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 // 57 Articles
Reviews // 148 Articles
Blogs // 409 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.


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.


The Kindness of Scoundrels: Douglas Sirk in the '40s | 10 Oct 2016 // 9:45 PM

A Scandal in Paris and Lured mix Hollywood with European sensibility.

All a Put-On, Man: Six Weird Things About 'Beyond the Valley of the Dolls' | 18 Sep 2016 // 9:45 PM

This story's milieu is a special mythical corner of The Establishment, and yet it's weird as hell.


Tricks or Treats? Ten Halloween Blu-rays That May Disrupt Your Life | 25 Oct 2016 // 9:45 PM

The best of this stuff'll kill you.

The Horrors, the Horrors, or Get Your Halloween On | 23 Oct 2016 // 9:45 PM

This bevy of B or Z horrors upclassed to Blu-ray will help you get scared the old-fashioned way.

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Tricks or Treats? Ten Halloween Blu-rays That May Disrupt Your Life

// Short Ends and Leader

"The best of this stuff'll kill you.

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