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 // 48 Articles
Reviews // 132 Articles
Blogs // 319 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

On Denaturing Racial Elements in Two '50s-era Films | 25 May 2015 // 9:29 PM

Two fascinating bits of Americana, Black Gold and Face of Fire, are defined by racial themes, yet tackle the subject quite differently.

Calling Mr. Aldrich: The '50s-era Fisticuffs of 'World for Ransom' and 'Ten Seconds to Hell' | 6 May 2015 // 10:30 PM

Robert Aldrich favors the classical presentation of angry cynical characters given to violence and grotesquery, which means he's often "tasteless" and discomfitting.

//Reviews

'Bank Shot', 'Cops and Robbers', and 'Harry in Your Pocket' Capture the Evolution of Heist Films | 22 Jun 2015 // 9:10 PM

Starting in the '70s, heist and caper films evolved from the high-society champagne crime of the '30s and '40s to gritty, realistic robbery pictures.

Two Jack Hill Flicks Are Resurrected in 'Spider Baby' and 'Pit Stop' | 16 Jun 2015 // 9:10 PM

Spider Baby and Pit Stop are two lost obscurities from the '60s that now look sharper than ever thanks to reissues from Arrow Films.

//Blogs

Ten Great Criterion Titles: What to Watch and Why | 29 Jun 2015 // 7:35 AM

As the Criterion Collection's ever-growing roster shows, there are simply too many great pictures out on home video to know what to do with.

Yul Brynner's Dash Is Balder Than Most in 'Kings of the Sun' and 'Taras Bulba' | 24 Jun 2015 // 9:16 AM

Kings of the Sun and Taras Bulba aren't "good", but then again, of what use are movies if you haven't a high tolerance for balderdash?

//Mixed media
//Blogs

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