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 // 162 Articles
Blogs // 426 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

It's a Wonderful Death: A Thanksgiving Carol | 16 Feb 2017 // 9:00 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 // 9:00 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.

//Reviews

Spending the Night: Three Old Dark Houses Give Up Their Secrets | 21 Mar 2017 // 9:45 PM

Chamber of Horrors, A Game of Death and Invisible Ghost bring '40s black and white thrillers to Blu-ray.

Swinging Two Hammers: 'The Man Who Could Cheat Death' and 'The Skull' | 14 Mar 2017 // 9:45 PM

Two British horrors with iconic stars about doctors who can't heal themselves and the women who love them.

//Blogs

'Two O'Clock Courage' Is Only a Quarter to Noir | 20 Mar 2017 // 9:45 PM

This is a solid minor crime lark that tips its fedora to basic noir tropes.

We Destroyed New York Long Ago With 'Deluge' | 19 Mar 2017 // 9:45 PM

Here's a rediscovery for fans of old-school physical effects and early science fiction talkies.

//Mixed media
//Blogs

Tibet House's 30th Anniversary Benefit Concert Celebrated Philip Glass' 80th

// Notes from the Road

"Philip Glass, the artistic director of the Tibet House benefits, celebrated his 80th birthday at this year's annual benefit with performances from Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, Brittany Howard, Sufjan Stevens and more.

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