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At Beyond The Box Set, we believe every great movie deserves a questionable sequel. Each week, we take a stand-alone cinema classic and compete to come up with the best, worst and most bizarre pitches to bring them back to the big screen.

At Beyond The Box Set, we believe every great movie deserves a questionable sequel. Each week, we take a stand-alone cinema classic and compete to come up with the best, worst and most bizarre pitches to bring them back to the big screen.
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At Beyond The Box Set, we believe every great movie deserves a questionable sequel. Each week, we take a stand-alone cinema classic and compete to come up with the best, worst and most bizarre pitches to bring them back to the big screen.




#47 | Being John Malkovich II: The Split

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. Starring John Cusack as a frustrated puppeteer, Cameron Diaz as his sexually conflicted, animal-hoarding wife and John Malkovich in a career defining performance as himself - or some version of it - Being John Malkovich is rightly regarded...

Duration: 01:17:09

#46 | WALL-E 2: A Garbage Movie

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 beloved animated features of the past decade, Pixar’s WALL-E. Written and directed by Andrew Stanton and Jim Reardon, WALL-E was one of Pixar Studios riskiest and most ambitious releases. Set in the wasted remnants of a long-abandoned...

Duration: 00:53:55

BONUS | Pitching Sequels to the Movies of 2017: Part Two

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, including Kumail Nanjiani’s delightful The Big Sick, James Franco’s hilarious The Disaster Artist and Darren Aronofsky’s utterly batshit Mother! Join us in this second half of our year-end special as we attempt to pitch quick-fire sequels to...

Duration: 01:08:00

BONUS | Pitching Sequels to the Movies of 2017: Part One

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 in the cinema this year, complete with improvised sequel pitches. Join us in the first part of this mammoth undertaking, in which we vainly attempt to remember the plots of some of the movies we saw from January to June 2017. WARNING -...

Duration: 01:30:52

#45 | Jingle All The Way 2: Jingle Bell Rock (Feat. One Good Thing)

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 Way tells the heartwarming tale of a workaholic father attempting to compensate for a year’s worth of neglect by buying his son a highly coveted ‘Turbo Man’ action figure for Christmas. Critics described the movie as ‘crass’ ‘cynical’...

Duration: 01:14:31

#44 | Love Actually 2: Love, Definitely?

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 reactions to it diverted rather sharply, actually… Hugh Grant’s Prime Minister getting the hots for his chubby(?) secretary to Colin Firth’s recently dumped writer forming a hasty bond with a woman he’s never had a coherent conversation with,...

Duration: 01:10:45

#43 | Krampus 2: The Satan Clause

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 uncomfortable tonal shifts left us feeling a little disappointed. That said, there was enough visual invention and dark humour in Michael Dougherty’s 2015 take on this twisted European folk tale to give us plenty to talk about in this...

Duration: 00:59:41

#42 | It’s A Wonderful Life 2: The Bailey Show

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 health, the questionable business ethics of Baily Brothers Building & Loans and why there’s something about Mary that we just don’t trust… We’re also joined by our first ever returning guest Ross Burton, who helps us to pitch sequel ideas...

Duration: 01:05:20

#41 | The Shining 2: Ghost Hotel

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, the movie was a tortured production that scored derisive reviews at the time, but has now been reappraised as a pinnacle of its genre. In this week’s episode, John and Harry discuss red flag job interviews, debate the reasonable level of...

Duration: 01:06:18

#40 | Shaun of The Walking Dead

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 vampire strippers, zombie sex dreams and all things Brit-Rom-Zom-Com! ——— Every week on Beyond The Box Set, we watch a classic standalone movie and compete to pitch the most ridiculous sequel, prequel and spin-off ideas we can think of...

Duration: 01:03:55

#39 | Withnail and I 2: Coming Back In Here

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. Released in 1987, Bruce Robinson’s semi-autobiographical black comedy was a low-budget independent movie that became one of the most widely quoted cult classics of the era. Join us as we discuss Camberwell Carrots, questionable cooking, John’s...

Duration: 01:08:36

#38 | The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

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 Stephen Norrington and star Sean Connery. This week on Beyond The Box Set, following a request from our pals at the Blokebusters podcast, we revisited The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and tried to figure out how a decent premise ended...

Duration: 01:08:25

#37 | The Witches 2: Mousetrap

In the final installment 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 ways this movie traumatised us as children - including gaslighting grandmas, Anjelica Huston’s facial genitalia, truly horrifying special effects work and much more. Once we’ve thoroughly relived our childhood nightmares, we also set...

Duration: 01:10:26

#36 | Hocus Pocus 2: Fresh Out the Coven

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 Parker as the Sanderson Sisters - a trio of legendary witches who return to their home town of Salem with a vengeance after a troubled teen unwittingly brings them back from the dead. A critical and commercial disappointment on release,...

Duration: 00:59:42

#35 | The Witches of Eastwick 2: Wizards of Wakefield

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 coven of impeccably styled single mothers, George “Mad Max” Miller’s adaptation of the acclaimed John Updike novel is the supernatural smash hit that’s been keeping drag queens in fabulous costumes and witty one-liners for the past thirty...

Duration: 00:56:31

#34 | Sunshine: A Toy Story in Space

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, all while consistently mispronouncing Cillian Murphy’s name. Of course we also get around to pitching some fantasy sequel ideas, which this week include a Red Dwarf-inspired look at what Mark Strong’s Pinbacker got up to while he was...

Duration: 00:55:46

#33 | The Mermaid 2: Pretty In Sink

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 sea urchins… Join us as we attempt to make sense of the ludicrous dialogue, jarring tonal shifts and very distracting extra work, before coming to the conclusion that when a film is this much fun, normal standards don’t really...

Duration: 00:54:32

#32 | A.I. Artificial Intelligence 2

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 emotional manipulation and many, many false endings to bring you some truly ludicrous sequel ideas, including an Orange Is The New Black-style TV show populated entirely by undesirable robots, and the A.I//TED crossover that nobody was...

Duration: 00:54:12

#31 | Dom Hemingway 2: Fury Road

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, memory game dialogue and Richard E. Grant’s timeless fashion choices. If you’re feeling particularly brave, you can also play along with our Dom Hemingway drinking game. Fun for all the family! In the grand Beyond The Box Set Tradition, we...

Duration: 00:54:21

#30 | Me Before You 2: Hell on Wheels

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 very strange messages about disability and assisted suicide. Join us as we discuss how easily this movie could be re-edited to turn romantic lead Sam Claflin into the villain, why Emilia Clarke’s eyebrows deserve supporting cast credit...

Duration: 00:59:59

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