Departures July 16, 2014
by Scott Tobias
After a lifetime of playing good guys, Ronald Reagan ended his acting career with a villainous turn in Don Siegel’s The Killers. Was the performance revelatory, or an aberration?Continue Reading
Departures June 11, 2014
Warren Beatty’s 1998 film Bulworth attempted to give a charge to Clinton-era liberal frustration by pairing it with a frankness inspired by hip-hop. The result was stranger than expected, but also truer to Beatty’s past than it seemed.
Departures May 15, 2014
Paul Thomas Anderson’s canny casting of the 1970s icon in a film set during his heyday gave Reynolds the best reviews of his career. But it ended up being an outlier in a filmography dominated by popcorn and junk.
Departures February 05, 2014
When filmmakers from abroad visit America, they tend to find angles on the country that native directors would never consider. Michelangelo Antonioni’s sole film made on American soil is no exception.
Departures September 25, 2013
For his first and only English-language film, Truffaut took on Ray Bradbury’s science-fiction classic. Hated in its day, it’s the perfect example of why even the maligned films of a great director deserve investigation.
Departures July 10, 2013
A period adaptation of Edith Wharton's novel found Martin Scorsese turning his attention to a different type of gang—one just as ferocious and status-obsessed as the Mafia of Goodfellas and Casino.