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 // 62 Articles
Reviews // 175 Articles
Blogs // 435 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.


Through the Fog of TV Amnesia: Remembering The Briefly Lived 'Coronet Blue' | 8 Aug 2017 // 9:00 PM

Coronet Blue seems to be TV's earliest incarnation of the amnesiac hero, and moreover the amnesiac spy.

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.


Sacha Guitry's 'La Poison' Is a Small, Sour Masterpiece of Provincial Satire | 14 Aug 2017 // 5:30 AM

This is a very dark and sardonic explosion of all the polite conventions that grease society -- and other movies.

Sympathy for the Devil: Two Supernatural Fantasies from René Clair | 11 Aug 2017 // 3:30 AM

I Married a Witch and Beauty and the Devil enjoy sophisticated evil.


Gremlins and the Housewife in 'Don't Be Afraid of the Dark' | 17 Aug 2017 // 6:30 AM

The house itself wants to pull the neurotic woman into its maw and absorb her whole as a literal housewife.

'The Prowler' Reveals the Horror of Getting What You Want | 15 Aug 2017 // 5:30 AM

He carries the seeds of his own desperate, grasping, clammy doom...

//Mixed media

U2's 'The Joshua Tree' Tour Reminds the Audience of their Politics

// Notes from the Road

"The Joshua Tree tour highlights U2's classic album with an epic and unforgettable new experience.

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