This week in the podcast, a film inspired by the Sugamo child abandonment case, where a mother abandoned her five children in a flat in Tokyo and never returned. Among the many topics discussed are the real-life case, child social services, human disregard as well as Hirokazu Kore-eda’s film Nobody Knows and how it differs from the actual events. Our guest is Sho Watanabe from Japan.
Dare mo shiranai / 誰も知らない (Japan, 2004). Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda. Starring Yûya Yagira, Ayu Kitaura, Hiei Kimura, Momoko Shimizu, You.
Hosted by Karri Ojala and Henrik Telkki. Guest Sho Watanabe (渡邊翔). Edit by Karri Ojala. The Flick Lab theme tune by Nick Grivell.
“Tremendous, stupendous, gargantuan bedazzlement, a sensual ravishment!” Moulin Rouge as described by Moulin Rouge. The first musical of this podcast. The story of a cabaret courtesan (Nicole Kidman) who falls in love with a penniless play-writer (Ewan McGregor). Is there enough “sensual ravishment” to recommend the film? Do the characters and story only serve to support the music and not vice versa?
Moulin Rouge! (2001). Directed by Baz Luhrmann. Starring Ewan McGregor, Nicole Kidman, Richard Roxburgh, Jim Broadbent, John Leguizamo.
Hosted by Karri Ojala and Henrik Telkki. Edit by Karri Ojala. The Flick Lab theme tune by Nick Grivell.
Will you choose your artistic passion or love? Is there a heart-breaking dichotomy between things that matter? Are we to evoke cheerful nostalgia or painful memories of lost time?
Cinema Paradiso, an ode to cinema. Score by Ennio Morricone, directed by Italy’s visionary auteur Giuseppe Tornatore.
Cinema Paradiso / Nuovo Cinema Paradiso (1988). Directed by Giuseppe Tornatore. Starring Philippe Noiret, Marco Leonardi, Salvatore Cascio, Jacques Perrin, Isa Danieli.
A communist politician and a conservative priest hate each other’s world views in a small town in post-World War II Italy. Will they be able to co-exist? The first film adaptation of the Don Camillo stories by Giovannino Guareschi is now under The Lab’s intense scrutiny.
Don Camillo (1952). Directed by Julien Duvivier. Starring Fernandel, Gino Cervi, Vera Talchi, Franco Interlenghi, Sylvie.
Violin Concerto in E major, RV 269 ‘Spring’ – I. Allegro by John Harrison or “John Harrison – Violin”; used as per its license Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0) ; sourced from https://musopen.org/music/14910-the-four-seasons-op-8/ . The original work has been modified (derivative) for this audio podcast.
Jeepers Creepers is a horror film that back in the day made an impression on the critics with its 80’s vibes and simplicity. It also did make an impression on the hosts Karri and Henrik, and our guest Aku. But almost 20 years on, is the appeal of the monster and the plot still holding up?
Jeepers Creepers (2001). Directed by Victor Salva. Starring Justin Long, Gina Philips, Jonathan Breck, Patricia Belcher, Brandon Smith.
Karri and Henrik investigate what went wrong with Spectre. It is often seen as a troubled product, and there is no shortage of discussion points. Why does the 3rd act collapse in on itself? What is up with the dialogue? Why these color grading choices? Is Dave Bautista’s Hinx part of Spectre, or just a very random gate crasher? This and more, much more in this week’s episode.
For a change, The Flick Lab looks at a film that almost everyone has seen. All will be revealed, including InGen’s secret human clone trials, Nedry’s brain failures, Jurassic teleportation powers and how the goats are delivered to T-Rexes – all exclusively here in The Flick Lab.
Jurassic Park (1993). Directed by Steven Spielberg. Starring Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough, Samuel L. Jackson
William Shakespeare’s Coriolanus was adapted and modernised into a film by Ralph Fiennes, also known for his roles as Voldemort and M in Harry Potter and James Bond franchises, respectively.
What makes Coriolanus’ story so timeless and timely, even inauspicious? Does the Elizabethan English language juxtaposed with modern setting induce challenges and detract from the film’s lure?
Coriolanus (2011). Directed by Ralph Fiennes. Starring Ralph Fiennes, Gerard Butler, Vanessa Redgrave, Brian Cox, Jessica Chastain.
Possibly the most racist film in the United States history was also the first huge blockbuster Hollywood hit. How is this possible? Why is The Birth of a Nation still shown in film schools? Does the film hold historical value or should it be outright banned?
The Birth of a Nation (1915). Directed by D.W. Griffith. Starring Henry B. Walthall, Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh, Miriam Cooper, Mary Alden.
The Flick Lab is for podcast listeners who crave for highly detailed film analysis. The hosts are two Finnish gentlemen with professional film/art business background. New episode is released every Thursday. You can find The Flick Lab on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you listen to your podcasts.
Daniel Craig’s first James Bond film is now under loop in The Flick Lab Bond Marathon. Why didn’t Pierce Brosnan return? What are the differences between Dalton and Craig? Was a reboot necessary for the franchise?
Casino Royale (2006). Directed by Martin Campbell. Starring Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Mads Mikkelsen, Judi Dench.