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 // 47 Articles
Reviews // 128 Articles
Blogs // 304 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

Calling Mr. Aldrich: The '50s-era Fisticuffs of 'World for Ransom' and 'Ten Seconds to Hell' | 6 May 2015 // 9:30 PM

Robert Aldrich favors the classical presentation of angry cynical characters given to violence and grotesquery, which means he's often "tasteless" and discomfitting.

Farther Than You Think: Mapping the Noir Terrain | 22 Mar 2015 // 8:30 PM

Rope of Sand, Dark City, and Union Station each extend the shadowy reach of film noir.

//Reviews

"Kiss Me, Stupid" Is a Sex Comedy That Follows Up on Its Tease | 21 May 2015 // 8:10 PM

Kiss Me, Stupid dares to suggest that middle-class Americans, just like the ticket buyers, might not be as sexually upright as they're cracked up to be.

Agatha Christie Plus Alfred Hitchcock Equals Mario Bava's 'Evil Eye' | 19 May 2015 // 8:10 PM

This dual language (Italian and English) Blu-ray release is a disorienting, elliptical, and dreamlike horror experience.

//Blogs

'42nd Street' Is Still a Young and Healthy Musical | 18 May 2015 // 9:00 AM

42nd Street invented or perfected all the clichés of the backstage musical.

Yakuza Formula Plus Cool Style Equals 'Massacre Gun' | 13 May 2015 // 7:58 AM

The chipmunk-cheeked Joe Shishido leads up this 1967 "borderless action" film from Japan.

//Mixed media
//Blogs

Hozier + Death Cab for Cutie + Rock Radio 104.5's Birthday Show (Photo Gallery)

// Notes from the Road

"Radio 104.5's birthday show featured great bands and might have been the unofficial start of summer festival season in the Northeast.

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