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 // 61 Articles
Reviews // 169 Articles
Blogs // 430 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

Something Borowczyk, Something Blue: A Cinema of Sex and Power | 29 May 2017 // 9:30 PM

Walerian Borowczyk is a filmmaker of glimpses and ellipses. Long neglected and obscure, his films are now emerging on Blu-ray.

In Praise of Comedy Films That Aren't Funny | 12 Apr 2017 // 10:00 PM

A look at the rather funnily not funny films, Blast-Off and Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood.

//Reviews

'The Jacques Rivette Collection': Three Proto-Lynchian Dream Teases | 15 Jun 2017 // 4:30 AM

Rivette's Duelle, Noroît and Merry-Go-Round are the kind of films that are always on the verge of almost making sense.

Making Their Mark in Early Film: An Excellent Anthology of Women Directors | 1 Jun 2017 // 10:00 PM

First they survived an unpredictable male-dominated industry, and then their films survived the passage of time. Early Women Filmmakers: An International Anthology.

//Blogs

'Caltiki': The Creeping Blob! | 12 Jun 2017 // 10:30 PM

Even at its most creaky in between the hair-raising scenes of queasy ickiness, this movie appeals to style mavens, auteur watchers, and horror historians.

Spotlight on a Murderer: A Little-seen Mystery Thriller From Three Masters of the Form | 8 Jun 2017 // 7:30 AM

Georges Franju and his co-writers create a nice balance of tones and a general air of puzzlement with some clever misdirection for an entertaining light mystery.

//Mixed media
//Blogs

The Thoughtful Absurdity of 'Spaceplan'

// Moving Pixels

"Spaceplan is a goofy game that still manages to pack a potent emotional punch.

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