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
AMERICAN SNIPER had a record-breaking weekend at the box office. The Chris Kyle biopic, directed by Clint Eastwood, brought in more than $90 million during its nationwide opening, which is incredible, making it the highest grossing drama in the month of January.
Eastwood’s harrowing and shattering take on the life of Chris Kyle and his service in the Navy as a SEAL sniper (over 160 confirmed kills) is deeply emotional, but depicts Kyle’s life in a very honorable way. The film gives us a frightening look into the world that many of us are unfamiliar with. Many of us don’t know death like this. We don’t know what it is like to face the mental and physical obstacles that our troops face during combat. Eastwood and his filmmaking crew give us a small glimpse into that world and what our troops face overseas and stateside.
Bradley Cooper (actor/producer), Taya Kyle (wife of Chris Kyle), and veteran Jacob Schick (also in the film) paid Texas a visit last week by attending Warner Bros. and the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation’s benefit screening of AMERICAN SNIPER. We had the opportunity to speak with them about their experience of making the film and Kyle’s foundation.
Our interview with Bradley Cooper, Taya Kyle and Jacob Schick:
More with Jacob Schick on sharing his experience and working with Clint Eastwood:
AMERICAN SNIPER is playing in theaters everywhere.