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
Opening this weekend is the war-drama MIDWAY.
Written by Wes Tooke (COLONY series) and directed by Roland Emmerich (INDEPENDENCE DAY and THE PATRIOT), the film boasts an ensemble cast, including Ed Skrein, Patrick Wilson, Luke Kleintank, Luke Evans, Woody Harrelson, Dennis Quaid, Aaron Eckhart, Mandy Moore and Nick Jonas.
MIDWAY begins with the attack on Pearl Harbor (December 7, 1941) and proceeds to the Battle of Midway, which took place between June 4 and 7 in 1942. The battle was fought between the American Navy and the Imperial Japanese Navy, and it became a turning point in World War II. The film’s story shares this snapshot of history and is told from the leaders and sailors who fought.
Fresh Fiction film reporter Preston Barta sat down with Skrein and Kleintank, who portray two American men who helped change the course of history, recently in Dallas to talk about the theme of sacrifice and what we can learn from it, the multi-perspective aspect of its storytelling, and how these two individuals fashioned a genuine bond for their characters.
Our interview with actors Ed Skrein and Luke Kleintank of ‘MIDWAY’
MIDWAY opens nationwide on November 8, 2019.