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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.

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.

Location:

Finland

Description:

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.

Twitter:

@flicklab

Language:

English


Episodes

#161 - Movies About Cancer

12/3/2022
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...

Duration:01:38:17

#160 - Top 3 Paraguayan Movies

11/19/2022
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...

Duration:02:13:14

#159 - Under the Volcano (1984) - Film vs Book

11/4/2022
Geoffrey Firmin is a British consul in Mexico in the 1930's. He is drunk. Is that it, or is there more under the hood here? Karri and Henrik look into a movie that Karri hated as a kid. Now as highly sophisticated and intelligent adults, the duo tries to find out if there's anything worthwhile to be found here. What does the film want to say and can it communicate it effectively? Is following an intoxicated man interesting? Can it be interesting? Are we to feel empathy for the character? Is...

Duration:01:51:46

#158 - Halloween Ends with Allison Kilkenny and Zachary Byrd

10/21/2022
In this episode of the podcast, Halloween Ends - ostensibly, anyway. In this oddball and radically different Halloween franchise entry, director David Gordon Green ventures into the experimental. In principle, injecting new blood into the exhausted franchise may be welcome, but does this attempt deliver? Karri and Henrik are joined by the returning Halloween guests. Allison Kilkenny is an American comedy writer and performer, former journalist, and host of the political podcast Light...

Duration:01:04:16

#157 - Bedtime Stories Youtube Channel Analysis

10/8/2022
Bedtime Stories is a Youtube channel that tells spooky tales of the paranormal and supernatural - popular and unknown stories. Their videos consists of beautiful and haunting hand-drawn artwork, accompanied by a wonderful narrator. But how true are the stories, or more importantly, are there some concerns with dramatization of real-life-based events? Or are these simply fun stories which ought to be treated as quality entertainment? Bedtime Stories episodes covered in this episode: The...

Duration:02:16:27

#156 - Camp 14: Documentary vs Book vs Defector

9/24/2022
In this episode of the podcast, we look into 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 (Camp 14: Total Control Zone by Marc Wiese) and a book (Escape from Camp 14 by Blaine Harden) 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...

Duration:01:56:49

#155 - The Field Guide to Evil (2018)

9/9/2022
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.

Duration:02:26:40

#154 - Robocop 1-4

8/26/2022
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.

Duration:02:21:56

#153 - Wong Kar-wai's Love Trilogy

8/12/2022
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...

Duration:01:23:40

#152 - Terminator Sequels 3-6: What Went Wrong?

8/3/2022
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...

Duration:02:13:25

#151 - Sátántangó - a 7-hour Film

7/15/2022
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...

Duration:01:12:32

#150 - Celebration

7/1/2022
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.

Duration:01:57:24

#149 - Recommendations & Grievances 2022

6/21/2022
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.

Duration:01:34:19

#148 - The Oscars Ceremony 2022

6/4/2022
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....

Duration:00:40:16

#147 - Burning (2018) (버닝)

5/14/2022
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.

Duration:01:29:52

#146 – The Oscars 2022: The Worst Person in the World

3/31/2022
[!! 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...

Duration:01:31:19

#145 – The Oscars 2022: Drive My Car & Lunana

3/25/2022
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...

Duration:01:20:18

#144 – The Oscars 2022: Flee & The Hand of God

3/11/2022
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...

Duration:01:27:56

#143 - Taiwanese New Wave with Mint Volcano

2/25/2022
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...

Duration:01:47:50

#142 - Blender Animated Short Films

2/8/2022
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...

Duration:02:10:57