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.
According to reports, two-time Academy Award-winning composer James Horner has died in a plane crash at the age of 61. Horner, who was also an experienced pilot, was flying one of his aircrafts when it crashed north of Santa Barbara.
This is truly a major loss, as Horner had composed over 150 films and brought audiences some of the most memorable tracks in Hollywood, including James Cameron’s TITANIC, which earned him an Oscar for score and co-writing the original song “My Heart Will Go On” for Celine Dion.
He also composed Cameron’s hugely successful AVATAR (was also attached to do the sequels), BRAVEHEART, APOLLO 13, FIELD OF DREAMS, A BEAUTIFUL MIND, ALIENS, STAR TREK II: WRATH OF KHAN, CASPER and AN AMERICAN TAIL.
Horner’s last films will be Antoine Fugua’s boxing drama SOUTHPAW (July 24), starring Jake Gyllenhaal, and the Chilean miner film THE 33 (November 13).
Rest in peace, maestro. You will be sorely missed.