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.
Preston Barta // Editor
While it may seem a little bizarre that a film so fresh as this would be considered such an important film, THE BIG SHORT more than earns its laurels. It’s a high-energy and brutally honest study of the financial world. With its narration, off-the-wall style and strong performances, the film stores in your brain and clicks the save button.
Fresh Fiction recently sat down with John Magaro (NOT FADE AWAY, upcoming THE FINEST HOURS), who portrays Charlie Geller in the film. We spoke about the quotes used to frame the film’s chapters, the importance of the film and how it should be shared.
THE BIG SHORT is now playing in limited release, and opens in Dallas-Ft. Worth on Wednesday, December 23.
Feature Photo: L-R – Finn Wittrock plays Jamie Shipley and John Magaro plays Charlie Geller in THE BIG SHORT from Paramount Pictures and Regency Enterprises.