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 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)
Going South (2012) (남쪽으로 간다)
Suddenly, Last Summer (2012) (지난 여름, 갑자기)
White Night (2012) (백야)
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.

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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. Edit by Karri Ojala. Guest Nezar Andary. The Flick Lab theme tune written and performed by Nick Grivell and Karri Ojala.

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Original picture of Mohammad Malas by Habib M’henni, released under CC BY-SA 4.0 license. Changes were made to the original work.

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.

In this episode of the podcast, The Flick Lab visits the cult classic horror comedy character Dr. Phibes, played by the iconic Vincent Price in both ‘The Abominable Dr. Phibes’ and the sequel ‘Dr. Phibes Rises Again’. What is behind the appeal of Dr. Phibes? Do the films hold up today? What were the shortcomings of the sequel? What do we know about the 3rd film that never happened?

Films covered in this episode:

The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)
Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972)

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.

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The Filipino box office queen and king Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla, dubbed “Kathniel” by fans, are a real-life couple who play on-screen leading roles together in romantic comedies. They’re a force to be reckoned with in the Pinoy movie theaters.

The Flick Lab couldn’t resist to look for some juicy gossip around the couple. Is there any? Are the movies worth the noise? What is behind their successful, decade-long cinema love story?

Karri and Henrik take their first steps towards romantic comedies in the podcast.

All the films tackled in this episode are available on Netflix (regional restrictions may apply).

Films covered in this episode:

Must Be… Love (2013)
She’s Dating the Gangster (2014)
Crazy Beautiful You (2015)
Barcelona: A Love Untold (2016)
The Hows of Us (2018)

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.

Original picture of Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo by Faty Bhojara, released under CC BY-SA 3.0 license. Changes were made to the original work.

Suicide, politics, religion. The Oscar-nominated Polish director Jan Komasa doesn’t shy away from dangerous topics. Internationally, he’s known for ‘Corpus Christi’, but lately also for ‘The Hater’ due to its availability on Netflix. In Poland, ‘Suicide Room’ was a cult hit amongst the youth, whereas ‘Warsaw ’44’ was an artistically peculiar war film. The Flick Lab decided to watch all of his feature films, discuss the flicks in detail and look for commonalities across them. We do not touch much on Corpus Christi, because this was already covered in-depth in Episode #94.

Films covered in this episode:

Suicide Room (2011) (Sala samobójców)
Warsaw ’44 (2014) (Miasto 44)
Corpus Christi (2019) (Boże Ciało)
The Hater (2020) (Sala samobójców. Hejter)

And shorts:

Nice to See You (2003) (Fajnie, że jesteś)

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.

Picture “Rezyser Jan Komasa” released by Franciszek Vetulani under the license CC BY-SA 4.0. Changes were made to the original.

He pulls the rug from under your feet. He will torture you emotionally. He will demonstrate how societal stereotypes become lethal when combined with an ineffective police force. Dive with us into the unforgiving and emotional roller coaster of the South Korean director Na Hong-jin.

Films covered in this episode:

The Chaser (2008) (Chugyeokja / 추격자)
The Yellow Sea (2010) (Hwanghae / 황해)
The Wailing (2016) (Gokseong / 곡성)

And shorts:

A Perfect Red Snapper Dish (2005) (완벽한 도미요리)
Sweat (2007)

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.

Picture “Na Hong-jin in Deauville Asian film festival” released by ENoz under the license CC BY-SA 3.0 . Changes were made to the original.

[DISCLAIMER: This episode was made for April Fools. But it was also a fun ‘simulation’ for us, and hopefully for you. We DO NOT have any sort of full version of ‘The Day the Clown Cried’. The episode content is part factual, part improvised fantasy.]

The Day the Clown Cried is one of the most wanted ‘lost’, or rather, unreleased films ever made. Set in Nazi Germany, it tells the story of a clown who gets sent to a political concentration camp. Due to the controversial subject matter, it was never released. To this day, it has been seen only by a handful of people.

It was long believed that only a rough cut exists, but as it turns out, industry professionals close to Jerry Lewis had put together a copy that is as finished as the film will ever be, but it remains unreleased. However, our podcast has now obtained that finished copy.

Join us for the exclusive analysis of the full version of ‘The Day the Clown Cried’.

The Day the Clown Cried (1972). Directed by Jerry Lewis. Starring Jerry Lewis, Harriet Andersson, Lars Amble, Anton Diffring, Carl Billquist.

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.

The late Satoshi Kon was a highly respected and creative anime director. His first two films tackle the topic of fandom. When does fandom reach toxicity and what are the underlying triggers for such behavior?

Films covered in this episode:

Perfect Blue (1997) (パーフェクトブルー) 
Millennium Actress (2001) (千年女優) 

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.

Are the Hellraiser sequels worth your time? What worked, what went awry and why? Karri and Henrik discuss all the sequels of Hellraiser. Previously parts 1, 2 and 3 were analysed in detail in individual episodes. This episode here concentrates on the theme of ‘What went wrong with Hellraiser’, hence the focus is on the later, remaining sequels – 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 9 and 10.

Films covered in this episode:

Hellraiser IV: Bloodline (1996) – Kevin Yagher
Hellraiser V: Inferno (2000) – Scott Derrickson
Hellraiser VI: Hellseeker (2002) – Rick Bota
Hellraiser VII: Deader (2005) – Rick Bota
Hellraiser VIII: Hellworld (2005) – Rick Bota
Hellraiser IX: Revelations (2011) – Víctor García
Hellraiser X: Judgment (2018) – Gary J. Tunnicliffe

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.