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 (FreshFiction.tv) 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.
Preston Barta // Editor
David Lowery is one of the most inspiring filmmakers working today. It’s a pretty special feeling to know someone from the place you grew up (Dallas-Fort Worth) is making movies with Disney (PETE’S DRAGON) and is directing the likes of Rooney Mara and now-Oscar-winner Casey Affleck (AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS).
His latest film, A GHOST STORY, is being distributed by A24 — who recently won the Oscar for MOONLIGHT, and has put out great films such as EX MACHINA and the upcoming FREE FIRE. The word is this moving film – about a recently deceased husband (Affleck) returning home to reconnect with his wife (Mara) – is so good that you should even watch the below trailer. (Note: I watched it. A24 and Lowery are good about playing it close to the chest, so you’re good to let this movie lift your spirits.)
Watch the trailer below, and read the official synopsis:
With A GHOST STORY acclaimed director David Lowery (AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS, PETE’S DRAGON) returns with a singular exploration of legacy, loss, and the essential human longing for meaning and connection.
Recently deceased, a white-sheeted ghost (Academy Award-winner Casey Affleck) returns to his suburban home to console his bereft wife (Academy Award-nominee Rooney Mara), only to find that in his spectral state he has become unstuck in time, forced to watch passively as the life he knew and the woman he loves slowly slip away. Increasingly unmoored, the ghost embarks on a cosmic journey through memory and history, confronting life’s ineffable questions and the enormity of existence.
An unforgettable meditation on love and grief, A GHOST STORY emerges ecstatic and surreal — a wholly unique experience that lingers long after the credits roll.
A GHOST STORY releases on July 7.