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 // Film Critic
FIFTY SHADES OF GREY | Opening Feb. 14, 2015 | Director: Sam Taylor-Johnson | Stars: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Aaron Taylor-Johnson (rumored), Jennifer Ehle, Max Martini, Luke Grimes, Eloise Mumford, Dylan Neal, Victor Rasuk and Marcia Gay Harden
Universal Pictures gives us our first teasing-glimpse of Sam Taylor-Johnson’s forthcoming film adaptation of the incredibly popular E.L. James novel, in which a student journalist named Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) takes up an unconventional relationship with Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan), a wildly successful young entrepreneur with a dangerous taste for sadomasochism.
Below is the first teaser and our reactions (female and male perspective).
Trailer No. 1:
Having read the books, I think it’s going to be a love-hate movie-going experience. When you’re reading the books you’re very into the situation, and watching this movie (based on the trailer) might be a little cringe-inducing at times (such as the pick for the guy to play Christian Grey). However, it does have its moments where it brought me back to the feelings I had when reading the novel. So color me excited, but not ‘super’ excited.
– Haley Barta
While this movie doesn’t hit any new notes in terms of love story, I have to commend Universal for going with two leads who are not ‘models.’ The two leads (Johnson and Dornan) look like ordinary people.
Yes, like every guy, I rolled my eyes at this trailer. I’m not excited for this like I am, say, the next STAR WARS or AVENGERS, but I drag my wife to a lot of movies she doesn’t want to see. It’s her turn. Although, my interests would probably be a little higher if Charlie Hunnam (SONS OF ANARCHY) hadn’t dropped out, but then again, it was a smart career choice of him to pull out. I’ll see all you guys in line for this movie come Valentine’s Day…
– Preston Barta
FIFTY SHADES OF GREY opens Feb. 14, 2015.