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 // 53 Articles
Reviews // 142 Articles
Blogs // 380 Articles

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.


25 Nights With Some Movies That Caused a Temporary Ripple in the Buzz-o-sphere | 27 Apr 2016 // 9:30 PM

From the importance (or not) of the comic book movies to films with avant-garde concepts, some beautiful, some unbearable.

The Bad and the Beautiful: B-Horrors Go Blu | 1 Mar 2016 // 9:30 PM

Surrounded by faceless men, stone men, and brainless men, the mesmerizing "Queen of Blood" belongs in her own class.


'Try and Get Me' Goes Where Most Films Fear to Tread | 14 Apr 2016 // 9:10 PM

This overlooked noir film takes a disturbing look at ordinary American life, circa 1950.

Be It Victorian England or '50s-era America, Women Are Driven Bonkers | 25 Mar 2016 // 5:00 AM

In several projects, Eleanor Parker embodied women trapped in desperate circumstances in 'The Woman in White' and 'Lizzie'.


'The Whip Hand' Runs Free With the Other Tied Behind Its Back | 25 Apr 2016 // 9:10 PM

From Nazis to the Cold War in one painful lesson.

Sam Fuller Gives Us the Bird in 'Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street' | 12 Apr 2016 // 9:30 PM

A restoration of one of Fuller's obscurer free-for-alls, it's an odd bird.

//Mixed media

'SUPERHOTLine Miami' Is Exactly What It Sounds Like

// Moving Pixels

"SUPERHOTLine Miami provides a perfect case study in how slow-motion affects the pace and tone of a game.

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