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10 Film Trends Of The Noughties

To be one of the greatest song-and/or-dance performances of the decade you don't have been in a musical - but it helps. Equally, you don't need any ability at singing or dancing, just an enthusiastic attitude and a willingness to go for it. Don't believe us? Check these babies out

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Dysfunctional Families
Ranging from the laconic - Igby Goes Down, The Squid & The Whale - to the soberly shocking - 2003's Capturing The Friedmans - dysfunctional families have been huge both as plot device and examination of social mores. Whether poking fun at family stereotypes (Meet The Parents, Monster-In-Law) or seeing how one person's actions can affect the rest of a family (The Royal Tenenbaums, Rachel Getting Married), the family unit has never been further from the nuclear 2 + 2 format. It was up to Little Miss Sunshine to best show that family is family, whatever and how many of you there are.



Adult-y Kids Films

Pixar's sterling efforts with Toy Story in the 90s made grown-ups sit up and take notice of the films keeping their children entertained, and studios soon realised that there were squillions more bucks to be made from kids films if their parents and elder relations would happily fork out to see too. Culminating in 2009, where kids films became none-more adult friendly - Where The Wild Things Are, Coraline, Fantastic Mr Fox - the 2000s delivered cracking films that were smart, sweet and funny. Take a bow Shrek (not you, Shrek 3), everything Pixar, Spirited Away, Charlie and the Chocolate Factoryoh, you get the idea.

Remakes Of Asian Horrors
Remakes and sequels were big news, particularly from out East - even The Lake House was originally Korean - but it was this decade that Hollywood became hooked on anglicising those stone-cold perfect ghost stories coming out of Japan, Korea and Hong Kong. From the good - The Grudge, The Ring, Dark Water - to the mediocre - Pulse, Shutter, The Uninvited - if it was Korean, Japanese or Thai and had a scary ghost in it, we wanted to see it.


Franchises And Sequels
Proof in the pudding that sequels aren't over? We're on The Land Before Time XII. And while some franchises really scraped the bottom of the barrel - did we really need four Scary Movies? - the last 10 years have also given us some superb follow-ups. From Spider-Man 2 and X2 to the concluding chapters of the Lord of the Rings, we had enough cracking fare to make up for the sometimes underwhelming third outings - Spider-Man 3, X-Men 3, Jurassic Park III.


3D
Unbelievably shit around the time of Jaws 3, unbelievably good at the time of writing thanks to James Cameron's Avatar team, 3D grew up to look real pretty this decade. Animation in particular gained from the combination of IMAX and 3D, delivering good-looking, classy pictures that exploded from the page in a way that pop-up books just couldn't deliver. With ever-bigger screens at home and studios hyperventilating over piracy, 3D is being touted as the saviour of cinema - so more power to its elbow.

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