#61 | The Cable Guy 2: Unplugged

April 19, 2018
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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 Mask and in December by Dumb and Dumber.

The following year saw the release of Batman Forever and Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls. In just over 18 months, Carrey had gone from jobbing actor to the biggest - and arguably most overexposed - star on the planet. Then came The Cable Guy...

Directed by Ben Stiller from a script co-penned by Judd Apatow, The Cable Guy should have been an easy continuation of Carrey's unprecedented hot streak. Instead, it debuted to noxious reviews and was quickly dubbed a box office bomb.

As we continue our series of movies directed by actors, we explore the difference between a good Jim Carrey movie and a bad one, wonder aloud how Matthew Broderick managed to make so little charisma go such a long way in Hollywood - and question whether The Cable Guy is truly deserving of its dismal reputation.

As is the tradition, we also pitch our ideas for what a modern-day sequel might look like, featuring a reckoning with 21st century technology and a role reversal thriller inspired by Carrey's own struggle to escape from his rubber-limbed reputation. 

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00.00: Matthew Broderick was the Armie Hammer of the 90s

17.00: The Cable Guy Drinking Games

28.10: The Cable Guy: Unplugged

41.55: The Cable Guy 2: The Unstable Guy

51.15: Listener Submissions & Episode 62 Preview 

#60 | Of Mice And Men 2: Of Mice And Ben

April 12, 2018
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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 adaptation of John Steinbeck's classic novella, starring Gary Sinise and John Malkovich as George Milton and Lennie Small, two fiercely loyal companions searching for work and dreaming of buying their own farm during the Great American Depression. 

Sinise also directs the movie, making it the second part in our accidental mini-series of movies by directors better known for appearing in front of the camera. It's the kind of reverently faithful adaptations of a classic text that seems to have fallen out of fashion a little bit these days, but what it lacks in invention it more than makes up for in heart and soul. 

After comparing (Cliffs)notes on our experiences with the book and film back in our high school days - awkward use of racially charged profanities and all - we get down to the daunting task of pitching sequels to one of the most beloved works of literature of the 20th century. Never let it be said we're not ambitious...

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00.00: A damning indictment of the Welsh education system 

16.30: Of Mice And Men Drinking Games

24.40: Of Mice And Ben 

40.45: Of Mice And Boys: A Prequel 

53.00: Listener Submissions & Episode 61 Preview 

#59 | That Thing You Do (feat. The Contrarians)

April 5, 2018
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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 through the 148 minute extended cut without succumbing to a severe case of toothache? 

In this month's Patreon special, friend of the show Julio Olivera of The Contrarians podcast joins us to discuss Tom Everett-Scott's spooky resemblance to Tom Hanks, the low-energy charm of Liv Tyler and why La La Land may in fact be a spiritual sequel to this movie...

Released in 1996, That Thing You Do! was modestly successful at the box office, but spawned a successful soundtrack and quickly became a cult classic. In addition to Scott, Hanks and Tyler, the movie was an early showcase for then-rising stars including Steve Zahn, Charlize Theron and Giovanni Ribisi. 

In addition to comparing notes on the movie, we also come up with some drinking games - highly recommend if you do attempt the extended cut - and pitch our sequel ideas, which this week feature a bittersweet 21st century reunion and a journey through the history of Rock 'n' Roll, by way of Quantum Leap, Doctor Who and Love Actually. Mr Hanks, we're waiting for your call...

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00.00: Emma Stone really needs to break the cycle 

25.55: That Thing You Do! Drinking Games

35.10: That Thing You Did!

55.00: That Thing You Manage! 

1.08.00: Listener Submissions & Episode 60 Preview 

#58 | Galaxy Quest II: The Final Franchise

March 29, 2018
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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 to find out...

Join us in this week's episode as we discuss John's Sam Rockwell epiphany, Harry's unapologetic love for Star Trek: Nemesis and why the late, great Alan Rickman may have found the role of a lifetime in resentful thespian Alexander Dane / Doctor Lazarus. 

We also pitch some Galaxy Quest Drinking Games, including Tim Allen's Shatner-isms, unnecessary chest exposure and Sigourney Weaver reaction shots - followed by some sequel ideas that explore what a Galaxy Quest-style movie might look like at a time when Geek culture has taken over the world...

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00.00: John understands Sam Rockwell now 

25.00: Galaxy Quest Drinking Games

32.00: Galaxy Quest: The Cinematic Universe

40.00: Galaxy Quest II: The Final Franchise

51.30: Listener Submissions & Episode 59 Preview 

 

#57 | Looper 2: Super Loopers

March 22, 2018
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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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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)

March 15, 2018
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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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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 

#55 | Run Amélie Run (feat. Think Outside The Box Set)

March 8, 2018
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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 tone mask something darker at the heart of the story?

In our first Patreon crossover special, friend of the show Nathan Hunt - of our near namesake podcast Think Outside The Box Set - joins us to discuss how what with all the stalking, gaslighting and parental neglect on display, Amélie is basically a Roald Dahl story told with a Wes Anderson sensibility - in French. No wonder we loved it...

Nathan also sticks around to help brainstorm some 2018-friendly sequels to the movie, including a timeline-jumping crossover with another classic of early 21st century European cinema and a spin-off inspired by a relatively obscure children's educational TV show. Never let it be said that we're predictable!

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We're available on virtually all major Podcasting platforms and most forms of social media. We're also now available on Patreon, where you can support us for as little as $2 per month in return for a host of exclusive perks, including access to our weekly bonus show 'Beyond BTBS', a 30 second ad slot on Beyond The Box Set and the chance to appear as a character in one of our sequels! 

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00.00: Amélie - The Story of a Sociopath

19.30: Amélie Drinking Games

24.40: Run Amélie Run

45.10: Where In The World Is Amélie Poulain?

53.45: Listener Submissions & Episode 56 Preview 

#54 | La La Land 2: Scar Scar Land (feat. Wit Ye Talking Aboot)

March 2, 2018
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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 discuss obnoxious cinema etiquette, weirdly muddy sound mixing and whether or not this movie would have been better if Hugh Jackman was in it - all before we join forces to pitch our own sequel ideas for the film; this week featuring a gritty noir thriller with strictly no musical numbers, and of course the inevitabe low-budget British remake. 

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We're available on virtually all major Podcasting platforms and most forms of social media. We're also now available on Patreon, where you can support us for as little as $2 per month in return for a host of exclusive perks, including access to our weekly bonus show 'Beyond BTBS', a 30 second ad slot on Beyond The Box Set and the chance to appear as a character in one of our sequels! 

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00.00: Hugh Jackman could have saved this movie 

27.52: La La Land Drinking Games

39.20: La La Land 2: Da Da Land

45.15: La La Land 2: Scar Scar Land

1.12.22: Listener Submissions & Episode 55 Preview 

OSCAR BONUS | Ranking the 2018 Best Picture Nominees

February 27, 2018
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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 few months, we've sat through all nine of the Best Picture nominees, plus as many of other other major award contenders as we could squeeze in. Some were great, some were mediocre, but none of them sucked as much as Hacksaw Ridge

Join us as we rank the nominees from worst to best, predict the winners of the other major trophies - including Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, Best Original Score and the always thrilling Best Sound Editing. 

We also talk about some of the films we think got a raw deal this Oscar season - and attempt to right some wrongs with our very own Beyond The Box Set awards, featuring categories that actually matter, such as Hottest Sex Scene, Achievement in Wigs and Least Necessary Celebrity Cameo. 

Whether you're a hardened Oscar nerd or a casual follower, this episode offers the perfect primer for Sunday night's show. Stay tuned for our hung over post-Oscars reaction episode too, due out whenever we manage to drag ourselves out of bed on Monday...

The Academy Award nominees for Best Picture in 2018 are

- Call Me By Your Name

- The Darkest Hour

- Dunkirk

- Get Out

- Lady Bird

- Phantom Thread

- The Post

- The Shape of Water

- Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missourri 

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We're available on virtually all major Podcasting platforms and most forms of social media. We're also now available on Patreon, where you can support us for as little as $2 per month in return for a host of exclusive perks, including access to our weekly bonus show 'Beyond BTBS', a 30 second ad slot on Beyond The Box Set and the chance to appear as a character in one of our sequels! 

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00.00: Ranking The Best Picture Nominees

02.30: Horrible Lighting and Redundant Female Characters 

06.40: Nice Kaftans, Shame About The Movie

09.30: Needed More Fabulous Dresses

12.40: Weird Sex and Poor Casting Choices

15.15: High Hopes and A Quick Finish 

18.20: This Film Gave Me Whiplash

22.40: Something Fishy

28.00: The Superior WW2 Movie

34.55: The People's Champion

39.00: Quickfire Oscar Predictions

1.06.10: The Beyond The Box Set Awards

#53 | Garden State 2: Pet Sematary

February 22, 2018
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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 Girls, alarming animal cruelty and to help pitch the sequels that none of us actually want to see...

Released in 2004 at the height of Zach Braff's Scrubs fame, Garden State was a slow-burn box office success, grossing over $35 million against a $2.5 million budget, bouyed by a Grammy-winning soundtrack and enthusiastic reviews. Despite this initial success, the movie later attracted criticism for its ponderous exploration of mid-twenties ennui and the characterisation of Natalie Portman's female romantic lead as less a recognisable human being than an infantilised collection of infuriatingly self-conscious quirks. 

Is Garden State totally without merit? We didn't quite think so. In this episode we discuss some of the reasons the movie was initially so successful - as well as the many elements that have aged poorly in the cold light of 2018. In pitching our own sequels, one of us attempts to inject some excitement by splicing the cast with a modern sci-fi phenomenon with an equally iconic soundtrack, one of us digs into the appalling animal cruelty hinted at in the original film, and one of us decides to ditch the insufferable central duo altogether and allow some of the movie's most memorable supporting characters to take centre stage...

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Beyond The Box Set is a top ten TV & Film podcast officially rated 'Binge Worthy' by Apple Podcasts. Each week, we take a classic standalone movie and compete to pitch the most ridiculous sequels, prequels and spin-offs to bring them back to the big screen. 

We're available on virtually all major Podcasting platforms and most forms of social media. We're also now available on Patreon, where you can support us for as little as $2 per month in return for a host of exclusive perks, including access to our weekly bonus show 'Beyond BTBS', a 30 second ad slot on Beyond The Box Set and the chance to appear as a character in one of our sequels! 

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00.00: Natalie Portman is not a natural laugher 

22.15: Garden State Drinking Games

31.05: Garden State 2: Velcro Bad Things

46.40: Garden State 2: Pet Sematary 

52.50: Garden State 2: The Infinite Abyss

1.03.10: Listener Submissions & Episode 54 Preview