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A weekly TV, Film and Arts podcast featuring Karri Ojala and Henrik Telkki
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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 s
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 w
The title 'Robocop' may sound cheesy, but is descriptive. The first movie is often celebrated by critics and mortals alike, but the sequels are in a downward spiral. Here's why. Films covered in this episode: Robocop (1987) Robocop 2 (1990)
Wong Kar-wai, the pivotal Hong Kong -based film director is known around the world for his distinct non-linear storytelling, gangster films and artistic love stories. We now venture into his love trilogy, a film recommendation by podcast liste
What went wrong with the Terminator sequels after the two original James Cameron movies? Karri and Henrik touch on the constant changes of studios, the revolving doors of actors, repeating story lines, poor dialogue, the difficulties of playin
Béla Tarr's over 7-hour film is one of the longest movies in the world. The Hungarian director's work is based on the novel by László Krasznahorkai. Karri and Henrik are investigating the footsteps of Chinese director Hu Bo's "godfather". Why i
It's episode #150 and it's time for some celebration with mostly non-movie topics. Zachary Pen joins us to discuss mass shootings in the US, NATO and Finland, social media, paper vs. digital, language quirks, the future of The Lab, all kinds of
What have Karri and Henrik been watching for the last years? What to recommend, what to avoid? We've never stopped to discuss the films we've watched on our 'own time', outside the podcast analyses. Here's our recommendations and grievances. H
Better late than never. Here’s our long overdue recap of the 94th Academy Awards. Who won? Does it matter? Did Will Smith inadvertently slap the Oscars back into relevancy? Is there any value in even discussing the Oscars? Was the Jada Pinkett
What is real? Is the film depicting reality? Is it all about perspective? Is even fantasy involved? Is in fact anything burning in 'Burning'? Is the protagonist a 'serial masturbator'? Films covered in this episode: Burning (버닝, 2018), directe
[!! NOTE: THIS EPISODE IS APRIL FOOLS FOR THE FIRST 40 MINS.]  The Academy Awards 2022, part 3 of 3: A Political Car Crash. Two male writers write a movie about a promiscuous young woman adrift in life, with heavy drug use presented in a posit
The Academy Awards 2022 International Feature Film Nominees Part 2 of 3: Change. The Japanese Oscar contender Drive My Car appears to be the audience favorite for winning the Oscars. What’s the fuss about? We also look at Bhutan’s first Oscar n
The Academy Awards 2022 International Feature Film Nominees Part 1 of 3: Searching for Home. Karri and Henrik break down the hand-drawn Danish documentary ‘Flee’ about a refugee called Amin and Italy’s coming-of-age Netflix contender ‘The Hand
In this episode of the podcast, Karri and Henrik join forces with director Nick Vaky and photographer Luke Liu from the Youtube channel Mint Volcano to discuss Taiwanese New Wave cinema. The quartet takes a close look at four distinct films acr
In this episode of the podcast, Karri, Henrik, and Zach watch several short films utilizing the Blender 3D animation software. Some are playful, some serious, and one involves murderous Smurf-like creatures. Which are worthy of our recommendati
In this episode of the podcast, Karri, Henrik, and Zach explore The Exorcist film franchise including the original trilogy and the two prequel films. Demonic possession, vomiting pea soup, and CGI cows eating CGI hyenas - this episode has it al
In this episode of the podcast, hosts Karri, Henrik and Zach chose to discuss their favorite Christmas movies. What could possibly go wrong? Films covered in this episode: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (USA, 1989) Rare Exports: A Chris
In this episode of the podcast, our American host Zach will share his thoughts with the Finnish hosts Karri and Henrik on the Finnish film 'The Unknown Soldier' from 2017. Why is the film so important to Finns? What is the identity of Aku Louhi
In this episode of the podcast, Karri, Henrik, and Zach discuss the portrayal of cannibalism in film and the ethical boundaries of filmmaking - specifically the animal cruelty performed while making the film, "Cannibal Holocaust." There's also
In this episode of the podcast, Karri, Henrik, and Zach are joined by Pedro, from the YouTube channel Plan-Séquence to discuss three films by Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami: Where Is The Friend's Home?, Taste of Cherry, and Like Someone In
In this episode of the podcast, the Lab discusses Halloween Kills with writer-producer-podcaster multi-talent Allison Kilkenny. All the episode participants are trying their best to understand why this movie exists as it is. If you know the ans
In this episode of the podcast, the Lab discusses Halloween Kills with writer-producer-podcaster multi-talent Allison Kilkenny. All the episode participants are trying their best to understand why this movie exists as it is. If you know the ans
In this episode of the podcast, Lab ponders about the future of James Bond. Who should replace Daniel Craig as 007? Will he or she be black, young or middle-aged, perhaps in a period piece adventure? What are the narrative pitfalls of No Time t
In this episode of the podcast, the long-awaited analysis of the new 25th James Bond film No Time To Die that just hit the theaters. After several delays, is Daniel Craig's valedictory Bond film worth the wait? In a post-me-too era, the Bond wo
In this episode of the podcast, the long-awaited analysis of the new 25th James Bond film No Time To Die that just hit the theaters. After several delays, is Daniel Craig's valedictory Bond film worth the wait? In a post-me-too era, the Bond wo
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