In this episode of the podcast, Karri and Henrik look at ‘An Elephant Sitting Still’; an almost 4-hour feature, one of the most acclaimed feature debuts of the last decade. Is ‘Elephant’ a cascade of suffering? Does it depict life’s meaninglessness? Does the late Hu Bo offer us a silver lining even amidst his character’s darkest hours? The episode also covers the two short films ‘Night Runner’ and ‘Man in the Well’.

Guest appearance by Chinese Sen.

Films covered in this episode:
Night Runner (夜奔, 2014)
Man in the Well (井里的人, 2017)
An Elephant Sitting Still (大象席地而坐, 2018)

You can watch ‘An Elephant Sitting Still’ on Amazon Prime, Vimeo or order DVD/Blu-Ray on Amazon. Regional restrictions apply.


Hosted by Karri Ojala and Henrik Telkki. Guest visit by Sen. Edit by Karri Ojala. The Flick Lab theme tune written and performed by Nick Grivell and Karri Ojala.

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The original Jurassic Park is a loved classic that revolutionised the blockbuster cinema. Following the previous Jurassic Park episode, now The Lab will look at the more maligned sequels. Why did the once thought omnipotent franchise go dormant for years and return? Can the franchise be rejuvenated, or will the weight of the original drag everything down?

Films covered in this episode:

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
Battle at Big Rock (2019) – Colin Trevorrow

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 monster who punishes children for Christmas, Krampus, is part of an Alpine folklore which, still to this day is well-known in many European countries. Lately, Americans have become aware of this evil counterpart of Father Christmas. One cultural result of this is the family-friendly (?) horror film, Krampus.

Happy Holidays to our listeners! The Flick Lab will now take a break and will return revamped on February 4th, 2021.

Krampus (2015). Directed by Michael Dougherty. Starring Emjay Anthony, Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner, Conchata Ferrell.

Hosted by Karri Ojala and Henrik Telkki. Edit by Karri Ojala. The Flick Lab theme tune by Nick Grivell.

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“Silent Night, Holy Night” rendition performed by Alamaailman vasarat, source MoonTV, 1999. Used under the kind permission of Marko Manninen.

Cathedral’s Bells on Christmas Eve, Op. 501 by composer Simon Ernst, performed by Constantin Stephan, licensed under Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC 3.0). Some changes ie. cuts were made.

From war horror to cheerful family comedy – Russia’s Elem Klimov was able to pull off both ends. But is his ‘Welcome, or No Trespassing’ more than a delightful summer camp story under the surface? Is it indeed an allegory to the USSR? How did this get past the censors? Karri and Henrik join forces with the Russophiles Unite! Movie Podcast‘s Ally Pitts to find out.

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Hosted by Karri Ojala and Henrik Telkki. Guest Alistair Pitts. Edit by Karri Ojala. The Flick Lab theme tune by Nick Grivell.

Welcome, or No Trespassing (1964) (Добро пожаловать, или Посторонним вход воспрещён). Directed by Elem Klimov. Starring Viktor Kosykh, Evgeniy Evstigneev, Arina Aleynikova, Ilya Rutberg.

Did Finland win or lose the Continuation War, and what constitutes as winning here? This week, a quick lesson on the less charted chapter of World War II to coincide with the Finnish Independence Day. Last year, TFL covered the original 1955 version of The Unknown Soldier. Now, it’s time to look at the 1985 remake, the less preferred yet more realistic take on the original novel by Väinö Linna. Which one fares better under the Lab’s scrutiny?

Directed by Rauni Mollberg. Starring Risto Tuorila, Pirkka-Pekka Petelius, Paavo Liski, Mika Mäkelä, Pertti Koivula.

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Jääkärimarssi (The Jäger March) – Acoustic guitar version by Kyösti Rautio (www.youtube.com/krautio) used under the kind permission of Mr. Rautio. Hosted by Karri Ojala and Henrik Telkki. Edit by Karri Ojala. The Flick Lab theme tune by Nick Grivell.

A dream monster or dream comedian? ‘Nightmare 3’ changes tonal gears and introduces more laughs and fantasy. Is it too campy or a welcome change? Welcome to prime time, dear listener.

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987). Directed by Chuck Russell. Starring Heather Langenkamp, Robert Englund, Patricia Arquette, Rodney Eastman, Laurence Fishburne.

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Hosted by Karri Ojala and Henrik Telkki. Edit by Karri Ojala. The Flick Lab theme tune by Nick Grivell.

Goldfinger, the film that made Sean Connery a household name. The film that defined the franchise. In remembrance of the late Sean Connery, The Flick Lab goes once more to visit Bond. Episode guest appearance by Tom Frankland.

Goldfinger (1964). Directed by Guy Hamilton. Starring Sean Connery, Honor Blackman, Gert Fröbe, Harold Sakata, Shirley Eaton.

Episode image adapted from the original by Comet Photo, licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0. Image of gold bars adapted from the original by Pixabay, licensed under CC 0.

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What happens when an avant-garde director makes a ‘found footage’ short film out of the film reels of another film? For example the reality-bender called Outer Space. Watch the film on MUBI: https://bit.ly/3kq7Dgr

Outer Space (1999). Directed by Peter Tscherkassky. Starring Barbara Hershey.

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Hosted by Karri Ojala and Henrik Telkki. Edit by Karri Ojala. The Flick Lab theme tune by Nick Grivell.

Cary Joji Fukunaga’s debut feature Sin Nombre tells of Mexican gangs and the perilous journey to the US border in hopes of making the cross. Heard this somewhere before? Probably. Is the Mexican border the final frontier for Americans? Why are so many films made from the subject? Does anything enable Sin Nombre rise up above similar films? What is Fukunaga’s goal?

Sin Nombre (2009). Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga. Starring Edgar Flores, Paulina Gaitan, Kristyan Ferrer, Tenoch Huerta, Giovani Florido.

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Hosted by Karri Ojala and Henrik Telkki. Edit by Karri Ojala. The Flick Lab theme tune by Nick Grivell.

Horror remakes may rarely be worth your time, but what happens when Luca Guadagnino reimagines Dario Argento’s Suspiria? Instead of deep reds, it’s now coldness and realism. Topics also include feminism, German Autumn, the Third Reich analogies and the relevance of the several subplots to the story.

Suspiria (2018). Directed by Luca Guadagnino. Starring Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, Angela Winkler, Mia Goth, Chloë Grace Moretz.

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Hosted by Karri Ojala and Henrik Telkki. Edit by Karri Ojala. The Flick Lab theme tune by Nick Grivell.