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.
Thursday, June 4 2009
Again in the Eastwood oeuvre, a man who thinks he's in control, and especially around women, finds out he's not quite.
Wednesday, April 15 2009
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.
Thursday, September 18 2008
Face slapping, bathroom porn, and obsessive, possessive, manic-depressive, aggressive-aggressive fixations define these Catherine Deneuve non-masterpieces.
Thursday, August 28 2008
The aliens carry silver dollars with lights which function both as cell phones and as gadgets that can make anyone drop dead from an instantly diagnosable "brain hemorrhage".
Thursday, January 31 2008
The films produced by Thanhouser may seem fragile in their faded beauty and quaint devices, but their very age and quaintness become strengths to who admire the style and vigor of silent cinema.
Sunday, March 22 2015
Rope of Sand, Dark City, and Union Station each extend the shadowy reach of film noir.
Sunday, March 8 2015
Hurry Sundown, Skidoo, and Such Good Friends welcome you to a world of crowded frames and uncertain tones.
Monday, February 23 2015
This is a traditional family sitcom, which means it's not funny.
Monday, November 24 2014
At its best, Maya serves as a window into an era of kids' adventure series with unusually authentic production values and undercurrents of thoughtful attention to cultural differences.
Wednesday, September 24 2014
The Party, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Juggernaut give us good clean fun about slavery and brothels.
Wednesday, April 15 2015
These eye-popping '60s French capers feature the legendary Jean-Paul Belmondo hopping the globe in a series of illogical but zanily fun adventure pieces.
Wednesday, April 1 2015
This imperfect police procedural is nonetheless both a rare example of the point of view of women in the '50s and a case study for how the Production Code ultimately met its demise.
Wednesday, March 25 2015
This isn't some towering milestone of the genre, but it's something harder to pull off: a quietly intelligent, handsomely made, satisfying B-western.
Thursday, March 12 2015
This is a cold film where it's clear something is always wrong, but no one can quite piece together what it is.
Monday, March 2 2015
This woman-centric western isn't a lost masterpiece, but rather an entertaining and sometimes fascinating pleasantry.
Thursday, April 16 2015
When Mark of the Devil was released, audiences were required to bring vomit bags into the theatre. That warning wasn't without reason.
Friday, April 10 2015
Milestone Cinematheque lives up to its name with a jaw-droppingly sharp restoration of Shirley Clarke's The Connection.
Friday, April 3 2015
This is a charming, bucolic, and splendidly unhealthy atmosphere populated by a gallery of busybodies and wrongheaded local boobs.
Wednesday, April 1 2015
As this obscure Warner Archive reissue proves, sometimes a film falls to obscurity for a reason.
Tuesday, March 31 2015
This late '50s seafaring comedy is pleasant if uninspired.