Michael Barrett

Michael Barrett is a San Antonio-based freelance writer who tries not to leave the house. He has degrees from Trinity University in San Antonio and University of California at Davis. He watches one film a day. In addition to his features and reviews on PopMatters, see also his PopMatters column, Canon Fodder. Since the early '90s he has written a monthly video column for the San Antonio Express-News, and his national publications include Library Journal and the Chicago-based Nostalgia Digest.

Features // 10 Articles
Columns // 59 Articles
Reviews // 160 Articles
Blogs // 421 Articles

Clint Eastwood: American Icon Collection | 4 Jun 2009 // 3:59 PM

Again in the Eastwood oeuvre, a man who thinks he's in control, and especially around women, finds out he's not quite.

M Squad: Clench-jawed and World-weary | 15 Apr 2009 // 3:59 PM

Lee Marvin almost floats through his space, bending his graying hatchet-head forward on his tall lanky body, his loose limbs on the point of uncoiling into savagery when some mug pulls a rod or throws a punch. He's a dangerous gentleman.


It's a Wonderful Death: A Thanksgiving Carol | 16 Feb 2017 // 8:00 PM

This novel is reminiscent of Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life (1946) and Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol -- but with a twist.

How About Some Noah Baumbach, Paul Thomas Anderson, Robert Altman & Akira Kurosawa for the Holidays? | 8 Dec 2016 // 8:00 PM

If you ever wonder why certain elements get tossed into a movie, remember: beauty never needs to be justified. These and other thoughts on recent Blu-ray releases.


Secret Identities and Secret Codes in Ken Hughes and Jack Gold Films | 17 Jan 2017 // 8:45 PM

The Internecine Project and Who?: Two twisty, methodical, unusual thrillers whose heroes are masters of secret codes.

The Forecast Is Unsettling in 'It's Always Fair Weather' | 11 Jan 2017 // 8:45 PM

Not all musicals present a slap-happy world.


Crooks, Cops, Rocks and Airplanes: 'The Sicilian Clan' | 14 Feb 2017 // 8:45 PM

After being mostly buried for decades, a Eurocrime caper emerges into the Blu.

Paranoia's on the Wing in 'No Highway in the Sky' | 5 Feb 2017 // 8:45 PM

James Stewart and Marlene Dietrich star in an early airplane disaster picture.

//Mixed media

The Romantic Nightmare in Alfred Döblin's 'Bright Magic'

// Re:Print

"The stories in this collection are circular, puzzling; they often end as cruelly as they do quietly, the characters and their journeys extinguished with poisonous calm.

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