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 // 51 Articles
Reviews // 136 Articles
Blogs // 353 Articles

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.


40 Nights at the Movies (in the Comfort of Your Home): The Franchise | 26 Nov 2015 // 4:59 AM

Back by popular demand! Recommendations from "40 Nights at the Movies" will keep you, your dog and your elephant glued to the couch for months.

Fighting the Battles of 'Jericho', the Show That Came Tumbling Down | 15 Sep 2015 // 8:30 PM

Jericho wore the influence of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. on its sleeve, but that didn't protect it.


Oh, Throckmorton! Counting Bad Days With "The Great Gildersleeve" | 21 Sep 2015 // 8:10 PM

Gildy's continual laughs, hums, grumbles, yips, and sighs draw his voice from the silky and obsequious into annoyed growls in the new collection from Warner Video.

Two Masters of Hollywood Expressionism Go Back to Europe | 6 Aug 2015 // 8:10 PM

Escape From East Berlin and War-Gods of the Deep both try to escape from tyranny.


A Profile of the Great Profile: 'The Mad Genius' and 'The Great Man Votes' | 19 Nov 2015 // 2:30 AM

Two performances from John Barrymore take us from pre-Code camp to prescient political satire.

'The Safecracker' Breaks the War Wide Open | 17 Nov 2015 // 8:05 PM

A field day, and parachute drop, for Ray Milland.

//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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