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.
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.
(Catherine) Deneuvian Depths | 18 Sep 2008 // 5:59 PM
Face slapping, bathroom porn, and obsessive, possessive, manic-depressive, aggressive-aggressive fixations define these Catherine Deneuve non-masterpieces.
The Invaders: Cold War Central with the Vietnam Blues | 28 Aug 2008 // 6:00 PM
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".
When Rules Were Meant to be (Silently) Broken | 31 Jan 2008 // 3:59 PM
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.
Berlin Alexanderplatz //2.Dec.07
The Cult of Personality //1.Nov.07
Avante-garde 2: Experimental Cinema 1928-1954 //20.Sep.07
The Elusive Corpus: Jean Renoir Collection //25.Jun.07
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.
Mourning in America: Remembering 'Twin Peaks' | 25 Sep 2016 // 9:29 PM
Frustrating expectations was part of Twin Peaks modus operandi.
Domestic Infelicity: 'Way Out' Is Lost and Found on YouTube | 14 Sep 2016 // 9:30 PM
Roald Dahl's short-lived anthology feels like a merging of Rod Serling's horror and sci-fi with Alfred Hitchcock's obsession with unhappy marriages.
Separate But Unequal: 'Pioneers of African-American Cinema' | 8 Aug 2016 // 9:30 PM
Funded by Kickstarter, this five-disc set preserves and restores the most significant collection of "race films" on DVD and Blu-ray.
UCLA Film & Television Archive to the Rescue //16.Jun.16
The Bad and the Beautiful: B-Horrors Go Blu //1.Mar.16
The Life, Death and Afterlife of Video Stores //28.Jul.15
Calling Mr. Aldrich: The '50s-era Fisticuffs of 'World for Ransom' and 'Ten Seconds to Hell' //6.May.15
Farther Than You Think: Mapping the Noir Terrain //22.Mar.15
The Adventures of Two Boys and an Elephant //24.Nov.14
Films for Fans of Visionary Directors //4.Aug.14
60 Nights at the Movies: The Sequel //17.Feb.14
'Til Your Eyes Bleed & Your Ears Explode: 61 Books You Really Should Read & Have Read To You //3.Oct.13
50 Nights at the Movies -- at Home! //13.Aug.13
How Do Film Adaptations of Books, Such As 'The Great Gatsby', Affect an Author's Literary Status? //12.May.13
Do Women Have Sex? 'The Chapman Report' //15.Apr.13
Ruining Their Reputations: Pre-Code Movies Have a Naughty Reputation That's Not Always Deserved //1.Jul.12
Prime Time Larceny: It Takes a Thief //1.Feb.12
Clear! Old-School Medical Drama, Stat! //13.Oct.11
'Cinema' --That's Italian for Cinema //4.Apr.11
King Henry of Hollywood //9.Feb.11
Charlie Chaplin, Tramping Step by Step //12.Jan.11
Fantômas: The Case of the Dastardly Scalawag //19.Oct.10
'The Mothers-In-Law': Just for Good Measure, We'll Give Everyone the Intelligence of a Radish //30.Aug.10
Peyton Place: When Discretion Was Partly a Genteel Quality, Partly a Requirement of the Censor //24.Jun.10
Perry Mason Knows: Anyone May Be Guilty, Evil Lurks Just Beneath the Mask of Respectability //27.May.10
Reality with a Pinch of Salto //4.Mar.10
Silent Revelations //19.Jan.10
Looking Back at the Avant Garde //1.Dec.09
Buster Keaton: The Sound of His Obsession //2.Sep.09
You are Living in the Golden Years of Cinema //23.Jul.09
‘The City’: The Most Seen Documentary //5.Mar.09
Ken Russell at the BBC //21.Jan.09
DIY: Takahiko Iimura //7.Oct.08
American Film Theatre //17.Jul.08
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.
Secret Identities and Secret Codes in Ken Hughes and Jack Gold Films | 17 Jan 2017 // 9:45 PM
The Internecine Project and Who?: Two twisty, methodical, unusual thrillers whose heroes are masters of secret codes.
The Forecast Is Unsettling in 'It's Always Fair Weather' | 11 Jan 2017 // 9:45 PM
Not all musicals present a slap-happy world.
If You Haven't Seen 'His Girl Friday', Consider Your Life Wasted So Far | 8 Jan 2017 // 9:44 PM
Walter Burns (Cary Grant) and Hildy Johnson (Rosalind Russell): a love-hate story no matter how you cast it.
Intelligent '80s Sci-fi Films, 'Man Facing Southeast' and 'The Quiet Earth', Question Life on Earth //19.Dec.16
Shirley Clarke's Films Collected and Restored //12.Dec.16
Smile! You're on Cinerama //21.Nov.16
Two Very Different Responses to 'Easy Rider': 'Gas-s-s-s' and 'Little Fauss and Big Halsy' //10.Nov.16
How Mature Can You Get? 'Wild in the Streets' //30.Aug.16
The Moon, the Marquise and Other Sad Romantics //14.Jan.16
'Bank Shot', 'Cops and Robbers', and 'Harry in Your Pocket' Capture the Evolution of Heist Films //22.Jun.15
'Sombrero' Is a Forgotten Technicolor Gem //8.Jun.15
'Canyon Passage' Is Not Your Usual Western //16.Jun.14
'It Started in Naples' and It Ended in Capri //15.Jun.14
'City That Never Sleeps' and 'Hell's Half Acre' Try Unusual Methods in Their Storytelling //6.May.14
The King and Queen of Postwar Pop //5.May.14
Let's Talk About a Couple of Lemmons //28.Jan.14
The Bad Man in 'Branded' Is Lying the Truth //13.Jan.14
'Perry Mason' Resonates from Decades Past //7.Oct.13
The Handsome and the Stupid: 'The Tartars' //1.Apr.13
A Touch of Orson, Almost: 'Tip on a Dead Jockey' //27.Feb.13
'The Phynx': Stupefaction Guaranteed //31.Oct.12
Catch Us If You Can: 'Having a Wild Weekend' //5.Sep.12
Kiss-Kiss Bang-Bang Go-Go Raquel!: 'Flareup' //12.Jun.12
Boy, are These Natives Restless: 'Black Moon' //27.Mar.12
'Tall Story': Don't You Believe It //12.Mar.12
Debbie Reynolds in Multiple Musical Doses: 'Give a Girl a Break' & 'The Affairs of Dobie Gillis' //18.Jan.12
We All Get a Bit Defrocked in 'Priest of Love' //18.Jul.11
Be Careful Who You Wish For: 'The Associate' //23.Jun.11
In 'Vampire Circus', One Lust Feeds the Other //22.Feb.11
The 'Man in a Suitcase' Is a Surly Bastard //14.Feb.11
'Johnny Staccato': A Detective on the Downbeat //20.Jan.11
Smiling Ghosts, Hidden Hands & Negro Stereotypes in 'Warner Bros. Horror/Mystery Double Features' //13.Jan.11
Luise Rainer Spirals into Extravagant Tomfoolery in the 'Signature Collection: Luise Rainer' //11.Jan.11
The Morally Fuzzy Territory of Film Noir Lurks in the Shadows of 'Perry Mason: Season 5, Volume 2' //18.Nov.10
'Eleven Men and a Girl' and a Mouth //15.Sep.10
A Knight Without Armour In a Savage Land: 'Have Gun Will Travel: Season Four, Volume Two' //22.Jul.10
A Gospel Calling: Mahalia Jackson Sings //13.Apr.10
Have Gun - Will Travel: Season Four, Volume One //10.Mar.10
Summer Storm //17.Dec.09
The Barbara Stanwyck Show: Volume 1 //14.Dec.09
The Buttercup Chain //17.Sep.09
Paris 36 (Faubourg 36) //16.Aug.09
British Sea Power: Man of Aran //7.Jun.09
Under Full Sail: Silent Cinema on the High Seas //13.Apr.09
Music for Airports & In the Ocean //2.Mar.09
Honey West: The Complete Series //8.Jan.09
Perry Mason: Season 3 - Vol. 2 //7.Jan.09
Weird Tales & Edgar Allen Poe Collections //30.Oct.08
Noriko's Dinner Table //12.Jun.08
Before the Nickelodeon //5.Jun.08
The Exquisite Short Films of Kihachiro Kawamoto //20.May.08
Alain Delon: Five Film Collection //7.May.08
Slave Widow //7.May.08
The Last Supper //30.Apr.08
Black Widow //10.Apr.08
The Second Track //31.Mar.08
The Dragon Painter //16.Mar.08
Post-War Kurosawa: Eclipse Series 7 //13.Mar.08
German Expressionism Collection //6.Mar.08
Bruce Lee: The Early Years 1953/1955 //28.Feb.08
The Untouchables: Season 1, Vol. 1 //7.Feb.08
Eugenie de Sade //6.Feb.08
Syndromes and a Century (Sang Sattawat) //21.Jan.08
Lost and Found: The Harry Langdon Collection //17.Jan.08
Route 66: Season 1, Vol. 1 //20.Dec.07
A Cottage on Dartmoor //5.Nov.07
Discovering Cinema //28.Oct.07
Fox Horror Classics Collection //21.Oct.07
Stories of the American Puppet //27.Sep.07
Snake Womans Curse //26.Sep.07
True Heart Susie //13.Sep.07
Spring in a Small Town //9.Aug.07
The One-Armed Swordsman //28.Jun.07
Tyrone Power: The Swashbuckler Box Set (1949) //28.May.07
Regular Lovers (2005) //20.May.07
The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes (2005) //3.May.07
'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.
'Something for Everyone' Is an Early, Albeit Sinister, Example of Queer Cinema | 16 Mar 2017 // 9:45 PM
Directed by Broadway legend Harold Prince, this film's provocative subject matter made it one of MPAA's earliest X-rated movies.
Ken Russell's 'The Boy Friend' Razzle-Dazzles 'em | 15 Mar 2017 // 9:45 PM
Russell loves the homely spit-and-bailing-wire reality as much as the polished eye-popping fantasy of theatre.
Black Comedy Comes in Many Colors in 'What a Way to Go!' | 7 Mar 2017 // 9:45 PM
A widescreen '60s splash of groovy death humor.