2010 in Movies: The Year of the True Stories

Ripped from the headline!  Based on true events!  2010 featured an unusual number of movies based on real people and events, including two of the year’s very best – The Social Network and The King’s Speech.

But there were also Howl, 127 Hours, The Way Back,  Fair Game, Carlos, the Mesrine films, Casino Jack and I Love You, Phillip Morris.

Here is the trailer from Carlos, the 5 1/2 hour miniseries on the 70s/80s terrorist Carlos the Jackal.  Carlos begins as a playboy who thinks it would be cool to fight for the Palestinians,  inadvertently gains some celebrity and LOVES IT.  Carlos has a star making performance by the Venezuelan actor Edgar Ramirez who perfectly captures Carlos’ bravado, audacity, vanity, sexiness, delusion and dissolution. I strongly recommend waiting for the DVD release of the full length version (or watching for it to pop up again on Sundance Channel).

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