About Joe Barlow

Joe Barlow is a freelance writer who turned to film criticism after realizing his gross incompetence in everything else. A screenwriter and filmmaker, Joe won a small degree of national attention when his first cinematic offering, a spoof of The Wizard of Oz and The Blair Witch Project entitled The Wicked Witch Project, was featured on television and in newspapers from coast to coast. Since that time he has directed many other short films and television commercials.

Joe is the author of 100 Nights in the Dark: A Collection of Contemporary Film Reviews and Essays, published in early 2001. The book is available at bookstores everywhere, as well as online retailers such as Amazon.Com. Joe has written five screenplays, and even managed to sell one back in 2002… but today that script leads a very rewarding life as a doorstop in that magical place known as Development Hell.

When he’s not laughing his way through Joel Schumacher movies, Joe enjoys reading, playing guitar, surfing the ‘net, collecting cult/horror DVDs, and worrying about all kinds of evil things he can’t change, such as death, taxes, and the frightening success of Lindsay Lohan. Although he’s been known to lord his immense (and complete!) collection of Mystery Science Theater 3000 videotapes over the heads of any drooling fanboys he may chance to meet, Joe is also an avid collector of Hitchcock and Kurosawa laserdiscs. He also enjoys writing about himself in the third person.

Joe lives near Scranton, Pennsylvania, with his wife Amy and their twin sons, Jeffrey and Bryan. He is the wind beneath your wings. He is also the host of the Cinemaslave podcast, a weekly Internet radio show devoted to the passionate celebration of all things film. Check it out!

5 responses to “About Joe Barlow

  1. You missed to say that you’re also a highly acclaimed bear tamer…

    Well, I would call it a life, Joe…! 🙂

  2. Thanks for your ongoing site, and particularly your comparisons on Regions One and Two of “Nosferatu”, which tipped me in favor of ordering Eureka’s release. Also much enjoyed your thoughts on film collecting, a subject I’ve often visited at my own site. You’re so right — there was an intensity about 8mm gathering that is gone from today’s ease of acquisition on DVD.

  3. Hey Joe! Don’t know if you remember me, it’s Josh Hilden. I’m really glad you have managed to continue doing what you love and that your family is doing well.

  4. I first heard you on the “No Country for Old Songwriters” podcast, which I downloaded because I figured it’d be a talk by one of the jaded songwriting-ain’t-like-it-used-ta-be voices I hear at bars in Nashville or New York…

    But no, it was you, with your rhapsodic praise of “Once” which I COMPLETELY adored, as did my non-songwriter husband. I get choked up thinking about it…it was so FUNNY and REAL too…the scene’s about recording, and I laughed and teared up esp.. at all the wistful people wishing they had that spark these two did.

    (Funny that “Music and Lyrics” came out about the same time. Good enough cast, but seeming so forced after seeing “Once.” )

    Isn’t it amazing how the story’s turned out, in real life?

    A rare paradox.

    I so enjoyed the podcast…am tempted to listen to the archive…

    If you’d like my CD in exchange for the gift you’ve already given with your podcast, I’d be happy to send it along.

    Thank you so much!

  5. Gregory Locklear

    Working on a documentary about Roger Corman. Interviews with Scorsese, Nicholson, Dern, Tarantino and many more. Looking for contact info for Chuck Griffith’s estate. Came across your interview. Hoping you can help point me in the right direction.

    Love the blog!

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