81 minutes | Jun 10, 2023
#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.
58 minutes | May 27, 2023
#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.
45 minutes | May 13, 2023
#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.
59 minutes | Apr 29, 2023
#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 minutes | Apr 15, 2023
#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.
57 minutes | Apr 1, 2023
#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.
85 minutes | Mar 18, 2023
#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.
59 minutes | Mar 3, 2023
#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.
58 minutes | Feb 24, 2023
#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.
79 minutes | Dec 17, 2022
#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.
98 minutes | Dec 3, 2022
#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.
134 minutes | Nov 19, 2022
#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.
112 minutes | Nov 4, 2022
#159 - Under the Volcano (1984) - Film vs Book
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 it hard to feel empathy when one is three sheets to the wind, and if so, what could change that? Is the film about something else than being smashed? The novel is seen as one of the best of the English literature in the 20th century. This is Under the Volcano, the film vs the book. Films covered in this episode: Under the Volcano (1984) Directed by John Huston. Starring Albert Finney, Jacqueline Bisset🍻, Anthony Andrews, Ignacio Lopez Tarso, Katy Jurado. Based on the original novel by Malcom Lowry. Hosted by Karri Ojala and Henrik Telkki. Edited by Karri Ojala. The Flick Lab theme tune written and performed by Nick Grivell. Apologies for the sound quality in this episode on Karri's side, caused by a glitch. ------------ Take a listen to some other great podcasts that we mentioned in this episode: The Elite Pod Want to start working out but don’t know where to start? Then let the trainers at Elite Fitness help guide you to be your ultimate best! Each week our trainers will give you key tips and guidance to help you on your fitness journey. Join us every Monday at the Elite Pod! https://open.spotify.com/show/3wgJ8m3gWyCJxXA33O7tNx?si=mHKIBBWXR9u-BqelZOj4yw&nd=1 With A Gay Twist With A Gay Twist- it’s the podcast where two homos discuss the news and politics of the day, including LGBT news. From Congress to Drag Race, we’ve got you covered. It’s news and politics, but with a gay twist. https://www.withagaytwist.com What's This Place? How do we shop now the world is burning? What’s this place? podcast goes behind the bricks and mortar of sustainable businesses: how they do it, tricks we can all use to shop more sustainably, what sustainability even means! What is this place? Let’s go inside to find out. https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/whats-this-place/id1586634940 Capes on the Couch We analyze the psychiatric & mental health issues of superheroes. Sometimes funny, sometimes emotional, always insightful & entertaining. We're Capes on the Couch! https://capesonthecouch.com Fine Time Fine Time is a weird and snappy video game podcast! We talk about games new and old, give hot takes on industry news, and do extremely silly quiz segments in order to embarrass each other. https://kite.link/fine-time Funky Eskimo - thats all funny Everyday I release a short episode of me telling awkward stories from my life or angry rants of current events. https://linktr.ee/funkyeskimo
64 minutes | Oct 21, 2022
#158 - Halloween Ends with Allison Kilkenny and Zachary Byrd
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 Treason News. We are also joined by The Flick Lab ex-co-host Zachary Byrd, currently the co-host of the politics & news podcast from a queer looking glass, With a Gay Twist. Hosted by Karri Ojala and Henrik Telkki. Guests Allison Kilkenny and Zachary Byrd. Edited by Karri Ojala. The Flick Lab theme tune written and performed by Nick Grivell.
136 minutes | Oct 8, 2022
#157 - Bedtime Stories Youtube Channel Analysis
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 Mysterious Pentyrch Incident There is Something in the Forest The Curse of the Dab Tsog The Lost Girls of Panama Secrets of Celle Neues Rathaus; A Nazi Occult Tale? This episode contains music by: Billy Murray (Take Your Girlie to the Movies, 1919; public domain) Kevin MacLeod (Creative Commons) Marc van der Meulen Hosted by Karri Ojala and Henrik Telkki. Edited by Karri Ojala. The Flick Lab theme tune written and performed by Nick Grivell.
117 minutes | Sep 24, 2022
#156 - Camp 14: Documentary vs Book vs Defector
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 escapees. Why did Shin change details of his story? What is the truth and do the details matter? And finally, which one is the better product, the film or the book? Films covered in this episode: Camp 14: Total Control Zone (2012) Book: Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West by Blaine Harden (originally released 2012, new Foreword 2015) Hosted by Karri Ojala and Henrik Telkki. Edited by Karri Ojala. The Flick Lab theme tune written and performed by Nick Grivell.
147 minutes | Sep 9, 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.
142 minutes | Aug 26, 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.
84 minutes | Aug 12, 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.
133 minutes | Aug 3, 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.