Director Wes Anderson is known (and loved/hated) for his quirky visual style and humorous offbeat dramas (Rushmore, Royal Tenenbaums, Darjeeling Ltd.) He has dabbled with animation before, but this time Anderson revives the long-dead art of stop-motion animation for a feature-length adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s tale. Longing for his salad days as a rambunctious chicken-stealing youngster, Mr Fox decides to pull off another heist just for kicks. The victims of his crime spree, three nasty farmers, come up with a cunning plan to snuff out the menace, but face an enemy far more sly than they imagine.

 

YOU may think you’re through with the vampire-genre after the likes of Buffy and Blade, but if you have any love left for the undead you need to try True Blood.

YLE TV2 finally brings HBO’s prize-grabbing hit series to Finnish TV. There has been a lot of hype around True Blood and many think YLE is unforgivably late, since a lot of impatient people have found other ways to watch it. According to Miika Jalonen of TV2, YLE waited because they wanted to air both the first and the second season as a whole package.

In another award-season highlight, author Nick Hornby adapts journalist Lynn Barber’s memoirs into an entertaining coming-of-age drama that doubles as a retelling of the arch myth of modern popular culture. Set in 1960s London, the film details a 16-year-old middle-class girl’s eye-opening journey from all-class-and-no-sass into a burgeoning beatnik. Jenny (Carey Mulligan) dreams of studying at Oxford, until she meets 36-year-old charmer David (Peter Sarsgaard), who exposes her to a more intriguing side of life. All of a sudden a life of academia sounds less appealing. Both Mulligan and Horny are up for Oscars.

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In Harlem, 1987, Claireece “Precious” Jones (Gabourey Sidibe) is a 16-year-old African-American girl whose prospects are rather bleak. Betrayed by the public school system she is illiterate and ashamed of it, she is pregnant for the second time and has to wait hand and foot on her tyrant of a mother (Mo’Nique). Of course there must be a way out of this inner-city hell, but it will take facing up to some pretty deep, dark demons. Based on a novel written by the pseudonym Sapphire, this gruelling slice of ghetto life has been cleaning tables at award galas. It’s a well-meaning film, even if gluttons for squalor are likely to have their appetites sated.

Oh look, Frasier’s on. Didn’t I just see the last episode? Yes, I remember, it was very touching and I was quite sad to see the rerun cycle come to an end. Ah, Nelonen is doing what Sub did with Friends. They’re running the entire show again on the same slot. In fact, any day of the week you can catch a number of 90s hit shows that seem be stuck in a scheduling hamster wheel. And as if this was not enough, we’ve seen the emergence of a new phenomenon on Finnish TV: the marathon broadcast.