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 // 58 Articles
Reviews // 159 Articles
Blogs // 417 Articles
//Features

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.

//Columns

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.

Mourning in America: Remembering 'Twin Peaks' | 25 Sep 2016 // 8:29 PM

Frustrating expectations was part of Twin Peaks modus operandi.

//Reviews

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

Not all musicals present a slap-happy world.

If You Haven't Seen 'His Girl Friday', Consider Your Life Wasted So Far | 8 Jan 2017 // 8:44 PM

Walter Burns (Cary Grant) and Hildy Johnson (Rosalind Russell): a love-hate story no matter how you cast it.

//Blogs

One for All and All for Doug: 'The Three Musketeers' Is a Fairbanks Star Vehicle | 5 Jan 2017 // 8:45 PM

Douglas Fairbanks has charm in spades, or swords, and D'Artagnan's cross of naïve bumpkin and brash youth is a perfect role for him.

Two Cursed Creatures: 'The Undying Monster' and 'The Lodger' | 20 Dec 2016 // 8:45 PM

John Brahm's handsome expressionist thrillers get Blu-ray upgrades.

//Mixed media
//Blogs

Stone Dead: Murder and Myth in 'Medousa'

// Short Ends and Leader

"A wry tale which takes in Greek mythology, punk rock and influences of American suspense-drama, this is an effective and curious thriller about myth and obsession.

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