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 // Features Editor
Most of the time when it comes to trailers for big movies, especially for a film where there already are a few trailers and teasers out there to give one a good grasp on the tone and look of a story, I turn the other way. But with STAR WARS, it’s different. These movies are not movies, they’re events.
A new trailer for STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI has arrived. Disney aired the latest look at Rian Johnson’s upcoming film and the eighth installment in the franchise during ESPN’s Monday Night Football halftime show.
Check it out below!
My first reaction to the new trailer is that it’s everything I could hope for. There were a lot of issues people took with THE FORCE AWAKENS and how it recycled A NEW HOPE’s plot points and didn’t add enough imagination and wonder to the saga. While I personally loved THE FORCE AWAKENS quite a bit, it’s clear that a lot of those missing ingredients have been cooked up here in THE LAST JEDI. The creature design, the sets and the worlds all feel new and exciting. There is so much to digest here. I’m sure we will have much more to say about it come later, but for now. Let’s discuss it in the comment section!
STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI opens in theaters on December 15.