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 // 60 Articles
Reviews // 167 Articles
Blogs // 427 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

In Praise of Comedy Films That Aren't Funny | 12 Apr 2017 // 10:00 PM

A look at the rather funnily not funny films, Blast-Off and Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood.

It's a Wonderful Death: A Thanksgiving Carol | 16 Feb 2017 // 9:00 PM

This novel is reminiscent of Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life (1946) and Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol -- but with a twist.

//Reviews

Beauty in the Abstract: 'Visual Music 1947-1986' | 8 May 2017 // 6:30 AM

These films present pure sensual pleasure unfettered by story, character and other left-brain constructs. In other words, this stuff is beautiful.

Projecting Delusions: Two French New Wave Masters on the Dangers of Film | 26 Apr 2017 // 5:29 AM

The World's Most Beautiful Swindlers and Ophélia will satisfy buffs who must track down previously obscure items from the French New Wave.

//Blogs

Pilot X Puts a Crimp on the Business in 'The Mysterious Airman' | 23 May 2017 // 6:30 AM

Mystery writer Arthur B. Reeve's influence in this film doesn't follow convention -- it follows his invention.

'Two O'Clock Courage' Is Only a Quarter to Noir | 20 Mar 2017 // 9:45 PM

This is a solid minor crime lark that tips its fedora to basic noir tropes.

//Mixed media
//Blogs

'Resident Evil 7: Biohazard' -- You Like to Watch

// Moving Pixels

"In our role of the spooked cameraman, there’s just enough light to highlight our confinement -- but not enough to highlight the dangers.

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