 min
Haley Joel Osment achieved peak creepiness in this divisive sci-fi fairytale from the combined minds of Steven Spielberg and Stanley Kubrick. But how does A.I. Artificial Intelligence hold up in 2017? Join us as we brave traumatic face-melting, shameless…
#31 | Dom Hemingway 2: Fury Road
Sep 14, 2017 • 54 min
It’s Jude Law… but as you’ve never seen him before! This week on Beyond The Box Set, we’re pitching sequels to Dom Hemingway, a 2013 East End Crime Drama that makes some *very* interesting choices… Join us as we discuss uncomfortable blow job scenes,…
#30 | Me Before You 2: Hell on Wheels
Sep 7, 2017 • 59 min
What woman doesn’t dream of falling for a paraplegic millionaire with six months to live? This week on Beyond The Box Set, we’re pitching sequels to ‘Me Before You’, the controversial 2016 hit based on the novel by JoJo Moyes, which we found to have some…
#29 | Her 2: Single White Operating System
Aug 31, 2017 • 59 min
Is Spike Jonze’s Her a bittersweet futuristic romance or a chilling dystopian horror movie? As our two co-hosts pitch their sequel ideas, they discover that they had very different takes on this 2013 Oscar Winner… In the romance corner, Harry lets slip…
#28 | Interview With The Vampire 2: Fangs For The Royalties
Aug 24, 2017 • 59 min
Before the Twilight franchise ruined vampire movies for everybody, two of Hollywood’s most iconic leading men signed on to play a bloodsucking duo with a relationship so dripping with homoeroticism, producers briefly considered adding Cher to the cast to…
#27 | Interstellar 2: Introspection
Aug 17, 2017 • 59 min
Is Interstellar Christopher Nolan’s funniest movie? This week on Beyond The Box Set, we’re joined by super fan Joe Timothy to pitch sequels to the time travel space epic that somehow makes room for a wisecracking robot and some unintentionally hilarious…
#26 | Strictly Ballroom 2: Hell Toupee
Aug 11, 2017 • 55 min
It was the cult Australian rom-com that launched a worldwide reality TV phenomenon. This week on Beyond The Box Set, we’re joined by Ellie Chalkley – host of the Keep Dancing podcast – to help us pitch sequels to Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom. Join us…
#25 | Knights of Lego Badassdom
Aug 3, 2017 • 49 min
Tyrion Lannister and Abed from Community in a comedy horror movie about Live Action Roleplay? Sounds like a recipe for hilarity. Sadly, the reality of obscure box office bomb Knights of Badassdom turns out to be rather different… This week on Beyond The…
#24 | The Talented Mr Ripley 2: Tom Ripley’s Disco Years
Jul 27, 2017 • 58 min
Everybody should have one talent. Ours is coming up with questionable sequel ideas for classic movies. This week it’s the turn of Anthony Minghella’s fiendishly gripping 1999 psycho-sexual thriller The Talented Mr Ripley, featuring Matt Damon as a…
#23 | The Sixth Sense 2: Icy Dead People
Jul 21, 2017 • 59 min
We’re ready to tell you our secret now. We see… a scenery-chewing Wahlberg brother, questionable plot mechanics and a lot of unnecessary exposition. This week on Beyond The Box Set, we’re pitching sequels to M. Night Shyamalan’s 1999 breakthrough hit ‘The…
#22 | Scott Pilgrim vs. Addiction
Jul 14, 2017 • 58 min
Does Edgar Wright have a woman problem? As his new movie Baby Driver lands in cinemas, John and Harry revisit Scott Pilgrim vs The World and are left with very mixed opinions about the Cornetto Trilogy director’s first American movie. From Michael Cera’s…
#21 | District 9 2: Prawns and Recreation
Jul 7, 2017 • 56 min
What do you get when you cross an alien body horror movie with a Parks and Recreation style mockumentary? This week on Beyond The Box Set, John and Harry revisit Neill Blomkamp’s inventive but tonally weird feature debut District 9 and imagine what the…
#20 | Cast Away 2: Wilsonism
Jun 30, 2017 • 49 min
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…
#19 | The Truman Show 2: The UnReal World
Jun 22, 2017 • 50 min
It’s time to resolve the first ever Beyond The Box Set cliffhanger this week, as Harry delivers the second half of his The Room/The Truman Show crossover sequel – with a touch of HBO’s Westworld thrown in for good measure. Along the way we also discuss…
#18 | The Room 2: Flowers for Denny
Jun 15, 2017 • 57 min
You are tearing us apart, listeners! This week on Beyond The Box Set, we’re pitching sequels to a feature that’s more meme than movie – Tommy Wiseau’s baffling, brilliant The Room. Joined by super fan Sebastian Clark, we discuss the movie’s clear…
#17 | Gone Girl 2: Bitches Be Crazy!
Jun 8, 2017 • 59 min
Incompetent police work, bizarre casting and death by vagina – David Fincher’s Gone Girl is a movie that makes some choices. This week on Beyond The Box Set, John and Harry wade through the plot holes to pitch sequels for one of the most insane thrillers…
BONUS | Rex Pickett on Writing Sideways and Potential Sequels
Jun 6, 2017 • 67 min
Last week on Beyond The Box Set, we pitched sequels to Alexander Payne’s highly acclaimed 2005 movie Sideways. In this very special bonus episode, we’re joined by Rex Pickett, author of the award-winning original novel on which the film was based. In a…
#16 | Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Jun 2, 2017 • 55 min
It’s sing-a-long week on Beyond The Box Set, as Harry and John pitch unfilmable sequels to the charming – yet also deeply unsettling – musical classic Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Along the way we discuss Caractacus Potts’ questionable parenting abilities,…
#15 | Sideways 2: The Hangover
May 26, 2017 • 58 min
This week John and Harry pitch sequel ideas to Alexander Payne’s bittersweet classic Sideways. Twelve years after the events of the original movie, has Paul Giamatti’s Miles finally made piece with Merlot? Has late in life celebrity transformed Thomas…
#14 | Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
May 19, 2017 • 54 min
A poignant exploration of love and the nature of memory, the romance between Joel and Clementine in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind might just be too lovely to taint with our trademark brand of silly sequel ideas. The deeply creepy central premise…
#13 | Swiss Army Man
May 12, 2017 • 48 min
Not many people actually saw this unexpectedly sweet gay necrophiliac love story, but we liked it so much we decided to come up with some sequel ideas. Obviously Daniel Radcliffe being in it means our ideas are mostly just Harry Potter jokes, but who…
#12 | Gravity 2: Down to Earth
May 4, 2017 • 50 min
This week on Beyond the Box Set, pitching sequels to Alfonso Cuarón’s 2013 space epic Gravity proved to be tougher than expected. Join us as we discuss 3D vomit, intergalactic baseball and why Sandra Bullock is no match for Sigourney Weaver when it comes…
#11 | Who Framed Roger Rabbit 2: The Melancholy Death of Baby Herman
Apr 28, 2017 • 55 min
Patty cake sex games, horrifying toon-on-toon violence and a traumatic act of Shoe-icide – Who Framed Roger Rabbit might me the most unlikely smash hit of the 80s. This week on Beyond The Box Set we revisit the Robert Zemeckis classic and pitch sequel…
#10 | Deja Vu: Deja Vu
Apr 20, 2017 • 47 min
You might not remember this utterly bonkers 2006 time travel action thriller from director Tony Scott, but if you enjoy unbridled sci-fi silliness, it’s well worth a watch. This week on Beyond The Box Set, we attempt to unravel the movie’s many, many plot…
#9 | Memento 2: Back to the Future
Apr 13, 2017 • 34 min
This week on Beyond The Box Set, we’re pitching sequels Christopher Nolan’s ridiculously complicated cult hit Memento. Is Carrie-Ann Moss still messing with Guy Pearce’s head 17 years later? Has the dawn of the iPhone helped cure Leonard’s tattoo…
#8 | Heathers: Damage Control
Apr 7, 2017 • 43 min
It’s the endlessly quotable cult comedy that turned Winona Ryder into an icon. But how would Heather’s pitch-black sensibility translate in 2017? From comic book crossovers to copycat killers, we explore the possibilities in another bewildering edition of…
#7 | 50 First Dates or 50 Waking Nightmares?
Mar 30, 2017 • 53 min
Is 50 First Dates a charming romantic comedy or the chilling tale of an abusive manchild manipulating a severely mentally ill woman into falling in love with him? We had mixed opinions on this 2004 Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore vehicle, but its bizarre…
#6 | The Good, The Bad and the Fugly
Mar 23, 2017 • 59 min
In our first ever Beyond The Box Set Guest episode, Ross Burton from Beer, Pizza & A Movie joins us to pitch sequels, prequels and spin-offs for Sergio Leone’s classic 1966 Spaghetti Western The Good, The Bad and the Ugly. From a Zootopia crossover to a…
#5 | The Fifth Element: Odyssey of the Fifth
Mar 7, 2017 • 48 min
This week on Beyond The Box Set, we’re pitching sequel ideas for Luc Besson’s insane sci-fi classic The Fifth Element. From Gary Oldman’s bewildering accent work to Chris Tucker’s positively Jar Jar Binks-ian performance as Ruby Rhod, it’s fair to say…
BONUS: Post-Oscars Reaction
Feb 26, 2017 • 36 min
In the second of our shamelessly off-brand bonus episodes, we blearily reflect on the 2017 Academy Awards, including the most deserved winners, the most robbed losers and the jokes that should have been left on the cutting room floor… beyondtheboxset.com…
BONUS: Ranking the 2017 Oscar Nominees
Feb 25, 2017 • 61 min
Here at Beyond The Box Set, we love the Oscars! So much so, that we’re going totally off-brand with a bonus episode in which we rank all nine of the 2017 Academy Award nominees for Best Picture from worst to best. Which Best Picture nominee do we really…
#4 | Inception: Hormonal Awakening
Feb 21, 2017 • 50 min
It’s the best film about dream invasion since Nightmare on Elm Street 3 – this week on Beyond The Box Set we’re pitching sequel ideas for Christopher Nolan’s 2010 sci-fi smash Inception. By giving its characters near-limitless scope for dream-building and…
#3 | Super Mario Bros 2: The Quest for Peach
Feb 14, 2017 • 40 min
A notorious box office bomb that couldn’t even get basic colour coordination right, this week on Beyond The Box Set we’re pitching sequel ideas for the 1993 Super Mario Bros movie. It’s hard to come up with story ideas even half as demented as the utterly…
#2 | Gladiator! The Musical
Feb 7, 2017 • 45 min
An endlessly-quotable sword and sandal epic that spawned a thousand crappy imitators but strangely no direct spin-offs (yet), this week on Beyond The Box Set we’re pitching sequel ideas for Ridley Scott’s Gladiator. Can any current Hollywood star could…
#1 | Titanic 2: A Stoner Comedy
Feb 1, 2017 • 37 min
Beyond The Box Set is a movie podcast with a difference – instead of just reviewing cinema classics, we’re pitching prequel, sequel and remake ideas for the films that don’t have any. Where better to start than with one the highest grossing movies of all…