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.
Preston Barta // Editor
I imagine at some point you went to a barber shop or a beauty salon to have someone style your hair. You book your appointment– Maybe it was based on their presentation in the shop, a recommendation by someone, or purely based on rotation, but whatever way, you’re on your way to looking fresh.
Things click, you enjoy their company, they know what you want– They become YOUR barber.
A good barber truly is like a therapist. They listen and understand you. That’s how you know you got something special.
This is one of the many notions that is explored in the BARBERSHOP franchise.
While the series’ ambitions may seem like they’re after your laughs, BARBERSHOP is a great social commentary, where they dive into politics in an approachable way, discuss gun violence and where we are in the world. These movies are smart as they are entertaining.
The third installment in the series (BARBERSHOP: THE NEXT CUT) opens this weekend, and we had the opportunity to sit down with its stars Ice Cube (also producer) and Lamorne Morris. We talked favorite movies about love, confessions of being an actor and their individual styles that make them unique. Enjoy our video chat below!
0:32-2:32 | Favorite movies about love and family
2:32-3:58 | Confessions of being an actor
3:58-6:26 | Individual styles that make them unique as performers
BARBERSHOP: THE NEXT CUT opens in theaters nationwide on Friday, April 15.