The Entertainment Answer Podcast: April movies, a day in the life of a film critic

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Preston Barta // Editor

Normally when I join The Entertainment Answer for our monthly podcast-chat we dish about the latest in entertainment. Each month we assemble to talk about the best and worst movies we’ve seen, along with what we’re looking forward to seeing in theaters for the rest of the month. However, this time, host Matt Mungle wanted to shake things up a bit.

While we do talk about our thoughts on the eighth installment in the FAST & FURIOUS franchise, THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS, we also got the opportunity to talk about what we do, our craft, the challenges, the great memories and how we came to write about movies for a living. It’s a real off-the-record kind of chat, and hope you enjoy it. Listen to it below!

Host(s): Matt Mungle (“The Mungle on Movies,” MungleShow.com), Bryan Kluger (BoomstickComics.com, HighDefDigest.com)
Guest(s): Preston Barta (Fresh Fiction TV) and Susan Kamyab (ThisChixFlix.com)

About author

Preston Barta

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.