The world cinema podcast from two Finnish audiovisual arts graduates/students, Karri Ojala and Henrik Telkki. New episodes biweekly on Thursdays.
The Cinema of Na Hong-jin
He pulls the rug from under your feet. He will torture you emotionally. He will demonstrate how societal stereotypes become lethal when combined with an ineffective police force. Dive with us into the unforgiving and emotional roller coaster of the South Korean director Na Hong-jin.
Picture "Na Hong-jin in Deauville Asian film festival" released by ENoz under the license CC BY-SA 3.0 . Changes were made to the original.
The Day the Clown Cried (1972) (Fantasy Analysis)
[DISCLAIMER: This episode was made for April Fools 🤡 . But it was also a fun 'simulation' for us, and hopefully for you. We DO NOT have any full version of the film. The episode content is part factual, part made up.]
'The Day the Clown Cried' is one of the most wanted 'lost' films ever made. Due to the subject matter, it was never released.
However, our podcast has now obtained a finished copy.
Join us for the first ever analysis of the full version of 'The Day the Clown Cried'.
Satoshi Kon and Toxic Fandom
The late Satoshi Kon was a highly respected and creative anime director. His first two films tackle the topic of fandom. When does fandom reach toxicity and what are the underlying triggers for such behavior?
Films covered in this episode:
Perfect Blue (1997) (パーフェクトブルー)
Millennium Actress (2001) (千年女優)
The Hellraiser Franchise - What Went Wrong?
Are the Hellraiser sequels worth your time? What worked, what went awry and why? Karri and Henrik discuss all the sequels of Hellraiser. Previously parts 1, 2 and 3 were analysed in detail in individual episodes 32, 71 and 76, respectively. This episode here concentrates on the theme of 'What went wrong with Hellraiser', hence the focus is on the later, remaining sequels - 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 9 and 10.
A Cascade of Suffering: The Cinema of Hu Bo
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.
The Jurassic Park Sequels (1997-2019)
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?
I really like the premise. Exploring the film of places who’s are is usually ignored, the listener is given a glimpse into a culture that is likely misunderstood. I also just enjoy scene by scene analysis. But why is the editing so bad? Why do your voices skip? It drives me out of my mind