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Wong Kar-wai, the pivotal Hong Kong -based film director is known around the world for his distinct non-linear storytelling, gangster films and artistic love stories. We now venture into his love trilogy, a film recommendation by podcast listener Kimmo. We have previously looked at the director's other work Chunking Express (1994) with guest Mitch …
 
What went wrong with the Terminator sequels after the two original James Cameron movies? Karri and Henrik touch on the constant changes of studios, the revolving doors of actors, repeating story lines, poor dialogue, the difficulties of playing a terminator, the excess nature of modern action film-making, and other topics. Films covered in this epi…
 
Béla Tarr's over 7-hour film is one of the longest movies in the world. The Hungarian director's work is based on the novel by László Krasznahorkai. Karri and Henrik are investigating the footsteps of Chinese director Hu Bo's "godfather". Why is the film so long and is the length justified? Is it one of the greatest films ever seen? Is the film see…
 
It's episode #150 and it's time for some celebration with mostly non-movie topics. Zachary Pen joins us to discuss mass shootings in the US, NATO and Finland, social media, paper vs. digital, language quirks, the future of The Lab, all kinds of indecent things, and more. Hosted by Karri Ojala and Henrik Telkki. Edited by Karri Ojala. The Flick Lab …
 
What have Karri and Henrik been watching for the last years? What to recommend, what to avoid? We've never stopped to discuss the films we've watched on our 'own time', outside the podcast analyses. Here's our recommendations and grievances. Hosted by Karri Ojala and Henrik Telkki. Edited by Karri Ojala. The Flick Lab theme tune written and perform…
 
Better late than never. Here’s our long overdue recap of the 94th Academy Awards. Who won? Does it matter? Did Will Smith inadvertently slap the Oscars back into relevancy? Is there any value in even discussing the Oscars? Was the Jada Pinkett Smith joke a step too far? Is the Ukraine War detrimental to trans people specifically? Is Jennifer Lawren…
 
What is real? Is the film depicting reality? Is it all about perspective? Is even fantasy involved? Is in fact anything burning in 'Burning'? Is the protagonist a 'serial masturbator'? Films covered in this episode: Burning (버닝, 2018), directed by Lee Chang-dong. Starring Yoo Ah-in, Steven Yeun, Jeon Jong-seo. Hosted by Karri Ojala and Henrik Telkk…
 
[!! NOTE: THIS EPISODE IS APRIL FOOLS FOR THE FIRST 40 MINS.] The Academy Awards 2022, part 3 of 3: A Political Car Crash. Two male writers write a movie about a promiscuous young woman adrift in life, with heavy drug use presented in a positive light. Hey, what could go wrong? Apparently nothing, you get nominated for an Oscar for it. The Norwegia…
 
The Academy Awards 2022 International Feature Film Nominees Part 2 of 3: Change. The Japanese Oscar contender Drive My Car appears to be the audience favorite for winning the Oscars. What’s the fuss about? We also look at Bhutan’s first Oscar nominee ever – Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom, the heart-warming story of a remote community and its school…
 
The Academy Awards 2022 International Feature Film Nominees Part 1 of 3: Searching for Home. Karri and Henrik break down the hand-drawn Danish documentary ‘Flee’ about a refugee called Amin and Italy’s coming-of-age Netflix contender ‘The Hand of God’. Both films tackle the theme of looking for home, both literally and spiritually. Paolo Sorrentino…
 
In this episode of the podcast, Karri and Henrik join forces with director Nick Vaky and photographer Luke Liu from the Youtube channel Mint Volcano to discuss Taiwanese New Wave cinema. The quartet takes a close look at four distinct films across the timeline of the New Wave 'movement' from two key directors - Hou Hsiao-hsien and Edward Yang. The …
 
In this episode of the podcast, Karri, Henrik, and Zach watch several short films utilizing the Blender 3D animation software. Some are playful, some serious, and one involves murderous Smurf-like creatures. Which are worthy of our recommendation? You can watch ALL of the films for free on Youtube using our playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v…
 
In this episode of the podcast, Karri, Henrik, and Zach explore The Exorcist film franchise including the original trilogy and the two prequel films. Demonic possession, vomiting pea soup, and CGI cows eating CGI hyenas - this episode has it all. In nomine patris et filii et spiritus sancti. Films covered in this episode: The Exorcist (1973) The Ex…
 
In this episode of the podcast, hosts Karri, Henrik and Zach chose to discuss their favorite Christmas movies. What could possibly go wrong? Films covered in this episode: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (USA, 1989) Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (Finland, 2010) Bunny the Killer Thing (Finland, 2015) Hosted by Zachary Pen, Karri Ojala and Hen…
 
In this episode of the podcast, our American host Zach will share his thoughts with the Finnish hosts Karri and Henrik on the Finnish film 'The Unknown Soldier' from 2017. Why is the film so important to Finns? What is the identity of Aku Louhimies' version of 'The Unknown'? Which version is 'the best' - 1955, 1985 or the 2017 film? Is the question…
 
In this episode of the podcast, Karri, Henrik, and Zach discuss the portrayal of cannibalism in film and the ethical boundaries of filmmaking - specifically the animal cruelty performed while making the film, "Cannibal Holocaust." There's also a splash of discussion on the ethics of eating meat. Films covered in this episode: Cannibal Holocaust (It…
 
In this episode of the podcast, Karri, Henrik, and Zach are joined by Pedro, from the YouTube channel Plan-Séquence to discuss three films by Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami: Where Is The Friend's Home?, Taste of Cherry, and Like Someone In Love. Prepare for an in-depth discussion of cinematography, tone, characters, and the nature of 'realism' …
 
In this episode of the podcast, the Lab discusses Halloween Kills with writer-producer-podcaster multi-talent Allison Kilkenny. All the episode participants are trying their best to understand why this movie exists as it is. If you know the answer, please leave us a comment on our social media pages. Hosted by Henrik Telkki, Karri Ojala and Zachary…
 
In this episode of the podcast, Lab ponders about the future of James Bond. Who should replace Daniel Craig as 007? Will he or she be black, young or middle-aged, perhaps in a period piece adventure? What are the narrative pitfalls of No Time to Die? Henrik also shares his observations on the Christian symbolism of the film. This 41-minute episode …
 
In this episode of the podcast, the long-awaited analysis of the new 25th James Bond film No Time To Die that just hit the theaters. After several delays, is Daniel Craig's valedictory Bond film worth the wait? In a post-me-too era, the Bond women are written differently. Are women treated fairly in a Bond film in 2021? Are the scenes written natur…
 
In this episode of the podcast, we focus on the fourth rock from the Sun. Mars has been a fascinating celestial body for millennia, but how has it been portrayed over the last 100 years of cinema? Karri, Henrik, and Zach will discuss more than a dozen films that feature the red planet with the hope of figuring out why Earthlings are so fascinated b…
 
In this episode of the podcast, prepare for war as Karri, Henrik, and Zach examine a battle royale of the original Japanese film Ringu, the American remake The Ring, and the Korean remake The Ring Virus. Three will enter, but only one win. One Ring film To Rule Them All. Films covered in this episode: Ringu (Japan, 1998) The Ring Virus (South Korea…
 
In this episode of the podcast, a new voice joins the dynamic duo. Joining Karri and Henrik is Zach, who together take a look at the five films of the American series starring Clint Eastwood: Dirty Harry. Dirty Harry is a San Francisco cop who doesn’t like to follow the rules when they get in the way of him catching his man. The big question here: …
 
It's been exactly 3 years since the journey of The Flick Lab begun. Hosts Karri and Henrik take this this celebratory episode as an opportunity to discuss mostly other topics than the Lab. How was Henrik's hiking trip and should Karri be anywhere near him while camping? And have you tried the Finnish Karelian Pie with Fazer's green balls? Naturally…
 
In this episode of the podcast, Karri and Henrik take a close look at the openly gay South Korean director Lee-song Hee-il's 'gay cinema'. He directed the de-facto first Korean gay feature "No Regret", which became a relative hit in 2006. Lee-song has continued with the genre, while occasionally in conjunction exploring a myriad of societal taboos …
 
Mohammad Malas is one the most recognized, pioneer Syrian auteur directors and a public intellectual. His films are embedded in the contemporary history of Syria and his themes do not shy away from addressing sensitive societal topics. Our guest in this episode is professor Nezar Andary. He has a PhD in comparative literature, he is a filmmaker and…
 
In this episode of the podcast, Aikido gone wrong with Steven Seagal. Karri and Henrik look at Seagal's roots, his successes, some of his personal life involving mafia, Putin, sexual misconduct allegations, onset antics and dead puppies. Finally we dive into his direct-to-video failures and recent ventures. Films covered in this episode: Above the …
 
In this episode of the podcast, The Flick Lab visits the cult classic horror comedy character Dr. Phibes, played by the iconic Vincent Price in both 'The Abominable Dr. Phibes' and the sequel 'Dr. Phibes Rises Again'. What is behind the appeal of Dr. Phibes? Do the films hold up today? What were the shortcomings of the sequel? What do we know about…
 
The Filipino box office queen and king Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla, dubbed “Kathniel” by fans, are a real-life couple who play on-screen leading roles together in romantic comedies. They’re a force to be reckoned with in the Pinoy movie theaters. The Flick Lab couldn’t resist to look for some juicy gossip around the couple. Is there any? Ar…
 
Suicide, politics, religion. The Oscar-nominated Polish director Jan Komasa doesn’t shy away from dangerous topics. Internationally, he’s known for ‘Corpus Christi’, but lately also for ‘The Hater’ due to its availability on Netflix. In Poland, ‘Suicide Room’ was a cult hit amongst the youth, whereas ‘Warsaw ’44’ was an artistically peculiar war fi…
 
He pulls the rug from under your feet. He will torture you emotionally. He will demonstrate how societal stereotypes become lethal when combined with an ineffective police force. Dive with us into the unforgiving and emotional roller coaster of the South Korean director Na Hong-jin. Films covered in this episode: The Chaser (2008) (Chugyeokja / 추격자…
 
[DISCLAIMER: This episode was made for April Fools 🤡 . But it was also a fun 'simulation' for us, and hopefully for you. We DO NOT have any sort of full version of 'The Day the Clown Cried'. The episode content is part factual, part improvised fantasy.] The Day the Clown Cried is one of the most wanted 'lost', or rather, unreleased films ever made.…
 
The late Satoshi Kon was a highly respected and creative anime director. His first two films tackle the topic of fandom. When does fandom reach toxicity and what are the underlying triggers for such behavior? Films covered in this episode: Perfect Blue (1997) (パーフェクトブルー) Millennium Actress (2001) (千年女優) Hosted by Karri Ojala and Henrik Telkki. Edit…
 
Are the Hellraiser sequels worth your time? What worked, what went awry and why? Karri and Henrik discuss all the sequels of Hellraiser. Previously parts 1, 2 and 3 were analysed in detail in individual episodes. This episode here concentrates on the theme of 'What went wrong with Hellraiser', hence the focus is on the later, remaining sequels - 4,…
 
In this episode of the podcast, Karri and Henrik look at 'An Elephant Sitting Still'; an almost 4-hour feature, one of the most acclaimed feature debuts of the last decade. Is 'Elephant' a cascade of suffering? Does it depict life's meaninglessness? Does the late Hu Bo offer us a silver lining even amidst his character's darkest hours? The episode …
 
The original Jurassic Park is a loved classic that revolutionised the blockbuster cinema. Following the previous Jurassic Park episode, now The Lab will look at the more maligned sequels. Why did the once thought omnipotent franchise go dormant for years and return? Can the franchise be rejuvenated, or will the weight of the original drag everythin…
 
The monster who punishes children for Christmas, Krampus, is part of an Alpine folklore which, still to this day is well-known in many European countries. Lately, Americans have become aware of this evil counterpart of Father Christmas. One cultural result of this is the family-friendly horror film (if that is a thing), Krampus. Happy Holidays to o…
 
From war horror to cheerful family comedy - Russia's Elem Klimov was able to pull off both ends. But is his 'Welcome, or No Trespassing' more than a delightful summer camp story under the surface? Is it indeed an allegory to the USSR? How did this get past the censors? Karri and Henrik join forces with the Russophiles Unite! Movie Podcast's Ally Pi…
 
Did Finland win or lose the Continuation War, and what constitutes as winning here? This week, a quick lesson on the less charted chapter of World War II to coincide with the Finnish Independence Day. Last year, TFL covered the original 1955 version of The Unknown Soldier. Now, it's time to look at the 1985 remake, the less preferred yet more reali…
 
A dream monster or dream comedian? 'Nightmare 3' changes tonal gears and introduces more laughs and fantasy. Is it too campy or a welcome change? Welcome to prime time, dear listener. A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987). Directed by Chuck Russell. Starring Heather Langenkamp, Robert Englund, Patricia Arquette, Rodney Eastman, Laurenc…
 
Goldfinger, the film that made Sean Connery a household name. The film that defined the franchise. In remembrance of the late Sean Connery, The Flick Lab goes once more to visit Bond. Episode guest appearance by Tom Frankland. Goldfinger (1964). Directed by Guy Hamilton. Starring Sean Connery, Honor Blackman, Gert Fröbe, Harold Sakata, Shirley Eato…
 
What happens when an avant-garde director makes a 'found footage' short film out of the film reels of another film? For example the reality-bender called Outer Space. Watch the film on MUBI: https://bit.ly/3kq7Dgr Outer Space (1999). Directed by Peter Tscherkassky. Starring Barbara Hershey. This show can be listened to on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or…
 
Cary Joji Fukunaga’s debut feature Sin Nombre tells of Mexican gangs and the perilous journey to the US border in hopes of making the cross. Heard this somewhere before? Probably. Is the Mexican border the final frontier for Americans? Why are so many films made from the subject? Does anything enable Sin Nombre rise up above similar films? What is …
 
Horror remakes may rarely be worth your time, but what happens when Luca Guadagnino reimagines Dario Argento’s Suspiria? Instead of deep reds, it's now coldness and realism. Topics include also feminism, German Autumn, the Third Reich analogies and the relevance of the several subplots to the story. Suspiria (2018). Directed by Luca Guadagnino. Sta…
 
The horror classic 'Suspiria' splits opinions. Is it failed feminism or is it misogynistic? Is it giallo or not? Is it a good film? Is it a happy accident? What is the Suspiria trilogy, and are the followups in the same league? What about the rest of the Dario Argento resume? This and more within. Suspiria (1977). Directed by Dario Argento. Starrin…
 
HANN is an Icelandic LGBT short film that took the Youtube by storm and has affected and helped the minority youth around the world. Director Runar Thor and lead actor Ásgeir Sigurðsson (Andri) kindly joined us to discuss the film in detail, the effect it has had, as well as their future projects. Watch 'HANN' on Amazon Prime: https://tinyurl.com/y…
 
There is a huge public outcry to even ban the Netflix film 'Cuties'. There are claims that the film is child sexual exploitation. Has the American cancel culture gone too far? Cuties (2020). Directed by Maïmouna Doucouré. Starring Fathia Youssouf, Médina El Aidi-Azouni, Esther Gohourou, Ilanah Cami-Goursolas, Myriam Hamma. This show can be listened…
 
In anticipation of Denis Villeneuve's Dune, Karri and Henrik look at David Lynch's Dune. The director has himself disowned the film and blamed studio meddling for the shape it took. Dune (1984). Directed by David Lynch. Starring Kyle MacLachlan, Brad Dourif, José Ferrer, Kenneth McMillan, Sting. This show can be listened to on Spotify, Apple Podcas…
 
A 'staggering' stream of consciousness hits you in the short film 'The Staggering Girl' from director Luca Guadagnino (Suspiria, Call Me By Your Name). Where does the fine line go between narrative cohesion and artistic stream of consciousness, before the audience will raise their grievances? As usual, there is no straight answer. The film is strea…
 
Peninsula, the long-awaited zombie sequel to the 'Train to Busan' hit film is here. Can it possibly live up to its predecessor? How does an entire city work in lieu of a train? Does 'Peninsula' have anything worthwhile left to say, politically or otherwise? Either way, does it matter, and what does? Peninsula (2020) (반도 / Bando). Directed by Yeon S…
 
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