Year in Movies - Picks and Flops

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.

Year in Movies - Picks and Flops

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.

The Winter War the Finnish Movie - Film Analysis

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.

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.

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 on IMDb.

7 Boxes and The Gold Seekers (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 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.

This Movie is Drunk

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? 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.

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Halloween Ends - Here's the Thing...

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.

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? Listen here if the player applet above is not working

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.

What Really Happened to Him at Camp 14?

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 and a book 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 a better product, the film or the book?

Films covered in this episode:
Camp 14: Total Control Zone (2012)

Hosted by Karri Ojala and Henrik Telkki. Edited by Karri Ojala. The Flick Lab theme tune written and performed by Nick Grivell.

The Field Guide to Evil - Creepy Horror Stories

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.