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Best of the Decade: Foreign and Action Films

Welcome once again to my series of blogs that takes a look back at the decade and counts down the best in film. This is the fifth entry in the series, Foreign and Action films, and the first from which I will hopefully post weekly every Wednesday night.

So, let's get on with it. Foreign language films are strangely enough the toughest sell to the general American audience - more than any genre of film. It's somewhat odd, because foreign is not a genre per se. It just means that it came from somewhere else. So, there are foreign language films of every genre that appeals to the general American audience (animation, action, comedy - you name it). But it's still tough for foreign films to catch on here. Why? Because of subtitles. As a result, out of the hundreds of foreign films that are released every year, only a small few make a mark - and the lucky handful become popular Stateside.

Regardless, foreign films did gain some acceptance from American audiences this past decade…

Best of the Decade: Musicals and Family Films

All right. So, I'm back with the 4th part of my series of blogs that looks back on the movies of the decade and counts down the best. I've finally reached a point where I can be more consistent about how often I post blogs. I hope to be able to post once a week from now on.

So, this week I will be counting down the best in musicals and family films. Let me begin with musicals. The musical genre had a bit of a resurgence this decade, beginning with the success of Moulin Rouge in 2001. I believe this lead to a release that averaged one or two musicals per year (excluding animated features). Unfortunately, some were not very good and others were adequate. Due to the lack of output and quality, it was impossible for me to create a top 10 list. Therefore, I present to you the top five musicals of the decade:

5. Hairspray
4. Bride & Prejudice
3. Dancer in the Dark
2. Once
1. Moulin Rouge

Honorable mention: Dreamgirls

And now for family films. The reason this was quite difficult w…