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 // 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.