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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.




#56 | 2001: A Space Odyssey

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...


#55 | Run Amélie Run

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,...


BONUS | Post-Oscars Reaction 2018

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 show? Will Harry get to the end of this podcast without passing out in a pool of his own vomit? The answer to all these questions and more can be found in this, the final part of our 2018 Academy Awards bonus trilogy! —– Beyond The Box...


#54 | La La Land 2: Scar Scar Land

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...


OSCAR BONUS | Ranking the 2018 Best Picture Nominees

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...


#53 | Garden State 2: Pet Sematary

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...


#52 | 22 Short Films About Snowpiercer

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. It’s quite the ride… Released in 2013, Snowpiercer features an all-star cast including Chris Evans, Octavia Spencer, Tilda Swinton and John Hurt as the last remnants of humanity scrapping for survival aboard a high-speed train controlled by...


#51 | *batteries not included 2: Attack of the Drones

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 surprisingly adult and melancholy themes. Released in 1987, *batteries not included stars Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy as Frank and Faye Riley, a married couple whose long-time home comes under threat from aggressive property developers who...


#50 | Forrest Gump II: Jenny’s Side

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 movie. In this episode we compare notes on how long each of us lasted before welling up, reveal the historical crossover scene that was wisely left on the cutting room floor, and debate whether Jenny Curran is the most unfairly maligned...


#49 | Black Swan 2: Urban Redemption

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 for a second act? Olumide Ajulo joins us in this week’s episode to discuss Portman’s journey to the dark side, the unintentional camp value of the swan transformation scenes and the joy of Winona Ryder being the most Winona she can be in a...


BONUS | Oscar Predictions 2018

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 predictions for the movies we expect to see nominated for Best Picture. The Academy Award nominations will be announced from 05.22 PST or 13.22 UK time*, and you can watch it all unfold live at to see how eerily accurate...


#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...


#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...


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...


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 -...


#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’...


#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,...


#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...


#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...


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