In this episode of the podcast, Karri and Henrik investigate the highly successful Chinese action movies Wolf Warrior 1 and 2, which perhaps ironically, rely heavily on Hollywood’s cinematic language while looking at the world through Chinese patriotically tinted glasses. But instead of nationalistic fervor, do the movies accidentally end up communicating more about Chinese political frustrations, weaknesses, or perhaps even revealing a Chinese state-level inferiority complex?

Films covered in this episode:

Wolf Warrior (2015) (战狼)
Wolf Warrior 2 (2017) (战狼2)

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

In this episode of the podcast, two Westerners analyse two Chinese war “propaganda” movies, The Battle at Lake Changjin I & II (Water Gate Bridge), offering their candid feedback. These are among the most successful Chinese ‘blockbusters’ of all time, the first part being the biggest hit in China’s history, grossing at least $913 million after its 2021 release. The topic of these action-heavy war movies is China’s role in the Korean War, with a particular focus on the showdown in Changjin, part two concentrating on the battle at its reservoir, which was a turning point for the war. Is the Chinese propaganda there as claimed? Is it over the top or warranted? How does it compare to American war movies and their messaging? Karri and Henrik also discuss the American acting, whether the UN troops retreated from Changjin, the shortcomings in storytelling and CGI, Hollywoodization of Chinese cinema, and other topics.

Films covered in this episode:
The Battle at Lake Changjin (长津湖, 2021)
The Battle at Lake Changjin II (Water Gate Bridge) (長津湖之水門橋, 2022)

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

In this episode of the podcast, Karri and Henrik discuss Die Hard, but what’s left to say about it? The duo believes there’s still room to discuss some of the less frequently tooted perspectives out there. Yet even The Flick Lab has to ask THE most frequent Die Hard question and answer it, so on behalf of all humanity, we can put the subject to bed once and for all and media doesn’t have bring it up ever again.

Films covered in this episode:
Die Hard (1988)

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

Photo of Nak… Fox Plaza by Tom Bernard (Public domain).

Sisu

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.

Filmdoo

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.

Filmdoo

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.

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.

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Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible III

In this episode of the podcast, we ask – is Mission Impossible III 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.

Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible II (2000)

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.

Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible (1996)

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.

Why are the Jurassic Park / World Sequels awful? Karri and Henrik tackle this question, the entire franchise, and discuss the latest entry, Jurassic World: Dominion. The other 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.

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.

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