Édgar Ramírez plays Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, aka Carlos the Jackal, in 'Carlos,' from filmmaker Olivier Assayas

‘Carlos’ – The making of a terrorist superstar on Netflix and Sundance Now

Carlos (2010), Olivier Assayas’ epic account of the life and myth of real-life terrorist Carlos the Jackal, is a mesmerizing portrait of a committed activist who transforms himself into a media-hungry rock star of an international terrorist. Édgar Ramírez plays Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, aka Carlos the Jackal (a name he appropriates from a Fredrick Forsythe […]

‘Legend’-ary Martial Arts Comedy with Jet Li and Jackie Chan on Netflix

Jet Li became a superstar in Asia after taking the lead in the hit Once Upon a Time in China films, epic martial arts adventures set at the turn of the century and featuring Li as the real-life healer and martial arts master Wong Fei-hung, transformed into a modest, soft-spoken scholar who unleashes his unworldly […]

Timur Bekmambetov directs 'Night Watch' and 'Day Watch,' grunge-noir urban fantasy set in contemporary Moscow.

‘Night Watch’ and ‘Day Watch’: Russian urban fantasy on Netflix

The Russian diptych Night Watch (2004) and Day Watch (2006), based on the first two novels of a supernatural trilogy from author Sergei Lukyanenko and directed by Timur Bekmambetov, are what I like to think of as fantasy noir set amidst an urban underworld subculture of sorcerers, shapeshifters, seers and vampires in a depressed modern Moscow. […]