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.
MAN SEEKING WOMAN is an electro shock therapy experience into the terrible, horrible, no good, world of single life in the big city. With only three episodes, Simon Rich has created a rich canvas of staunch characters, especially the uber-committed lead, Josh (Jay Baruchel).
So far he has had confrontations with his ex’s current boyfriend (Adolf Hitler), gone on a date with a troll (literally), and I believe exorcised the memory of an ex gal pal from his apartment.
In only two episodes it’s been established that Josh is a nothing more than a dreamer, a hopeless romantic who has been the constant victim of unrequited love. Tonight’s episode titled “Pitbull,” Josh rushes home to… you know, I’m trying to put this delicately, get some “alone” time. Instead, his right hand (voiced by Sarah Silverman) calls an audible and breaks up with him, claiming the monotony is growing stale and that she wants to explore the world and learn sign language.
The show has yet to fully find an audience, but going on this acid-trip the past few weeks has provided some great moments. Although it’s not perfect, MAN SEEKING WOMAN has something special. Keep in mind it took the now FXX staple LOUIE to find its audience as well.
Note: Also, a good rule of thumb if you’re going to run a Google search for MAN SEEKING WOMAN, make sure to put “FXX” afterwards, otherwise you may stumble upon a creepy guy looking to watch women eat fruit in bed.
MAN SEEKING WOMAN airs Wednesday’s at 10:30/9:30 CST.