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 // 49 Articles
Reviews // 134 Articles
Blogs // 330 Articles

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.


The Life, Death and Afterlife of Video Stores | 28 Jul 2015 // 9:30 PM

In the dust of long gone video stores ghosts of film geeks past forever roam.

On Denaturing Racial Elements in Two '50s-era Films | 25 May 2015 // 9:29 PM

Two fascinating bits of Americana, Black Gold and Face of Fire, are defined by racial themes, yet tackle the subject quite differently.


The Maltese Spin-Offs: 'Satan Met a Lady' and 'The Maltese Bippy' | 12 Jul 2015 // 9:10 PM

These are not the gospel according to Dashiell Hammett.

'Eddie Cantor Four Film Collection' Moves In and (Thankfully) Out of Blackface | 7 Jul 2015 // 9:10 PM

Beneath the grotesque surface, white performers tried to tap a secret power of blackness in the '30s. This Eddie Cantor four film collection is one such document of that time.


'Five Came Back' Is an Unusual and Seminal Suspenser | 27 Jul 2015 // 8:24 AM

This film feels like a template for subsequent multi-character airplane-disaster and crash projects, all the way down to Lost.

These '3-D Rarities' Are Relaxing and Refreshing to the Eye | 24 Jul 2015 // 6:00 AM

3D is consistently linked with what's "modern" and "futuristic", but as this excellent Flicker Alley release shows, it's been around for awhile.

//Mixed media

Double Take: 'The French Connection' (1971)

// Short Ends and Leader

"You pick your feet in Poughkeepsie, and we pick The French Connection for Double Take #18.

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