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Carlos (2010)

Director: Olivier Assayas
Stars: Édgar Ramírez, Alexander Scheer, Fadi Abi Samra, Ahmad Kaabour

If only American TV miniseries were as badass as Carlos, the epic three-part chronicle of Carlos the Jackal, the famous terrorist, produced by French and German television in 2010. Yes, HBO and Todd Haynes gave us the fantastic Mildred Pierce, but we're greedy for more, groveling for something bigger in the face of this international production that spans languages, continents, decades.

Olivier Assayas directs with verve, employing anachronistic post-punk on the soundtrack. You haven't lived 'til you've seen Édgar Ramírez admire himself in the mirror, drunk off booze and his own ego, while New Order's "Dreams Never Fade" plays.

The set pieces, in particular the 1975 OPEC siege, are assured and tense, but its the quiet moments where Carlos impresses. You won't forget the moment where he teases a woman's lips with a grenade, rubs the bomb against her bare thighs.

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