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.
Welcome home, Han and Chewie! Oh, how we’ve missed you.
Should anyone doubt just how much excitement there is about the seventh STAR WARS installment? After last year’s Thanksgiving teaser (which lasted over a minute and was watched more than 15 million times within 24 hours of its online release), we were excited. However, it merely focused on introducing us to the tone and new characters. With this new teaser, we get a punch right in the heart. It gives us more insight into what’s going on in this galaxy far, far away, and it cements the great decision of putting J.J. Abrams behind the camera. Plus, we get a quick clip of Han (Harrison Ford) and Chewie (Peter Mayhew) together. You can color us just a little bit more excited.
THE FORCE AWAKENS, the first of a new trilogy set 30 or so years after the defeat of the Empire and the death of Darth Vader, not only brings back the beloved original characters, but it also brings in some new and rather curious characters to take this franchise far beyond we had ever hoped. And it’s only better that George Lucas is sitting this one out and Abrams is leading the charge. Expect less green screen and bad acting, and more fun, nostalgic moments that will remind you why you fell in love with the franchise back in 1977.
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS opens Dec. 18.