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 // 57 Articles
Reviews // 147 Articles
Blogs // 406 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

Mourning in America: Remembering 'Twin Peaks' | 25 Sep 2016 // 9:29 PM

Frustrating expectations was part of Twin Peaks modus operandi.

Domestic Infelicity: 'Way Out' Is Lost and Found on YouTube | 14 Sep 2016 // 9:30 PM

Roald Dahl's short-lived anthology feels like a merging of Rod Serling's horror and sci-fi with Alfred Hitchcock's obsession with unhappy marriages.

//Reviews

All a Put-On, Man: Six Weird Things About 'Beyond the Valley of the Dolls' | 18 Sep 2016 // 9:45 PM

This story's milieu is a special mythical corner of The Establishment, and yet it's weird as hell.

How Mature Can You Get? 'Wild in the Streets' | 30 Aug 2016 // 9:15 PM

Barry Shear's film is a jaundiced look at politics, youth culture, and everything in the air of 1968.

//Blogs

Unexpected Deaths and Hideous Trousers in 'Kamikaze 89' | 28 Sep 2016 // 9:45 PM

Rainer Werner Fassbinder is the whole show.

Criterion Draws Fresh Restorations From Welles With 'Chimes at Midnight' and 'The Immortal Story' | 22 Sep 2016 // 9:45 PM

In his late period, Orson Welles was just getting started.

//Mixed media
//Blogs

Unexpected Deaths and Hideous Trousers in 'Kamikaze 89'

// Short Ends and Leader

"Rainer Werner Fassbinder is the whole show.

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