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The Flick Lab

Discover the treasures of international cinema through the analytical lens of two media industry professionals from Finland, Karri Ojala and Henrik Telkki. With a straight-forward, playful yet analytical spirit, the hosts navigate the world of film with varied guests from around the globe, whether industry professionals or fascinating people from the film's target country. Gain unique insights, knowledge and surprising looking glasses from the world of film. New episodes biweekly.

Tracks

#189 - Alien 3 (1992) Film Analysis - Director David Fincher's Nightmare
Alien 3 was a nightmare production for the first-time feature director David Fincher. As the young master was trying to put together the best film he could under the circumstances, the studio and even scriptwriters kept interfering with his attempts at applying his vision to a material that he had only few weeks to mull over before shooting had to begin. This combined with onset antics and disagreements between actors. What came out keeps splitting the fan base to this day. Is Alien 3 actually a much better film than its reputation? Films covered in this episode: Alien 3 (1992) Hosted by Karri Ojala and Henrik Telkki. Edited by Karri Ojala. The Flick Lab theme tune performed by Nick Grivell.
92:55 6/16/24
#188 - Aliens (1986) Film Analysis - Why it's a Sci-Fi Masterpiece
The Flick Lab rarely indulges in hyperbolic adulation or labels films as masterpieces. However, we do consider James Cameron's Aliens (1986) to be a masterpiece. This landmark film in the sci-fi genre transformed the Alien franchise into a global phenomenon. In this episode, we delve into the film’s themes, the shift from slow burn to action, the bug hunt aspect, character dynamics, Alien genetics and reproduction, plausibility of Burke's schemes, the differences between the Theatrical and Special Edition, Vietnam War allegories, the tech of Aliens, and more. Films covered in this episode: Aliens (1986) Hosted by Karri Ojala and Henrik Telkki. Edited by Karri Ojala. The Flick Lab theme tune performed by Nick Grivell.
73:00 5/20/24
#187 - From Artistic Roots to Industry Truths
Karri and Henrik delve into their personal experiences from their artistic roots and TV/media industry. Among the discussion points are Karri's loss of interest in the industry, the industry's brutality, the tools they've utilized in media, advancements in editing on Linux, the debate over high-framerate in the film industry, challenges with high-resolution remasters of old films, AI enhancement, and other topics. Hosted by Karri Ojala and Henrik Telkki. Edited by Karri Ojala. The Flick Lab theme tune performed by Nick Grivell.
100:49 4/28/24
#186 - Catch-up 2024 Part 2 - Movies We’ve Been Watching
In this podcast episode, Karri and Henrik discuss the movies and TV series they've watched over the past year or so, ones that haven't received dedicated coverage in previous episodes. This segment marks the second part of a two-part series. Films covered in this episode: For All Mankind (TV Series, 2019-) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7772588 Moonfall (2022) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5834426 Home Alone (1990) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099785 The Pope's Exorcist (2023) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt13375076 Nope (2022) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10954984 Kung Fury (2015) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3472226 Umma (2022) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt13235822 Crash Landing on You (TV Series, 2019-2020) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10850932 Crimes of the Future (2022) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt14549466 The Mole: Undercover in North Korea (Documentary, 2020) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt13243898 Significant Other (2022) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt15353964 Deadstream (2022) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt12788488 The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0010323 Stupid Young Heart (Hölmö nuori sydän, 2018) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6592296 Apollo 11 (2019) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8760684 Sauna (2008) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1124394
70:10 4/8/24
#185 - Catch-up 2024 Part 1 - Movies We've Been Watching
In this podcast episode, Karri and Henrik discuss the movies and TV series they've watched over the past year or so, ones that haven't received dedicated coverage in previous episodes. This episode marks the first part of a two-part series. Films covered in this episode: Reacher (TV Series, 2022-) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9288030 White Fang (1991) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0103247 Bullet Train (2022) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt12593682 Sanshiro Sugata, Part Two (1945) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0038268 The Nun II (2023) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10160976 The 400 Blows (1959) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0053198 They/Them (2022) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt14502344 Dogs Don't Wear Pants (2019) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9074574 City on a Hill (TV Series, 2019-2022) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7187044 Beyond Utopia (Documentary, 2023) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt25470468 Invoked (Documentary, 2022) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt22873412 Iron Butterflies (Documentary, 2023) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt12427090 Theatre of Violence (Documentary, 2023) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt27009862
67:34 3/29/24
#184 - Healing Plan With Actress Matilde Silva and Director Samantha Joia
The Flick Lab podcast recently had the pleasure of watching 'Healing Plan', a short film by two recent NYU graduates. Actress Matilde Silva and Director Samantha Joia joined us to discuss their new film. Luna, a Portuguese teen struggling with insomnia and her recent move to America, is sent to a celebrity doctor to help cope with her adjustment. His revolutionary sleep therapy brings her back to the beginning of her move and several of the struggles she has faced since. But his “healing plan” has some devastating drawbacks she is not quite ready to face.  The film infuses dream-like states, dramatic lighting sequences and revolves around the important topic of the potential drawbacks of cultural assimilation and the effects of social media. Among the podcast discussion points are also the risky nature of film industry, the importance of passion and atmosphere at the set, pastel de nata, and other topics. Films covered in this episode: Healing Plan Healing Plan film website: https://healingplanfilm.com/   Matilde Silva: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm14451415   Samantha Joia: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm14160255   Indie Activity interviews: https://www.indieactivity.com/in-conversation-with-matilde-silva-on-her-role-in-healing-plan/ https://www.indieactivity.com/in-conversation-with-samantha-joia-director-for-healing-plan/
69:55 2/21/24
#183 - The Thing: 1951 vs. 1982 vs. 2011 - 3-Movie Comparison - Film Analysis
In this episode of the podcast, the hosts Karri and Henrik compare the original Howard Hawkes / Christian Nyby 1951 version of The Thing to John Carpenter's 1982 reimagining and finally to the 2011 prequel / remake, directed by Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. There's also a discussion on the original source novella by John W. Campbell from 1938. Each film version is a time capsule, reflecting their respective zeitgeist. Which film adaptation is the best one? Films covered in this episode: The Thing from Another World (1951) The Thing (1982) The Thing (2011) Hosted by Karri Ojala and Henrik Telkki. Edited by Karri Ojala. The Flick Lab theme tune written and performed by Nick Grivell.
96:23 12/9/23
#182 - Jävla pappa ('Goddamn Dad') with Director Niklas Gyberg Ivarsson
In this episode of the podcast, the director of Jävla pappa ('Goddamn Dad'), Niklas Gyberg Ivarsson, joins to discuss his documentary film about his complicated relationship to his alcoholic father. While they're building an RV together, the two are forced to confront their complicated feelings. This directorial debut of Niklas, published by the Swedish public broadcasting company SVT, has gained recognition in Swedish film festivals and public schools. Niklas's portrayal of universal struggles within the film has resonated widely, garnering unexpected levels of exposure. Currently, the film is only available for free streaming on SVT's website, for those in Sweden, with Swedish subtitles, here: https://www.svtplay.se/video/Kv1YorJ/javla-pappa You can find Niklas Gyberg Ivarsson on Instagram: @niklasgybergivarsson Films covered in this episode: Jävla pappa (2023) Hosted by Karri Ojala and Henrik Telkki. Guest Niklas Gyberg Ivarsson. Edited by Karri Ojala. The Flick Lab theme tune written and performed by Nick Grivell.
49:52 11/19/23
#181 - The Ear (Ucho) Film Analysis with Martin Kessler
In this episode of the podcast, filmmaker and podcaster Martin Kessler joins the show to discuss the film The Ear, also known as Ucho. This Czechoslovakian classic, directed by Karel Kachyňa, unravels a Czech couple (Radoslav Brzobohatý, Jirina Bohdalová) consumed by fear and paranoia, vividly depicting the psychological toll of living in a communist surveillance state, "the all-hearing ear". Throughout the night, the couple confronts their deepest fears, and the underlying fractures in their turbulent marriage come to the surface. Completed in 1970, the film was banned in the aftermath of the Prague Spring, receiving its release nearly two decades later following the fall of the communist regime in 1989. You can find Martin Kessler on X (Twitter): @MovieKessler Films covered in this episode: The Ear (1970) Hosted by Karri Ojala and Henrik Telkki. Guest Martin Kessler. Edited by Karri Ojala. The Flick Lab theme tune written and performed by Nick Grivell.
67:02 11/6/23
#180 - Whiplash - A Story of Brilliance, Madness or Broken Messaging? - with musician Pat Smith - Film Analysis
In this episode of the podcast, musician Pat Smith joins Karri and Henrik to delve into the critically acclaimed film Whiplash. Is it a story about transcending mediocrity to achieve brilliance in your chosen art, in this case, drumming? Alternatively, is Whiplash a gripping tale of a descent into madness, fueled by a mentorship gone awry? Perhaps it is neither, and instead, a narrative that simply observes ambiguity. Does Whiplash communicate an empowering message or potentially something harmful? You can find Pat Smith's music on Spotify, Apple Music, other platforms and here: https://ditto.fm/wander-by-starlight https://ditto.fm/3-kings https://ditto.fm/no-respect https://ditto.fm/the-ragged-remains https://ditto.fm/zombie-apocalypse https://ditto.fm/the-lies-were-told https://ditto.fm/trail-rations-ep Films covered in this episode: Whiplash (2014) Hosted by Karri Ojala and Henrik Telkki. Edited by Karri Ojala. The Flick Lab theme tune written and performed by Nick Grivell.
85:01 10/21/23
#179 - Manila in the Claws of Light - Filipino Cinema Masterpiece? - Film Analysis
Filipino cinema is in a state of emergency. It is grappling with an artistic gridlock that confines new films to a limited spectrum between rom-coms and slapstick. Amidst this cinematic stagnation, the cinema-goers gravitate towards Hollywood blockbusters, meanwhile relegating the rich Filipino cinematic heritage to neglect. However, a resurgence is underway as initiatives emerge to salvage and revive the remnants of this cinematic legacy. The Flick Lab takes on the responsibility of honoring Filipino cinema by shedding light on its critically acclaimed gems. In this episode of the podcast, Karri and Henrik deep-dive into Manila in the Claws of Light, hailed as one of the Philippines' cinematic masterpieces. Despite severe degradation of the film's negatives, recent restoration efforts have breathed new life into this Lino Brocka creation. In a tapestry of realism, melodrama and noir, the audience is taken on a journey with a young fisherman who moves to Manila to locate his girlfriend, of whom he has not heard since she ventured into the bustling capital. The film deals with themes of hope, perseverance, desperation, love, and hate, echoing a howl and cry for something better. Based on and filmed in the 1970's, the film illustrates the daily struggles during these times; monetary hardship, class struggle and rampant corruption. Films covered in this episode: Manila in the Claws of Light (1975) Hosted by Karri Ojala and Henrik Telkki. Edited by Karri Ojala. The Flick Lab theme tune written and performed by Nick Grivell.
88:08 10/8/23
#178 - Friday the 13th Part 1-3: Clever or Flat? - Film Analysis
In this episode of the podcast, Karri and Henrik delve into the origins of 'Friday the 13th,' exploring the first three films that birthed the iconic Jason Voorhees phenomenon. While the hockey mask-wearing serial killer has become a cultural staple, the question arises: do the initial entries in this enduring franchise truly merit their place in cinematic history? They also examine the enduring power of nostalgia in shaping the series' cultural significance compared to the movies themselves. The discussion covers a wide array of discussion points, including character development, storytelling, thematic elements, ethical considerations in Hollywood, legacy, and other topics. Films covered in this episode:   Friday the 13th (1980)   Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981) Friday the 13th Part 3 (1982)     Hosted by Karri Ojala and Henrik Telkki. Edited by Karri Ojala. The Flick Lab theme tune written and performed by [Nick Grivell](https://instagram.com/prodbyiof).
82:12 9/23/23
#177 - Interview with Nick and Luke from Mint Volcano - International Filmmaking Duo
American writer-director-editor Nick Vaky and Taiwanese photographer-cinematographer Luke Liu form a filmmaking and production company/art collective. Nick and Luke's serendipitous meeting took place in Taiwan. They quickly discovered they have an abundance of chemistry between them and forged a lasting creative partnership, resulting in a prolific body of work encompassing short films, photo shoots, and diverse projects. Their collaborative endeavors extend to the YouTube channel Mint Volcano, dedicated to sharing their passion for Asian and Taiwanese Cinema through film analyses and reviews. How did Nick's journey lead him to Taiwan? What cultural hurdles did he encounter when acclimating to his new environment? What distinctive artistic styles define Nick and Luke’s body of work? And what does the future hold for this talented duo? Mint Volcano's Youtube channel is here: https://www.youtube.com/@MintVolcano Nick Vaky's portfolio and details can be found at his home page https://nickvaky.com/ Luke Liu's body of work can be located at his home page https://jungfengliu.com/ Hosted by Karri Ojala and Henrik Telkki. Guests Nick Vaky and Luke Liu aka Jung-Feng Liu. Edited by Karri Ojala. The Flick Lab theme tune written and performed by Nick Grivell.
77:28 9/10/23
#176 - 5 Years Of Podcasting Special - With Guest Aku
The Flick Lab turns half a decade old. Hosts Karri and Henrik are interviewed about the podcast experience by Aku, Karri's astute sibling of the male kind. The situation quickly escalates into two hours of alleged hilarity. What have been the shining moments and the darkest hours of podcasting? Would Karri and Henrik recommend podcasting to anybody? Given the opportunity to turn back the clock, would the architects of The Flick Lab embark on this odyssey once more? Karri comes clean with his current views on the future of the podcast. Henrik reveals his driving motives. Does celluloid art need to possess meaning? Are there some films that should never be discussed? Podcast seized, supervised and overseen by Aku Mäkelä. Featuring dethroned coffee brewers Karri Ojala and Henrik Telkki. Episode chopped by Karri Ojala. The Flick Lab theme tune penned and conducted by Nick Grivell.
123:53 8/26/23
#175 - All Quiet on the Western Front 3-Version Comparison
In this episode of the podcast, the Lab has a discussion on "All Quiet on the Western Front," the story of timeless impact; a renowned German novel that has inspired three film adaptations. There is the Academy Awards-winning 1930 film, celebrated as a monumental incarnation of the story; the praised 1979 TV movie, which garnered accolades like the Golden Globe and Emmy; and the 2022 Netflix adaptation, with four Academy Awards to its credit. Karri and Henrik debate and decide which adaptation truly deserves the highest praise, exploring the essence and artistry behind each portrayal. Films covered in this episode: All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) All Quiet on the Western Front (1979) All Quiet on the Western Front (2022) Hosted by Karri Ojala and Henrik Telkki. Edited by Karri Ojala. The Flick Lab theme tune written and performed by Nick Grivell.
110:35 8/6/23
#174 - Wolf Warrior 1 & 2: Chinese Inferiority Complex?
In this episode of the podcast, Karri and Henrik investigate the highly successful Chinese action movies Wolf Warrior 1 and 2, which perhaps ironically, rely heavily on Hollywood's cinematic language while looking at the world through Chinese patriotically tinted glasses. But instead of nationalistic fervor, do the movies accidentally end up communicating more about Chinese political frustrations, weaknesses, or perhaps even revealing a Chinese state-level inferiority complex? Films covered in this episode: Wolf Warrior (2015) (战狼) Wolf Warrior 2 (2017) (战狼2) Hosted by Karri Ojala and Henrik Telkki. Edited by Karri Ojala. The Flick Lab theme tune written and performed by Nick Grivell.
94:43 7/23/23
#173 - The Battle at Lake Changjin I & II - Chinese Propaganda?
In this episode of the podcast, two Westerners analyse two Chinese war "propaganda" movies, The Battle at Lake Changjin I & II (Water Gate Bridge), offering their candid feedback. These are among the most successful Chinese 'blockbusters' of all time, the first part being the biggest hit in China's history, grossing at least $913 million after its 2021 release. The topic of these action-heavy war movies is China's role in the Korean War, with a particular focus on the showdown in Changjin, part two concentrating on the battle at its reservoir, which was a turning point for the war. Is the Chinese propaganda there as claimed? Is it over the top or warranted? How does it compare to American war movies and their messaging? Karri and Henrik also discuss the American acting, whether the UN troops retreated from Changjin, the shortcomings in storytelling and CGI, Hollywoodization of Chinese cinema, and other topics. Films covered in this episode: The Battle at Lake Changjin (长津湖, 2021) The Battle at Lake Changjin II (Water Gate Bridge) (長津湖之水門橋, 2022) Hosted by Karri Ojala and Henrik Telkki. Edited by Karri Ojala. The Flick Lab theme tune written and performed by Nick Grivell.
96:45 7/8/23
#172 - Die Hard - Exploring Atypical Perspectives
In this episode of the podcast, Karri and Henrik discuss Die Hard, but what's left to say about it? The duo believes there's still room to discuss some of the less frequently tooted perspectives out there. Yet even The Flick Lab has to ask THE most frequent Die Hard question and answer it, so on behalf of all humanity, we can put the subject to bed once and for all and media doesn't have bring it up ever again. Films covered in this episode: Die Hard (1988) Hosted by Karri Ojala and Henrik Telkki. Edited by Karri Ojala. The Flick Lab theme tune written and performed by Nick Grivell. Photo of Nak... Fox Plaza by Tom Bernard (Public domain).
48:31 6/24/23
#171 - Sisu - That Finnish Action Movie with Nazis
In this episode of the podcast, Karri and Henrik embark on an exploration of Sisu, the Finnish nazi butchering hit action movie that has been making waves around the world. As devoted advocates of Finnish culture, Karri and Henrik seize this opportunity to critically examine the cultural export of "sisu" and delve into its potential complexities. With a discerning lens, the hosts analyze whether the cinematic style of "Sisu" the movie is a captivating breath of fresh air or a potentially tiresome, or even a desperate encounter. Films covered in this episode: Sisu (2022) Hosted by Karri Ojala and Henrik Telkki. Edited by Karri Ojala. The Flick Lab theme tune written and performed by Nick Grivell.
80:49 6/10/23
#170 – Free Short Films on Filmdoo.com – part 2 of 2
In this episode of the podcast, Karri and Henrik continue scouring Filmdoo.com, an international film streaming website, to discover its best free short films available. The duo sifts through a total of 33 random selections, unearthing hidden gems from around the world. This episode is not sponsored by Filmdoo. Part 2 of 2. Films covered in this episode: https://www.filmdoo.com/films/love-bakery https://www.filmdoo.com/films/the-prisoner-short https://www.filmdoo.com/films/man-under https://www.filmdoo.com/films/last-train https://www.filmdoo.com/films/staff-riding https://www.filmdoo.com/films/train-surfers https://www.filmdoo.com/films/a-mongolian-couch https://www.filmdoo.com/films/down-the-stream https://www.filmdoo.com/films/vienna-waits-for-you https://www.filmdoo.com/films/flow https://www.filmdoo.com/films/broken-short https://www.filmdoo.com/films/transmormon https://www.filmdoo.com/films/tomgirl https://www.filmdoo.com/films/drag-king https://www.filmdoo.com/films/draft-day https://www.filmdoo.com/films/masa https://www.filmdoo.com/films/televisnu https://www.filmdoo.com/films/altered-focus-burma https://www.filmdoo.com/films/a-doctors-job https://www.filmdoo.com/films/rice   Hosted by Karri Ojala and Henrik Telkki. Edited by Karri Ojala. The Flick Lab theme tune written and performed by Nick Grivell.
57:49 5/27/23
#169 - Free Short Films on Filmdoo.com - part 1 of 2
In this episode of the podcast, Karri and Henrik scour Filmdoo.com, an international film streaming website, to discover its best free short films available. The duo sifts through 33 random selections, unearthing hidden gems from around the world. This episode is not sponsored by Filmdoo. Part 1 of 2. Films covered in this episode: https://www.filmdoo.com/films/cognitio https://www.filmdoo.com/films/mr-christmas https://www.filmdoo.com/films/curiosity-kills https://www.filmdoo.com/films/a-second https://www.filmdoo.com/films/fragments https://www.filmdoo.com/films/our-homeland https://www.filmdoo.com/films/128 https://www.filmdoo.com/films/the-shadow-man https://www.filmdoo.com/films/risks https://www.filmdoo.com/films/mae/ https://www.filmdoo.com/films/through-the-mirror https://www.filmdoo.com/films/marimba Hosted by Karri Ojala and Henrik Telkki. Edited by Karri Ojala. The Flick Lab theme tune written and performed by Nick Grivell. You may also be interested in these podcasts: The Foxhole Companion Chronological History of WWII as seen through the silver screen. Starting in 1936 with The Seventh Cross starring Spencer Tracey and Jessica Tandy. Currently on season 3 and the summer of 1941. All your favourite war movies and some that will be! Get Me Another GET ME ANOTHER is a podcast that explores blockbuster films and those movies that came in their wake and tried to replicate their success.
44:42 5/13/23
#168 - Mission: Impossible III is a Movie
In this episode of the podcast, we look at Mission Impossible III. Is it a triumph or... just okay? Is it a glorious high or an uninspiring return to form? While Karri struggles to locate the movie's identity or anything truly worthwhile, Henrik takes a more generous view but admits that time has dulled some of its luster. As they dive deeper, the hosts explore the film's influence on the subsequent 'Mission' movies and whether they surpassed its achievements. The episode raises the question: where does Mission: Impossible III stand in the franchise's evolution, and how has its legacy been impacted by the later films? With the benefit of hindsight, can we now fully appreciate MI3's place in the larger context of the Mission: Impossible series? While the hosts may not always agree on the film's merits, one thing is certain: Mission: Impossible III is a movie. Films covered in this episode: Mission: Impossible III (2006) Hosted by Karri Ojala and Henrik Telkki. Edited by Karri Ojala. The Flick Lab theme tune written and performed by Nick Grivell.
59:02 4/29/23
#167 - Mission: Impossible II - Garbage or a Masterpiece?
In this episode of the podcast, we pose the question: is Mission Impossible II a work of art or a flaming dumpster fire? M:I-2 certainly is the most divisive of all the 'Mission' movies. Audiovisual professionals Karri and Henrik present their contrasting views on the movie, and engage in a lively discussion. The arguments for and against the film are explored in depth from the perspective of Karri and Henrik, who dissect the film's strengths and weaknesses, from the directorial choices of John Woo to the soundtrack by Hans Zimmer. The duo also delve into topics such as the use of slow-mo, the dangerous stunt work, action, studio meddling and how personal expectations and taste buds can heavily impact one's perception of the film. Henrik also raises the hypothesis that the franchise is attempting to bury its past. Films covered in this episode: Mission: Impossible II (2000) Hosted by Karri Ojala and Henrik Telkki. Edited by Karri Ojala. The Flick Lab theme tune written and performed by Nick Grivell.
59:28 4/15/23
#166 - Mission: Impossible (1996) - Is There a Base Blueprint?
In this episode of the podcast, Karri and Henrik dive into the charms of Mission Impossible and examine the first film in the franchise. Karri questions the greatness of the 1996 classic. Both hosts also explore the idea whether or not the first film contains a foundational formula for the franchise to follow, and if not, what then is the blueprint of the Mission Impossible franchise, and what are the elements that have lasted to this day. The Flick Lab dissects the origins of this Tom Cruise blockbuster franchise in what is the first of three Mission Impossible episodes. Films covered in this episode: Mission: Impossible (1996) Hosted by Karri Ojala and Henrik Telkki. Edited by Karri Ojala. The Flick Lab theme tune written and performed by Nick Grivell.
57:27 4/1/23
#165 - Why are the Jurassic Park Sequels So Bad?
Why are the Jurassic Park / World Sequels so bad? Karri and Henrik tackle this question, the entire franchise, and discuss the latest entry, Jurassic World: Dominion. Talking points include Spielberg and his family plots, tactile dimensions, the feeling of first time awe, self-awareness of The Lost World, character build issues and legacy characters,  whether Jurassic movies are franchise compatible or not, Dominion's identity, and other topics. Films covered in this episode: Jurassic Park (1993) - Steven Spielberg The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) – Steven Spielberg Jurassic Park 3 (2001) – Joe Johnston Jurassic World (2015) – Colin Trevorrow Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) – J.A. Bayona Jurassic World: Dominion (2022) – Colin Trevorrow Hosted by Karri Ojala and Henrik Telkki. Edited by Karri Ojala. The Flick Lab theme tune written and performed by Nick Grivell. Episode image by Lothar Dieterich.
84:43 3/18/23
#164 – Flick Picks and Flops: Our Year in Movies – Part 2
In this episode of the podcast, the Finnish media mavens Karri and Henrik present the part 2 of their captivating cinematic exploration. In this exciting installment, the hosts delve deep into their cinematic experiences from the past year, featuring a selection of films from 2022 and beyond. Join Karri and Henrik on a journey through the dark and foreboding Finnish horror genre, meditative and introspective Japanese pieces, and high-octane American action thrillers. Along the way, our intrepid hosts offer unique insights and perspectives that will both entertain and enlighten, providing a fascinating guide to the world of cinematic splendor and shenanigans. Discover the hidden gems that you simply can't afford to miss, and receive an advance warning of the cinematic disappointments that are best left to wither away. Films covered in this episode: The Blind Man Who Did Not Want to See Titanic (2021) Hatching (Pahanhautoja, 2022) Lapland Odyssey (2010) Girl Picture (Tytöt tytöt tytöt, 2022) A Snake of June (2002) What Did Jack Do? (2017) Don't Look Now (1973) The Guilty (Den skyldige, 2018) The Guilty (2021) Don't Look Up (2021) 2019 Il Ultimo Silenzio (2004) Still Walking (2008) 2039 Il Ultimo Silenzio (2022) The Man From Nowhere (2010) The Menu (2022) A Bag of Marbles (Un sac de billes, 2017) The Midnight Club (TV, 2022) The Sandman (TV, 2022) Hosted by Karri Ojala and Henrik Telkki. Edited by Karri Ojala. The Flick Lab theme tune written and performed by Nick Grivell. Additional music from 'ENIGMA vol.2' by Aim to Head. Episode image by Gerd Altmann.
59:11 3/3/23
#163 - Flick Picks and Flops: Our Year in Movies - Part 1
In this episode of the podcast, get ready for a cinematic adventure as media pros Karri and Henrik dive into their movies watched in the past year - including films from 2022 and beyond. From Hollywood blockbusters to international and indie gems, this is an inside look at the films that they simply couldn't get enough of and the ones that left them feeling disappointed. Along the way, they'll share their unique insights and perspectives, providing you with an entertaining and informative guide to the world of cinematic splendor. Tune in to discover the films you can't afford to overlook and get an advance warning of the duds you can leave gathering dust. Look for the part 2 of this episode next week. Films covered in this episode: Departures (Okuribito, 2008) The Green Knight (2021) Top Gun (1986) Glass Onion (2022) The Kid Detective (2020) Top Gun: Maverick (2022) X (2022) Pearl (2022) Pinocchio (1940) Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio (2022) Creepshow (TV, 2019-) Jack Reacher (2012) Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) Don't Breathe 2 (2021) The Last Samurai (2003) Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) Hosted by Karri Ojala and Henrik Telkki. Edited by Karri Ojala. The Flick Lab theme tune written and performed by Nick Grivell. Additional music from 'ENIGMA vol.2' by Aim to Head. Episode image by Gerd Altmann.
58:21 2/24/23
#162 - The Winter War (1989) (Talvisota)
On December 6th every year, during Finnish Independence Day, hundreds of thousands of Finns gather around the telly to catch the movie they've seen countless times - The Unknown Soldier - in one of its three incarnations. The Winter War, however, is the lesser known Finnish war film, crushed under the fame of the aforementioned giants. Does The Winter War deserve its share of the limelight, however? Films covered in this episode: The Winter War (1989) (Talvisota) Hosted by Karri Ojala and Henrik Telkki. Edited by Karri Ojala. The Flick Lab theme tune written and performed by Nick Grivell.
78:50 12/17/22
#161 - Movies About Cancer
Cancer. It's a universal concept that we all have heard about or know about. Despite all of our differences, there's more in life that connects us than divides us, and sometimes those shared experiences may veer to the unpleasant, such as cancer and death. Does even cinema fear cancer? Do any films about cancer exist, or is the concept being actively avoided, even in movies that are supposedly cancer movies? Also, can cancer be funny? Join The Flick Lab for another round of movies as we delve on these topics and discuss 4 movies about cancer. Films covered in this episode: Wit (2001) Tig (2015) Ikiru (1952) Cries & Whispers (1972) Hosted by Karri Ojala and Henrik Telkki. Edited by Karri Ojala. The Flick Lab theme tune written and performed by Nick Grivell.
98:28 12/3/22
#160 - Top 3 Paraguayan Movies
In this episode of the podcast, the two Finns Karri and Henrik discuss Paraguayan cinema. The film industry in this beautiful and proud South American land-locked nation has remained tiny, but it has finally garnered some due attention. The duo comes across elements of creative film-making, American influences, themes of poverty, affluence and integrity. Karri and Henrik analyse the Top 3 films from Paraguay, as determined by IMDb with the following formula: must be (mainly) filmed and produced in Paraguay, acted by Paraguayans, with over 100 ratings. 7 Boxes (2012) and The Gold Seekers (2017) (Paraguayan selection to the Academy Awards, unnominated) are two action and adventure oriented films from the directing duo Juan Carlos Maneglia and Tana Schémbori. The Heiresses (2018) is an award-winning drama film about a prestigious but troubled female couple running out of money. Films covered in this episode: 7 Boxes (7 Cajas, 2012) The Gold Seekers (Los Buscadores, 2017) The Heiresses (Las herederas, 2018) Hosted by Karri Ojala and Henrik Telkki. Edited by Karri Ojala. The Flick Lab theme tune written and performed by Nick Grivell.
133:35 11/19/22

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