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.
This week has seen a number of teases for Walt Disney Pictures’ followup to ALICE IN WONDERLAND titled ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS. Well, now the first trailer for next summer’s release is finally here, which you can watch below.
The sequel, of course, takes place in Wonderland (Underland, whatever) and not Narnia, but you can’t deny it definitely feels that way. This time we revisit Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories with an all-new tale that travels back to “Underland”… to travel back in time.
Returning from the original film are Mia Wasikowska as Alice, Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, Helena Bonhan Carter as the Red Queen and Anne Hathaway as the White Queen. It also features everyone’s favorite high-fiver Sacha Baron Cohen as a new character called Time. His powers allow Alice to visit Underland’s characters at different times in their lives.
Traveling back in time is always a unique tool to get more character depth, but it’s also a tricky thing to pull off. Let’s hope Depp can pull a white rabbit out of his Mad Hatter hat.
ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS opens on May 27, 2016.