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.
Film critics Preston Barta and Gwen Reyes sat down with the stars of THE CHOICE (Teresa Palmer and Benjamin Walker) to discuss the excitement of doing a Nicholas Sparks adaptation, what’s in each other’s vinyl collection, life’s defining moments and lessons they learned from doing the film.
0:06-0:54 | Guessing what’s in each other’s vinyl collection
0:54-1:51 | Where they go when they want to be alone
1:51-3:22 | Lessons they learned from their movies
3:22-4:08 | How Nicholas Sparks upped their game
4:08-5:39 | What cuts Nicholas Sparks would make from the movies about their lives
0:06-0:49 | The excitement of being in a Nicholas Sparks movie
0:49-1:51 | How the story will resonate with viewers
1:51-2:28 | How the film shows the medium parts of a relationship / Netflix binging MAKING A MURDERER
2:28-3:42 | How they avoided cliches and made the story human
3:42-4:49 | Chemistry on and off screen
4:49-5:39 | Comparing paranormal notes from previous films
THE CHOICE opens Friday, February 5.