I have been working as a film journalist since 2010, dividing the first four years between radio broadcasting and entertainment writing in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. In 2014, I entered Fresh Fiction (FreshFiction.tv) as the features editor. The following year, I stepped into the film critic position at the Denton Record-Chronicle, a daily North Texas print publication. My time is dedicated to writing theatrical film reviews, at-home entertainment columns, and conducting interviews with on-screen talent and filmmakers, as well as hosting a podcast devoted to genre filmmaking (called My Bloody Podcast). I've been married for seven happy years, and I have one son who is all about dinosaurs just like his dad.
Preston Barta // Features Editor
The Peanut Butter Falcon opened in a select number of theaters a few weeks back, but has not expanded into more theaters in the area this weekend. The endearing fable-esque adventure film stars Zack Gottsagen and Shia LaBeouf as two young men on the run who cross paths and chase after their individual dreams: to be a pro wrestler and live a quiet fisherman life.
Read my review of the film here.
Written and directed by Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz, The Peanut Butter Falcon is a movie that would put a smile on the face of Mark Twain. It’s a film that surprises and delights you. Anchored by heartfelt performances and all positive vibes, this is the charmer that everyone needs as we exit summer.
Fresh Fiction sat down with Nilson and Schwartz at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas recently after a special screening. In this audio interview, film critic Preston Barta speaks with the filmmaking duo about believing in the visual language of film as opposed to wall-to-wall dialogue, balancing the tone, and exploring truths.
Note: The clip may include some minor spoilers, but nothing that takes away from the film’s delightful experience.
The Peanut Butter Falcon is now playing in theaters. Check your local listings.