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


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,”, Bryan Kluger (,
Guest(s): Preston Barta (Fresh Fiction TV) and Susan Kamyab (

About author

Preston Barta

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 ( 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.