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The quintessential 80s movie and a sexual awakening for a generation of teenage girls, Dirty Dancing is a true cultural touchstone. On this week's podcast, we break down the surprisingly nuanced plot, the magic of Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey's chemistry, why that oft-quoted line actually makes no sense whatsoever and much more... ----- Beyond …
 
A perfect storm of critical backlash aimed at Diablo Cody and Megan Fox saw Jennifer's Body consigned to a shallow grave on its release in 2009. Now considered a cult classic, was the movie a victim of poor marketing and good old fashioned misogyny? On this week's episode, we give our honest reactions to the movie, discuss some of our favourite mom…
 
Surprisingly the only Spielberg/DiCaprio collaboration to date, Catch Me If You Can is based on the true-ish story of FBI fraud specialist Frank Abagnale, who spent years evading the FBI while running up millions of dollars in fake cheques. On this weeks podcast, we discuss Leo's interesting post-Titanic career choices, Tom Hanks playing against ty…
 
For a film with such an inherently creepy premise, Penny Marshall's Big is surprisingly charming, thanks in no small part to Tom Hanks' incredible performance - which almost went to a very different sort of actor. In this week's podcast we discuss relationship red flags, the casting choices that might have been, iconic 80s outfits and much more, pl…
 
Brad! Janet! Dr Scott! Rocky! Join us as we discuss one of the most ridiculous cult classics ever committed to film. From Tim Curry's ineffable allure to Susan Sarandons bizarre agelessness, we break it all down on this week's podcast, plus drinking games, listener submissions and sequel pitches! --- Beyond the Box Set is a movie podcast with a twi…
 
A horror movie with a serious twist! Join us as we discuss the ultimate deconstruction of 00s Horror movie tropes, Drew Goddard's tongue-in-cheek classic Cabin In The Woods! --- Beyond the Box Set is a movie podcast with a twist. Each week we take a look at a well-known standalone movie and compete to pitch ridiculous sequel, prequel and spin-off i…
 
A classic British underdog story, The Full Monty was shot for less than $3 million, almost went straight to video and ultimately grossed over $200 million, earned a Best Picture nomination and spawned one of the most successful stage shows of the 20th century... Tune in as we discuss gnome wars, emergency lens flare and a truly iconic soundtrack wh…
 
At long last, one of our most anticipated episodes finally arrives. Featuring baffling dialogue, an unclear sense of the passage of time and the weirdest sex scene outside of a chapter of My Dad Wrote a Porno, join us for a journey into the 1995 camp classic Showgirls! ----- Beyond the Box Set is a movie podcast with a twist. Each week we take a lo…
 
The trouble with Roland Emmerich films is that they're all essentially the same movie. In this week's podcast we react to 2012, one of his many identikit end-of-world thrillers featuring much CGI destruction and precious little character development. Tune in to hear our thoughts on John Cusack phoning it in, mid-movie Bentley commercials, the unsun…
 
One of the most quotable campfests ever to hit the screen, Robert Aldrich's Whatever Happened To Baby Jane pitted two Hollywood titans against each other and launched the careers of countless drag queens in the process! In this week's podcast, we discuss Bette vs Joan, bizarre sub-plots, pitiful escape attempts and much more! ----- Beyond the Box S…
 
One of two Volcano-based hits released in 1997, Dantes Peak is a solid B-movie that unites two major franchise stars of the era; James Bond's Pierce Brosnan and Terminator icon Linda Hamilton. On this week's podcast we discuss Volcano science, intrepid dogs, why grandma absolutely deserved to die and much more - plus sequels, drinking games and lis…
 
My ill-fated attempt to induct Harry into the joys of classic cinema continues with Mildred Pierce, the Oscar-winning film noir that provided a much-needed comeback vehicle for Joan Crawford. Tune in to hear our thoughts on bad police work, Streisand-esque lighting, intimidating shoulder pads and much more! ---- Beyond the Box Set is a movie podcas…
 
When Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie teamed up in 2005 for Mr & Mrs Smith, the result wasn't just a hit movie - it was a pop cultural sensation. In this week's episode, we revisit the film that spawned both #Brangelina and #PoorJen - does it hold up now that the tabloid madness has died down? Join us as we discuss uncomfortable domestic violence, biza…
 
If every great director gets at least one commercially doomed vanity project, 2011's Hugo was Martin Scorcese's. A 2 hour plus love letter to classic cinema shot in luxurious 3D, the movie struggled to find a commercial audience on release, but it racked up 11 Oscar nominations and ultimately won five. On this week's episode, we discuss the movie m…
 
After watching one of the actual worst films of all time last week, we decided to class up the joint this week with one of the greats! Sunset Blvd starring Gloria Swanson and William Holden is one of the most quotable, iconic movies of all time - and our very first black and white! Tune in to find out how we fared - and for our thoughts on Simian l…
 
On this week's episode, we cover by far one of the worst songs we've ever inflicted upon ourselves in five years of podcasting... Mike Myers' notorious 2008 flop The Love Guru. Tune in to hear our thoughts on cringeworthy cameos, respected actors and comedians slumming it for money, rehashed Austin Powers jokes and much more as we try to get to the…
 
On this week's podcast, we discuss one of John Waters' more mainstream moments in the jet-black satirical comedy Serial Mom. Tune in for our thoughts on Kathleen Turner's brilliant physical comedy, inventive murder weapons, the immortal Pussy Willows scene and much more - plus drinking games, listener submissions and sequel pitches! ----- Beyond th…
 
One of the best LGBTQIA+ movies of its era, But I'm A Cheerleader was a little too ahead of its time to get much box office mileage in 1999, but its cult favourite status has endured thanks to a dedicated fanbase and the adult success of many of its young stars. On this week's podcast, we're joined by our favourite recurring guest Louise (and her v…
 
Everybody cut loose! On this week's episode we're looking back on the oddly dark 80s dance classic that is... Footloose! Tune in to hear our thoughts on low-stakes tractor stunts, simmering homo-eroticism, a seriously messed-up love interest and much more as we react to the original movie, brainstorm some drinking games and pitch some sequel ideas.…
 
Hold onto your black belts! It's time for our first ever JCVD movie! Timecops represented the peak of the Muscles From Brussels' career, a convoluted slice of Arnie-lite that gave him ample opportunity to showcase his martial arts skills to aa wider audience... Tune into this week's episode to hear thoughts on emergency splits, inexplicable mullets…
 
Our mini-series on 90s internet movies continues with the arguable apex of the genre - 1995's Hackers, starring Jonny Lee Miller, Angelina Jolie and Matthew Lillard. Tune in to hear our thoughts on visualisations of cyber-space, Lorraine Bracco's distracting wig-work, yet another plot hinging on a hidden floppy disc and much more! ----- Beyond the …
 
Back in the 1990s, the world had a vague idea of how the internet might look - and that image inspired a range of movies! First up - the Net, a classic Sandra Bullock thriller with a very loose grip on reality! From chat room politics to the mechanics of 90s viruses, we break it all down in this week's very special episode! ----- Beyond the Box Set…
 
Of all the attempts to adapt classic literature into modern cinema of the 00s, Ten Things I Hate About You is arguably the most successful. From Allison Janney's hilariously unprofessional Guidance Counsellor, the strangest game of paintball we've ever seen to the iconic arrival of Nigel with the Brie, find out why in this week's very special episo…
 
At the height of the Friends phenomena, virtually all of the principal cast set out to establish their movie careers outside the show. Jennifer Aniston and Courtney Cox may have scored bigger hits at the time, but none landed a cult comedy quite as beloved as Romy & Michele's High School Reunion. In this week's podcast. we discuss 90s fashion, Mira…
 
When it comes to 90s Blockbusters, they don't come much bigger - or dumber - than Michael Bay's Armageddon, a bloated disaster epic with a relationship to science and characterisation which could best be described as 'loose'. In this week's episode, we try to find some good in this much maligned movie, while also pitching some sequels to bring this…
 
A slightly lesser-known pick than usual this week, but as soon as we saw this bananas high-altitude thriller starring Chloë Grace Moretz, we knew we just had to talk about it! Spoiler warning - we strongly recommend watching this film blind if you can! Go seek it out, then come back to hear us discussing [REDACTED] [REDACTED] and holy sh*t [REDACTE…
 
He may have hit paydirt with his 90s classics Silence of the Lambs and Philadelphia, but Jonathan Demme's mid-80s road movie Something Wild remains one of the late director's most stylish and beloved works. On this week's podcast, Julio from The Contrarians stops by to share his thoughts on everything from Jeff Daniel's amazing dad dancing to a cre…
 
As we wind down on another faintly underwhelming Oscar season, we thought it'd be nice to look back on the clear highlight of last year's batch - surprise Best Picture winner and all-round word of mouth sensation Parasite. On this week's podcast, we discuss not-so-subtle symbolism, the joy of seeing a plan come together, interior design goals and m…
 
It's been a funny old year for film. Of this year's eight Best Picture nominees, we were able to see precisely zero in an actual cinema. Still, we're holding to tradition and so in this special bonus episode we present our definitive ranking of this year's nominees! Tune in to hear our thoughts on: The Father Judas and the Black Messiah Mank Minari…
 
Based on an early script by by Quentin Tarantino, but directed by popcorn maestro Tony Scott, True Romance is a genuinely wild combination of styles with an insanely stacked cast of early 90s stars - from Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette as the unfeasibly gorgeous romantic leads to hilarious supporting turns from Brad Pitt, Gary Oldman, Samue…
 
Everyone knows Thelma and Louise died when they drove their car over the edge of the Grand Canyon. What this podcast presupposes is... maybe they didn’t? Join us as we react to the definitive female buddy movie of the 90s from director Ridley Scott, including our thoughts on dangerous driving, curiously empty highways, Brad Pitt's Best Supporting A…
 
Little Miss Sunshine was a true word-of-mouth sensation back in 2006, winning two Oscars and making a strong case for the introduction of a 'Best Performance by an Ensemble' category. The film stars Abigail Breslin as an adorable 8-year old whose dreams of winning the Little Miss Sunshine beauty pageant take her on the road trip of a lifetime with …
 
It's been... ooh, three weeks since we last did a Nicholas Cage movie on this podcast. What can we say, the man has our heart - and the utterly demented Con Air has been on our to-do list for quite some time. Tune into this week's episode to hear our thoughts on cocaine-fuelled dialogue, wandering accents, soiled bunnies, *that* hairstyle and much,…
 
Long before he found global fame in the MCU, Mark Ruffalo got his Hollywood break with You Can Count On Me, a bittersweet comedy-drama from writer-director Kenneth Lonergan. Tune into this week's episode to discover our very polarised reactions to this movie, a heated debate about what constitutes a comedy and a truly bizarre story from Harry's chi…
 
It's Britney, Bitch! In the concluding episode of our 'musician to movie star' mini-season, we look back at the Princess of Pop's first, and to date only, major movie vehicle. Tune in for our thoughts on product placement, surprisingly dark plot twists and the bizarre agelessness of Kerry Washington. All that plus sequel pitches, drinking games, li…
 
Of all the singers who branched out into acting in the 90s, few nailed the cross-promotional opportunities as successfully as Whitney Houston. Not only was The Bodyguard an enormous box office hit, it also spawned the defining song of her career in I Will Always Love You. On this week's podcast, we react to the original film and give our thoughts o…
 
The effervescently fabulous Cher finally won her Oscar for this delightful 1988 romantic comedy. Three decades later, is it time to revisit the tumultuous love lives of the Castorini clan? Tune into this week's episode to hear our thoughts on the Cage-Cher age gap, an all-time great movie makeover, the quote that spawned a thousand drag routines an…
 
Originating as a hit Broadway stage show, Dreamgirls tells the story of a popular sixties girl group who bear a striking - but entirely coincidental - resemblance to The Supremes. The film version starred Beyonce in the Diana Ross role, but it was former American Idol alumni Jennifer Hudson who stole the show, winning an Oscar in the process. In th…
 
A surprise smash hit in 1996, The First Wives Club proved the pulling power of three brilliantly funny women of a certain age. Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn and Diane Keaton star as a trio of recently jilted spouses who reunite and vow vengeance on their former husbands. On this week's episode we break it all down - including Bette Midler's unflatterin…
 
The Greatest Showman - aka the story of how an able-bodied white man crawled over the backs of the less fortunate on his way to fame and fortune... with songs! Tune into this week's episode to hear our full, unfiltered take on this musical sensation from 2017 - including Hugh Jackman's indeterminate age, world-conquering Soprano singers who sound s…
 
Released in 1998, Pleasantville was a disappointment at the box office, but quickly developed a cult audience as stars Reese Witherspoon and Tobey Maguire became Hollywood A-listers. In this week's episode, we discuss our reactions to the film, including the groundbreaking special effects, some surprisingly raunchy gags and William H. Macy's heartb…
 
Before Schitt's Creek, comedy legends Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara played an equally dysfunctional but endearing married couple in Christopher Guest's brilliant dog show mockumentary Best In Show. In this week's episode, we react to everything from Levy's left feet to Jennifer Coolidge's inspired ad-libbing and some genuinely impressive canine …
 
For our 200th episode spectacular, we're going back to where it all began! Join us as we revisit the first movie we ever covered on this podcast - James Cameron's epic romance Titanic. Four years after our last viewing, does one of the most popular but divisive movies of all time still hold up - and more importantly, do our sequel pitches? Tune in …
 
It's been a stressful few weeks, so for our first new episode of 2021 we decided to ease our way into the new year with a Pixar animated classic. Tune into this week's episode to hear our thoughts on A Bug's Life, including drinking games, sequel pitches, what really went down between Pixar and Dreamworks over the Antz controversy and much more! --…
 
It's time to say goodbye to the hell year that was 2020 - but before we go, we're taking one final look back at the films we watched this year. Cinemas may have closed, but we still managed to seek out a fair few new releases this year, from the Oscar class of 2019 to the increasingly ambitious efforts from Netflix, Disney+ and other dominant strea…
 
Christmas may be over, but we've got one last festive movie for you! Friend of the podcast Nathaniel returns to the show with Tokyo Godfathers, a classic slice of Japanese animation from the legendary director Satoshi Kon. Tune in to hear our thoughts on cartoons for adults, babies in peril, self-inflicted hit & runs and much more, as we break down…
 
When Martin Scorsese declares your movie's plot to be 'unfilmable', it's generally not a good sign. So it was with Winters Tale' - a well regarded 1983 novel that turned out to be a truly disastrous 2014 movie. In this week's podcast, we break down one of the most bizarre big screen follies we've ever encountered - from the impenetrable back story,…
 
Our season of not-quite-Christmas movies continues with a sharp uptick in quality, courtesy of Martin McDonagh's 2008 black comedy In Bruges. This is a first-time viewing experience for John, while Harry watched the film shortly after visiting the city as part of his 2016 inter-railing trip around Europe. Is it really the tedious hell-hole Colin Fa…
 
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