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 // 62 Articles
Reviews // 177 Articles
Blogs // 437 Articles
//Features

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

//Columns

Through the Fog of TV Amnesia: Remembering The Briefly Lived 'Coronet Blue' | 8 Aug 2017 // 9:00 PM

Coronet Blue seems to be TV's earliest incarnation of the amnesiac hero, and moreover the amnesiac spy.

Something Borowczyk, Something Blue: A Cinema of Sex and Power | 29 May 2017 // 9:30 PM

Walerian Borowczyk is a filmmaker of glimpses and ellipses. Long neglected and obscure, his films are now emerging on Blu-ray.

//Reviews

Sex in 1968: A Joe Sarno Double-Shot | 9 Oct 2017 // 5:30 AM

All the Sins of Sodom and Vibrations's tales of talky, restless, desperate, and sex-starved middle-class Americans.

Bava, Baby, Bava! Three Films from Italy's Horror Maestro | 6 Oct 2017 // 5:30 AM

Erik the Conqueror, Roy Colt and Winchester Jack and Kill Baby Kill show Bava's colorful ways with the camera.

//Blogs

'Hopscotch' is Anchored in Walter Matthau's Playful, Irascible Personality | 22 Aug 2017 // 5:30 AM

With his novel, Hopscotch, Brian Garfield challenged himself to write a suspenseful spy tale in which nobody gets killed.

How It Slips Away: 'The Breaking Point' Crosses Hemingway With Noir | 21 Aug 2017 // 5:29 AM

Whether we've seen or read the story before, we ache for these sympathetic, floundering people presented to us gravely and without cynicism, even when cynical themselves.

//Mixed media
//Blogs

NYFF 2017: 'Mudbound'

// Notes from the Road

"Dee Rees’ churning and melodramatic epic follows two families in 1940s Mississippi, one black and one white, and the wars they fight abroad and at home.

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