Fred Barrett

Fred Barrett

Favorite films

  • The Messiah
  • In the Cold of the Night
  • A Wife Confesses
  • Love Massacre

Recent activity

  • Paisan


  • Coma

  • Poor Things

  • Body Snatchers

Recent reviews

  • Poor Things

    Poor Things

    Was more than ready to turn this off by the hour mark. I don't generally dislike Lanthimos' work — Dogtooth and The Killing of a Sacred Deer are fine films — but this felt like quirked-up awards show fodder, positioned as an alternative solely by virtue of its European helmer. (Also, like any serious awards season fave, Poor Things makes sure no one in the audience could possibly miss its themes.) Admittedly funny in spots but simply mentioning socialism —…

  • Body Snatchers

    Body Snatchers

    '90s studio horror doesn't look too bad on Ferrera, although one can't help but be intrigued by the prospect of a Stuart Gordon-directed Body Snatchers body horror extravaganza. Upon reflection, the Ferrera-Gordon-Cohen trinity — the latter two co-wrote the script — should really make for something a lot more off the wall but the director does shoot the hell out of this and Meg Tilly's speech 'n' screech is a real showstopper.

Popular reviews

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Given our culture's current obsession with multiverses, it's unsurprising that yet another film should come around, exploring alternate dimensions and timelines. While the recent wave of universe-hopping action has so far mostly been relegated to comic book fare like the fantastic Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and the wildly popular adult animated sci-fi comedy series Rick and Morty, it was only a matter of time until this very exploitable concept would find its way into other media as well. Enter Everything…

  • The Zone of Interest

    The Zone of Interest

    Shallow and vulgar in the extreme. At least the cheapo Nazisploitation crap that came out of the 1970s didn't feel the need to paper over its crassness with these trite arthouse affectations. For all of its supposed restraint, The Zone of Interest operates on what is essentially movie monster logic ("It's scarier if you don't see it.") applied to the Holocaust. Two-bit filmmaking designed to flatter its educated middle-class audience.