Hello, there! My name is Preston Barta, and I am the features editor of Fresh Fiction and senior film critic at the Denton Record-Chronicle. My cinematic love story began where I was born: off planet on the isolated desert world of the Jakku system. It's there I passed the time scavenging for loose parts with my good friend Rey. One day I found an old film projector and a dusty reel of the 1975 film JAWS. It rocked my world so much that I left my kinfolk in the rearview (I so miss their morning cups of green milk) to pursue my dreams of writing about film. It wasn't long until I met two gents who said they would give me a lift. I can't recall their names, but one was an older man who liked to point a lot and the other was a tall, hairy fella. They got me as far as one of Jupiter's moons where we crossed paths with the U.S.S. Enterprise. Some pointy-eared bastard said I was clear to come aboard. He saw that I was clutching my beloved shark movie and invited me to the "moving pictures room" where he was screening the 1993 film JURASSIC PARK to his crew. He said my life would be much more prosperous if I were familiar with more work by the god named Steven Spielberg. From there, my love for cinema blossomed. Once we reached planet Earth, everything changed. I found the small town of Denton, TX, and was welcomed into the Barta family. They showed me the writings of local film critic Boo Allen. He became my hero and caused me to chase a degree in film and journalism. After my studies at graduate of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, I met some film critics who showed me the ropes and got me into my first press screening: 2011's THE GREEN LANTERN. Don't worry; I recovered just fine. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD was only four years away.
Cole Clay // Film Critic
FXX has made a name for itself by featuring ground-breaking comedies like It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia and The League. So, of course, I jumped at the chance to cover their upcoming comedy Man Seeking Woman starring Jay Baruchel from the Judd Apatow crew and the insane Eric Andre (The Eric Andre Show). This show caught me by so much surprise with its innovative techniques and dark (almost horror like) sense of humor that I wanted to write a few words on the episodes I’ve seen before the January 14th premiere.
Man Seeking Woman is about a twenty-something down on his luck man named Josh Greenberg (Baruchel) who is trying to navigate his way through the world of dating. He seeks the help of his friend Mike (Andre) and sister Liz (Maya Erskine) to help him handle trivial situations such as the dreaded first text.
I have seen three episodes of the show so far and they have each separated themselves from one another with relatable plot-lines and fantastic character building. The show is in good hands with the fresh directing style of Jonathan Krisel, who has helmed several Portlandia episodes of the years.
The sweet and sour approach to the world of dating is a winsome combination of great acting and the eclectic writing style of Simon Rich (Saturday Night Live) that should continue to improve over the course of the ten episode season, which premieres on January 14th.
We have already scheduled an interview (which will post next week) with the Baruchel to talk about this project. We’re also covering Man Seeking Woman at TCA; be sure to check our updates on Twitter at @FreshFiction and @FreshFictionTV.
Take a quick look below at a few of the clips below to catch a glimpse at the tonal aspects of the show. It’s a certainly a weird show, but I think it will find an audience.
Official Trailer – Love
Force Field – Has a girl ever told you to respect her boundaries?
Blind Date – What happens when the troll your dating is actually … a troll?
Man Seeking Woman premieres Wednesday, Jan. 14 at 10:30 p.m. e/p only on FXX.