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The Flick Lab

A podcast analyzing international cinema, by two Finns Karri Ojala (a.v. grad) and Henrik Telkki (a.v. studies), with industry guests. New episodes biweekly on Fridays.

Tracks

#156 - Camp 14: Documentary vs Book vs Defector
What really happened at Camp 14 in North Korea to prisoner Shin Dong-Hyuk? Camp 14 is the hermit nation's most notorious concentration camp. We have a documentary and a book to tell the story of his escape into freedom, but Shin later changed some details of his story, surely much to the chagrin of the book's author, Blaine Harden, and to Shin's fellow North Korean escapees. Why did Shin change details of his story? What is the truth and do the details matter? And finally, which one is a better product, the film or the book? Films covered in this episode: Camp 14: Total Control Zone (2012) Hosted by Karri Ojala and Henrik Telkki. Edited by Karri Ojala. The Flick Lab theme tune written and performed by Nick Grivell.
117:03 09/24/2022
#155 - The Field Guide to Evil (2018)
In this episode of the podcast, Karri and Henrik analyze 8 creepy stories of the horror anthology film The Field Guide to Evil. Each film is from a different country and is supposed to tell a tale of dark folklore. Is that true though and how well do the films gel together in this anthology? Hosted by Karri Ojala and Henrik Telkki. Edited by Karri Ojala. The Flick Lab theme tune written and performed by Nick Grivell.
146:49 09/09/2022
#154 - Robocop 1-4
The title 'Robocop' may sound cheesy, but is descriptive. The first movie is often celebrated by critics and mortals alike, but the sequels are in a downward spiral. Here's why. Films covered in this episode: Robocop (1987) Robocop 2 (1990) Robocop 3 (1993) Robocop (2014) Hosted by Karri Ojala and Henrik Telkki. Edited by Karri Ojala. The Flick Lab theme tune written and performed by Nick Grivell.
142:01 08/26/2022
#153 - Wong Kar-wai's Love Trilogy
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 Tam, which can be listened here. Films covered in this episode: Days of Being Wild (1990) In the Mood for Love (2000) 2046 (2004) Hosted by Karri Ojala and Henrik Telkki. Edited by Karri Ojala. The Flick Lab theme tune written and performed by Nick Grivell.
83:50 08/12/2022
#152 - Terminator Sequels 3-6: What Went Wrong?
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 episode: Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003) Terminator: Salvation (2009) Terminator Genisys (2015) Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Hosted by Karri Ojala and Henrik Telkki. Edited by Karri Ojala. The Flick Lab theme tune written and performed by Nick Grivell.
133:30 08/03/2022
#151 - Sátántangó - a 7-hour Film
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 seen merely as a challenge not so much for its artistic merits but for its runtime?  Hosted by Karri Ojala and Henrik Telkki. Edited by Karri Ojala. The Flick Lab theme tune written and performed by Nick Grivell.
72:41 07/15/2022
#150 - Celebration
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 theme tune written and performed by Nick Grivell.
117:39 07/01/2022
#149 - Recommendations & Grievances 2022
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 performed by Nick Grivell.
94:28 06/21/2022
#148 - The Oscars Ceremony 2022
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 Lawrence fat? To be brutally honest with you, we can assure you we don’t give a damn. Hosted by Karri Ojala and Henrik Telkki. Edited by Karri Ojala. The Flick Lab theme tune written and performed by Nick Grivell.
40:21 06/04/2022
#147 - Burning (2018) (버닝)
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 Telkki. Edited by Karri Ojala. The Flick Lab theme tune written and performed by Nick Grivell.
90:01 05/14/2022
#146 – The Oscars 2022: The Worst Person in the World
[!! 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 Norwegian Oscar contender ‘The Worst Person in the World’ is the most bizarre cinematic experience of the last few years. It is a slacker-inspired dramedy which mishmashes 'shrooms and witchcraft into capturing a soulmate’s soul. Additionally, the film supports the abolition of traditional morality and uses CGI to remove the real truth about its filming locations. Karri and Henrik investigate what in the world is going on here. Hosted by Karri Ojala and Henrik Telkki. Edited by Karri Ojala. The Flick Lab theme tune written and performed by Nick Grivell.
91:27 04/01/2022
#145 – The Oscars 2022: Drive My Car & Lunana
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. Films covered in this episode: Drive My Car (2021) Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom (2019) Hosted by Karri Ojala and Henrik Telkki. Pictures from impradip. Edited by Karri Ojala. The Flick Lab theme tune written and performed by Nick Grivell.
80:23 03/26/2022
#144 – The Oscars 2022: Flee & The Hand of God
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’s ‘The Hand of God’ splits opinions strongly. Films about refugees are no longer novel, but does the hand-drawn animation and heart of ‘Flee’ win people over? Which one is the stronger contender? Hosted by Karri Ojala and Henrik Telkki. Pictures from giaknight. Edited by Karri Ojala. The Flick Lab theme tune written and performed by Nick Grivell.
88:01 03/11/2022
#143 - Taiwanese New Wave with Mint Volcano
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 themes of history, sociopolitical issues, heartfelt memories and dark humor coalesce into an engaging long-form discussion. Films covered in this episode: A Summer at Grandpa's (1984) A City of Sadness (1989) Mahjong (1996) Yi Yi (2000) Nick Vaky Website: https://nickvaky.com Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/user13406252 Instagram: @Nickvaky Luke Liu Website: https://lukeliu.tw Facebook: @LukeLiuPhoto Instagram: @Lonfom Hosted by Karri Ojala and Henrik Telkki, with guests Nick Vaky and Luke Liu. Pictures from Andrew Haimerl. Edited by Karri Ojala. The Flick Lab theme tune written and performed by Nick Grivell.
108:01 02/25/2022
#142 - Blender Animated Short Films
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=WhWc3b3KhnY&list=PLcjR0oe-fPN587T3WL82w4oyzVt7nLBKu Sadly, this is also Zachary Pen's last episode with The Flick Lab. More about his departure at the end of the episode. Thank you Zach and all the best. Films covered in this episode: Elephant's Dream (2006) Big Buck Bunny (2008) Sintel (2010) Tears of Steel (2012) Caminandes (2013) Cosmos Laundromat (2015) Glass Half (2015) Agent 327: Operation Barbershop (2017) The Daily Dweebs (2017) Hero (2018) Spring (2019) The Iron Woods (2020) Casper (2021) Relic (2021) Sprite Fright (2021) The Drink (2021) Hear new episodes several days in advance and access extra content by becoming our Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/theflicklab Hosted by Karri Ojala, Henrik Telkki and Zachary Pen. Edited by Karri Ojala. The Flick Lab theme tune written and performed by Nick Grivell.
131:28 02/09/2022
#141 - The Exorcist Franchise
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 Exorcist II: Heretic (1977)The Exorcist III (1990)Exorcist: The Beginning (2004)Dominion (2005) Hear new episodes several days in advance and access extra content by becoming our Patreon supporter: https://www.patreon.com/theflicklab Hosted by Karri Ojala, Henrik Telkki and Zachary Pen. Edited by Karri Ojala. The Flick Lab theme tune written and performed by Nick Grivell.
153:21 01/26/2022
#140 - Christmas Movies From Hell
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 Henrik Telkki. Edited by Karri Ojala. The Flick Lab theme tune written and performed by Nick Grivell.
115:14 12/23/2021
#139 - The Unknown Soldier (2017) (Tuntematon sotilas)
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 impossible to answer? Henrik has some gargantuan thoughts on this one. Karri gets the non-Finns up to speed with his super quick and simplified overview of the Finnish Winter War and Continuation War. Hosted by Zachary Pen, Karri Ojala and Henrik Telkki. Edited by Karri Ojala. The Flick Lab theme tune written and performed by Nick Grivell. This show can be listened to on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to your podcasts. You can find us also on social media – Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Instagram, and www.theflicklab.com.
105:11 12/06/2021
#138 - Cannibalism and Animal Cruelty in Film
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 (Italy, 1980) Delicatessen (France, 1991) Dumplings (餃子, Hong Kong 2004) Raw (Grave, France/Belgium 2016) Hosted by Karri Ojala, Henrik Telkki and Zachary Pen. Edited by Karri Ojala. The Flick Lab theme tune written and performed by Nick Grivell. This show can be listened to on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to your podcasts. You can find us also on social media – Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Instagram, and www.theflicklab.com.
141:30 11/23/2021
#137 - Abbas Kiarostami with Plan-Séquence
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 film. Films covered in this episode: Where is the Friend's House? (1987) (خانه دوست کجاست / Khane-ye dust kojast) Taste of Cherry (1997) (طعم گيلاس...‎ / Ta’m-e gīlās...) Like Someone in Love (2012) (ライク・サムワン・イン・ラブ / Raiku samuwan in rabu)   Hosted by Zachary Pen, Karri Ojala and Henrik Telkki. Guest Pedro from Plan-Séquence. Edited by Karri Ojala. The Flick Lab theme tune written and performed by Nick Grivell. This show can be listened to on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to your podcasts. You can find us also on social media – Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Instagram, and www.theflicklab.com. Square background image original version by Egor Shitikov from Pixabay.
154:35 11/08/2021
#136 - Halloween Kills with Allison Kilkenny
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 Pen. Edited by Karri Ojala. Guest Allison Kilkenny. The Flick Lab theme tune written and performed by Nick Grivell and Karri Ojala. This show can be listened to on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to your podcasts. You can find us also on social media – Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Instagram, and www.theflicklab.com.
78:13 10/21/2021
#135 - No Time to Die - Off the Record
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 is a chunk of unfinished business between Karri, Henrik and Tom after the official 'No Time to Die' episode stopped recording. A completely impromptu discussion not meant to be recorded. It doesn't get any more real than this. Hosted by Karri Ojala, Henrik Telkki and Zachary Pen. Edited by Karri Ojala. Guest Tom Frankland. The Flick Lab theme tune written and performed by Nick Grivell. This show can be listened to on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to your podcasts. You can find us also on social media – Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Instagram, and www.theflicklab.com.
41:55 10/21/2021
#134 - No Time To Die: Examining Gender and Queer Perspectives
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 naturally? Do the Bond films continue their unbroken tradition of including perceived queer coding on screen? Our guests are the gender expert and author Dr. Lisa Funnell, David Lowbridge-Ellis from Licence to Queer, and Tom Frankland. Hosted by Karri Ojala, Henrik Telkki and Zachary Pen. Edited by Karri Ojala. Guests Dr. Lisa Funnell, David Lowbridge-Ellis, Tom Frankland. The Flick Lab theme tune written and performed by Nick Grivell and Karri Ojala. This show can be listened to on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to your podcasts. You can find us also on social media – Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Instagram, and www.theflicklab.com.
116:48 10/12/2021
#133 - Planet Mars in Cinema Over 100+ Years
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 by Mars. Films covered in this episode: A Trip to Mars (1910) (USA) A Trip to Mars (1918) (Denmark) Aelita (1922) (Russia) War of the Worlds (1953) (USA) The Angry Red Planet (1959) (USA) Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1965) (USA) Mission to Mars (2000) (USA) Red Planet (2000) (USA) Stranded (2001) (Spain) War of the Worlds (2005) (USA) The Last Days on Mars (2013) (USA) The Martian (2015) (USA) Space Between Us (2017) (USA) Hosted by Karri Ojala, Henrik Telkki and Zachary Pen. Edited by Karri Ojala.  The Flick Lab theme tune written and performed by Nick Grivell and Karri Ojala. "Feels" by Hectorino Martinez. This show can be listened to on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to your podcasts. You can find us also on social media – Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Instagram, and www.theflicklab.com
156:03 09/23/2021
#132 - The Ring: American vs Japanese vs Korean version
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, 1999) The Ring (USA, 2002) Hosted by Karri Ojala, Henrik Telkki, and Zachary Pen. Edited by Karri Ojala.  The Flick Lab theme tune written and performed by Nick Grivell and Karri Ojala. This show can be listened to on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to your podcasts. You can find us also on social media – Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Instagram, and www.theflicklab.com.
105:59 09/10/2021
#131 - Is Dirty Harry Fascist?
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: Is Dirty Harry a Fascist? Films covered in this episode: Dirty Harry (1971) Magnum Force (1973) The Enforcer (1976)Sudden Impact (1983) The Dead Pool (1988) Hosted by Karri Ojala, Henrik Telkki and Zachary Pen. Edited by Karri Ojala. The Flick Lab theme tune written and performed by Nick Grivell and Karri Ojala. This show can be listened to on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to your podcasts. You can find us also on social media – Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Instagram, LinkedIn and www.theflicklab.com.
87:42 08/26/2021
#130 - 3 Years of The Flick Lab - Celebration
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, we address our fans (well, the ones used for ventilation) and read some heart-warming feedback from the last year. Finally, we finish off with memorable moments / gag reel tape.
75:02 08/14/2021
#129 - The Cinema of Lee-song Hee-il (이송희일)
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 - not only vis-a-vis the rainbow community. Amongst his more recent highlights are the melodrama film trilogy "One Night and Two Days" from 2012. Miroirs, 3. Une barque sur l'Océan by Maurice Ravel performed by Luis Sarro, released under Creative Commons Public Domain license at musopen.org. Films covered in this episode: Camellia Project (2005) (동백꽃) - Segment: La Traviata No Regret (2006) (후회하지 않아) White Night (2012) (백야) Suddenly, Last Summer (2012) (지난 여름, 갑자기) Going South (2012) (남쪽으로 간다) Night Flight (2014) (야간비행) Hosted by Karri Ojala and Henrik Telkki. Edit by Karri Ojala. The Flick Lab theme tune written and performed by Nick Grivell and Karri Ojala. This show can be listened to on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to your podcasts. You can find us also on social media – Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Instagram, and www.theflicklab.com.
183:26 07/08/2021
#128 - The Cinema of Mohammad Malas (ملص‎ محمد)
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 a scholar who has studied a plethora of cultures, art, the cinema of the Arab world and Mohammad Malas. He is the co-author of The Cinema of Muhammad Malas: Visions of a Syrian Auteur, and is the director of the feature documentary Unlocking Doors of Cinema. Films covered in this episode: Quinetra 74 (1974) Dreams of the City (1984) The Night (1992) Passion (2006) ...and more Special thanks to Irit Neidhardt from mec film.  Hosted by Karri Ojala and Henrik Telkki. Guest Nezar Andary. Edit by Karri Ojala. The Flick Lab theme tune written and performed by Nick Grivell and Karri Ojala. This show can be listened to on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to your podcasts. You can find us also on social media – Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Instagram, and www.theflicklab.com. Original picture of Mohammad Malas by Habib M’henni, released under CC BY-SA 4.0 license. Changes were made to the original work.
133:46 06/25/2021
#127 - The Rise and Fall of Steven Seagal
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 Law (1988) Under Siege (1992) On Deadly Ground (1994) Fire Down Below (1997) Attack Force (2006) Beyond the Law (2019) Hosted by Karri Ojala and Henrik Telkki. Edit by Karri Ojala. The Flick Lab theme tune written and performed by Nick Grivell and Karri Ojala. This show can be listened to on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to your podcasts. You can find us also on social media – Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Instagram, and www.theflicklab.com.
180:10 06/11/2021