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 // 55 Articles
Reviews // 144 Articles
Blogs // 397 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

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 2016 // 9:15 PM

The Chase, Too Late for Tears, Woman on the Run and The Southerner are all examples of postwar indie cinema that had fallen through the cracks -- until now.

//Reviews

Breasting the Amazon With Canoe and Coati Mundi in 'Manhunt in the Jungle' | 9 Aug 2016 // 9:15 PM

Perhaps that anti-celebratory bit of colonial chastening is among the reasons this modest if sincere effort is so obscure.

Films in 'Found at Mostly Lost' Are Mostly Concerned With Avoiding the Police | 19 May 2016 // 9:45 PM

Tramps, dapper husbands, fake dinosaurs and young William Frawley.

//Blogs

A Gaggle of Ghosts, a Brace of Bamboo, 'A Touch of Zen' | 11 Jul 2016 // 9:15 PM

King Hu's martial arts masterpiece is a long, moody, beautiful, unpredictable film.

'The Daughter of Dawn' Is a Rare Native American Romance | 7 Jul 2016 // 9:15 PM

The Comanches are the bad guys; the Kiowas are the good guys, and love conquers all in this previously lost film from the '20s.

//Mixed media
//Blogs

The Specter of Multiplayer Hangs Over 'Door Kickers'

// Moving Pixels

"Door Kickers is not a multiplayer game, but for a while there, I couldn’t tell the difference.

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