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 // Features Editor
DALLAS – Breaking into limited release this week is The Fanatic. It stars John Travolta as Moose, an unhinged fanboy who takes his obsession with A-list movie star Hunter Dunbar (Devon Sawa of Final Destination fame) over the line. What starts as an innocent story of a fan trying to get an autograph quickly enters horror movie territory as Moose enters the celeb’s home – even while he’s home sleeping.
The Fanatic, directed by Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst, explores the relationship between fan and celebrity, and what’s appropriate and what isn’t.
Preston Barta sat down with Travolta to discuss his film, how he keeps grounded within his fame, the initial discussions he had with Durst (as individuals coming from different areas of celebrity) and how Travolta’s character would react if he were to enter Travolta’s own home.
The film opens Friday at the AMC Mesquite 30 and the Studio Movie Grill – Colleyville in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. It will be followed by a Video-On-Demand and digital release on September 6. Watch our interview below.