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
Whenever I am allowed a guest to a press screening, my wife is always my No. 1 choice, of course. She’s the person I talk to about a movie before I even put pen to paper (or finger to key?) when I write my reviews. So I wanted to try something new out, because Fresh Fiction is always open to new and exciting things.
For our first segment of Mr & Mrs Reviews – a video chat between my wife and I – we are covering the new GHOSTBUSTERS.
I’m sure you are familiar with GHOSTBUSTERS, but if not: It stars Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones as a group of “ghostbusters” who are tasked with saving New York City from varying degrees of paranormal activity.
GHOSTBUSTERS open in theaters nationwide on Friday, July 15.
Feature Photo: The Ghostbusters – Abby (Melissa McCarthy), Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon), Erin (Kristen Wiig) and Patty (Leslie Jones) inside the Mercado Hotel Lobby in GHOSTBUSTERS. Photo courtesy of Columbia Pictures.