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The Flick Lab is a film podcast where Karri and Henrik from Finland give more visibility to international cinema. Equipped with TV/art background, they deep-analyse one film once a week, scene by scene, with almost maddening level of detail. Episodes are packed with information yet with an entertaining touch. A podcast from film buffs to film buffs. New episode every Thursday by 23 GMT. Long live knowledge and cinema!
Yhteensä 72 jaksoa, joista ensimmäinen julkaistu 1.8.2018.
The box that opens the doors of hell has returned. Karri and Henrik go after a film that they're quite familiar with - Hellbound: Hellraiser II, the successful sequel to the original Clive Barker's Hellraiser. Kirsty is haunted again by hell's adjutants, the Cenobites. Was a sequel warranted? Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988). Directed by Tony Randel. Starring Clare Higgins, Ashley Laurence, Kenneth Cranham, Doug Bradley.
To coincide with the Finnish Independence Day, The Flick Lab analyses the most well-known Finnish film inside Finland - The Unknown Soldier (Tuntematon sotilas). It's an adaptation of Väinö Linna's novel regarding the Finnish Continuation War against the Soviet Union. Karri and Henrik break down some key elements of the Finnish Winter War, Continuation War and the 1955 film itself. Tuntematon sotilas (1955). Directed by Edvin Laine. Starring Reino Tolvanen, Åke Lindman, Jussi Jurkka, Tauno Palo.
In Licence to Kill, the James Bond franchise attempted to somewhat reinvent itself. After over a decade of light-hearted Roger Moore Bond films, it was time to get back to the source material and make Bond more gritty with Timothy Dalton. Is this a welcome return to the spirit of the books of Ian Fleming? Recurring Bond guest in the booth is Tom Frankland. Licence to Kill (1989). Directed by John Glen. Starring Timothy Dalton, Robert Davi, Carey Lowell, Talisa Soto.
Crazy! Some reviewers have laughed so much at this film they've had tears in their eyes through most of the running time. This is also the most commercially successful film in the history of South Africa. Is 'The Gods Must Be Crazy' really that funny and how deep do its themes go? The show is joined by a South African guest Matt.
Are you a cat person? How about a demonic mutant cat person? In Uninvited, wealthy criminals make the calamitous decision to bring a lab cat on board their yacht. Make no mistake, this is a terrible horror film. But is it so bad that it's rather enjoyable? Uninvited (1988). Directed by Greydon Clark. Starring Mike Harvery, Alex Cord, Clu Gulager, Shari Shattuck. Hosted by Karri Ojala and Henrik Telkki. Audio production by Karri Ojala. The Flick Lab theme tune by Nick Grivell.
One of the most respected Polish films of all time, The Promised Land (Ziemia obiecana) is a film based on a book about the hardships during industrial revolution and capitalism in the Polish city of Łódź. How will two Finnish film podcast hosts see this classic film? Our Polish guest is Magda Hutny. Ziemia obiecana (1975). Directed by Andrzej Wajda. Starring Daniel Olbrychski, Wojciech Pszoniak, Andrzej Seweryn, Anna Nehrebecka.
Timothy Dalton's debut as James Bond. Did Bond drive a Land Rover off an actual suicide cliff? Did the director call the leading lady's dress a piece of table cloth? Is the film having a Roger Moore hangover? Is Bond actually fighting with the Taliban? This is most likely the most thorough investigation of The Living Daylights ever recorded. The Living Daylights (1987). Directed by John Glen. Starring Timothy Dalton, Maryam d'Abo, Jeroen Krabbé, John Rhys-Davies.
A Japanese guy living in Finland, Daiki-san, will share his fascinating background, as well as perspective on the Japanese thriller drama, The Blue Light. What will happen when Shuuichi's life collapses around him and he can't turn back the clock? Join Daiki, Karri and Henrik to find out. 'The Blue Light' (2003) (Ao no honou). Directed by Yukio Ninagawa. Starring Kazunari Ninomiya, Aya Matsuura, Anne Suzuki, Kumiko Akiyoshi. Daiki's blog: finland-life-lessons.com Daiki's Twitter: @Okonomiyakiguy
If you got a death wish, you got a date with Charles Bronson - or is it Paul Kersey. He's out to wipe clean the streets of 1970's New York of crime, with crime. All because of a Jeff Goldblum. Has Death Wish rightfully acquired its fame as one of the ultimate vigilante films? This is a listener recommendation from Łukasz (Poland). / Death Wish (1974). Directed by Michael Winner. Starring Charles Bronson, Vincent Gardenia, Steven Keats, Hope Lange.
Pack yourself full of charm with pipe bombs and hobo pants; a burger joint lady has been targeted for infatuation. / The Terminator (1984). Directed by James Cameron. Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Michael Biehn, Earl Boen.
Two Finnish gentlemen are trying to make sense out of their by far most challenging international film yet. Yeelen is a deep dive into the African country Mali, its culture, beliefs, languages, history... and the sorcery of one blood-thirsty father, out to kill his son! / Yeelen (Brightness) (1987). Directed by Souleymane Cissé. Starring Issiaka Kane, Aoua Sangare, Niamanto Sanogo, Balla Moussa Keita.
Sean Connery's last outing as James Bond, Never Say Never Again. Connery joined forces with producer Kevin McClory to make an 'unofficial' James Bond film which is a rehash of Thunderball. The Flick Lab goes through all the subjectively best and worst Bond films from each actor who played Bond until the release of No Time to Die (2020). The Lab unanimously voted Never Say Never Again as the worst Bond film from Sean Connery. Do you agree with the verdict?
The Brotherhood of War was the most successful Korean film at its time. It's a story of two brothers thrown into the Korean War. It was successful internationally and praised by critics. Our guest to explain its cultural nuances is Lee from South Korea. This episode is part of The Flick Lab International Cinema Challenge 2019. Join and find out more on our home page. / Taegukgi Hwinallimyeo (2004). Directed by Kang Je-kyu. Starring Jang Dong-gun, Won Bin, Choi Min-sik, Kong Hyeong-jin.
The Matrix was a revolutionary sci-fi film that introduced the world to concepts like the Bullet Time and brought to front some exciting existential questions. The Lab now dissects the entire film and touches on multiple of its philosophical points. How has the film aged 20 years on? This film is a listener recommendation from Teemu. / The Matrix (1999). Directed by Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski (as the Wachowski Brothers). Starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving.
Martiniquan film episode. Black people were being exploited as cheap labor by the whites in sugar plantations in the 1930's Caribbean. But one grandmother has a tireless quest to get her grandson out of the cycle. That is Sugar Cane Alley, a Martiniquan film. We are joined by Sébastien from Martinique who owns a sugar cane plantation on this Caribbean island. / Rue cases nègres (1983). Directed by Euzhan Palcy. Starring Garry Cadenat, Darling Légitimus, Douta Seck, Joël Palcy.
Karri and Henrik are joined yet again by the Bond expert Mr. Tom Frankland, in a very thorough autopsy on Moonraker. Where does the line go before larger-than-life becomes too comical for its own good? Or is Moonraker simply sometimes misunderstood, top-notch entertainment? / Moonraker (1979). Directed by Lewis Gilbert. Starring Roger Moore, Lois Chiles, Michael Lonsdale, Richard Kiel.
A movie out of an actual video game? That's what Shenmue: The Movie is, and a film made out of the most expensive video game ever made. But does a film made out of video game cut scenes work at all when inspected as a proper film? It certainly is an interesting case study of what works and doesn't, and why. / Directed by Yu Suzuki. Starring Corey Marshall, Ruth Hollyman, Paul Lucas, Robert Jefferson.
Kyrgyz film episode. The Adopted Son (Beshkempir) is a Kyrgyz coming-of-age story centered around the boy Beshkempir in a remote village. We are joined by Baiaman and Kenny from Kyrgyzstan to explain all the cultural nuances of the film. This film is the #13 out of 20 in The Flick Lab's International Cinema Challenge 2019. Beshkempir (1998). Directed by Aktan Abdykalykov (Aktan Arym Kubat). Starring Mirlan Abdykalykov, Adir Abilkassimov, Mirlan Cinkozoev, Albina Imasheva.
Swedish film episode. Pippi Longstocking is perhaps the most beloved children's story from Sweden. But is Pippi racist? Does the film hold up today? What contributes to the enduring success of Pippi? What is the general rivalry between Sweden and Finland all about? / Pippi Långstrump på de sju haven (1970). Directed by Olle Hellbom. Starring Inger Nilsson, Maria Persson, Pär Sundberg, Beppe Wolgers, Martin Ljung.
Even North Korea does cinema - and once it did so by kidnapping a director from South to North for the purpose of making movies for the "Supreme Leader" Kim Jong-il. One of the films the South Korean Shin Sang-ok directed for him was Hong Kil-dong. / Directed by Kil-in Kim, Sang-ok Shin. Starring Kye-Sung Chan, Kye-Sung Chan, Sun-bu Choe, Yong Il Hwan.
Super tanker eating submarines to destroy the world. Henchman with lethal chromium teeth. The 10th Bond film had the ambitious goal to get Bond back to the heights of its glory days. It was highly successful and praised by fans and critics alike. So is it 'The biggest, the best, Bond and beyond'? Let's find out. Our guest is Tom Frankland. / Directed by Lewis Gilbert. Starring Roger Moore, Barbara Bach, Curd Jürgens, Richard Kiel. / The Flick Lab theme tune by Nick Grivell.
Episode 50 special! The Flick Lab celebrates 1-year anniversary. How and why did this monster get made? What is it really like to do a podcast? Who are the hosts Karri and Henrik? Reminiscing, reflections, debates, laughs, games, shoutouts. Also listener questions, suggestions and feedback all answered. Content warning: this is by far our longest episode to date, just shy of 7 hours. Good luck, you maniac.
Two Russian soldiers get captured in Caucasus mountains. This acclaimed film from Sergei Bodrov was nominated for an Oscar. The Lab finds peculiar and interesting tones in the film. This episode is part of the Lab's International Cinema Challenge 2019. For full list of films in the challenge, visit our social media pages. / Kavkazskiy plennik (1996). Directed by Sergei Bodrov. Starring Sergei Bodrov Jr., Oleg Menshikov, Susanna Mekhraliyeva, Jemal Sikharulidze.
Often coined "The Gay Nightmare", The Lab investigates why Nightmare On Elm Street 2 got its homosexual tone, which the screenwriter has said was intended as subtext. Other series curiosities here include the possession theme. Karri and Henrik have highly opposing views on the film.
The name is Lazenby. George Lazenby. On Her Majesty's Secret Service - or how an Australian car salesman and model cheated his way into the role of the world's most famous secret agent - and then unceremoniously left it after only one movie. As the film's trailer proclaims, this one is certainly different, and our opinions will be all over the spectrum. / Directed by Peter Hunt. Starring George Lazenby, Diana Rigg, Telly Savalas, Ilse Steppat.
The Lion King is one of the most successful animated films ever made. But is it as original as Disney claims it to be, and does its moral lessons have cohesity? / Directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff. Starring Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones, Rowan Atkinson.
Taiwanese film episode. A story of a poor, alcoholic man struggling to provide for his family. Stray Dogs is an award-winning art film from Taiwan. A true masterpiece or an overconfident film gone wrong? / Jiao you (2013). Directed by Tsai Ming-liang. Starring Lee Kang-sheng, Yang Kuei-Mei, Lee Yi Cheng, Lee Yi Chieh.
To coincide with several LGBT Pride events, the podcast will analyse the film Call Me By Your Name. The film has pulled many people at the heartstrings. It certainly did that to us. / Directed by Luca Guadagnino. Starring Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg, Esther Garrel.
The lab starts its James Bond run. Every last Thursday of the month will be a 007 week until the release of Bond 25. Each Bond actor will get the spotlight with the Lab's favorites and least favorite films from their run. In this first Bond episode, Karri and Henrik join with their guest Tom Frankland. From Russia With Love is often the fan favorite out of Sean Connery's run as Bond or the entire series.
The Lab visits the often beloved and guest-recommended film Dead Poets Society. Robin Williams plays the new teacher in a traditional boarding school, where his unorthodox teaching methods raise concerns. Karri and Henrik reminisce their own times at school and whether their teachers would've allowed walking on their desks. / (1989). Directed by Peter Weir. Starring Robin Williams, Robert Sean Leonard, Ethan Hawke, Kurtwood Smith.
The late Sir Roger Moore has named his performance as Harold Pelham (and his doppelgänger) in The Man Who Haunted Himself as his career-favorite. The Lab commemorates Moore by analysing the film. / (1970). Directed by Basil Dearden. Starring Roger Moore, Hildegard Neil, Freddie Jones, Olga Georges-Picot.
A Screaming Man is a Chadian film about a family being ripped apart from the inside and outside, during a civil war. What makes you do consciously the wrong choices? The lab investigates. / A Screaming Man (Un homme qui crie) (2010). Directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun. Starring Youssouf Djaoro, Diouc Koma, Emile Abossolo M'bo, Djénéba Koné.
A highly detailed sci-fi plot with existential pondering. Possibly the most respected anime film of all time. Yet this time, Karri and Henrik will agree on almost nothing at all. Topics in this episode include the soul and what it means to be human. / Ghost in the Shell (Koukaku Kidoutai) (1995). Directed by Mamoru Oshii. Starring Atsuko Tanaka, Akio Outsuka, Kouichi Yamadera, Yutaka Nakano.
German episode. The Bridge (1959) is based on a real story of 16-year old German friends who are called to army during the last days of the war for a futile defense of a bridge. Karri and Henrik investigate the history of the director Bernhard Wicki, the film and how it affected the post-war Germany. / Die Brücke (1959). Directed by Bernhard Wicki. Starring Folker Bohnet, Fritz Wepper, Volker Lechtenbrink, Michael Hinz.
The original Blade Runner brought the cyberpunk genre to the map. Four replicants have escaped and a blade runner must terminate them. Topics touched in this episode include the chaotic history of the film with its several versions, conflicting interviews, as well as the meaning of the title. / Blade Runner (1982). Directed by Ridley Scott. Starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos.
Uzumaki (also known as Spiral) is a Japanese horror film about a town that suffers from a curse of spirals. This horror tale of striking visuals is based on the manga of Junji Ito. With our guest Noora, who lived in Japan, we all spiral out of control. / Uzumaki (2000), Japan. Directed by Higuchinsky. Starring Eriko Hatsune, Fhi Fan, Keiko Takahashi, Ren Osugi.
Thai episode. Uncle Boonmee has an acute kidney disease. As he nears death, the past begins to permeate the present. Spirits blend among the living.Uncle Boonmee won the Palme d'Or of Cannes Film Festival in 2010. Is the film controversial and is this long-takes art house film worth the hype? Our Thai guest is Annie.
Greenlandic episode. Inuk's father dies. Inuk is sent to a childrens home away from his mom. In the new town, he rediscovers the way of his people. How does the first Greenlandic film seen by Karri and Henrik work for them?
Dumbo. Is it a heart-warming tale of animal captivity, where the champagne-drinking baby elephant gets assistance from problematically portrayed crows to continue his life in captivity?
Clive Barker terrified audiences with his unique vision of Hellraiser in 1987. Hellraiser started one of the most well-known horror franchises in the horror film universe. We will discuss not only the film, but the book and Hellraiser's possible homosexual tones.
Steven Spielberg. George Lucas. Fedoras and whips. Even nazis. One of the most recognizable silver screen heroes, Indiana Jones, is taken a close look as part of The Flick Lab's classic films round.
Akira is a landmark Japanese film. It brought anime to international stage and influenced countless works of art thereafter, including and most definitely not limited to Kill Bill and Metal Gear Solid. This is part of the podcasts spring theme of looking into some of the most iconic films and directors of all time.
Serbian film episode. Over 101.000 people died in the Bosnian War (1992-1995). How could something like this have happened in Europe so recently? Karri and Henrik investigate the war and the Serbian anti-war film Pretty Village, Pretty Flame (Lepa sela lepo gore) (1996) with our Serbian guest Mladen. This is part of The Flick Lab's International Film Challenge 2019 - film 3 of 20. See the challenge description on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
'The greatest pornographic film of all time' is from an era when its genre was taken seriously. Porn films got theatrical releases in the 70's, had plots, were high budget, and were reviewed and discussed openly by people such as Roger Ebert. Should the pornographic film industry be taken seriously today?
It destroyed Titanic at the Korean box office. It permanently transformed Asian cinema. At the heart a desperate cry for peace. Shiri, 20-year anniversary.
Hong Kongese film episode. Chungking Express is the mood-and-atmosphere piece by Wong Kar-Wai. Chungking was brought to western audiences by Quentin Tarantino who loves this film. Should we? Our guest is Hong Kongese Mitch Tam.
Citizen Kane, the greatest film ever made? That is the popular view of critics, or at least it's constantly among the 'top 10 greatest films ever' lists. Is it worthy of such honors? And what in god's name is the "rosebud"? Henrik and Karri will address all of these concerns, and more.
One, two, Freddy's coming for you... Nightmare on Elm Street. The historic landmark film that changed the world of horror. Join Karri and Henrik to find out if they see eye to eye on whether the film deserves its praise.
Is it a film? What does it want to say? Do we want to know the answer? Borders between real and fictional get blurred in Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now.
"You think you're safe and alive, but you're already dead. Everybody! Him, you, you're dead already! This whole place, everything you see is gone!" Widely considered one the greatest action films of all time, we start the new year firing on all damn miniguns, with a film that needs no introduction - Terminator 2.
Russian film episode. A girl in an orphanage lies that she's the daughter of the Russian president. To what lengths would her web of contacts go to make her story appear to be true? Whatever the cost. Our guest is our Russian correspondent Yana. Happy New Year!
How long can you avoid cultural clashes in a Japanese camp for prisoners of war? Not long, finds Mr. Lawrence. Merry Christmas / Happy Holidays from Karri and Henrik to our listeners.
To shoot an elephant or to shoot your film? Now that is the question in Clint Eastwood's White Hunter Black Heart. Mr. Eastwood invites his film crew all the way to Africa, but his trip intentions have nothing to do with filming, leading to total chaos.
Finnish film episode. Inspector Palmu's Error (Komisario palmun erehdys) was voted the best Finnish movie of all time in 2012 by critics of Finland. It's a so-called closed room detective thriller, based on the novel of Mika Waltari, the most famous writer of Finland. Is the film worth the hype? Karri and Henrik will find out.
Troglodytes terrorise townspeople in this western movie by the word-savvy first-time director S. Craig Zahler. Despite the low budget, some big names like Kurt Russell joined this project, known for its horror elements. Will this be a cult classic?
How much of Disney's Pocahontas is true? We will cover not only the animated film; we will also cover the historical Pocahontas with breathtaking stories from the Virginia colony from over 400 years ago. Get ready for a mighty journey!
Moroccan film episode. The worst attacks in Morocco's history happened in Casablanca in 2003. Join us for a discussion on the acclaimed film Horses of God (Les chevaux de Dieu) which tells the story. Our Moroccan guest is Anas.
Polish film episode. The Flick Lab kickstarts its international cinema episodes! We will cover one country-specific movie once a month. / Priest Adam is frustrated by a secret. He does effective work with delinquent boys at a Catholic reformatory camp, until they find out that Adam is a homosexual. Our guest is Magda Hutny.
Halloween 40 years later! Jamie Lee Curtis returns to reprise her role in this direct sequel to John Carpenter's original, ignoring all past sequels, to get back to basics. Was it worth it?
What is Rob Zombie's actual point of his Halloween II, and is there any? Is this yet another tired and violent teenage slasher or a misunderstood vista into the grim reality of life without popcorn and cotton candy? Find out with Karri and Henrik.
After the last installment jeopardised the future of the franchise, Rob Zombie suggested to remake the original Halloween. But was it necessary on any level and can its existence be justified?
Halloween: Resurrection is infamous for two things: its massive retcon and Busta Rhymes. The movie takes the fad of the early 2000's reality TV and places the Big Brother -esque contestants of an internet TV show to the house of Michael Myers, the brutal mass murderer. To ensure further trendiness, the show is led by Busta Rhymes and Tyra Banks. And remember: as soon as you press play on this episode - no one will be allowed to leave until the show is over! Let the Dangertainment begin-a!
Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her role as Laurie Strode! But is that and the 20-year anniversary enough to float the boat? Find out with Karri and Henrik. You can find The Flick Lab on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
In Halloween 6, disturbing events take place in an underground cavern to deliver a child in order to inherit an ancient curse of Thorn, so that more tribe descendants can be sacrificed to save potentially millions of people... Yeah, or something like that. What happened to the Halloween franchise? Find out with us.
We both know he's alive, but Jamie Lloyd knows where he's renting - in an old hermit's underground cavern! This time, they're unprepared! This time, he's a Native American! And this time, he's back with a Camaro, driving over children. Halloween 5. Rated X - almost.
Michael Myers is back! Halloween 4 is often seen as a decent return to Haddonfield after 7 years. But will Henrik and Karri see eye to eye on this one?
It's time! A wealthy businessman Conal Cochran has been in Halloween novelties business for at least 37 years. In Halloween 1982, planets are in alignment. The alignment decides on his behalf that Cochran must end his Halloween business by attempting to kill off his best salesman and all the kids specifically in the US West Coast area, as part of an ancient blood sacrifice ritual, because he is actually a warlock. Watch the magic pumpkin!
More Of The Night Horror Was Lit Right. Dean Cundey and his lighting gear have been relocated to Haddonfield Memorial Clinic, while Dick Warlock stalks camera operator Ray Stella... and sedated Laurie Strode. Get out now! You can find us also on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube.
All Of The Night He Came Home! Join Halloween fans Karri and Henrik for a very, very in-depth look at the landmark horror film, John Carpenter's Halloween.
Henrik and Karri cover all the ins and outs and what-have-you's of The Big Lebowski, the cult comedy that has even resulted in a religion!
Join Karri and Henrik as they stalk through their first victim, Rear Window (1954), a classic directed by Alfred Hitchcock. We dive into forced symbolism, analyses of film analyses, film psychology and of course, plain old reviewing.
A short audio trailer introduction for The Flick Lab before the release of the first episode on August 14th.